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PAGE NEWS & COURIER OBITUARIES 1920-1930, Part 5
MRS. ANNIE B. RACER
Page News & Courier, Friday 17 Nov 1922
DEATH OF MRS. RACER
Mrs. Annie B. Racer, wife of Walter E. Racer, died at her home at Mossy Creek, Augusta county, last Friday after an illness of four or five months of a complication of diseases. Mrs. Racer was a daughter of the late Clinton Comer, of this county, and in addition to her husband leaves six children. Her surviving brothers and sisters are J.B., Joseph, W.C., I.N., and David Comer, all of this county, the sisters being Mrs. Amos Baker, of Leaksville, and Mrs. W. Ashby Lillard, who lives at Spring Farm. For a number of years r. and Mrs. Racer had been living in Augusta county... The funeral took place at Beahm's Chapel Brethren church, 3 miles east of Luray on Monday of this week, the services being conducted by Elders Click and Cline, of Bridgewater... The interment took place in the cemetery at that place. Mrs. Racr was born near Stony Man (Blosserville) this county, about thirty six years ago...
MRS. MARY RAMEY
Page News & Courier, Friday 13 Jun 1924
Mrs. Mary Ramey, wife of William B. Ramey, died at the home of her son “Doc” Ramey, on the Boom, Luray, Tuesday evening, following a long illness. Her death was due to the infirmities incident to old age, she being about 93 years of age.
Before marriage Mrs. Ramey was a Miss Alger, daughter of Acey Alger and was born near what is now Alma, though that place was without a name at that time. For many years Mr. and Mrs. Ramey lived on what was known as the Snapp or Buracker farm near the Electric Damn, two miles west of Luray, now owned by D.S. Hite. Later they moved to Hamburg, living in a house near the old Borst mill, not far from the mouth of Mill Creek. When the health of the aged couple began to fail a number of years ago they moved to Luray. By an accident sustained to his arm and shoulder a number of years ago, Mr. Ramey, who is only a few years younger than his wife, has been practically an invalid physically and otherwise. In addition to her husband Mrs. Ramey is survived by the following children: Charles E. Ramey, near Ruffner’s Ferry, and “Doc” Ramey and John Ramey of Luray and Mrs. Mittie Masick, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Miss Orelie? Ramey, of New Market, Mrs. Mary Lucas, of ? and another married daughter in Hagerstown…
Funeral services were conducted from her late home on Thursday by Rev. H.J. Dudley, the interment taking place in the old grave yard at Hamburg.
MRS. MARYANN RAMEY (II)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 24 Jun 1924
MRS. MARY ANN RAMEY
Mrs. Mary Ann Ramey, departed this life June 10, 1924 at the home of her son, Doc Ramey, in Luray, Va. She was born October 5, 1826- seven years before Page county was organized. She is survived by her husband and eight children. The children are as follows: Charles Ramey, who lives near Ruffner’s Ferry, Mrs. Priscilla Cossier, of New Market; Mrs. Annie Lucas, of Mr. Jackson; William Ramey, of Linden; Mrs. Lydia Messick, of Martinsburg, John and Doc Ramey of Luray, and Mrs. Mary Finks, of Hagerstown. She leaves a large number of grandchildren.
Page News & Courier, Friday 11 Mar 1927
William Ramey, aged 91 years, an ex-Confederate soldier, who has been in feeble health for years, died Tuesday night at the home of his son, Doc G. Ramey who cared for him in his declining years. His wife aged 98 died two years ago. Rev. H.J. Dudley conducted his funeral at the home yesterday. Interment in Evergreen cemetery. Mr. Ramey many years ago joined the Christian church at Hamburg, now defunct...
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 17 Apr 1923
MR. RHINEHART BURIED SATURDAY
Frank Rhinehart who died at the Harrisonburg hospital on Wednesday of last week, was buried at the Peter Painter grave yard, on the road between Stanley and Leaksville, on Saturday at 11 o’clock, the services being conducted by his pastor, Rev. R.P. Crumpler. Notwithstanding the inclement weather of that day there was a large crowd both at his home near Newport and at the graveyard… A stated in last week’s paper Mr. Rhinehart is survived by eight children, four boys and four girls and a widow. Nearly all his life was spent in the Newport section of Page county, and by hard work had built a comfortable home and convenient surroundings. His body was brought to his home at that place on Thursday. Mr. Rhinehart was 62 years, 5 months and 16 days of age.
WILLIAM HARRISON RHINEHART
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 21 Dec 1926
WILLIAM HARRISON RHINEHART
William Harrison Rhinehart, of Hagerstown, died at his home in that place, Dec. 8th, 1926. He was paralyzed and had been bedfast only about a month. He was born in 1892 and died Dec. 8th, 1926, aged 34 years, 2 months and 29 days. He leaves a widow and one son, Paul. He is also survived by his mother and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Will Comer, Massanutten, Mrs. Herbert Turner, of Newport, Mrs. Willie Turner, Newport, Mrs. Simon Turner, Newport, and Vernon, Lester and Albert Rhinehart, also of Newport...
Written by his Mother and Children.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 25 Feb 1930
DEATH OF EDWARD RICHARDS
Edward Richards, aged 67 years, an industrious and respected citizen of the Cavetown neighborhood, who has been afflicted with cancer for several years and recently came home after spening a number of weeks at the hospital, died at his home at 1 p.m., on Sunday and was buried yesterday afternoon, Eld. H.F. Sours and Rev. Gird Cave officiating. Mr. Cave was active in the support of church work... He had a good little farm, and always prospered in a deserving way. For many years he was a member of Mt. Zion Brethren church. He leaves a widow who is a sister of Charles Knight, of Luray. One child died a number of years ago and he has a living daughter, Mrs. Will Cloud. His brothers and sisters include Mrs. S.L. Presgraves, of Luray, Mrs. Tom Cloud, Mrs. Charles Aleshire and Nace Richards, of Cavetown.
WILLIAM S. RICHARDS
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 14 May 1929
DEATH OF WILLIAM S. RICHARDS
William S. Richards, a highly respected farmer living near Ida, this county, died yesterday morning about 9 o'clock from pneumonia. Death followed several weeks illness. Mr. Richards had had a number of grip attacks this winter which left him in a weakened condition. His sister, Mrs. Simon Printz was buried only a few weeks ago.
The subject of this notice was a son of the late Joseph Richards of Ida. He leaves two sisters, Mrs. William H. Woodward and Mrs. Jacob Buracker of this county. Three sisters, Mrs. Charles Miller, Mrs. Simon Printz and Mrs. W.H. Jenkins are deceased. He leaves a widow, who was before marriage, Miss Fannie Miller, daughter of Henry Miller, deceased of Ida. The couple had no children.
Mr. Richards was a thrifty farmer and good manager. He leaves a very desirable small farm... In early life he connected himself with the Brethren chruch in which he was an officer and active member until his death. His age was 63 years.
MRS. JOHN T. RICKARD (POST MORTEM)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 29 Jan 1929
Brother Seakford says that the late Mrs. John T. Rickard was the last survivor of the 155 that joined the church at Alma. I do not know what church she joined by I do know she was baptized into the Brethren church int he fall of 1874 by Eld. Nathan Spitler. He second husband, Nathaniel Alger, was baptized at the same time. He died Mar. 6, 1876. Then she and John T. Rickard were married Mr. Rickard died Jan. 23, 1902. Then Mrs. Rickard died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Ponn, in Cavetown, Jan. 6, 1918.
W.A. RICKARD (I)
Page News & Courier, Friday 16 Feb 1923
Mr. W.A. Rickard died very suddenly at his home in Hamburg last Saturday evening about four o’clock. Mr. Rickard while apparently in his usual life and in love with life went to the woodpile to get some kindling wood when suddenly he was seized with a hemorrhage and in less than fifteen minutes passed from life to pathetic dust. Mr. Rickard was in the 82d year of his age. He was a Confederate soldier having passed through the civil war receiving one wound. Some time after the war he was united in marriage to Miss Ella Bradley, daughter of Henry F. Bradley, of the Dry Run section, soon after locating in Hamburg where the greater part of his life was spent. In later years he was elected a justice of the peace which he held with some other minor positions of importance until the time of his death.
Mr. Rickard was no gossiper but a man who attended strictly to his own affairs which is a trait above all others… The deceased leaves a widow, one sister, Mrs. T.C. Strickler, and one brother, C.B. Rickard, to mourn his departure. The funeral services were conducted at the home of the deceased and were conducted by Eld. Arthur Campbell, of the Regular Baptist church, in the absence of Rev. Mr. Hall, of Main Street Baptist church, of which the deceased was a member for a number of years…
W. ASHER RICKARD (II)
Page News & Courier, Friday 16 Feb 1923
DEATH OF W. ASHER RICKARD
W. Asher Rickard, prominent as a citizen and justice of the peace for many years, Confederate veteran, and a leader in religious work in his community, died suddenly at his home at Hamburg, this county, at 4:45 p.m., last Saturday, aged 81 years, 8 months and 24 days. Mr. Rickard while somewhat feeble on account of the weight of his years was still able to attend to his little chores and duties about the place, and when stricken by a hemorrhage and splinter kindling at the wood pile, not having complained of feeling worse than usual during the day. He hurried into the house which was close by and sat down, dying in his chair in about ten minutes. His wife who is very feeble was the only one at home and she ministered to him as best she could, calling in the neighbors dwelling nearby and summoning a physician… He spoke once saying that he was dying and assented to the calling of a physician.
It is said that Mr. Rickard in talking to a passer-bay by just half an hour before his death made the remark that he might die in twenty minutes or last twenty years, he did not known which, but in either even he was ready. Those who knew his Christian character and upright life are assured that he was ready to go… For many years he was superintendent of a union Sunday School at Hamburg, being associated in this work with the late Thompson C. Strickler, his brother in law and long friend and associate. Mr. Rickard was a regular correspondant of the News and Courier, his last letter appearing in these columns week before last signed Trustee. In this letter he made an appeal that the old union church at Hamburg, now in process of decay, should be repaired… It was in this building that Messrs. Rickard Strickler and others conducted a Sunday School until they had to desist about five years ago on account of the condition of the building.
Mr. Rickard was born in the neighborhood of Hamburg where he spent his entire life. He belonged to a family of about a dozen children, a number of whom moved West, and all of whom are now dead except Charles B. Rickard and Mrs. Thompson C. Strickler, the latter now eighty five years of age, both of Hamburg. He was a member of Company K, 10th Virginia Infantry, which was commanded by Captains Townsend Young, R.S. Parks and D.C. Grayson. A carpenter by trade, he followed this occupation till the years began to tell on him. For many years he was a justice of the peace, holding office until his death, and discharging his duties with a strict regard to the law and displaying justice, Impartiality and sound common sense in his decisions. On excursion days he regularly acted as conservator of the peace at the Luray Caverns. He was registrar of births and deaths from the time that office was created by the laws of the State. At Hamburg he owned a little place of about five acres and here he dwelt contentedly… He was a man well informed, charitable and broad in his outlook…
About forty years ago Mr. Rickard was married to Miss Ella Bradley, daughter of the late Capt. Henry Bradley, of Luray, his widow surviving him. The couple were childless. Both had been members of Main Street Baptist church, Luray, for many years. The last service Mr. Rickard attended was Roll Call Day, September 10th last, when the effort was made to get all of the old members to the church for a reunion service. Mr. Rickard was well versed in the Bible, loved to read it and was a devout follower of its teachings.
The funeral which took place from the house at 2 o’clock p.m., on Monday was conducted by Eld. A.W. Campbell on account of the sickness of Mr. Rickards pastor. The interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.
MRS. BETTIE ROBERTS
Page News & Courier, Friday 19 Apr 1929
DEATH OF MRS. BETTIE ROBERTS, WIDOW OF PHILIP ROBERTS
Mrs. Bettie Roberts, one of the most beloved and esteemed residents of the Rileyville neighborhood, died at eight o'clock on Tuesday evening at the age of eighty-three years, after a lingering illness. Except for deafness, Mrs. Roberts was fairly active and had good possession of her faculties until she had afall and injured her hip about a year ago...
Mrs. Roberts was the widow of Philip Roberts one of the most prominent farmers of the Rileyville community, who died about fifteen years ago. Since that time she has lived with her son, and only surviving child, John W. Roberts... She was a sister of the late Benjamin Wood, of Rileyville, who like her husband was a veteran of Company K, 10th Virginia Infantry, C.S.A. The Roberts farm was once a part of the estate of Hadad Wood, who in his day was one of the largest landowners in the county. Philip Roberts and Miss Bettie Wood, daughter of Hadad Wood, were married in the troublesome days of the Civil War. Mrs. Roberts' mother was Rebecca McCullough. After the war, Mr. Roberts, a man of great energy and industry, took charge of the place that had been deprived of fencing and equipment and soon brought it into dine condition. The couple lived on their farm until his death terminated their union, their happiness marred by the death of two children, Mrs. Thomas Kauffman and Miss Maggie Roberts.
All of the generation of the Wood family to which Mrs. Roberts belonged have now passed awat. Her brother, Bennie Wood, was the last to go next to herself. Scott and Ott Wood, two splendid young brothers, were killed in action in the Civil War. The fifth member of the family was William Wood who has been dead for years...
The funeral was held yesterday afternoon from the Lutheran church at Rileyville, her pastor, Rev. C.L. Hunt being in charge, assisted by Rev. A.L. Boliek, the latter having received her into the church some years ago. Her remains were followed to her last resting place in the Bennie Wood graveyard...
JOHN D. ROBERTS
Page News & Courier, Friday 18 Sep 1925
DEATH OF JOHN D. ROBERTS IN OHIO
Ohio papers report the recent decease of John D. Roberts, a farmer of Champaign county, Ohio, and a brother of Mrs. B.N. Wood and the late Philip Roberts, of Rileyville, this county. John D. Roberts left Page county in 1871, first settling in Missouri and later in Champaign county, O. In the latter State he acquired a valuable farm by taking care of the owners, an unmarried brother and two sisters, in exchange for the farm at their death. Mr. Roberts was the son of John Roberts who was originally from near Alma, this county, and in 1859 located as tenant on the Long farm near Rileyville. John D. Roberts, the subject of this notice, served in White's Battalion of cavalry, and came home wounded at the close of the Civil war. His wife who was Miss Martha Keyser, daughter of John H. Keyser, deceased, of Compton, this county, died before her husband left for Missouri. Mr. Roberts was paralyzed some time before his deceased leaving him infirm in mind and body. He has one son living in Ohio.
JOHN W. ROBERTS
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 18 Feb 1930
JOHN W. ROBERTS, LEADING RILEYVILLE FARMER IS DEAD
John W. Roberts, farmer and prominent citizen of the Rileyville neighborhood, died at his hom at ? o'clock Sunday morning after years of ill health... His aged mother, Mrs. Bettie Roberts, sister of the late Benjamin Wood...?... the mother of his only child, Marie, now Mrs. Ralph Rothgeb, was Miss Jennie Huffman, daughter of the late Joseph M. Huffman, of Rileyville. The second wife was Miss Ola Ruffner, daughter of B.F. Ruffner, deceased, postmaster at Rileyville. Mrs. Rothgeb resided with her father. Mr. Roberts, who was sixty years old, spent his entire life in the Rileyville neighborhood. For many years he merchandised at that village and was well patronized... He has continued to five expert attention to his large and productive farm, which for many years was operated by his father, Philip Roberts, a well known Confederate veteran and one of the most substantial citizens of Springfield district. Philip Roberts had three children, viz.; John W. Roberts, the subject of this notice; Hattie who became the first wife of Thomas J. Kauffman, of near Rileyville, and Miss Maggie Roberts, who died single.
The death of Mr. Roberts removes the last representative bearing the name of one of the substantial and prominent families around Rileyville... He was a member of the Lutheran church for a number of years.
The funeral was held yesterday afternoon from the union church at Rileyville conducted by Revs. C.I. Hunt and A.L. Boliek with interment in the B.N. Wood graveyard.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 29 Jan 1929
DEATH FROM PNEUMONIA
Duff Rodgers, aged about 50 years, an estimable citizen living in Piney Woods, near Stanley, was struck down in perfect health by a pneumonia attack ten days ago and passed away on Friday. Mr. Rodgers was a N. and W. employee working as cook with the bridge gang. He leaves a widow, who was Miss Mary Blosser, daughter of Timothy Blosser, deceased and one child, which is still in infancy. The couple lost several children in the influenza epidemic of 1918. Mr. Rodgers was a son of the late William Rodgers, of near Stanley. A brother, William Rodgers, Jr. died about six years ago. He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Charles Good, of Stanley, and Mrs. Rebecca Painter, of Stanley, widow of the late Jacob Painter. The funeral was held at the Adventist church, near Stanley on Sunday with interment in the cemetery nearby. Mr. Rodgers owned a small home in Piney Woods and was an industrious citizen.
MRS. EMMA ROGERS
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 6 Mar 1928
FOLLOWS HER HUSBAND IN DEATH
Quickly following the death of her husband, William J. Rodgers, on the 6th of last November, his widow, Mrs. Emma Rogers, who has been bedfast for the last six weeks passed away at 5:50 p.m., on Sunday at her home in West Luray, aged sixty-one years. Until recently she unusually active and gave the appearance of perfect health, but her decline has been rapid. Her illness had a dropsical character with complications.
Mrs. Rogers leaves two daughters, Mrs. Florence Bradley, wife of Kirby Bradley, of Leaksville, and Mrs. Lizzie Moyer, wife of Vernon Moyer, of Washington, D.C. The two little children of the latter resided with the grandmother. Mrs. Rogers was a daughter of the late Joel Decker, of Leaksville, and was born at that place and continued to reside there until the family moved to Luray about twelve years ago. She has one living brother, Thomas G. Decker, of Shenandoah. Her father, Joel Decker well-known Confederate veteran, died March 7, 1916, and her mother, who was a Miss Higgs, a year or two later. Her husband, W.J. Rodgers, was a saw mill operator for years. They were married August 11, 1892. Mrs. Rogers an industrious and useful woman. She was a member of the Brethren church having made a Christian profession many years ago.
The funeral and interment are announced to take place at Leaksville Christian church at 11 a.m., today (Tuesday), with services by Elders C.O. Showalter and John B. Jenkins.
MRS. MITTIE ROGERS
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 9 Sep 1930 issue
DEATH OF MRS. MITTIE ROGERS
Mrs. Mittie A. Rogers, of Stanley, widow of William Rogers, died at her home at 11 p.m. on Thursday after several weeks ill health. Her condition has been very serious for the last six months and she was taken to the hospital several times without getting any lasting relief. According to the announcement at the funeral her age was 52 years, 4 months and 27 days.
Mrs. Rogers was a daughter of the late Reuben Painter, of Stanley. She leaves two sisters, Mrs. Charles H. Kite, of Ingham, and Mrs. Charles R. Alger, of Honeyville and one brother, James R. Painter, of Stanley. One sister, Mrs. Cora Anderson, is deceased. Mrs. Rogers leaves a son, Lloyd Rogers, of North Carolina and two daughters, Mrs. Oliver Seekford and Mrs. Charlotte Rogers, both residing with their mother. A daughter, Mrs. Brownie Stroop, is dead. Mrs. Rogers was a highly esteemed resident of the Stanley neighborhood.
The funeral which was held at the Adventist church Saturday afternoon was conducted by Rev. J.E. Tucker.
W.R. ROGERS (I)
Page News & Courier, Friday 6 Jan 1922
DEATH OF W.R. ROGERS
W.R. Rogers, aged about 48 years, died at his home near the Adventist church in the Stanley neighborhood on Wednesday, December 27th. Death was due to a tumor of the brain and had been ill for sometime. He was well known in the Stanley section. A widow and several children survive him. The burial took place in the Adventist graveyard near Stanley on Thursday, the services being conducted by Elder J.B. Jenkins of the Old School Baptist church and Rev. Jack Painter of the Adventist church. Mr. Rogers married a daughter of Reuben Painter, of this county. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Jesse Stroop and two sons. One brother, Duff Rogers and several sisters also survive. He was an industrious, estimable citizen.
WILLIAM R. ROGERS (II)
Page News & Courier, Friday 13 Jan 1922
WILLIAM R. ROGERS
William R. Rogers was born Nov. 7, 1873, and died December 28, 1922, aged 49 years, 1 month and 21 days. Mr. Rogers had been in ill health for sometime, going to the hospital.. Twenty three years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Mattie Painter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Painter who survives him with the following children: Mrs. Brownie Stroope, Lloyd, Neva and Clarinda? Rogers, two grand children, Lucille and Howard Stroop and the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Virginia Cubbage, Mrs. Rebecca Aleshire, Mrs. Katherine Good and Duff Rogers. The funeral was conducted by Elders J.B. Jenkins and A.J. Painter
MRS. ELENORA ROTHGEB
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 16 Feb 1926
DEATH OF MRS. ROTHGEB
Mrs. Elenora Rothgeb, widow of William (Button) Rothgeb, died at the home of her son-in-law, R. Hughes Campbell, near West Main Street, at three o'clock Sunday morning. About two weeks ago Mrs. Rothgeb assisted to nurse her sister, Mrs. Casper Price, of the Intersection, during the latter's last illness, and then contracted a deep cold. Congestion of the lungs developed a few days ago, Mrs. Rothgeb was about sixty-five years old and was a daughter of the late Robert Dinges, of near Stanley, and was the last survivor of a family of twelve children. She has made her home in Luray for twenty years or more past. She leaves three daughters, viz.; Mrs. Newton Short, of Leaksville, and Mrs. Hughes Campbell and Miss Blanche Rothgeb, of Luray. The funeral will take place at the house at 2 o'clock this (Tuesday) afternoon, conducted by Rev. ML. Hoffman, pastor of the Luray Methodist church of which the deceased was a member. Burial in Evergreen cemetery.
MRS. HENRIETTA ROTHGEB
Page News & Courier, Friday 4 Nov 1921
DEATH OF MRS. ROTHGEB
Mrs. Henrietta Rothgeb, wife of David A. Rothgeb, died at her home in Leaksville on Monday night of this week after an illness lasting sometime... The deceased is survived by a husband and the following children: Misses Dora, Eva, Myrtle and Essie Rothgeb, Mrs. Maude Gray, Mrs. Ethel Rothgeb and Mrs. Elmer Mauck; Clyde Rothgeb, Leslie Rothgeb and Hubert Rothgeb... The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R.P. Crumpler and Elder John B. Jenkins on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the interment taking place in the Leaksville cemetery... Mrs. Rothgeb was in the 63d year of her age.
MRS. ALICE SEAL
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 20 Mar 1928
DEATH OF MRS. TRENT SEAL AT MAUCK
Mrs. Alice Seal, aged sixty-five years, wife of F. Trent Seal, tenants for the last twenty years on E.L. Kiblinger’s place, near Mauck, this county, died suddenly of heart disease at ten o’clock, Sunday night. She had an affected heart for the last four years and was subject to sudden attacks but usually was bustling about her daily duties like a well-woman. She was taken after she had retired Sunday night and died in ten minutes after the seizure.
Everyone who knew Mrs. Seal speaks of her in highest terms… She is survived by her husband, two sons, William Seal, of Madison county, Fred Seal, of Mauck, and one daughter, Mrs. Fred Knight, of Mauck. Her father was the late Robert Decker, of Mauck. Her living brothers and sisters are Mrs. Hubert Purdham, of Luray, Charles Decker and Mrs. Robert Yager, of Mauck, Miss Annie Decker, of Stanley, and Mrs. Ella Echard, of Stony Man.
There will be funeral services by Rev. H.J. Dudley, at the grave in the E.L. Kiblinger graveyard at 2 p.m., today, (Tuesday).
MRS. EDITH E. SEAL
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 26 Jun 1923
DEATH OF MRS. SEAL
Mrs. Edith E. Seal, wife of Isaac Prudence Seal, of Hagerstown, died of tuberculosis on last Thursday at the home of her father, Victor Hoak near Luray, aged 25 years, 3 months and 23 days. Her funeral which took place on Friday was conducted by Eld. A.W. Campbell, the remains being interred at Beahm's Chapel. Mrs. Seal was a member of the Rocky Branch Regular Baptist church... She leaves her husband two small children. The family had been living at Hagerstown where Mr. Seal, a former resident of the county, has been working in the Western Maryland shops...
MRS. EDWARD SEAL
Page News & Courier, Friday 19 May 1922
DEATH OF MRS. SEAL
Mrs. ?? Seal, wife of Edward Seal died at her home near Woodstock, on Tuesday and was buried at Beahm's Chapel on Thursday afternoon. Only meagre information has been received here of her death- that being a telegram to her brother, Samuel L. Presgraves, announcing the same. The Seal family moved from Rappahannock to Shenandoah county a few years ago and at different times has resided in this county. The deceased was a daughter of the late James Presgraves and was born in the building now occupied by A.J. Yowell as a harness shop. She was about sixty-four years of age and is survived by the following children: Mrs. D.H. Kendall, of Browntown; Mrs. Ezra Lucas, living on the Grubbs farm between Luray and Leaksville; Solon Seal, living on Jermey's Run; Carl Seal, at Spion Kop; Edward Seal, residing on Hershberger Bros' farm on the Blue Ridge; Dee Seal, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Otho and Charles Seal, living in Shenandoah county. Jonas Seal resided with his parents.
MRS. ELIZABETH SEAL
Page News & Courier, Friday 19 Jul 1929
DEATH OF MRS. SAMUEL SEAL
Mrs. Elizabeth Seal, wife of Samuel Seal, died at her home at Furnace No. 2, on Thursday morning at 9 o’clock, after a lingering illness of heart trouble and complications. Mrs. Seal was about 65 years old and is a daughter of Irvin Cave, of Pine Grove, this county. She is survived by her husband, who is a brother of the late John W. Seal of Luray, and two daughters, Mrs. Maude Merica, and Mrs. Blanche Hammer, all of near Furnace No. 2. The funeral will take place from her late home at 2 p.m., today (Friday) Burial at the Elkton cemetery, at 4 o’clock.
JOHN W. SEAL
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 6 Mar 1928
JOHN W. SEAL DIES AT LURAY
John W. Seal, an old resident of Luray, who recently has been very feeble, passed away at 2:45 p.m., on Saturday at the home of his son, Herman, on West Main Street, Luray, at the age of seventy-nine years. Three weeks ago there was a reunion of the children at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Seal, which to the old couple was a source of great gratification. Seven days later Mr. Seal was taken down with an attack due to gallstones and complications and did not leave his bed thereafter, though at one time he had rallied to such an extent that it was thought he might get out again. On account of his infirmaties he had been more or less disabled for many years, though he was usually seen stirring around.
Mr. Seal moved to Luray from Furnace No. 2, twenty-four years ago. Prior to that he had always lived in the Furnace neighborhood. His wife, who was Miss Laura Blose, was a resident of that same locality. About ten years ago the family moved to Martinsburg, but it was only a short time till they returned to Luray, their home ever since. After the children left the family roof they provided liberally for the two old people, who have lived here happily and contentedly. The surviving children are Hubert, Herman and Arthur Seal, of Luray, W. Clyde Seal and Warfield Seal, of Hagerstown, Chas. C. Seal, of Elkton, and Mrs. Bertie Grove, of Martinsburg, all of whom were at the bedside when the end came. Mr. Seal had been a member of the Methodist church for many years… In addition to his widow and children he leaves one brother, Samuel Seal, of Furnace No. 2. A daughter, Mrs. Maggie Cave, died at Martinsburg, four years ago…
The funeral which will be held at the late home of the deceased in East Luray at 2 p.m., on Wednesday will be conducted by his pastor, Rev. W.A. Lynch, assisted by Eld. Arthur W. Campbell, with interment in Evergreen cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 15 May 1927
DEATH OF REUBEN SEAL
The funeral services of Reuben L. Seal, were held at the Brethren church, at Mauck at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 13th, the body having been brought from Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., on Train 13, escorted by a number of friends and relatives from that section.
Rev. F.F. Neal, Methodist minister from Shenandoah Junction officiated assisted by Rev. H.J. Dudley, pastor of Bethlehem church.
Mr. Seal, who was a son of Trenton Seal and Mrs. Alice Seal, of near Ida, this county, had worked for some years for the N. & W. Ry. and lived at Shenandoah Junction. He was highly respected. He leaves a widow, Mary Seal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Cave and three small children, Elaine, Reuben Jr. and Bruce.
Interment in Kiblinger's cemetery, near Joseph D. Kiblingers'.
W. EDWARD SEAL
Page News & Courier, Friday 21 Dec 1923
DEATH OF EDWARD SEAL
W. Edward Seal, aged sixty-seven years on the fourth of last March, died on Thursday morning of this week at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ezra Lucas, on the Mud Pike, midway between Luray and Leaksville. He had been suffering with some dropsical trouble for eight or nine weeks, the deceased and his wife several weeks ago moving there from their home near Long, this county. He was tenderly cared for by his daughter and wife, to whom he had been married only a few months. The latter was the widow of the late William Aleshire, who for many years lived near Long. By a former marriage he is survived by the following children: Otho Seal, Charles Seal, John Seal, Virgil Seal, all of Shenandoah county; Mrs. Ezra Lucas, Solon Seal, Mrs. Lula Kendall, of Sperryville; Jacob Seal of Martinsburg, W.Va.; Mrs. Lucie Kendall, of Brownton; Everett Seal, of Rileyville, and Hiram Seal, living on the Blue Ridge. He had been a member of the Regular Baptist church for many years and was a hard working man. The funeral will take place on Saturday afternoon at two o’clock the interment taking place in Beahm’s Chapel cemetery, the services being conducted by Elder Lewis Hudson, of Sperryville.
Page News & Courier, Friday 22 Jun 1928
DEATH OF CHILD
A two year old child of Mrs. Mary Seal and the late Reuben Seal of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., was brought to Stanley on Train 13 and was buried at Bethlehem Church, near Stanley the same afternoon at 2 P.M. The funeral was conducted by Rev. H.J. Dudley of Luray. Death occurred at 5 o'clock on Monday after an illness of about a week. The direct cause of death being infantile paralysis. The child's father died about a year ago and was brought to Stanley for burial. Mrs. Seal is the daughter of Herbert Cave, former Overseer of the Poor. The child is survived by its mother and one brother and sister.
MRS. ANNIE E. SEEKFORD
Page News & Courier, Friday 14 Jul 1922
DEATH OF MRS. C.D. SEEKFORD
Mrs. Annie E. Seekford, wife of Cally D. Seekford, of Alma, this county, died on Tuesday morning, aged about fifty years. She had been bedfast for several years and been a great sufferer... She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Miss Mabel Seeekford, at home, and Mrs. George Blakemore, of Stanley. Her father was Alex Jenkins, deceased, of this county. Two sisters, Mrs. James Nauman and Miss Susie Jenkins, both of Stanley, survive her. The funeral which took place at the house on Wednesday, was conducted by Eld. John B. Jenkins, the remains being interred in the family burial ground...
JOHN W. SEEKFORD
Page News & Courier, Friday 7 Jan 1927
DEATH OF JOHN W. SEEKFORD
John W. Seekford, a worthy and highly respected citizen of Springfield district, died of paralysis at five o'clock yesterday morning at the home of his son, George Seekford, on the Dr. J.B. Brumback place, near Springfield. Mr. Seekford lived for many years at Oak Hill where he owned a farm. He has been residing with his son for the last year or two... He was taken ill Tuesday night while at the supper table, the cause being paralysis. The following night he asked for his children to come and lapsed into unconsciousness, which continued till his death...
Mr. Seekford was a son of the late George W. Seekford, of Rileyville, his mother having been a sister of Philip Roberts, deceased. He was a brother of Edward and James Seekford and the late Thomas L. Seekford, of Rileyville. Mr. Seekford was twice married and died a widower. The first wife, who was the mother of his children, was Miss Eugenia Keyser, a daughter of the late Isaac Keyser, and a sister of George W. Keyser, deceased, at Rileyville. The last wife was Miss Evaline Wood, daughter of Gibson Wood, deceased, of Springfield district. His surviving children are Luther and Marion Seekford, of Rileyville, George Seekford, of near Springfield, Edward Seekford, Hagerstown, and Mrs. I. Edward Kibler, of Sharpsburg, Md.
For a number of years the subject of this notice was a member of the Rileyville Baptist chruch... The funeral will take place at the Baptist church at Rileyville at 11 o'clock this (Friday) morning, Rev. H.D. Anderson, Mr. Seekford's pastor in charge, and the burial to be made in Rileyville cemetery.
MRS. LAURA B. SEEKFORD
Page News & Courier, Friday 30 Dec 1927
NATIVE OF PAGE DIES AT HOSPITAL
Mrs. Laura B. Seekford, age 51 years, wife of Isaac Seekford, of Orange, Va., died on Sunday at the University Hospital, Charlottesville, where she went for treatment the first of December suffering from dropsy and other troubles. Mrs. Seekfords, who was a daughter of the late B.F. Dofflemoyer, of Newport, this county has been in poor health for two years and was in the hospital last spring... She was brought back to her early home for burial, the funeral taking place at Newport Tuesday.
Mrs. Seekford leaves the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. E.L. Bumgardner, Mrs. C.A. Foltz, Mrs. C.H. Emerson, Mrs. P.H. Pendleton and Fred Dofflemoyer, of Shenandoah, this county, Mrs. R.G. Deavers, and David Dofflemoyer, of Newport, this county, and J.F. Dofflemoyer, of Orange county...
Mr. and Mrs. Seekford have been living in Orange about twenty years. He, too, is a former resident of Page. At present he is working in a lumber yard at Orange. The surviving children of the couple are Benjamin Seekford, Mrs. Sadie Lloyd, Carl Seekford, and Miss Minnie Seekford all of Orange. Mrs. Seekford was a member of the Newport Christian church...
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 26 Mar 1929
DEATH OF NOAH SEEKFORD SHOCKS ALMA COMMUNITY
Noah Seekford, a respected Confederate veteran, 84 years of age, committed suicide yesterday morning by hanging himself to a rafter on the porch of his residence at Alma, this county, his rash act having been committed while partially deranged. The old man, who maintained some appearance of heatlh and robustness but had long been harassed in mind, and in poor health and in low spirits, had repeatedly threatened suicide, and had even shown people a rope with which he said he was going to commit the act. However, he had made so many expressions of this kind that they were no longer taken seriously. He continuted to work around his garden and patches until the time of his death.
On Sunday night Jacob R. Seekford, a nephew, sat up with him until a late hour finally going to sleep as there seemed no unusual reason to be uneasy about Mr. Seekford. At one o'clock in the morning the old man went down to his wife's room and sat a while on the bed. When she went to sleep he went outside no doubt and hanged himself as soon as he saw there were no watchers... As there was no question about the mode of his death no inquest was deemd necessary by the authorities.
Mr. Seekford was a brother of the late Adam, John W. and David Seekford, of the Alma neighborhood. He practically spent his life around that place. As a young man he was a boatman on the Shenandoah River when that mode of transporting freight was still in vogue. For years he was the ferryman at Alma. A long time he farmed for Squire A. Jackson Shuler, deceased near his present hime and he was also a railroad employee for a time... A Civil War veteran, he had an honorable war record. At the time of his death he owned no real estate but it is said he had money and was in easy circumstances. He lived at the old Andrew J. Huffman place, near Alma belonging to William L. Huffman. His funeral will be held from the Alma Lutheran church at 2 p.m., this (Tuesday) afternoon. Mr. Seekford leaves an aged widow, who is a sister of James T. Phillips of Stanley. His surviving children include Grover Seekford, of Luray, Homer Seekford, of Stanley, Mike and George Seekford, of Tremont City, Ohio, Mrs. Lydia Depoy of Penn Laird, Va., Mrs. Maggie Ritter, Mrs. Lucy Ritter and Mrs. Anna Ritter, all of Winchester. Two daughters, Misses Lessie and Mattie Seekford, are dead.
THOMAS L. SEEKFORD
Page News & Courier, Friday 2 Dec 1921
DEATH OF THOS L. SEEKFORD
Thomas L. Seekford, one of the best known farmers and leading citizens of the county, died at his home on the west side of the river in the Rileyville neighborhood last Saturday... For many years he had resided on Mrs. Susan Long's farm where he died and which for a long time was tenanted by his father, George Seekford, several years supervisor of Springfield district....
He was a member of the Big Spring Old School Baptist church...
The funeral took place in the Rileyville Union Church at 11 o'clok on Monday, the services being conducted by Elder R.H. Pittman in the Rileyville Union church... In addition to his widow Mr. Seekford is survived by the following children: Mrs. Dorothy Brown, who lives near Kimball, Mrs. Bruce Wood, of Rileyville, and Miss Katie Seekford at home, George Seekford near Rileyville, Benjamin Seekford at home and Reuben Seekford, of Baltimore. Mr. Seekford was born in the Alma neighborhood and was 69 years, 2 months and 12 days of age.
MRS. VIRGINIA CORA SEEKFORD (I)
Page News & Courier, Friday 10 Jun 1927
MRS. SEEKFORD’S DEATH
Mrs. Virginia Cora Seekford, widow of the late Adam Seekford passed away at her home in Alma June 3, 1927. She was born March 1, 1851 and died at the age of 76 years, three months and two days. Her funeral was preached in the Baptist church by Rev. Dudley, of Luray, after which she was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery beside her husband who died in 1906. She was baptized into the Church of Christ in her early girlhood. Four years ago she fell and dislocated her hip and has been an invalid ever since. She was tenderly cared for by her two daughters, Misses Lena and Blanche… She leaves the following children to mourn her loss: Callie and William Seekford, Mrs. J.W. Wysong, Jr., of Shepherdstown, W.Va., Mrs. Odus Leake, Mrs. John Burner, and Misses Lena and Blanche at home, two children having preceded her in death about fifteen years ago, Luther Seekford and Mrs. James Painter. She also leaves a half brother, Thos. Decker and three step-children, J.R. and I.N. Seekford and Mrs. Hubert Painter. One step-daughter, Mrs. James Sisler, of New Market died many years ago…
MRS. VIRGINIA SEEKFORD (II)
Page News & Courier, Friday 10 Jun 1927
CURIOUS THINGS FROM JACOB’S WELL
Jacob’s Well, June 8- The great mystery woman has gone to her reward. Seventy-seven years ago a baby girl was born near Leaksville in Page county. She was the daughter of Jack Decker, who was murdered by Simpson Cubbage at Brandy Station in 1864. Jack Decker at that time was a substitute in the army for Harrison Long. About that time her mother died, and Aunt Peggy Dorraugh, who was buried at Shenandoah two weeks ago, took the little girl and raised her to womanhood. In May, 1868, she married, Adam Seekford, my father. In 1869 her first child was born in the old Grapevine church that stood on the west bank of the Shenandoah River west of Alma. That baby was Callie Seekford who now lives at Alma.
When the great flood of 1870 came she would not leave the house till a wave of water rushed in at the door that was about three feet high. The she called for my father to come and take her out. When pap brought her out to the road the water was up to his arms, and she had her baby in her arms.
She was at Luray the day she was married and she made one trip to Leaksville in to see her brother, Joel Decker, in 1881. She was never any further from away than this distance from Alma in her life. She never visited any one during her married life, never was known to go to any church after she was married. She never ate as many as five meals away from her own home. She had one sister named Polly who married Isaac Duncan, one brother, John Decker, who lived in Pennsylvania, Thomas Decker who lived at Stanley and Joel Decker who died in Leaksville. She was the mother of eight children, Callie, William and Luther Seekford, Mrs. William Wysong, of Sheperdstown, W.Va., Mrs. Odus Leak, Mrs. James Painter, Mrs. John Burner and Misses Lena and Blanche Seekford at home. Mrs. Painter and Luther are dead.
She was the most humble woman I ever saw. All the distances she ever traveled in walking and riding would not have exceeded forty miles. She never saw a railroad or a train of cards, but has lived in three miles of the railroad for forty years. Her quiet and strange life is over and she now goes to that better world to meet her murdered father and mother, who was a sister of John and Robert Dinges, of near Leaksville. Her husband died twenty-one years ago, and she has lived at Alma at the old home with her two children, Lena and Blanche, having control of all left by my father during her life. The estate will now be sold and divided among all the heirs of Adam Seekford. No stranger woman ever lived. Still she was a very intelligent woman with a fine mind.
Page News & Courier, Friday 11 Nov 1921
DEATH OF AMBROSE SHENK
Ambrose Shenk, an industrious and highly respected citizen of East Luray died at the age of fifty years at eight o'clock Sunday night after several years declining health due to tuberculosis. The deceased who was a son of the late T.F. Shenk, was an employee of the Deford tannery for many years. His wife who was a Miss Jewell before marriage died five years ago. Mr. Shenk was a brother of William A. Shenk and Mrs. Robert L. Lichliter, of Luray. His surviving children are Misses Stella, Beulah and Gladys Shenk and a son Leo Shenk. The deceased had been a member of the Methodist church for a number of years. His funeral which took place at Beahm's Chapel on Tuesday was conducted by Rev. H.M. Strickler.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 6 Mar 1928
DEATH OF CARL SHENK, WAR VETERAN
Carl Shenk, World War veteran, son of the late Henry C. Shenk, of Luray, died at 1 p.m., on Saturday at a Maryland sanitarium, near Baltimore, where he had been under treatment for over a year. He would have been thirty-five years old had he lived till the 7th of this month.
Carl Shenk has not been in good health since the World War in which he served in the expeditionary forces and suffered shell shock on the French front. He belonged to the National Army, having been drafted at Hagerstown, where he was an employee of the railroad for some time. Eighteen months ago, his disability, attributed to being gassed, became so serious that members of the American Legion at this place secured his admission into the Walter Reed Hospital, a government institution in Washington, D.C. He remained there for several months when on account of his improvement his relatives secured his release and he went to the home of his sister, Mrs. Vernon Echard, at Hagerstown. It was not long before the malady, largely mental became so aggravated that his admission to the Maryland institution was secured.
The deceased was born near Luray. As a youth and prior to locating elsewhere he was known as a keen horse trader. He saved his money, owned several houses in Hagerstown, and is said to have left an estate of $7000 to $10,000. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Pamily Shenk, of Luray, a full brother, David W. Shenk, of Luray, a full sister, Mrs. Vernon Echard, of Hagerstown and three half-brothers, William T. Hinton and Lacurgus Shenk of Luray, and Edward Shenk, of Hagerstown. His father, Henry C. Shenk died in July 1926.
Members of the American Legion inform us that “Carly” Shenk bore an excellent army record and was in active service at the front for a long time. His funeral, which took place yesterday afternoon at the home of his mother, Mrs. Pamily Shenk near the Luray Caverns was conducted by Rev. Charles A. Hall and Elder A.W. Campbell with burial in Evergreen cemetery. The American Legion was in charge.
HENRY C. SHENK
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 20 Jul 1926
AGED VETERAN GOES TO HIS REWARD
Henry C. Shenk, a well-known Confederate veteran and Luray Caverns guide, passed away at his home near the Cave at seven o'clock Friday morning lacking four days of reaching his eighty-second birthday. Death was due to causes incident to old age... Moving to near the Caverns twenty-five years ago Mr. Shenk's principal occupation since that time has been as a guide to visitors of the underground wonder. On Memorial Day he took four parties through the Cave and gave no evidence of the strain afterwards, but a few days later seemed to be almost overcome by working in the garden and around his home in the hot sun. Realizing that a serious turn for the worse in his health had come he went to Luray on June 16th, and bought a burial lot in Evergreen cemetery and made other arrangements looking to his end...
Mr. Shenk was born near Big Spring, his father having been Samuel Shenk and his mother a Miss Sedwick, a sister of George W. Sedwick, Sr. He farmed near Luray until his removal to near the Caverns about 1901. In the civil war he served with Co. 9, 7th Va. Cavalry... In early life he connected himself with Fletcher's Chapel M.E. church...
Mr. Shenk's first wife was Miss Ellen Murray, a sister of the late Joseph Murray, of Springfield district. By this marriage three children survive, viz.; Edward Shenk, a car inspector in the Pennsylvania R.R., Shops, Baltimore, Md.; Larcugus W. Shenk, of near Luray, and Mrs. Bessie Bowman, wife of Frank Bowman, of Chicago, a traveling demonstrator of farm machinery. Another son, Calvin Shenk, died in New York seven or eight years ago. Mr. Shenk's second wife, who survives him, was Mrs. Pamily Freeze Hinton. The children of the second marriage are David W. Shenk, of Luray and Mrs. Vernon (Virgie) Echard and Carl Shenk, of Hagerstown... the funeral which was held at the home at 2 p.m., on Saturday by Rev. H.L. Hoffman, the interment being in Evergreen Cemetery, Luray...
The deceased leaves one brother, John Shenk and one sister, Mrs. Sue Crismore, both of Baltumore. The Shenk family was originally a large one, there having been seven brothers. Those who have passed away are Henry C., J.H., E. Botts and Benjamin Shenk, of Luray and Springfield district, Joseph Shenk, of Dorchester, Wise county, Va., and E.R. ("Gov") Shenk, of Boyce, Va., for years a deputy sheriff of Clarke county.
MRS. PAMILY SHENK
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 2 Sep 1930
DEATH OF MRS. PAMILY SHENK
Mrs. Pamily Shenk, widow of Henry C. Shenk died at 3 Saturday morning very unexpectedly. She retired Friday night apparently as well as usual. The next morning she complained of not feeling well. A few moments later she expired.
Mrs. Shenk, who was seventy-six years old January 1st, was a daughter of David Freeze, deceased, of Newport. By her first marriage, to Jefferson Hinton, of this county, she leaves one son, William T. Hinton, north of Luray. A daughter, Mrs. Vernon Echard, of Hagerstown, and a son, David W. Shenk, of near Luray Caverns, survive as the issue of the second marriage. A son, Carl Shenk, a World War veteran, died a few years ago. In early life Mrs. Shenk united with the Newport Christian church. She was a kind and neighborly woman. She resided at the Henry C. Shenk home near the Cave.
The funeral took place on Sunday, Rev. Charles A. Hall in charge and interment in Evegreen cemetery, Luray.
THOMAS D. SHENK
Page News & Courier, Friday 29 Aug 1924
Thomas D. Shenk died at his home on the Lee Highway five miles east of Luray on Wednesday night about eight o'clock following a long illness. Hardening of the arteries and a complications of diseases were the cause of death. He was the son of the late Martin Shenk and spent his entire life at the place of his death. Mr. Shenk was 70 years, 2 months and 6 days od age, and leaves the following children: Bergie and Page Shenk at home; Dolan Shenk, of Hagerstown; Odis Shenk, of Camden, N.J. and Mrs. Mary Shenk near Kimball. The funeral of Mr. Shenk took place from his late home on Friday evening at two o'clock, the interment taking place in Beahm's Chapel cemetery...
Page News & Courier, Friday 30 Mar 1923
William Shifflett, for a long time a resident of Luray, where he lived on the Boom, died at the Alms House near Marksville last Sunday. Death was due to infirmities incident to old age. He was born in the neigborhood of Shenandoah, and was far advanced in years. Three children survive him, one living in Luray, one in Shenandoah and the other in Hagerstown. The burial took place on Monday.
Page News & Courier, Friday 8 mar 1929
The sad news of Mrs. Mittie Alger's brother, John Shomo's death was sent too late for her to attend the funeral. He was the son of William and Frances Shomo, and was born at Newport 68 years ago. He married Miss Lucy Sellers, of Elkton, to which union five children were born. He spent most of his life at Newport. He was a blacksmith by trade. He joined the Christian church in his youth...
MRS. PAMILY SHOMO
Page News & Courier, Friday 2 Jul 1926
DEATH OF MRS. PAMILY SHOMO AT SHENANDOAH
Mrs. Pamily Shomo, aged 58, widow of Samuel J. Shomo, died at 10 p.m., on Tuesday at her home in Shenandoah, this county, after several years declining health. Her death is attributed to tuberculosis. Mrs. Shomo not even a month ago spent a week with her daughter, Mrs. Grover Seekford, in Luray.
Prior to marriage Mrs. Shomo was a Miss Turner, of the Newport neighborhood. She leaves the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Will Good, of Ingham, Charles and Albert Turner, of Rockingham county, John Turner, of Ingham, and Robert Turner, of Newport.
Mr. and Mrs. Shomo lived at Newport for many years, but at the time of his death which occurred May 16, 1921, they were residents of Shenandoah City. The surviving children are Thomas Shomo, of Hagerstown, Md., Charles Shomo, of Columbus, O., Mrs. Daisy Housden, of Dayton, O., James Shomo, Samuel Shomo Jr., Mrs. Lily Lucas and Mrs. Lelia Keyser, of Shenandoah City, Mrs. Rachel Dofflemoyer and Mrs. Rosie Smelser, of Grov eHill, and Mrs. Grover Seekford, of Luray… The deceased was a member of the Newport Christian church and was highly esteemed.
The funeral of Mrs. Shomo will take place from the home today, Rev. J.W. Henderson conducting the services. Interment at Newport.
Page News & Courier, Friday 20 May 1921
DEATH OF MR. SHOMO
Samuel Shomo, formerly of Newport this county, who several years ago moved to Shenandoah, where he engaged in railroad work, died in the latter place on Monday night about 12 o'clock... Before locating in Shenandoah he was a popular citizen of the Newport section, where he spent most of his life. Mr. Shomo was a son of the late William Shomo, who has been dead many years, his wife before marriage being Miss Pamily Turner, daughter of Andrew Turner of Newport. He is survived by six or seven children. For a long time he had been a member of the Newport Christian church... The interment took place at Newport on Wednesday.
MRS. ANNIE SHORT
Page News & Courier, Friday 9 Dec 1927
DEATH OF MRS. NEWTON SHORT
Mrs. Annie Short, wife of Newton Short, died at her home at Leaksville, at 2 a.m., on Wednesday. She had been in a poor state of health for several years but was confined to her bed only about a week. Death is attributed to cancer. Mrs. Short who was about fifty years old was a daughter of the late William Rothgeb, of Luray and leaves two sisters, Mrs. R. Hughes Campbell and Miss Blanche Rothgeb, of this place. Her surviving family consists of her husband and nine children as follows: Mrs. Carl Weatherholtz, of Stanley, this county, Mrs. May Good, of Ohio, Mrs. Mabel Carr, of Danville, Va., Mrs. Theodore Phillips, of ?, Pa., Mrs. Thelma Campbell, of ?, and Lake, Paul, Dan and Jesse Short, of Leaksville. All the children except Mrs. Thelma Campbell are here for the funeral… The funeral will be held at the Leaksville church today by Rev. A.W. Andes?, her pastor, with interment in the cemetery nearby.
MRS. CARRIE SHORT
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 20 Jan 1925
DEATH OF MRS. JOHN R. SHORT
Mrs. Carrie Short, wife of John R. Short, the retired section foreman of Stanley, died at her home on Thursday at the age of sixty-eight years. Her decease is attributed to pellagra, a disease that appeared in recent years and of which there have been several cases at Stanley...
Mrs. Short was a daughter of Abram Painter, deceased, being a sister of Abram ("Jube") and John Painter and Mrs. Henry Petefish, of the Stanley neighborhood. Her first husband was Oakley Nauman, of Stanley. The following children survive her: Grover, Charles, Jacobm and Fred Nauman and Mrs. Ernest Mayes, all of Stanley, and Lester Nauman, of Hagerstown. For a number of years while Mr. Short was section foreman he resided at Luray. He was one of the most efficient section men the N. & W. ever had.
Mrs. Short was a member of the Old School Baptist church... Her funeral and interment which took place at the Adventist church near Stanley were conducted by Eld. John B. Jenkins of the Old School Baptists according to her request.
FRANK SHORT (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN)
Page News & Courier, Friday 2 Jun 1922
Death of an Old Confederate Soldier
Frank, better known as (Buddie) Short, died Tuesday morning near Wolftown in Madison county, of old age. He had been blind for the past several months. Mr. Short was twice married his first wife being a daughter of Philip Burns. She died about 20 years ago. His last wife was a Miss Stroupe, he had four children by his first wife, Mrs. Wlber Miller, Mrs. Charlie Cave, Mrs. W.D. Short and Charlie Short all of Stanley, his last wife and three children by her survive him. His remains were brought to Graves Chapel cemetery and buried by his first wife, Wednesday afternoon. Short services by Rev. Tucker. He was 75 years, 8 months and 29 days of age.
GEORGE W. SHORT
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 25 Feb 1930
GEORGE W. SHORT EXPIRES SUDDENLY AS HE LEAVES HOSPITAL
George W. Short, aged 52 years, a thrifty and highly respected citizen of Stanley, this county, died suddenly at 12:30 p.m., on Sunday, a few minutes after leaving the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, where he had gone for an x-ray examination for hear trouble. Mr. Short, a veteran employee of the Norfolk and Western railroad, had not been entirely well for some time, but continued to work. He came home on Wednesday night from Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., his place of employment, on account of a severe attack of angina pectoris, and several subsequent attacks...
Mr. Short's death was a great shock to the Stanley communit. He had a handsome brick home there... He was a son of George W. Short, deceased. He was twice married, his first wife having been a Miss Booton, of Stanley, the second wife, who survives, having been Mrs. Lizzie Whittington. He leaves one son, Ralph Shprt, one brother, William Short, of Stanley, and the following sisters: Mrs. Albert Painter and Mrs. Pearl Foltz, of Stanley, Mrs. F.L. Mayes, of Luray, Mrs. Maude Aleshire, of Washington, D.C., Mrs. Maggie Lowe, of Shepherdstown and two sisters in the West.
Mr. Short will be buried on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., at the Stanley Adventist church.
MRS. GRACE SHORT
Page News & Courier, Friday 27 Jun 1924
Mrs. Grace Short, wife of Thomas Short, died at her home in east Stanley Wednesday morning after being sick only a few days. She had been very feeble about a month ago but had gotten able to attend to her house work. But a few days ago she had a back set which proved fatal. Mrs. Short was about 32 years old. She leaves a husband and nine children, the oldest a boy about 14 years old, the youngest a baby about 1 year old. She was the daughter of David Blosser, deceased. She also leaves a mother and three sisters namely Mrs. John W. Knight, Mrs. Amos Short and Mrs. Ashby Short and one brother, McKinley Blosser. The funeral arrangements have not been made up to this time.
MRS. JANE SHORT
Page News & Courier, Friday 25 Jun 1926
Mrs. Jane Short, widow of Frank Short, died Tuesday on the Ridge of tuberculosis. She leaves two daughters and one grandchild... The interment took place on the Ridge sometime Wednesday.
MRS. PEARL SHORT
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 10 Mar 1925
DEATH OF YOUNG MOTHER AT STANLEY
Mrs. Pearl Short, wife of Edward Short, residing half a mile Southwest of Stanley, died at five o'clock on Saturday morning after a long illness. She was about thirty years old... Her surviving husband is a son of former Section Foreman John Short, of Stanley, and is a veteran of the World War. She also leaves a little son about four years old. Mrs. Short was the only surviving child of Edward Nauman, of Stanley, who died about twenty-seven years ago. She leaves a number of half brothers and sisters, her mother having become the wife of Beauregard Cubbage after the decease of the first husband. The funeral took place at the Stanley Adventist church yesterday...
MRS. SUSAN SHORT
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 22 Jul 1924
DEATH OF MRS. SUSAN SHORT
Mrs. Susan Short, widow of George W. Short, a highly esteemed old lady, aged eighty-five years, residing with her daughter, Mrs. Albert Painter, near Stanley, died on Friday after years of declining health she having been bedfast more than a year. Mrs. Short was a Miss Jenkins prior to her marriage. Morgan Jenkins, deceased, of near Kimball, this county, having been a brother. Her husband, George W. Short, has been dead for many years.
The surviving children of Mrs. Sort are Mrs. Albert Painter, Mrs. Charles L. Foltz, Mrs. F.L. Mayes, Mrs. William Donovan, William Short and George Short, of Stanley, Page county, Mrs. Ashby Aleshire, of Washington, D.C., Mrs. John Aleshire, of Kansas, and Mrs. Eliza Wood, of Oklahoma. The funeral was delayed until Monday that the two daughters in the far West might be communicated with. Neither of them came. The services which were held at two p.m., were conducted by Eld. Hottel, of New Market.
MRS. LAURA SHULER
Page News & Courier, Thursday 2 May 1930
DEATH OF MRS. SHULER AT HUTCHINSON, KANSAS
Mrs. Jacob E. Foster, South of Luray, received a telegram yesterday announcing the death of her mother, Mrs. Laura Shuler, widow of William D. Shuler, of Hutchinson, Kansas, which occurred in a hospital in that city. Mrs. Shuler who was seventy-eight years old, had been afflicted with heart trouble and in a weak condition for some time. A few weeks ago she fell and broke her hip and was removed to the hospital. She was a sister of Thomas J. Price, of near Antioch church, this county, and of Mrs. B.M. Davis, of Charles Town, W.Va. Her first husband, John Adam Sours, of Ida, this county, died many years ago she married William D. Shuler, of Hutchinson, Kansas, a native of this county. In addition to Mrs. Foster she leaves two sons and four daughters, residing at Hutchinson, Kansas, Mrs. Henry Kollholl, Grover Sours, George Sours, and Mrs. Cleveland Sours, all by the first marriage. She owned an attractive home in Hutchinson. She belonged to the Lutheran church. Interment in the West.
MRS. ALBERT SISK
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 16 Aug 1927
Mrs. Albert Sisk died at her home near here Thursday evening, Aug. 4th after a long illness. She had been confined to her bed for about six weeks. She was a consistent member of Oakley Baptist church. She leaves one sister, Mrs. Golden Jenkins; two brothers, Lester and Oscar Fincham; her husband and one child to mourn for her death.
MRS. MERCY JANE SKELTON
Page News & Courier, Friday 7 Oct 1921
DEATH OF MRS. SKELTON
Mrs. Mercy Jane Skelton, widow of Noah Skelton, died at her home near Spring Farm on Tuesday afternoon after an illness of something like a year or longer... Mrs. Skelton was a Miss Finter before marriage, having been a sister of the late Maj. C.W., and Perry Finter of this county, and Chas. H. Finter, now living in Missouri. Her husband has been dead something like fifteen years. He was one of the old time fence builders of the county... The deceased had been a member of Main Street Baptist church, Luray for many years, connecting herself with the same during the pastorate of Dr. H.M. Wharton, now of Baltimore. Mrs. Skelton was 72 years, 11 months and 22 days of age, and is survived by the following children; James and Theodore at home; Wilbur of Grimes, Md.; and Hubert, of Tyrone, Pa. The funeral services took place from her late home on Thursday at 11 o'clock, the services being conducted by Rev. R.F. Staples, of Luray, the interment taking place in the family burial ground.
MRS. MARY SLOAT
Page News & Courier, Friday 12 Mar 1920
DEATH OF MRS. CHARLES D. SLOAT
Mrs. Mary Sloat, widow of the late Charles Sloat, died at her home in Winchester, on Thursday morning. Mrs. Sloat was a daughter of Isaac C. Cave, deceased, and was born in this county 68 years ago. The cause of her death was lung trouble from which she had been suffering for a year or more. She is survived by one son, John I. Sloat, Cashier of the Commercial and Savings Bank of Winchester, six brothers, D.N., D.W., and John H. Cave, of this county and A.J. Cave, Luke, Md., Ashby Cave, of West Virginia, Joseph Cave, of Illinois, and one sister, Mrs. Jos. Trenary, of Cumberland, Md. Mrs. Sloat was a devoted Christian having been a member of the Winchester Methodist church for 40 years. Her burial will take place at Winchester on Saturday.
MISS BERTHA SMELSER
Page News & Courier, Friday 4 Jul 1921
DEATH OF MISS SMELSER
Miss Bertha Lee Smelser, aged eighteen years, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John B. Smelser, near Honeyville, Sunday, July 2d, after a lingering illness of organic heart trouble. She is survived by her parents and several brothers and sisters. Her remains were interred in the Leak’s Chapel burying ground on Monday. Funeral services were conducted by Eld. George Painter of the Brethren church.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 20 Nov 1928
DEATH OF HARVEY SMELSER
Harvey Smelser, until four years ago a resident of Compton, this county, died on Thursday at the age of 82 years at the home of his son, Vernon Smelser, a remount station employee at Front Royal. He had gone around until four weeks before his death when he suffered a stroke of paralysis, being bedfast thereafter.
Mr. Smelser was a miller, mill-wright, blacksmith and merchant. For many years he had a small store and operated a mill at Compton assisted by his sons. He spent pratically his entire life in his native county of Page, where he was highly respected. Four years ago he went to Front Royal to live with his son.
Mr. Smelser leaves the following children: Mrs. Chester C. Sigler, of Luray, Mrs. W.A. Sigler, of Washington, D.C., Mrs. Bertha Vicker, of Front Royal, formerly Mrs. Sivills, Vernon Smelser, of Front Royal, Early Smelser, of Tennessee, Amos Smelser, of Compton, Mrs. Nellie Sampsell, of Hagerstown, Mrs. Laura Reid, of Baltimore and Monroe Smelser, of Compton. A daughter, Mrs. Walter Duke, of Martinsburg, died a few months ago. Mr. Smelser’s wife, who was Miss Mary Jane Cullers, daughter of Isaac Cullers, of Rileyville, died nine years ago, after being an invalid for more than twenty years. His brothers and sisters now deceased were: Mrs. Pamily Wilson, of Brand, Miss Samantha Smelser, of Compton, William and George Smelser, of Mountain View and Wharton Smelser, of Compton. He was a useful and active member of the Brethren church.
The funeral which was held at the Compton church on Saturday, was conducted by Elders H.F. Sours and J.A. Racer of the Brethren with burial at Rileyville…
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 26 Oct 1926
DEATH OF WILLIAM SMELSER
William M. Smelser, of Mountain View, near Rileyville, who has been in failing health from hardening of the arteries and complications for four years, died at nine o'clock on Saturday night at his old home, now the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Baker. He had been bedfast for two or three weeks. The funeral will take place today at Macedonia church, near White Post, Clarke county, where his wife died a number of years ago when called to that place by the last illness of her mother. Mr. Smelser was seventy years of age. One brother, Harvey Smelser, of Front Royal, and the following children survive: Charles Ernest Smelser and Mrs. H.B. Jones, of Cumberland, Md., Mrs. Carrie Selbee, of Kenova, W.Va., Mrs. W.W. Rayburn, of Ridgely, W.Va., Mrs. B.J. Clatterbuck, of Hagerstown, Md., Mrs. Robert J. Baker, of Rileyville, Va. Mr. Smelser's wife prior to marriage was Miss Bettie Price, daughter of Morgan Price, of this county, latter of Clarke and Frederick counties. Fifteen years ago, shortly after the death of his wife, Mr. Smelser, who owned a small farm on Mountain View, now the Baker place, broke up housekeeping and made his home with his children... He was an expert carpenter, a good citizen and a member of the Methodist church. His sister-in-law, Mrs. Mattie Deavers, of Rileyville, went to White Post on Tuesday to arrange for the funeral...
BENJAMIN H. SMITH
Page News & Courier, Friday 28 Sep 1923
FATAL ACCIDENT TO FORMER SKYLAND LABORERS
A truck load of fifteen apple pickers from the Nethers neighborhood in Madison county, including a number of former laborers at the Skyland summer resort on the Blue Ridge in this county, turned over in a ditch near the Front Roayl Remount station about 11 o'clock last Saturday morning, Ben. H. Smith, a middle aged man of Nethers, familiar to many Page people, died of his injuries in a few minutes. Twelve others received more or less severe injuries, the number including Geo. Weakley, James Weakley, Lewis Smith, Athens Nichols, Fletcher Fincham, H.L. Dulaney, Lester Hudson the driver, Sylvester Dyer, Elton Sisk, Eddie Dyer, Vander Dyer and Irving Smith. The truck, which belonged to Wesley Jenkins, mechant at Nethers, was taking the men to work in Harry F. Byrd's orchards near Winchester.
It is said that Smith, the man killed, changed places with another man, a moment befoe the accident in order that he might sit on the outside, a fact that probably caused his death. Dulaney, one of the injured is a justice of the peace Deputy Sheriff Hudson of Madison county, was one of the party.
One theory of the accident according to the Front Royal Record is that a member of the party thinking that the truck was going too fast down the mountain side threw on the emergency brake causing the car to skuff, while others say the changing of drivers at a critical stage caused the distressing accident...
CHARLES B. SMITH (I)
Page News & Courier, Friday 19 Nov 1926
DEATH OF FORMER RESIDENT OF PAGE COUNTY
Coming suddenly and unexpectdely Charles B. Smith died at 5 o'clock Saturday morning from an attack of acute indigestion. He had been in apparently good health and his death came as a shock to his family and many friends. He was 60 years, 5 months and three days of age and had lived a number of years just south of Woodstock.
... He was a member of the Methodist church for several years before his death...
He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Martha Jane Alger, and to them one son, Frank, was born who survives him. His second wife, who survives him, was Miss Ada Martin. He is also survived by three other sons, Elmer Smith, Strasburg, Eddie Smith and Lester Smith, of New Jersey, two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Haun, near Woodstock, and Miss Ruth Smith, at home; four sisters, Mrs. Fannie Cave, Luray, Mrs. Dollie Kibler, Page county, Mrs. Bettie Kibler, Page county, Mrs. Nannie Short, Charlottesville, and three brothers, Isaac Smith, Martinsburg, W.Va., Thomas Smith, Luray, and W.H. Smith, Quicksburg.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev.W.D. Keene, from the home at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon and interment was made in Massanutten Cemetery.
C.B. SMITH (II)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 30 Nov 1926
C.B. Smith died near Woodstock, Va., Nov. 13, 1926, age d60 years and 5 months. He was the son of the late Abram and Susan Smith, of Page county, Va. He was twice married, Feb. 8, 1888, he and Miss Martha J. Alger, daughter of the late Nathaniel Alger, were married. To this union were born three children- Willie, who died in infancy, Frank at home and Sissie. Oct. 3, 1893, he and Miss Ada Martin were married and to the last union were born five children- three boys- Eddie and Lester of Jersey, and Elmer, of Strasburg, Va., and two daughters, Myrtle and Ruth at home. There are three grandchildren to mourn his loss, and three brothers, Joseph P., of Egypt Bend, Va., Isaac N. Smith, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and W.H. Smith, of Quicksburg, Va., and four sisters, Mrs. Louin Short, of Charlottesville, Va., (Nannie), Mrs. D.W. Cave, (Fannie), Mrs. T.O. Kibler, (Dollie), Mrs. J.P. Kibler, (Bettie, all of Liray. He moved to Woodstock twenty-seven years ago and worked there for H.B. Chapman for twenty-six years... He was a member of the Methodist church. The burial services were held at the house by his pastor, Monday, Nov. 15, 1926, and he was buried in the cemetery at Woodstock, Va.
WILLIAM H. SMITH
Page News & Courier, Friday 9 May 1924
DEATH OF A FORMER PAGE MAN
Emanuel Smith, formerly of Page county, died suddenly at his home in Madison county on April 28th. Death was due to old age, being more than seventy years of age. He was the oldest son of John and Eliza Smith and brother of George, Thos., and Simeon Smith of this county. He had followed the plastering business for the past forty years. He leaves three sons and two daughters, his wife having preceded him to the grave four years ago.
EMANUEL SMITH ( SON OF GEORGE)
Page News & Courier, Friday 9 Jan 1925
DEATH OF M.E. SMITH
Emanuel Smith, of near Comer’s church in the vicinity of Shenandoah City, died on Monday night after about five days illness. He had some kind of nervous disorder of the exact nature of which we have not been informed. His health had been good previously. Mr. Smith was a plasterer and an honorable and upright citizen. He was about fifty years old. He leaves a widow and five children, and is survived by his father, George W. Smith and several brothers. Mr. Smith was a member of the Christian church. He was buried by his brother Odd Fellows at the old home place, Rev. Mr. Rau conducting the services.
JOHN A. SMITH
Page News & Courier, Friday 24 Dec 1920
John A. Smith living two miles East of Shenandoah died Friday evening after a long illness with heart trouble, aged sixty-eight. He leaves a widow and one son, David L. Smith, of Martinsburg, W.Va. Two sisters, Mrs. Nancy Cave and Mrs. Sarah Price, and one brother Abram Smith, also survive. The funeral took place at the late residence of the deceased on Sunday.
Page News & Courier, Friday 12 Dec 1930
DEATH OF JAMES SMITH
James Smith, age 73, who in former years lived West of the Shenandoah river, near Luray, died on Wednesday at his home South of Newport. Mr. Smith had been feeble for some time, but was going around until the last. He was taken much worse Tuesday night and lapsed into unconsciousness. His death occurred at 9 a.m., the next day.
Mr. Smith was married three times, first to Miss Rinehart, next to Mrs. Jack Turner and last to Mrs. Larkin Dulaney. The last wife survives him. His children are David and Vernon Smith of Hagerstown, Harvey Smith of Massanutten, Page county, Elmer Smith and MMrs. Anna Lee Woolford, of Hagerstown. He was the son of Tazewell Smith, deceased, spending most of his life around Newport, where he owned a home and worked for Reuben Walton, Solon Hanson and others for years. He was a good member of the Christian church and was a quiet, inoffensive citizen.
JOHN WILLIAM SMITH
Page News & Courier, Friday 11 Oct 1929
DEATH OF J.W. SMITH NEAR NEWPORT
John William Smith, a highly respected old citizen, residing near the Brick church above Newport, died at his home at 11:30 a.m., on Tuesday. While his last illness last but a week, Mr. Smith had been feeble for some time. He was seventy-five years old, having been born on February 13, 1854. He was a son of Tazewell Smith, deceased, who came from East of the Ridge, and located in this county, marrying Miss Mary Louderback, of Page. John William Smith was a native of this county.
Mr. Smith leaves a widow who was formerly Miss Frances Alger, of Page county, and one son, William Smith, who lives at the parental home. Mr. Smith owned a small farm near the Brick church and was an upright and inoffensive citizen. He belonged to the Christian church.
The funeral was held at 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday at the Christian church at Newport, Rev. A.W. Andes, pastor of the deceased, conducting the services. The burial was in the graveyard near the church.
JOSEPH T. SMITH
Page News & Courier, Friday 27 Apr 1928
DEATH OF JOSEPH T. SMITH
On Thursday, April 12th, 1928, Joseph T. Smith, of Egypt Bend, Page county, Va., died from a complication of diseases. He was aged 66 years, 8 months and 4 days. He was a son of Abraham and Susan Smith, of Page county, Va., and he spent his life in Page county. He leaves two brothers, Isaac N. Smith, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and the writer, William H. Smith, of Quicksburg, Shenandoah county. A brother, C.B. Smith, of near Woodstock, Va., died Nov. 13, 1926; His sisters, Mrs. Luin Short (Nannie) of Charlottesville, Mrs. D.W. Cave (Fannie), Mrs. T.O. Kibler, (Dollie), Mrs. J.P. Kibler (Bettie), all of Page county, are left to mourn his death. A sister, Mrs. D.N. Silvious died Feb. 5th, 1917. Just three weeks before his death, his only daughter, Mrs. Edith Burner, preceded him to the grave aged 42 years, 1 month and 5 days. His wife and only son, Clifford, have our heartfelt sympathy…
MRS. SUSAN J.J. SMITH
Page News & Courier, Friday 26 Nov 1920
DEATH OF MRS. SMITH
Mrs. Susan JJ. Smith, widow of Abram Smith, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D.W. Cave, on Friday, November 19th, aged 84 years, 6 months and one day. For the past seventeen years Mrs. Smith had been living with her children. Her funeral was preached in the Mill Creek church by Elder R.T. Strickler, the burial taking place in the J.W. Ruffner grave yard. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Luin Short, of Charlottesville; Mrs. D.W. Cave, Mrs. T.O. Kibler, Mrs. John P. Kibler, C.B. Smith of Woodstock, Isaac N. Smith, of Martinsburg, W.Va., Joseph T. Smith and your scribe, William H. Smith.
Page News & Courier, Friday 13 Apr 1928
DEATH OF A GOOD CITIZEN
Thomas Smith, aged sixty-six years, a respected and industrious citizen, living on the River, West of Luray, died early yesterday morning. He was paralyzed more than a year ago but partly recovered, though one hand remained crippled. The last and fatal stroke came two weeks ago. Mr. Smith leaves a widow who was Miss Allie Higgs, a sister of D.B. Higgs, of Luray. One son, Clifford Smith, lives at the parental home. A daughter, Mrs. Edith Burner, wife of Mervin Burner, died recently, and a son, Hubert, was lost in childhood. Surviving brothers and sisters are, William H. Smith, of Quicksburg, Va., Isaac Smith, of Martinsburg, W.Va., Mrs. T.O. Kibler, Mrs. John P. Kibler and Mrs. Daniel W. Cave, of near Luray, and Mrs. Luen Short, of Charlottesville. Mr. Smith owned a little home West of the River and found employment with the farmers and others.
MRS. ANNIE SOURS
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 17 Apr 1923
DEATH OF MRS. ANNIE SOURS
Mrs. Annie E. Sours, widow of the late Samuel Sours (Chapultepec) died at the home of John A. Foltz, a mile south of Luray on Sunday morning at three o’clock, following an illness of several months which had rendered her quite feeble. Her husband was one of the soldiers that took part in the Mexican war of 1846-1848, and was a pensioner for this reason. It is related- and that without question- that Samuel Sours was one of the famous soldiers of the United States who took part in scaling the walls of the famous Mexican city of Chapultepec, and hence the name that he carried to the day of his death. For many years Mrs. Sours had been a familiar figure in Luray, at stated times coming here on business connected with the drawing of her allotment from the government by reason of the service that had been rendered by her late husband. She is said to have been born near Elkton, Rockingham county, about eighty years ago, her maiden name being Miss Annie Wood. The following step children survive her: William H. Sours, of Mill Creek; Charles and Samuel Sours, of near Ida; Jacob Sours, of Culpeper, Mrs. Sarah Tutwiler, of Morning Star, and Mrs. Mary Somers, of Ida. The funeral service took place at the home of Mr. Foltz on Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, the interment taking place an hour later at the home of William H. Sours, of Mill Creek. The services were conducted by Rev. C.W. Cassell, of the Lutheran church, assisted by Rev. H.J. Dudley, of the Church of Christ.
MRS. ARBELIA SOURS
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 11 Sep 1923
DEATH OF MRS. WILLIAM H. SOURS
Mrs. Arbelia Sours, wife of William H. Sours, of upper Mill Creek, died at seven o’clock Friday night at the age of sixty eight years after a long period of decline following a distressing accident last April when she was badly scalded by the upsetting of a vessel of hot water. For several years before this occurrence Mrs. Sours’ health had been delicate, and she was not able to rally from the effects of the accident. For a time thereafter she could sit up but she was bedfast for several months prior to her decease.
Mrs. Sours, who was a daughter of Emanuel Smith, deceased, of this county, is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. John A. Foltz, of near Luray, Mrs. Fred Dinges, Arthur Sours, Amos Sours and Luther Sours, of Stanley, Thomas Sours, of Martinsburg, Love Sours, of Culpeper, Lonnie Sours, at home, and Elmer Sours, of Michigan. All of the children were at the funeral except Elmer Sours. The surviving sisters of the deceased are Mrs. Harry Painter, Mrs. Joseph Coffman and Mrs. Benton Weatherholtz, of Stanley.
… She had been a member of the Lutheran church for many years. The funeral took place at her late home on Sunday afternoon, the interment taking place in the family graveyard nearby. The services were conducted by Rev. C.W. Cassell.
CHARLES S. SOURS
Page News & Courier, Friday 9 Nov 1923
DEATH OF CHARLES S. SOURS
Charles S. Sours, died at his home at Leaksville, this county on Wednesday morning of this week, after a protracted illness, which resulted in his having been treated at three different hospitals- Baltimore, Richmond and Harrisonburg. His disease baffled the best medical skill of the country and several months ago he returned to his home, calmly awaiting the final summons. Mr. Sours married Miss Emma Huffman, daughter of Isaac Huffman, of Mill Creek, who, with one son, Oscar Sours, survives him. He lived with his son on their farm near Leaksville, though he also owned the Solomon D. Rothgeb farm on the river a mile west of that place. He was a highly respected and honorable man and had many friends who for a long time have known that his disease was incurable and whose sympathy was enlisted to an unusual degree. For a number of years he had been a member of the Stanley Baptist church and the denomination will suffer by his death. The deceased was a s on of the late Henry Sours of the Hawksbill and a brother of Elder Hubert F. Sours also of the same section and Mrs. Julius Sours, near Luray. Mr. Sours was 62 years, 6 months and 3 days of age. The burial took place on Thursday of this week in the Leaksville cemetery, the services being conducted by his pastor, Rev. J.E. Tucker, assisted by Rev. R.P. Crumpler, of the Leaksville Christian Church…
Page News & Courier, Friday 16 Dec 1921
DEATH OF FRANK SOURS
Frank Sours, of near Stony Man, died about the noon hour yesterday at the home of his son Amos Sours after an illness lasting over eight years, having been paralyzed and nenver recovering enough to be out since that time.
Mr. Sours was about 65 years of age and leaves a widow and the following children: Mrs. Wesley Weaver, Mrs. Klinehouse, Amos and James and Miss Kate Sours all of this county and Mrs. J.P. McBurney of Norfolk. At this hour no arrangements have been made as to the funeral.
GUY WASHINGTON SOURS
Page News & Courier, Friday 15 Dec 1922
DEATH OF INFANT
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Sours, on upper Mill Creek, lost their infant son Guy Washington Sours, aged ten months, on Wednesday. Death resulted from pneumonia following measles. The funeral which took place at the home at 2 p.m., yesterday was conducted by Rev. C.W. Cassell of Luray, the remains being interred in the family graveyard. Two other children of Mr. and Mrs. Sours have measles but are improving.
MRS. JANE SOURS
Page News & Courier, Friday 16 Mar 1928
DEATH OF MRS. PETER SOURS
Mrs. Jane Sours, age eighty-eight, wife of Peter Sours, died at her home near Valleyburg, five miles Southeast of Luray, on Tuesday night. She had been bedfast only a few weeks but in a feeble condition, practically helpless and nearly blind for years. Her husband, also eighty-eight years old has been very feeble for some time. The two old people, unable to care for each other for some time have been dependent on their granddaughter, Miss Martha Somers, daughter of Julius F. Somers, who has resided with them for years.
Mrs. Sours was a woman known far and near for hospitality and kindness of heart. She was a daughter of Jacob Sours, deceased, and the last survivor of a large family of brothers and sisters that included Noah, Barney and John T. Sours, Mrs. David Griffith, Mrs. J.B. Smith and Mrs. James Bradley, some of whom died many years ago and some recently. Mr. and Mrs. Sours have lived congenially and happily together for more than a half century… They had four children of whom Jacob lives near the parental home, John at Flint Hill, Rappahannnock county, and Mrs. Jerome Printz and Mrs. Julius Somers, have passed away. Mrs. Sours was a life-long and highly valued member of the Lutheran church.
The funeral was held at the home at 2 o’clock, Thursday afternoon, Rev. A.L. Boliek, Mrs. Sours’ pastor conducting the services, and the interment in the Jacob Sours graveyard.
JOHN W. SOURS
Page News & Courier, Friday 3 Aug 1929
DEATH OF JOHN W. SOURS
John W. Sours, an industrious and highly respected citizen, eighty-four years old, died at 4 a.m., on Wednesday at the home of his son, Jacob Sours, on the Lee Highway, above Pumpkin Hill...
Mr. Sours was a noted shingle maker in earlier years. Born in the John P. Shenkmill section in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, he spent his life in that locality. His wife who was a Miss Jewell died about ten years ago. In recent years he has lived with his children, usually with his son, Thomas W. Sours, of near Morning Star. His surviving children are as follows: Thomas W. Sours and Mrs. Henry Sours, of near Morning Star, Jacob Sours, of near Pumpkin Hill, James (Jimbo) Sours, of Jewell Hollow, and Mrs. Susie Campbell, on the Rappahannock side of the Ridge. The following children are deceased, Mrs. Jacob Griffith, Mrs. Isaiah Griffith, Charles Sours and Samuel Sours. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Bettie Yancey, of the Rappahannock side of the Ridge, and a brother, David Lee Sours, of Hagerstown, Md. His deceased brothers and sisters included Monroe Sours, Ephraim Sours, Adam Sours, Mrs. William Jewell and Mrs. Philip Sours.
The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at Morning Star church of which the deceased had been a consistent and faithful member for a great many years. Rev. A.L. Boliek, his pastor conducted the services.
Page News & Courier, Friday 2 Apr 1920
DEATH OF PAUL SOURS
Paul Sours, a native of Page, died Tuesday night at his home in Culpeper county, where he had been living for a number of years. The deceased married a daughter of Jacob Griffith of this county, and leaves three children- Jacob and Joseph Sours and Mrs. Aubrey Hawkins, all living in Culpeper county. The immediate cause of death was stomach trouble with which he had long been afflicted and had twice been to the Charlottesville hospital for treatment. He was a member of the Baptist church and was a good man. The interment took place Thursday in the Culpeper cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 24 Apr 1928
DEATH OF PETER SOURS
Peter Sours, a popular citizen of the old school, residing near Valleyburg, Southeast of Luray, died at his home at three o'clock on Saturday morning at the great age of 98 years and 10 days.
The passing of Mr. Sours removed one of the figures that carried us back to the Page county of an earlier day. Born of a stock that settled here more than a century ago but continued to speak the mother tongue, Mr. Sours first learned to prattle in German and all through his life delighted to talk in that language, though he acquired English as well...
Mr. Sours had been bedfast about two months. His aged wife, Mrs. Mary Jane Sours, (nee Sours) departed this life five weeks ago. She was only a few months his junior. Her loss was a crushing blow to the old man already very ill and feeble... Until about a year ago when an attack of flu weakened him sadly, he had been active and well for one of his age. After that he began to show the effcts of his years very rapidly.
Mr. Sours first saw the light of day and spent his whole life at the place where he died. Until recent years, when misfortunes overtook him, he was a large landowner... At the beginning of the civil war he went out with Co. H. 33d Va. Regiment, Capt. Rippetoe in command. That company was almost shot to pieces at First Manassas and Peters Sours was one of the sufferers. He was wounded in an area swept by federal fire and in a trice four federal bullets found lodgment in his body. One of these was extracated, the other three were buried with him. His brother-in-law, and comrade, Paul Miller, of Printz Mill, lost a leg in the same fight. That was the end of their soldering days. Mr. Sours was a member of the Lutheran church from early years.
Two sons, Jacob Sours, of near Stony Man and John Sours, of Castleton, Va., survive the deceased. His two daughters, Mrs. Julius Somers and Mrs. Jerome Printz have been dead for years. He had two sisters, Mrs. Paul Miller and Mrs. Thomas Miller, who have been dead about twenty-five years, and a brother, David Sours, whose passing occurred soon after the civil war.
The funeral which took place from the home at two o'clock, Sunday afternoon was conducted by Rev. A.L. Boliek with interment in the Noah Sours graveyard...
MRS. SUSIE SOURS
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 2 Dec 1924
DEATH OF MRS. SAMUEL W. SOURS
Mrs. Susie Sours, wife of Samuel W. Sours, the Skyland mail carrier, died at her husband's home near Valleyburg at 9 p.m., on Sunday. Mrs. Sours spent some time at the hospital earlier in the year and her general health was considerably better when she was stricken with pneumonia a few days before her death. She was about fifty-seven years of age and was a daughter of Daniel Waver, deceased, of near Printz mill. She was a sister of William Weaver near Shenks Mill, Wesley Weaver, of Ida, and Mrs. Ebbie Brown, the latter being with Mrs. Sours during her last illness.
Mrs. Sours is survived by her husband, three sons, George Sours, of Washington, D.C., and Gaither and Burton Sours, at home, and one daughter, Mrs. Lily Weaver, wife of Luther Weaver, of Culpeper county. The deceased had been a member of the Lutheran church since early life... The funeral takes place at her late home at 1:30 p.m., today (Tuesday) her pastor, Rev. C.I. Morgan conducting the services and the burial taking place in the family graveyard.
MRS. ELIZA J. SOUTHARD
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 13 Sep 1927
MRS. ELIZA J. SOUTHARD DIES AT MARKSVILLE
Mrs. Eliza J. Southard, of near Marksville, this county, died at her home from paralysis at five o’clock Saturday morning at the age of eighty years and ten months. Mrs. Southard had been paralyzed several times and was crippled but was able to be around and was fairly active until three weeks ago, when she became almost helpless.
From that time she occupied a wheel chair until she finally took to her bed a week before her death.
Mrs. Southard leaves two daughters, Mrs. Frank W. Huffman, of Marksville, and Mrs. R.T. Roudabush, who resided with her mother… Calvin Southard, husband of the deceased, died many years ago. Mrs. Southard was a Miss Parks, of the Ridge, and has one brother living- Thomas Parks, of Skyland. She resided on and was the owned of the Snyder place on which stands the cherry orchard set out by Mr. Snyder many years ago. She was a woman of fine sense, prosperous and a good manager. For years she was a member of the Methodist church…
The funeral was held on Sunday at Graves Chapel with services by Rev. G.H.H. Tyler, the pastor, and interment at the Chapel. Many friends and neighbors were present…
MRS. EMMA SOUTHARD
Page News & Courier, Friday 22 Jul 1921
DEATH OF MRS. PERRY SOUTHARD
Mrs. Emma Southard, wife of Perry E. Southard, living two miles Southeast of Marksville, died at six o'clock p.m., on Wednesday after an illness lasting about a year. Mrs. Southard who was about sixty years of age, was a daughter of William Stoneberger, deceased. She leaves a husband and a large family of children including Mr.s Henry Gray, Mrs. Seldon Gray, Mrs. George Gray, Osby Southard, Mrs. Eugene Aleshire and Mrs. Hollis Aleshire. She had been a member of the Dunkard church for about ten years...
Page News & Courier, Friday 20 Jan 1928
DEATH OF PERRY SOUTHARD
Perry Southard an industrious and respected citizen, of near Stanley, died of cancer of the stomach at the home of his sister, Mrs. Lee Gray, in Pine Grove at midnight on Wednesday, aged seventy-two years. He had been in poor health for a number of years and for a month had been bedfast.
Mr. Southard owned a house and lot in Pine Grove. His wife who was a Miss Stoneberger died a few years ago. His surviving children are Oswell Southard, Mrs. George Gray, and Mrs. Hollis Aleshire of Stanley and Mrs. Eugene Aleshire, of Washington, D.C. One married daughter and one single daughter are dead. His living sisters and brothers are Mrs Lee Gray and Miss Salina Southard, of Stanley, G.F. Southard, of Shenandoah Junction and O’Bannon Southard of Luray.
The funeral will take place from the home at 2 p.m. today (Friday.)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 3 Jul 1923
JAMES SOUTHARD DIES IN W.VA.
James Southard, a native of Madison county, who married a daughter of Jack Knight, of Martinsburg, formerly of this county died last Tuesday at his home near Bardane, W.Va., aged fifty three years. He had been ill with stomach trouble for seven months.
The wife of the deceased who was a sister of Mrs. Mart Purdham, of Luray, was fatally injured several years ago when struck by a freight locomotive at Duffields, W.Va. Her administrator brought suit and won a verdict of $6000 damages.
Mr. Southard located in Jefferson county, W.Va., about fifteen years ago, living most of the time near Duffields. He leaves nine children including Mrs. Howard Creamer and Mrs. Corbett, of near Shepherdstown, Mrs. Rodriguez, of South Carolina, Avis Southard, of the U.S. army and several little sons at home. The body was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown.
THOMAS M. SOUTHARD (I)
Page News & Courier, Friday 4 Feb 1921
Thomas M. Southard, a native of this county, died on Monday of this week at his home near Summit Point, W.Va., where he had been living for a number of years and where he had been engaged in the blacksmith business. He was about 72 years of age and a brother of O.B. Southard and Mrs. David Keyser who lives a mile north of Luray, "Boy" Southard and Mis Lena Southard, of Pine Grove and Gideon Southard of Mauck were brothers and sisters of the deceased.
THOMAS SOUTHARD (II)
Page News & Courier, Friday 18 Feb 1921
DEATH OF THOMAS M. SOUTHARD
The subject if this notice was born near Marksville, this county, 72 years ago and died at his home Summit Point, W.Va., at 3 p.m....
He moved from this county to his present home nearly 50 years ago and followed his trade as blacksmith and wheelwright... He was amember of the Presbyterian church for more than 35 years and his funeral was conducted at his late home Wednesday at 2 p.m., by his pastor, Rev. A.B. Mitchell.... Interment took place in the Masonic cemetery, Middleway by the side of his wife and three grown daughters. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W.P. Boyrd, of Jefferson county, W.Va., and three brothers, O.B., Gideon, and Perry E. Southard and three sisters, Mrs. D.F. Keyser, Mrs. Lee Gray and Miss Lena Southard, all of Page county...
MRS. DORCAS STANLEY
Page News & Courier, Friday 17 Feb 1922
Mrs. Dorcas Stanley, widow of John Stanley, died Saturday night after a long illness, aged about seventy-five years. Prior to marriage she was a Miss Minnick, of Rockingham county. Her surviving children are John, Harry, Samuel and Luther Stanley, Mrs. R.M. Bear, Mrs. Abe Huddle and Mrs. J.H. Pence, of Shenandoah, James Stanley, of Hagerstown and a daughter in North Carolina. Her husband, John Stanley, has been dead about fifteen years. She has one step daughter, Mrs. Hess, of Roanoke. The funeral which took place on Tuesday was conducted by Rev. A. Van DeVander. Mrs. Stanley was a member of the Methodist church and highly respected in the community.
THEODORE T. STOMBOCK
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 15 Feb 1927
DEATH OF THEODORE T. STOMBOCK
Theodore T. Stombock died at the home of his son-in-law, Rev. James R. Glenn, of Joppa, Maryland, Thursday, January 13, 1927...
Mr. Stomback was a native of Augusta county, but went to Page in early manhood where he married Miss Annie Yager, daughter of Geo. W. Yager, of Mauck, living there until 1902, when the family moved to Charleston, W.Va. There until he was stricken he was an elder and Sunday school superintendent of the First Christian church, of which he was a devout member.
The deceased leaves his widow, Mrs. Annie Yager Stombock and one daughter, Mrs. James R. Glenn, both of Joppa, Maryland. The funeral was conducted from the parsonage at Joppa by Dr. H.C. Armstrong, of Baltimore with six of his nephews, the Taylor boys, acting as pall bearers.
MRS. ALLIE STONEBERGER (I)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 9 Mar 1926
DEATH OF MRS. STONEBERGER
Mrs. Allie Stoneberger, wife of John Stoneberger, died of paralysis on Friday morning at the William D. Huffman place near Long, where he husband is employed. She was about seventy-five years old.
Mrs. Stoneberger was a Miss Thomas prior to marriage, having been a sister of the late Frank Thomas, of Luray. Her first husband was Henry Nauman who lived at the mouth of Pine Grove Hollow near Marksville. By this marriage there are three children, viz.; Mrs. Charles Stoneberger, and Miss Rebecca and Everett Stoneberger, the last two living with their step-father, John Stoneberger, who became the second husband of the subject of this notice.
The funeral took place from the house at 2 o'clock Saturday evening, Rev. Dennis Whittle conducting the services. Interment in the W.D. Huffman graveyard.
MRS. ALLIE STONEBERGER (II)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 23 Mar 1926
DEATH OF MRS. STONEBERGER
Mrs. Allie Stoneberger, wife of John Stoneberger, died of dropsy of the heart and paralysis on March fifth at her home on the W.D. Huffman place near Long. She was nearly 65 years old. She was a daughter of Churchill and Nancy Thomas, deceased, and married Henry Norman. By this marriage there were seven children: Mrs. Will Norman, of Waynesboro, Va., Mrs. Robert Terrel of Waynesboro, Va., Mrs. Dave Crouder, of Selma, Va., Miss Laura Norman, of Richmond, Va., Mrs. Charles Stoneberger, of Smithburg, Md., Bud Norman of Stanley, and Miss Rebecca Norman at home. She leaves a grandson, Everett Stoneberger. She married John Stoneberger several years ago. The funeral took place at her late home at 2 o'clock Saturday evening, Mar. 6th, Rev. Dennis Whittle conducting the services. She was a member of that church for many years. Interment in the W.D. Huffman graveyard- Contributed.
ISAAC N. STONEBERGER
Page News & Courier, Friday 8 Feb 1924
Mrs. M.V. Alger received word this week of the death of her brother Isaac N. Stoneberger, aged 65 years. Mr. Stoneberger was a native of Page and resided in this county until about forty years ago when he moved to Martinsburg, Mo.
MRS. JAMES F. STONEBERGER
Page News & Courier, Friday 24 May 1920
Mrs. James F. Stoneberger died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Newton Deavers last Saturday morning. Mrs. Stoneberger was visiting her daughter and was sick only a few hours before death came, the cause being heart trouble. She was seventy two years, one month and twenty two days old. Besides an aged husband she leaves three daughters, Mrs. Newton Deavers, Mrs. T.T. Rhoeback, of Compton, and Mrs. Clyde Deavers, of Hagerstown... Her funeral was conducted by Rev. E.G. Helmintoller. She was laid to rest in the Alger grave yard...
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 7 Apr 1928
DEATH OF JOHN STONEBERGER
John Stoneberger, an industrious and inoffensive citizen residing on the J.E. Koontz place, near Marksville, died at 9 p.m., Saturday, aged forty eight years. His health began to decline about Christmas following an attack of flu. He was up and about till the last but too feeble to work, and was going about the house the night of his death till he lay down on the bed and expired in a very short time.
Mr. Stoneberger was a brother of David, Jacob and Roy Stoneberger, of the Stanley section.
He leaves a widow who was formerly a Miss Nauman. The funeral took place from the home on Monday Eld. R.H. Pittman in charge and interment in the old Stoneberger graveyard near Stanley.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 22 Feb 1927
Lewis Stoneberger, aged 22 years son of Joseph Stoneberger, of Mountain View, near Rileyville, died at 9 a.m. Sunday after being ill about six months with tuberculosis. He is survived by his parents and a large number of brothers and sisters. The funeral will be held from his home at 2 p.m., today, an Adventist preacher being in charge. Burial at Mountain View.
MISS MARGARET STONEBERGER
Page News & Courier, Friday 8 Oct 1929
DEATH FROM TUBERCULOSIS
Miss Margaret Stoneberger, an estimable young woman, who was formerly employed in the Washington restaurant at Luray, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stoneberger, near Rileyville, at 5:40 p.m., on Wednesday, a few days after being brought home from the Blue Ridge Sanatorium... She lacked a few days of being eighteen years old. Her health began to fail last winter. She leaves her parents, and the following brothers and sisters: Osborne M. and Amos, of Washington, D.C., Paul H. and Miss Dorothy Stoneberger, of Rileyville, Mrs. James Rosser, Mrs. Claude Shenk and Mrs. Marvin Shenk, of Luray, and Mrs. Robert Moore, of Clarendon, Va. The funeral will take place from the home at two o'clock this (Friday) afternoon.
OLLIE MAY STONEBERGER
Page News & Courier, Friday 29 Oct 1920
Ollie May Stoneberger, daughter of Jacob R. Stoneberger, died at the home of her parents near Stanley last Saturday. Death was due to some dropsical affection. The burial took place in the Stoneberger Graveyard on Monday, the services having been conducted by Rev. J.E. Tucker of Stanley. She was two years and two months of age.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 2 Sep 1924
DEATH OF MRS. HIRAM STRICKLER
August 25, 1924
Eld. R.H. Pittman:
No doubt you have learned of the death of our dear, good grandmother. Her sickness and death was rather sudden, tho we knew she was failing, yet she was able to be up and going until just two weeks before her death... We are very lonely as Grandma and Grandpa have both left hus son recently. I am inclosing Grandma's obituary. That perhaps you would like to print it in the Advocate. Then I would like for you to please hand it to the Page News and Courier.
With best wishes to you and your famile, I remain
Very Sincerely, ESTHER S. BRIGGS
Mrs. Bettie C. Strickler.
Bettie Caroline Koontz, youngest daughter of David and Polly Koontz was born in Page county near Luray, Virginia, November 19, 1844, and departed this life at her home August 21, 1924, aged 79 years, 9 months and 2 days.
She was married to Hiram Jackson Strickler, on February 14, 1866, culminating a war romance. To this union two children- Carrie Bell and William Davis was born.
Mrs. Strickler, better known to all friends and relatives as "Grandma Strickler" was preceded to that eternal shore by her 3 sisters, 2 brothers, her daughter, Carrie Bell Shuler, wife of David J. Shuler and her husband Hiram Jackson Strickler.
There lives to grieve for this loved one, the son William David, of Hutchinson, seven grandchildren, Mrs. Esther S. Briggs, Mrs. Julia Steed, of Hutchinson, Mrs. Lizzie Williams, of Nickerson, Mrs. Nellie West, of Kansas City, Mo., Fred and Lawrence Strickler, of Hutchinson and S. Scott Shuler, of Hutchinson and 4 great grandchildren as well as a large number of other relatives and friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Strickler came to Reno county, Kansas, March 5, 1885, settling on what was known as the Richardson farm. Here they lived for a year when they purchased the home place.
Early in life Mrs. Strickler united with the Primitive Baptist church and though she had no church of her choice in her community she remained in steadfast faith...
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 22 Apr 1924
HIRAM STRICKLER, WEALTHY KANSAS FARMER, IS DEAD
A telegram was received by Martin Strickler, of Luray on Sunday announcing the death on the day preceding of his brother Hiram Strickler, a wealthy landowner, living twelve miles from Hutchinson, Kansas, who with his son-in-law, David J. Shuler, moved to the Sunflower State from this county thirty-eight years ago.
... He was about seventy-seven years old, being ten years younger than his Luray brother.
Two years ago Martin Strickler and their sister, Mrs. Nannie Callary, of Shenandoah, visited him and saw him for the last time. He was a man of large frame and then appeard robust. In addition to Martin Strickler and Mrs. Callary, there is a second brother living, Harrison Strickler, of Gordonsville. The family originally consisted of ten brothers and sisters.
Mr. Strickler was the owner of more than a thousand acres of fine prarie land in a great grain belt. This land embraces several farms on one of which Willie Strickler the only surviving child of the deceased, resides. In the home farm there is a tract of one hundred acres of magnificent sod which has never been broken by plow. Mr. Strickler's son-in-law David J. Strickler, a son of the late A. Jackson Shuler, of Alma, has always lived with him sinc emarrying his daughter. Mrs. Shuler who was Miss Carrie Strickler, died about eighteen years ago. A widowed daughter of Mr. Shuler, Mrs. Esther Briggs, resides with her father, the other children having married and gone to themselves.
Mr. Strickler bought Kansas land when it was cheap, in some cases as low as $20 an acre. The increase in land values alon has been enough to make him wealthy...
Mrs. Strickler who prior to marriage was Miss Bettie Koontz, sister of Philip Koontz, deceased, of Naked Creek, this county, survives her husband. The deceased was a member of the Christian church, having joined in this county before he went West...
JOHN M. STRICKLER
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 6 Nov 1923
Death of John M. Strickler
John M. Strickler, the Harrisonburg miller, who was born at the White House in this county, sixty-nine years ago, died Saturday at his home on the Valley Pike a mile north of Harrisonburg, from tuberculosis, following an attack of pneumonia.
Mr. Strickler was a son of Abram Strickler, dec'd, and a brother of Mrs. Pendleton Kibler, of Hamburg, and Mrs. W.H. Price, of the White House, who survive. He leaves a son, Ernest Strickler, and two daughters, Mrs. Frank Liskey and Mrs. C.C. Senfer. The son and Mr. Liskey are conducting the large mill at Harrisonburg which Mr. Strickler acquired 18 months ago. The deceased took his first lesson in milling at the old Mauck mills in this county, which he afterwards bought. He then owned plants at New Market, Mount Jackson and Berryville, making a small fortune at the latter place, it is said. Mr. Strickler was buried in the Fairview church cemetery four miles north of New Market, Elder J.S. Roller of the Brethren church, and Dr. Wilson, Presbyterian pastor, conducting the services...
Mr. Strickler's wife, who was Miss Virginia Moyer, of Luray, died 18 months ago. She was a daughter of Abram Moyer, deceased.
MRS. SARAH JANE STRICKLER
Page News & Courier, 2 Mar 1928
DEATH OF MRS. HARRISON STRICKLER
Mrs. Sarah Jane Strickler, widow of Harrison Strickler, died at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday at her home near Gordonsville, aged about 73 years. Both Mrs. Strickler and her husband who died two or three years ago, were natives of Page county...
Mrs. Strickler was a daughter of Chancellor Bowers, deceased, of near Newport, this county. Out of a large family, she has only one full brother, I.N. Bowers, and one half brother, Charles Koontz, of Verbena, living. Her husband, who was a brother of the late Martin Strickler, of Luray, moved to Gordonsville and bought a large farm about twenty-fove years ago. They have the following children living: John and Vernon Strickler, who are residing on the home farm; Elby, a farmer, living several miles away and Mrs. Nimrod Murphy, of Ojus, Florida. Mrs. Strickler was a member of the Christian church and was very highly esteemed. She will be buried at Orange, Va., this afternoon.
MRS. LYDIA JANE STROOP
Page News & Courier, Friday 28 Jan 1921
DEATH OF MRS. STROOP
Mrs. Lydia Jane Stroop, wife of Noah Stroop, died at her home a short distance south of Leaksville on Saturday morning after having been an invalid for 25 years ore more... her funeral at the Leaksville church on Monday morning, the services having been conducted by her pastor, Rev. R.P. Crumpler, assisted by Elder John B. Jenkins, of the Old School Baptist church and Rev. A.J. Painter of Stanley. She had been a member of the Leaksville church for more than 50 years...
Before marriage Mrs. Stroop was a Miss Short. She is survived by five children- Miss Minnie Stroop at home; William Stroop, of Rockingham county, Mrs. Mamie Dinges and Mrs. Martha Dinges, and Richard Stroop, five other children being dead. She was 73 years of age.
MRS. SUSAN STROOP
Page News & Courier, Friday 4 Jan 1929
Mrs. Susan Stroop, aged about 62, wife of John Stroop, of Staunton, Va., formerly of Stanley, this county, died on Tuesday after a short illness and will be buried this morning at the Stanley Adventist Church. Services by Eld. R.D. Hottel. Her husband and three married daughters survive.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 19 Jul 1927
EDWARD TAYLOR DIES IN BALTIMORE
Edward Taylor, of Baltimore, Md., the last surviving son of the pioneer Disciples preacher, Rev. Thornton Taylor, of this county, died on Thursday in Baltimore, Md., where he resided, and was buried at two o’clock Saturday afternoon in that city. Mr. Taylor who was more than seventy years old had been failing for years and was afflicted with heart trouble but continued to go around almost until the last. Of the late family of Rev. Thornton Taylor there is now but one survivor, Mrs. William Owens, of near Marksville, who is more than eighty years old and in a weak and critical condition.
Mr. Taylor moved from the Marksville section of the county to Alberton, Md., about twenty years ago, locating in the suburbs of Baltimore. He was a carpenter and was thus employed at the Alberton mills and at other plants. A widow formerly Miss Annie Stombock, of this county, sister of the late Theodore Stombock, of Baltimore survives him with ten children, there having been fourteen children in all. One daughter, Mrs. Aileen Olsen, lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the others, including Thaddeus, Jesse, John, Bernard and Robert Taylor and Mrs. Gertie France are residents of Baltimore and vicinity. Mr. Taylor was a man of deep convictions and belonged to the Disciples church for many years.
JAMES A. TAYLOR
Page News & Courier, Friday 11 Jun 1921
Death of Mrs. Taylor
James A. Taylor died suddenly at his home at Mauck, near Marksville this county Tuesday night between 10 and 11 o’clock. Though he had been in bad health for several years his death came as a shock to his neighborhood… His death occurred while sitting on the porch of his home. Mr. Taylor is survived by a widow and three children- Bernice and Lewis Taylor and Mrs. Mabel Nichols, the latter of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va. The deceased was a son of the late James V. Taylor and was born near Mauck about 50 years ago.
MRS. LILLIE A. TAYLOR
Page News & Courier, Friday 24 Jul 1925
MRS. SYLVANUS TAYLOR DEAD
Jolletts, July 22- Mrs. Lillie A. Taylor, wife of Sylvanus Taylor, died Saturday, July 18, 1925. Mrs. Taylor had been sick several months and everything was done to help her regain her wonted health. But the vital forces were too far spent and her body could not rally. Mrs. Taylor was born Dec. 18, 1866; married August 5, 1888; died July 18, 1925. She is survived by a husband and ten children, twenty-two grandchildren, all living near Jollett. Mrs. Taylor was a loyal wife, a devoted mother, a sincere and safe friend… Her Christian character was shown by the life she lived. She was buried from Jolletts church in Jollett cemetery, Sunday, July 19, 1925. Rev. Sam Fridley preached the funeral sermon…
Page News & Courier, Friday 25 May 1923
Frank Thomas, an industrious citizen living in West Luray, died at 3:30 Thursday morning, aged about sixty five years. Death was due to Bright’s disease and ensued after a long illness. He will be buried in Evergreen cemetery at two o’clock this afternoon. Mr. Thomas formerly lived in the Ridge near Marksville but has resided here for a number of years. He leaves a family.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 19 Jan 1932
JOHN THOMAS DIES FROM INJURIES
John Thomas, age about 25 years, son of Rev. Joseph Thomas on the Blue Ridge, East of Stanley, died Sunday morning at the Martinsburg hospital as a result of inuries sustained while employed in road construction near the latter place last November... He resided on the Blue Ridge above Stanley with his father. The remains were brought to his home and buried yesterday in the family graveyard. He was unmarried.
MRS. LYDIA THOMAS
Page News & Courier, Friday 2 May 1922
Lydia A. Thomas was born April 30, 1862, and died at her home south of Mill Creek on April 30, 1922, her birthday- aged 60 years. She was the daughter of William Parks and was married to George W. Thomas, June 6, 1881. She was the mother of 12 children, 8 of whom died in infancy. She is survived by her husband and four children- Annie L. Good, Ethel M. Stoneberger, Hubert L. Thomas and Oswald R. Thomas, and eight grandchildren. She was an affectionate wife and good mother- the highest attributes of a woman. Her funeral was conducted on Tuesday by Elder George W. Painter, the interment taking place in the Adventist cemetery near Stanley.
MRS. REBECCA THOMAS
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 10 Feb 1925
MRS. REBECCA RICKARD THOMAS DIES IN HOSPITAL
Mrs. Rebecca Thomas, of near Long, wife of George W. Thomas, died on Tuesday at the Western State Hospital at Staunton where she had been an inmate for eight months. Mrs. Thomas was a sister of David H. Judd and the late George W. Judd, of Fairview. this county, and of Mrs. Thomas H. Barham, of Strasburg. Her first husband was J.A. Rickard, of Hamburg, this county, who died a number of years ago. About three years ago she married George W. Thomas (Breeden), an industrious citizen who owns a home adjoining the place of W.S. Modesitt in the neighborhood of Long, this county. She leaves the following children: Mrs. Charles Turner, Thurman Rickard, and Charles Rickard, of Luray, James Rickard, of Hagerstown, Md., and Wilmer, Oliver and Floyce Rickard, of Millville, W.Va. The funeral and interment, both of which took place at Staunton, where attended by the husband of the deceased. Mrs. Thomas was about sixty-five years old.
Page News & Courier, Friday 7 Apr 1922
DEATH OF MR. TRIPLETT
Mandly Triplett, one of the oldest citizens of Page county, died on Wednesday at the age of 93 at the home of his grand daughter, Mrs. Clarence F. Fristoe, at Overall... He was one of the well known Confederate soldiers of this county... During the war he was a member of the famous White's Battalion, one of the most celebrated commands of Gen. Lee's army. In addition to his widow, who is a daughter of the late Dr. Compton, of Overall, and who is almost 90 years of age, Mr. Triplett is survived by two children- A.J. Triplett, of Compton, this county, and Mrs. S.F. Kentner, of Riverton. The burial took place on Thursday at two o'clock, the interment taking place in the family burial ground, the services being conducted by Elder A.L. Harrison, of Front Royal. The Triplett home is located near the line between Page and Warren counties...
MRS. SARAH TRIPLETT
Page News & Courier, Friday 19 Jun 1925
MRS. SARAH TRIPLETT CLAIMED BY DEATH
Mrs. Sarah Triplett died at six o’clock Tuesday morning at her home at Overall, Va. She was 91 years of age.
Mrs. Triplett was the widow of the late Mandly Triplett, and a daughter of Dr. Z.J. Compton and one of a family of fifteen children, four of whom are still living: Messrs. W.A. Compton and J.B. Compton of Front Royal, Va., Z.T. Compton, of Bentonville, and Mrs. Lucy P. Donohoe, of Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Triplett is survived by the three brothers and sister already mentioned and one daughter, Mrs. Sam Kenner of Riverton, Va., and one son, A.J. Triplett of Compton, Page county, Va.
The funeral and interment were held Wednesday afternoon at Overall. Eld. A.L. Harrison, of Front Royal conducting the service. Mrs. Triplett has been cared for the last eleven years by her granddaughter, Mrs. Clarence Fristoe and husband, who resided with her.
Mrs. Triplett was widely known and lived. For many years the Triplett home was a favorite stopping place of sportsmen, beginning in the life time of Mr. Triplett, who was as fine an old gentleman- hospitable, genial and honorable in every respect- as one ever sees. He too, died up in the nineties.
Page News & Courier, Friday 3 Mar 1922
Frank Turner, a good citizen living just North of town, died on Monday after a long illness, aged fifty-seven years. Mr. Turner who was twice married leaves a widow and nine children as well as a number of brothers and sisters. His last wife was a Miss Dean, of this section. Mr. Turner was employed on the section gang. He was a member of the Christian church at Newport. The funeral which was held at the U.B. church on Tuesday, was conducted by Rev. Mr. Ruppenthall, the remains being interred in the U.B. cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Friday 7 Jul 1922
ISAAC TURNER DROPS DEAD
Isaac Turner, who lived near the Jacob W. Ruffner Ferry on the Shenandoah River dropped dead at his home on Tuesday, June 27 at 1 A.M. He retired at night in his usual health, having worked hard digging potatoes the day before, He had been living in that section for a long time, and was a highly esteemed citizen and one of the hardest working men in Page county. He was upright, honest and had many friends. The first that was known of his death was when Casper Nichols, who lives nearby, hear Mrs. Turner calling for assistance. He hurried to the Turner home, though when he reached there he found that life was extinct. None of the children were at home at the time, Mr. and Mrs. Turner, living alone. Mr. Turner had been married twice, and is survived by the following children: Charles Turner, who lives several hundred yards distant; Amos Turner, living in West Virginia and Mrs. Ottie Nauman, who lives in the Stanley section. These are by a former marriage, while the following are by the second marriage H. Turner, Mrs. Solon Nauman, of Stanley, also Mrs. John Aleshire and Mrs. Ray Painter, of Stanley, and Harry and Earl Turner, who at the time of their father’s death were away from home at work. Mr. Turner’s last wife was a Miss Painter, her brothers being C.W. Painter, who lives on the Mud Pike near Luray, Ambrose C. Painter, of Maryland; Barney Painter, of Stephen’s City, and Newton Painter, of Winchester, and Mrs. James Mayes, near Stanley. The burial of Mr. Turner took place on Wednesday…
MRS. PAMILY TURNER (I)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 11 Oct 1927
DEATH OF MRS. ROBERT TURNER
Mrs. Pamily Turner, wife of Robert C. Turner, of Newport, died at her home on Friday afternoon after years of ill health. Death was due to Bright’s disease and heart trouble and ensued after she had been confined to her bed for two months.
Surviving Mrs. Turner are her husband and the following children: Simon, Herbert, William and Samuel Turner, all of Newport, this county, and Mrs. William Calhoun, of New Market. All of the children are married.
Mrs. Turner was a daughter of the late Fred Alger, of Newport. She leaves two brothers, David Alger and Fred Alger of Newport and Mrs. Artie Oden, of Mt. Jackson, Va.
The deceased was an active and consistent member of the Newport Christian church. Her Christian character was recognized and she will be greatly missed in the community as well as in the stricken home.
The funeral which was held from the Newport Christian church Sunday was conducted by her pastor, Rev. A.W. Andes, with interment in the old Alger graveyard…
MRS. PRISCILLA ARBUTUS TURNER
Page News & Courier, Friday 22 Mar 1929
DEATH AT INGHAM
This community was shocked on Saturday, March 15, when it became known that the Death Angel had called and taken home Mrs. Priscilla Arbutus Turner. She was 21 years and 6 months old. She leaves her husband, a small son, only four months old, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Good, and the following brothers and sister, R.J., C.E., and J.W. Good and Mrs. Joe Comer… The funeral took place at the Episcopal church at 11 o’clock on Monday, conducted by Rev. George Stanley and Rev. Ridenar. Burial in the Sam Comer graveyard.
MRS. ROBERT TURNER (NEE ALGER) (II)
Page News & Courier, Friday 14 Oct 1927
JACOB’S WELL OUTGIVINGS
Jacob’s Well, Oct. 11, 1927-
On last Sunday I attended the funeral of Mrs. Robert Turner who died at her home at Newport, Page county, Virginia. She married Robert Turner in 1892. She was the mother of six children, five boys and one girl, George, Ashby, Lee, Herbert, William, Samuel and Mamie. She was fifty-seven years, seven months and nineteen days old. She was a grand mother and no better woman ever lived. She was a daughter of Frederick and Sarah Seakford Alger. She was my first cousin and of whom I was always proud. She died where my mother was born 85 years ago on the old Davie Freeze homestead
Mrs. Turner’s funeral was preached by the Rev. Andes, of the Christian Church, of which she had been a member since her early girlhood.
WALTER TURNER, BETTY TURNER (WALTER'S GRANDMOTHER)
Page News & Courier, Friday 8 Dec 1922
ONE SHENANDOAH MAN KILLS ANOTHER IN W.VA. COAL FIELDS
Otis Austin, formerly of Shenandoah, this county, recently shot and killed Walter Turner, a young man living several miles from the same town, the trouble occurring at Wide Mouth, a mining point in West Virginia. Austin is a married man about twenty-eight years of age, the trouble occurring at his home where Turner was a boarder. Austin made no effort to escape but notified the officers of what had occurred. He claims self defence alleging that he did not shoot until Turner drew a hatchet on him.
Turner who worked as a miner was about twenty five years of age and unmarried. He formerly worked at the Shenandoah shops. A few years ago he had a cutting affray with George Dean at Shenandoah and was tried in Page Circuit Court. On receipt of the telegram announcing that Turner had been shot to death, his father William Turner, better known as Commodore Turner, of Shenandoah, went to Wide Mouth and later had the remains sent home. The body was buried near the late home of the deceased the first of the week.
Mrs. Bettie Turner, of near Shenandoah, grandmother of Walter Turner, was buried on Wednesday having died at an advanced age.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN "FRANK" WEAKLEY (I)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 1 Jan 1929
DEATH OF NOTED HUNTER
Frank Weekly, the noted hunter of the Blue Ridge, is dead. He passed away at the age of 87, last Thursday at his home on the Page-Madison county line, on the W.V. and Lester Gander mountain place, near Dark Hollow. The old veteran, had been feeble for a long time. He leaves a widow, who was a Miss Sisk, who is also bent under the weight of years.
Hundreds of hunters have been entertained at the home of Frank Weekly and have followed him in the pursuit of big game among the fastnesses of the Blue Ridge mountains. He knew every foot of the Ridge for many miles around his humble home. His wife was a famed cook... Mr. Weekly was a man of powerful frame and one that never tired under hardship. As a youth he left his home in Madison county and joined the Federal army serving as a fifer and musician. He received a large Federal pension which kept him in his old days.
A number of children survive Mr. Weekly including June Weekly, at home, Acre and Emmett Weekly, near Syria, Glenn of Washington, D.C., several married daughters in that city and Mrs. Jarrell, of Madison county. The funeral was held from the late home on Friday with services by Rev. Gird Cave and interment in the Thomas graveyard on the Philip P. Long place on top of the Blue Ridge.
BENJAMIN F. "FRANK" WEAKLEY (II)
Page News & Courier, Friday 25 Jan 1929
B.F. Weakley, departed this life, December 27, 1925, aged 85 years. He was an old Union soldier in the Civil War in 1861-1865. His home was on top of the mountain, known as Koontz old stave mill. He had been at the Brannon place, near C.G., stout, active man and a great hunter and fisherman and was unusually successful in each... Funeral services were held at his home conducted by Revs. T.W. and G.A. Cave. After the services the undertaker took charge of the body and conveyed it to the Thomas graveyard, about one mile from his home, where he was buried...
He leaves a widow and nine children and had lost three boys. Those living are Emmett J. Weakley, of Orange, Va., Acra Weakley and June Weakley, both of Page, Charley Weakley, of Regley, W.Va., Len Weakley, of near Fairfax, Va., Mrs. Leona Jarrell, of Fletcher, Va., Mrs. Ernest Jarrell, of Woodberry, Va., Bird Phillips, of Maryland and Mrs. Mamie Dale, of Washington, D.C. He had 66 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren. Uncle Frank was a good provider for his family... The writer had helped him to do lots of work and had been in his home quite often and was always treated nice.
.... REV. T.W. CAVE
Page News & Courier, Friday 25 Jan 1929
DEATH OF BENJAMIN WEAKLEY
Benjamin Weakley, aged about sixty years, died near Dark Hollow in Madison county, just east of the Page county line on January 9. Mr. Weakley, who had been blind for thirty years, resided with "her" sister, Mrs. Mary Finks. He was a member of the Methodist church. Two brothers, J.W. Weakley, of near Dark Hollow and Allen Weakley, of Greenbriar, W.Va. and one sister, Mrs. Finks, survive. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Mr. Moser with burial in the Meadows graveyard near the top of the Blue Ridge.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 6 Mar 1926
DEATH OF N.A. WEAKLEY, SR.
The Newark American Tribune, of Newark, O., in its issue of Monday, March 8th, gives the following account of the death of N.A. Weakley, a brother of Frank Weakley, of Tanner's Ridge, this county:
"Mr. Newman A. Weakley, Sr., died at the home of his son, N.A. Weakley, Jr., on Thomas street at ten-twenty-five Monday morning. Mr. Weakley was born in Madison Co., Virginia, October 15, 1842. He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Francis Allen of Morgan County, W.Va., August 3, 1864. There were eight children born to this union. Three deceased- and the following survive, James W., Mrs. Mary J. Clayton, Lorenzo D., Newman A., Jr., of the home and Howard L. and six grandchildren. Mr. Weakley was a Civil War veteran, having enlisted in the United States Army. February 17, 1863 from Morgan Countyt and was mustered out at Cherry Run. Mr. Weakley received his honorable discharge, July 15, 1865 at the close of the war.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 26 Jan 1926
DEATH IN PINE GROVE
Sydney Weakly, who lived with his son, Newton Weakly, was found dead in bed Sunday morning. He had been complaining slightly for a week or two but his death was entirely unexpected. He eat three hearty meals on Saturday and went to bed feeling as usual. He was seventy-two years and twenty-eight days old. Still an active and able-bodied man he was chopping wood the day before he died. He leaves a widow and a number of children… His funeral will be held from St. George’s Chapel, Pine Grove, at 11 a.m., this morning, Eld. A.W. Campbell conducting the services. Burial in the graveyard nearby.
The wife of Mr. Weakly was Miss Susan Aleshire prior to marriage. He leaves one sister, Mrs. R.O. Gray. His surviving children are Newman, Cleve and Newton Weakly, all of Pine Grove.
MRS. UPTON G. WEAKLEY
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 8 Jan 1929
(Blue Ridge Guide)
Mrs. Upton G. Weakley died at her home near Slate Mills, Dec. 26, after an illness of only a few days, aged 36 years. She is survived by her husband and two children. The deceased was a niece of Mrs. D.B. Burton, of Washington.
MRS. LUCY WENCEL
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 25 Oct 1927
DEATH NEAR STANLEY
Mrs. Lucy Wencel, died yesterday at the home of her father, Thomas Purdham, East of Stanley. She had been suffering from cancer for more than a year. She was a widow about forty years old, and leaves no children. She was a member of the Catholic church. A brother and five sisters survive her.
MRS. LUCY WENZEY
Page News & Courier, Friday 28 Oct 1927
Mrs. Lucy Wenzey, died of cancer Monday at the home of her father, Thomas Purdham at Marksville. She was a member of the Catholic church at Richmond. Her husband died some years ago. She leaves to mourn her loss her parents, two brothers, William Purdham, of Stanley, Martin Purdham, of Shenandoah City and five sisters, Miss Cora, at home, Mrs. Kate Offenbacker, of Covington, Mrs. Mattie Norman, of near Hagerstown, Mrs. R.B. Clipp, Charles Town, W.Va., and Mrs. Jack Sheers, of Havre de Grace, Md… There were short services at the grave conducted by Elder Arthur Campbell. Interment at Graves Chapel cemetery at 2 p.m., on Wednesday. The deceased was 52 years old.
THOMAS W. WILLIAMS
Page News & Courier, Friday 2 Mar 1928
DEATH OF THOMAS W. WILLIAMS
Thomas W. Williams, an aged citizen, died suddenly of heart trouble at about midnight on Monday at his home on the Lee Highway several miles West of Luray. He called the J.M. Wright family, who lived in the house with him and was found standing in the floor. Assisted to the bed by Mr. Wright he passed away in a few minutes. Although seventy-nine years old, he had been going around and was fairly active. Until recently he met the trains at the station at Luray to peddle fruit. He was a hard-working, frugal and inoffensive citizen.
Mrs. Williams died where he was born, his house having been the old Isaac Williams homestead. He was unmarried and since the death of his single sister, Miss Maggie Williams twenty years ago, had lived alone much of the time. He leaves four brothers, Jacob Williams, of Culpeper, John C. Williams, and William A. Williams, of Luray, and Joseph J. Williams, of Washington, D.C. The deceased brothers and sisters were Robert L. Williams, of Cattletts, Va., Mrs. Mary A. Singers, Mrs. D.H. Strickler, Mrs. John T. Burner and Miss Maggie Williams…
The funeral service in Green Hill cemetery on Wednesday was in charge of Rev. C.W. Cassell.
MRS. MARY ELIZABETH "BETTIE" WOLFERSBERGER
Page News & Courier, Friday 15 Mar 1929
DEATH OF MRS. BETTIE WOLFERSBERGER
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Wolfersberger, widow of William H. Wolfersberger, died at 9 a.m., on Tuesday, at the home of her son-in-law, David S. Kiblinger, at Mauck, this county, aged 83 years, 2 months and 1 day...
Mrs. Wolfersberger was a daughter of Rev. John A. Cave, the Blue Ridge Methodist preacher. Her sisters and brothers included Justice of the Peace John Henry Cave, Calvin H. Cave, R.A. Cave, S.L. Cave and Mrs. Thomas Pendergast, all of the Stanley neighborhood and all deceased. Her husband, William H. Wolfersberger passed away about forty years ago. She leaves the following children: John W. and Luther Wolfersberger, of Stanley, and Seldon Wolfersberger, of Baltimore... One daughter, Mrs. Kiblinger, died several years ago... A member of a well known Methodist family, her father, Rev. "Jack" Cave hacing been one of the best known and most self-sacrificing of the pioneer preachers of the Blue Ridge, she connected herself with that denomination...
The funeral was held at the Bethlehem Christian church at Mauck yesterday afternoon.
JAMES THORNTON WOOD (I)
Page News & Courier, Friday 29 Feb 1924
DROPS FROM CHAIR DEAD
James Thornton Wood, better known as "Dock" Wood, a well known citizen of Springfield district employed as caretaker as C.S. Landram's place West of Rileyville, was stricken with a heart attack shortly after eating supper Tuesday evening and fell from his chair dead... Mr. Wood died at the home of his son Thomas Wood the two residing together. He was a widower and was the father of the late C.B. ("Charley Buck") Wood, and Mrs. Ezra Atkins, of Luray, and Mrs. Ridenour, of Powell's Fort... For a long time he had not been able to follow regular employment... for some time had acted as caretaker of the Landram bungalo and other property.
The funeral which took place at the late home of the deceased, at 11 a.m., on Thursday was conducted by Rev. E.B. Cook, of the Rileyville Methodist church, the burial taking place in the family graveyard.
JAMES THORNTON WOOD (II)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 4 Mar 1924
Death of J.T. Wood
James Thornton Wood, son of Penn and Suan Wood, departed this life on Tuesday, February 26, 1924, aged about 76 years, he having been born near Mountain View and near the base of the Blue Ridge mountains, some three miles east of Rileyville, about the year 1848. The subject of this notice resided with his father on the mountain side until the family moved to the river section west of Rileyville about the year 1872. In early life Mr. Wood was married to miss Artie M. Jones, daughter of Eden Jones, deceased. To this union there were born four children, two boys and two girls, as follows: Charles B. Wood, who died at his home at Liray, Va., some two years ago, T.S. Wood, at home, Mrs. Mattie Rittenour, Carmel, Va., and Mrs. Armenia Atkins, Luray. He is also survived by the following sisters, Mrs. Malissia Wood, Rileyville, Va.; Mrs. Bettie Porter, Savage, Md.; Mrs. Cassie Hill, Rileyville, Va.; Mrs. Sallie Masters, Smithsburg, Md., and Mrs. C.K. Murray, Johnstown, Pa. Through all of his long life he was seldom sick until his last illness, he having contracted heart disease some eight months ago and from which he died suddenly while sitting in a chair and conversing with his son T.S. Wood. During the Civil War it was his intention to volunteer in the Southern Army and he actually walked as far as Fredericksburg, Va., for that purpose, but on his arrival at Fredericksburg he learned that Lee had just made his surrender at Appomattox Court House, Va. Funeral services were conducted from the Landram bungalo some two hundred yards from the deceased's last home on Thursday by Rev. J.W. Leggett, pastor of the Methodist church, Luray...
MRS. MELISSA WOOD
Page News & Courier, Friday 6 Nov 1925
DEATH OF MRS. MELISSA WOOD
Mrs. Melissa Wood, aged eighty-nine years, died at the home of her nephew, William G. Hill, near Rileyville, on Wednesday. Death was due to the effects of old age. Mrs. Wood was highly respected. Her husband, Joseph Wood, a Confederate veteran, died about thirty-five years ago. The couple had no children. Mrs. Wood was the daughter of Pendleton Wood, deceased. She leaves the following sisters: Mrs. Henry Hill, of Rileyville; Mrs. Bettie Porter, of Mt. Savage, Md.; Mrs. Sallie Masters, of Washington Co., Md., and Mrs. George K. Murray, of Johnsonburg, Pa. Mrs. Wood joined the Methodist church as a young woman. She owned a home near Rileyville where she staid until about a year ago when she went to William Hill’s, also the home of her sister, Mrs. Henry Hill. Funeral at 11 a.m., this (Friday) morning. Interment in the Wood burying ground.
MRS. SALLIE WOOD
Page News & Courier, Friday 5 Jan 1923
DEATH OF MRS. A.J. WOOD
Mrs. Sallie Wood, widow of A.J. Wood died on Saturday from the effects of old age at the home of her son in law, Amos Smelser at Compton, aged seventy-four years and nineteen days. She had been feeble for a long time. Mrs. Wood was the last survivor of the children of Capt. W.W. Rogers, of Compton, one of her brothers having been the late William H. Rogers, Superintendent of the Poor of Page county. Her husband died several years ago. She leaves three children, viz; Mrs. John M. Miller, of Rileyville, Mrs. Amos Smelser, of Compton, and Mrs. Ben Wood, of Martinsburg... She was a member of the United Brethren church for thirty-five years... Her funeral which took place in the church at Compton on Monday was conducted by Rev. J.W. Leggett, Methodist pastor at Luray, the body being laid to rest beside that of her husband at Rileyville...
WILLIAM W. WOOD
Page News & Courier, Friday 11 Nov 1921
William W. Wood died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nettie Bauserman, near Bixler's Ferry, this county, on Tuesday night of this week. Mr. Wood had been in failing health for a number of years... He was a member of one of the oldest families in Page county, having been a son of the late James R. Wood and was born on Mrs. Susan Long;s farm near Rileyville, the farm now being occupied by Thomas L. Seekford. Mr. Wood was 69 years, 10 months and 11 days of age, at the time of his death and is survived by the following children: Mrs. Nettie Bauserman, with whom he had been living for sometime, Mrs. Clyde Nunn and Mrs. Sudie Burner, of Luray; and Mrs. Custis Carter, of Charlottesville and John Wood, of Newport News. He is survived by one brother and one sister, Mrs. Joseph M. Keyser, of Rileyville and James W. Wood, of Luray. Mrs. Wood, who was a Miss Cullers, of Warren county, has been dead about 18 years... His funeral was conducted in the Union church at Rileyville on Thursday by Elder R.T. Strickler, the interment taking place in the cemetery nearby.
MRS. BETSY ANN WOODWARD
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 8 Sep 1925
DEATH OF MRS. BETSY ANN GRIFFITH WOODWARD
Mrs. Betsy Ann Griffith Woodward, a native of this county, died at her home in Sperryville, Rappahannock county, on Friday aged about eighty eight years. She is survived by her husband, Lloyd Woodward, also in advanced years, one son, George Woodward, and one daughter, Mrs. Joe Atkins, both of Sperryville. Mrs. Woodward was a daughter of Adam Griffith and a sister of Hamilton, Silas Pendleton and Miss Eliza Griffith and Mrs. John Alther, all deceased, of this county. Mrs. Griffith being the last survivor of the children. She had been in declining health for several years, her death being due to the effects of old age. Mrs. Griffith belonged to the Methodist church. The funeral which took place on Saturday afternoon was conducted by her pastor, Rev. C.G. Jones, the interment being in the Sperryville cemetery.
MRS. ELIZABETH WOODWARD
Page News & Courier, Friday 14 Apr 1922
DEATH OF MRS. WOODWARD
Mrs. Elizabeth Woodward, a resident of East Luray ever since that part of the town as a straggling contribution to the older part of the population, when he home was one of the half dozen that lined the road from the present railroad crossing to the Webster toll gate, midway between the heart of Luray and the Whosoever Farm, died at her home on Monday morning at six o’clock after an illness of about ten years. Her wonderful vitality and zest for living did not render her an invalid in all of these years, for she took an infinite delight in the companionship of friends and things that surrounded her. Tenderly watched over and cared for by her only child, C.B. Woodward and wife down to the feebleness of old age, the venerable old woman was a worthy specimen of an almost forgotten generation in Luray’s life. In her home she saw the first railroad train that ever came to Luray, witnesses the advent of the telephone, telegraph, and radio and phonograph in the town she loved well and which became her adopted home almost half a century ago. Before that time she had resided at different places of Page county for something like twenty years. She was born in Rappahannock county, 87 years, 3 months and 27 days before her death, while a young girl marrying George Woodward of that county, who latter coming to Luray was the venerable sexton of Green Hill cemetery for many years. Mr. Woodward has been dead about twenty years. She had been a member of the Main Street Baptist church for many years, having joined under the pastorate of Rev. Samuel Athey and until enfeebled by advancing years was always in her place at the church… Another son was John H. Woodward… Thomas and “Poke” Atkins of Rappahannock county- and one sister, Mrs. Lucinda Jenkins, who lives in the neighborhood of the Brick church in the Kimball section of this county. At the request of Mrs. Woodward eight or ten days ago, Mrs. Jenkins spent a day with her sister in Luray, who expressed a desire to again go over the recollections of their sisterhood home in Rappahannock, Mrs. Woodward saying that she was sue this would be their last meeting… Her funeral was conducted from her late home on Tuesday afternoon by Rev. H.M. Strickler, her neighbor, in the absence of her pastor of the Baptist church.
MRS. MARGARET WOODWARD
Page News & Courier, Friday 3 Feb 1922
DEATH OF MRS. WESLEY WOODWARD
Mrs. Margaret Woodward, wife of Wesley Woodward, of near Beahm’s Chapel, died at her home at 6:20 o’clock Wednesday morning, following a week’s illness from paralysis. Her health had not been good for some time, she having been afflicted with asthma for a long time. Mrs. Woodward was a Miss Nichols of Madison county. She is survived by her husband, The couple had no children, William Woodward of Charlottesville and Mrs. Thomas Manuel of this county resided with Mr. and Mrs. Woodward during youth. The deceased was a consistent and active member of Carl Chapel Baptist church. Her funeral which took place Thursday afternoon was conducted by her pastor, Rev. J.M. Tucker, the interment being made at Beahm’s Chapel cemetery. She was 72 years of age.
EDITH VIRGINIA WRIGHT
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 10 Apr 1928
DEATH OF LITTLE VIRGINIA
Edith Virginia Wright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wright, deceased, died at her home near Ingham, Friday morning, April 6th, at 5 o'clock, age 10 years, 5 months and 21 days. She had been in very good health until a few weeks ago... Eleven months before little Virginia mourned over her mother and just eleven months before her mother's death she lost her father. She leaves to mourn her loss nine brothers and two sisters, viz.; Mrs. Leon Painter, of Woodlawn, Pa., and Claude, Willie, Albert, Harry, Johnnie, Tommie, Charlie, Leonard and Virgil Wright, and Miss Mattie, all at home...
Page News & Courier, Friday 7 Jul 1922
DEATH AT MARTINSBURG
Harry Wright, of Falling Waters, W.Va., died at the King's Daughters Hospital at Martinsburg on Saturday morning of a complication of diseases aged 24 years. He is survived by his widow who was formerly Miss Rozetta Housden, of Stanley, Va., and his mother and the following brothers and sisters: J.W. and James E. Wright of Falling Waters, Mrs. Josephine Speaker and Mrs. Susan Flory of Williamsport, W.Va., and Mrs. Emma Abbitte, of Hagerstown.
DAVID W. WYANT
Page News & Courier, Friday 7 Jul 1922
DEATH OF D.W. WYANT, AT SHENANDOAH
David W. Wyant, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Shenandoah, this county, died last Friday at his home in that place at the age of 82 years, 10 months and 2 days, after a long period of decline due to the effects of old age. Just a fortnight before he passed away, his wifew, Mrs. Tillie Eppard Wyant, while administering to her old and feeble husband was suddenly stricken by death... It is said that with the exception of one nephew, Mr. Wyant leaves on blood kin, except very distant. One sister-in-law, Mrs. Koontz, and some nieces and nephews of his wife are said to be living. His only son, Edward Wyant, was accidentally killed not many years ago.
Mr. Wyant who was a native of Rockingham county, began life as a carpenter and was a good one. He was a self made man. He had been a merchant at Shenandoah for a great many years... He retired from the mercantile business about five years ago... the oldest Mason in the place and a member of the Methodist church for a half century, having long been one of its lay officers. It is generally reported that the local church of this denomination will be a large beneficiary under his will.
The funeral which was conducted from the late home by Rev. J.W. Leggett took place Saturday afternoon, the remains being interred in the family vault in the M.E. cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 8 Jul 1930
Albert Viands, aged about 70, of Charles Town, W.V., who left here about twenty-five years ago, after working for some time at the Deford tannery, died recently at his home. He was born in Augusta county, Va. He leaves a widow who was Miss Nancy Wright, daughter of the late Haley Wright, of Ingham, Page county, and a sister of John Wright, deceased, of the same section. For years Mr. Viands worked with a railroad bridge gang. A daughter of his married J.L. Comer, of Hagerstown, son of Kagey Comer, of Luray. Another daughter married William Schindler, of Hagerstown, son of the late Harry Schindler, the junk buyer.
CHARLES ELWOOD VIANDS
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 24 Jun 1924
C.E. VIANDS DIED AFTER LONG ILLNESS
Charles Elwood Viands, a highly respected citizen of Stanley died at his home in that place at 7 p.m., last Thursday aged sixty-three years. Mr. Viands had been a sufferer with the rare but deadly disease, pellagra, for several years, various other troubles being complicated therewith. For about six weeks before his death he was bedfast. He was nursed devotedly by his wife and children, but the case was not one that held out any real grounds of hope of recovery.
Mr. Viands was a son of William Viands, deceased, his birthplace being the Old Forge, one mile North of Luray. The family of William Viands included the subject of this notice, Joshua Viands, William Viands, Mrs. Lucy Griffith, Mrs. Jennie Traister and Mrs. W.A. Williams, of whom only the last named survives.
Mr. Viands leaves a widow, Mrs. Sallie Kibler, a sister of the late Commissioner of Revenue F. Sumper Kibler, of Stanley, and two daughters, Mrs. William L. Fox, of Shenandoah, Va., and Mrs. Richard Logan, of Nokesville, Va. Until about twelve years ago Mr. Viands always lived near Luray, following the pursuit of farmer and horse dealer. At the time stated he located at Falls Church, Va., residing there for a brief period and then locating at Stanley, where he was a dealer in farm supplies until recently. He was a member of the Methodist church… The funeral which took place from the Stanley M.E. Church Saturday was conducted by his pastor, Rev. L. Hammond, assisted by Rev. R.J. Bennett, of Shenandoah, the interment taking place at Graves Chapel.
MRS. LUCY YAGER
Page News & Courier, Friday 2 Dec 1921
DEATH OF MRS. JOHN YAGER
Mrs. Lucy Yager, wife of John Yager, of near Ingham, this county, died at ten o'clock on Wednesday night after a few weeks illness with pneumonia. She was a daughter of Colonel Comer, deceased and was about forty-five years of age. Eight children survive her, two of whom a married daughter at home and a nine year old child are critically ill with the same disease that was fatal to their mother. The funeral will take place at Comer's church at 2 p.m., today (Friday) Mrs. Yager was a sister of Mrs. Noah Grimsley, Mrs. Ed Price and Mrs. Will Grimsley, all of Ingham...
MRS. SARAH YAGER
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 16 Apr 1929
Mrs. Sarah Yager, mother of John I. Yager, and also of D.H. Lucas, died on Sunday at the residence of Mrs. Hiram Freeze, where she had made her home for the last five years. Mrs. Yager, who had attained the age of 74 years and had been in fairly good health, died under a sudden attack of acute indigestion and high blood pressure. She was a sister of James A., Samuel and Preston Lucas, all deceased. The funeral will take place tommorrow at 2 p.m. with services by Rev. L.A. Racey and interment in the McAllister graveyard. Mrs. Yager has one sister living in Los Angeles, Calif.
MISS FLORA VIOLET YOUNG
Page News & Courier, Friday 30 Sep 1927
MISS YOUNG OF RILEYVILLE DIES AT HOSPITAL
Miss Flora Violet Young, daughter of A.J. Young, of Rileyville, who was operated on at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital for appendicitis several months ago, and after being at home for a month, was taken back to that institution three weeks ago on account of a malady following the operation, died there on Tuesday at the age of seventeen years and eleven months, the cause of her decease being diagnosed as abscess of the lungs. Her funeral which took place from the home at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon was conducted by her pastor, Rev. H.D. Anderson, of the Rileyville Baptistchurch with interment in the family graveyard near the Young home.
The young lady is survived by her parents, three sisters, Margaret, Thelma and Anna May Young, and one brother, Randolph Young. She was the granddaughter of the late Andrew J. Beahm, of Rileyville...
Page News & Courier, Friday 2 Jan 1925
OLD BASKET MAKER DIES
Jasper Young, of Rileyville, who for years followed the trade of basket-maker at Ida, this county, died on Tuesday night following an illness of a week or ten days with paralysis. His health had been fairly good before this illness. Mr. Young leaves three children, Mrs. Irene Printz, of Rileyville, with whom he resided, John Young, of Rileyville, and Mrs. Wesley Woodward, of near Charles Town. His wife who was a sister of Joseph A. Cave, of Ida, died a few years ago. Mr. Young was an uncle of John Richards, the Luray chair maker and furniture manufacturer. While Mr. Young followed basket making for many years he had no regular employment in his latter days, but was an inveterate fisherman. He was about seventy years old. The funeral which took place at the home yesterday evening was conducted by Rev. H.J. Dudley, pastor of the Luray Church of Christ, and the body was buried at Rileyville.
Mr. Young was a brother of Mrs. Angeline Deavers, of Rileyville, living, and the following who have passed away: Mrs. John Richards, Mrs. Al Campbell and Anthony Young, of this county. Also there was a seventeen year old brother, Robert, killed in the Confederate army while dashing toward the front to get a shot at the Yankees.
MRS. MARTIN YOUNG
Page News & Courier, Friday 17 Nov 1922
DEATH OF MRS. YOUNG
Mrs. Martin Young, aged about 86 years, a well known and highly respected woman living at Honeyville, died at her home at an early hour on Monday morning of this week... Her husband had been dead for about 25 years... Her only living descendant is Jacob Young, of the Honeyville section. Before marriage Mrs. Young was a Miss Foltz, the daughter of Jonas Foltz, of Shenandoah district. She had been a member of the Lutheran church for many years... The burial took place at Leak's Chapel on Tuesday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. R.P. Crumpler, pastor of the Leaksville Christian church.
MRS. MARY YOUNG
Page News & Courier, Friday 6 Jan 1922
DEATH OF MRS. YOUNG
Mrs. Mary Young, widow of the late Andrew Young, died at the home of her son in law, Vernon Beahm’s near Rileyville on Monday, January 2, 1922. Mrs. Young who was about 68 years of age, had been in ill health for a number of months and the immediate cause of her death was due to dropsy and other complications. She was a consistent member of the Methodist church and her funeral was conducted on Wednesday from her late home by her pastor, Rev. E.B. Cook, assisted by Rev. Mr. Manuel, interment in the burying ground at Rileyville.
Mrs. Young is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Vernon Beahm, Mrs. Jos. Beahm, Mrs. Jos. Deavers, Mrs. Benj. Lansberry and Mrs. William Lansberry and three sons, Jack, Will and Ed Young all of near Rileyville.
MRS. PAMILY ELIZABETH YOUNG
Page News & Courier, Friday 24 Mar 1922
DEATH OF MRS. YOUNG
Mrs. Pamily Elizabeth Young, wife of Jasper Young, was born Jan. 12, 1856, and died at her home near Rileyville this county, on March 17, 1922, aged 66 years, 2 months and 5 days. Mrs. Young is survived by a husband and three children: Mrs. Charles Woodward of Charles Town, W.V., and Mrs. Irene Printz and Mr. John Young, of this county. She had been a member of Antioch church for the past 50 years, having joined when she was 16 years of age. The deceased spent many years of her life in the Ida section of the county, though for a long time had been living in Springfield district. Her funeral was from Antioch church on Sunday, the services being conducted by Rev. R.F. Staples of Luray, in the absence of her pastor, Rev. F.A. Tinney?