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PAGE NEWS & COURIER 1931-1940, Part 5
FRANCIS MARION PRINTZ
Page News & Courier, Friday 16 Sep 1932
DEATH OF FRANCIS PRINTZ, OF LURAY
Francis Marion Printz, aged 75 years, a native of the Stony Man neighborhood in this county, who spent the middle period of his life in Kansas and Ohio, but returned to this county twelve years ago and passed the remainder of his days here, died at his home on Mechanic Street, Luray, at 11:10, a.m. on Tuesday after several years declining health from Bright's Disease and complications. He had been practically bedfast for several months.
Mr. Printz, who was a bachelor, was a son of Leonard Printz, deceased, and was born at the old homestead near Stony Man, where Charles H. Printz, a brother, now resides. He leaves the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Pamily Warren, of Haletharpe, Md., Charles H. Printz, of Stony Man, and Miss Mollie Printz, of Luray. He had resided with the latter since his return to Luray twelve years ago. Four brothers, Hiram Printz, of San Antonio, Texas, Emanuel and Harvey Printz, of Luray, and Lovey C. Printz, of Stanley, this county, are dead, and a sister died in infancy.
Leaving the old homestead at Stony Man at the age of seventeen Mr. Printz went to Kansas and was employed in that State for a number of years, then locating in Ohio. He was at Springfield in the latter State for a good many years, and was employed in a steel plant there, ran a tobacco store and was otherwise engaged. After his return to Luray about twelve years ago he bought residence property on Mechanic Street where he quietly spent the rest of his days with his sister, Miss Mollie... He was a member of the Disciples church from early life. He had talent as a musician and in former years frequently played the cornet at church services.
The funeral was held yesterday from Mr. Printz's late home with services by Rev. F.A. Blosser, pastor of the local Disciples church, and with interment in Green Hill cemetery...
Page News & Courier, Friday 1 Mar 1935
DEATH OF HERBERT PRINTZ IN MASSACHUSETTS
Herbert Printz, 67, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John David Printz, died at his home in Worcester, Mass., on Monday of this week. He has been living in Massachusetts for about twenty-five years, thought in that time has been a number of visits to the neighborhood where he was born. The old John D. Printz home is the old brick mansion about two miles southeast of Stony Man village.
Mr. and Mrs. John David Printz have been dead many years. In some way, not clearly known, it is an assured fact that the late Mrs. John David Printz in some remote way was a relative of the late President Abraham Lincoln, a few of whose ancestors are buried in a Luray graveyard.
Nancy Lionberger Rhodes, widow of Joseph Rhodes II married for her 2nd husband, Abraham Lincoln, of Lacey Spring, a first cousin or nephew of the war President. Mrs. Lorenzo Printz and Mrs. Josephine Stover Almond were children of this marriage. Mrs. Printz was the mother of Mrs. John D. Printz.
The subject of this notice was never married and is survived by the following brothers in this county: John and "Dick" Printz, both still residing on the farm of their late father. Another brother, George Printz, is living in Pittsburgh, Pa., Mrs. Bertha Schuyler, of Cuba, and Mrs. Paul Stewart, of Pennsylvania, sisters of Herbert Printz, are living. Rufus Printz and Miss Ida Printz, brother and sister, respectively, are dead.
JAMES F. PRINTZ OF R.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 12 May 1931
DEATH OF JAMES F. PRINTZ OF R.
James F. Printz, aged 82 years, a highly respected citizen of this county, died about 9 a.m., on Friday at the home of his son Starlas L. Printz, on Blue Ridge Avenue, Luray. In spite of his advanced years Mr. Printz retained fairly good health until a stroke of paralysis effecting his abdominal organs was sustained three weeks ago, his condition having been critical since that time.
Mr. Printz leaves two sons, Starlas L. Printz, of Luray, and Otho Printz, of Shenandoah, this county. His wife who was Miss Sarah Price, a sister of Thomas J. Price, of the Hawksbill, died about ten years ago. He was the son of Reuben Printz, of near Stony Man. One sister, Mrs. D.N. Hoak, of near Stony Man, survives him, while one brother Abram P. Printz, of Luray, and one sister Mrs. William Sours, of Culpeper county, are dead. Until he came to Luray to live with his son in recent years, Mr. Printz lived near Stony Man where he owned property and farmed on a small scale but gave his principal attention to the saw milling and threshing business… During his old age spent at Luray he was seldom seen except around his son’s home, but here he had a kindly greeting and smile for everybody.
The funeral was held from the home at 2 p.m., on Sunday with services by Rev. A.L. Boliek and interment in Green Hill cemetery.
MRS. LILLIE JANE PRINTZ
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 31 Oct 1939
Mrs. David S. Printz Passes Away One Week Later Than Her Husband
Mrs. Lillie Jane Printz died of paralysis at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer H. Price, Sunday night, October 22, at 10:00 o’clock.
Having had her first stroke in February from which she rallied and attended to her household duties until eight weeks ago when she suffered the third stroke. Six weeks ago they moved to the home of their daughter where they were tenderly cared for in that home.
She was born March 19, 1858, aged 81 years, 7 months and 3 days. She was the daughter of Noah and Phoebe Ann Turner Printz, deceased, near Stony Man section at which place she lived her entire life. Very early in life she connected with Mt. Calvary Lutheran church and her faith remained steadfast until the end.
Besides her sons, Elwood and Claude Printz, of Pittsburgh, and daughters, Mrs. Clyde O’Bryon, deceased, of Cannonsburg, Pa., and Mrs. Elmer Price, Luray, she is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Charles T. Printz, Buffalo, N.Y.; Benton Printz, Urbana, Ohio, Mrs. J.E. Williams, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Miss Bettie Printz, Luray. James H. Printz, of Berkley, Washington, and David J. Printz, deceased. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1:00 o’clock from Mt. Calvary church by her pastor, Rev. B.D. Castor, to a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives.
MISS MOLLIE A. PRINTZ
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 6 Dec 1938
Aged and Beloved Lady Dies At Her Home on Mechanic Street
Miss Mollie A. Printz, a lifelong native of Page County, aged 89 years, died at her home on Mechanic Street Saturday at 5:30 p.m. after a long period of declining health.
Miss Mllie was born March 18th, 1849, on the old Printz homestead above Stony Man and was the daughter of the late Leonard and Nancy Printz.
She was the last survivor of this family of seven children. Miss Mollie was noted for her kindness and service to others, having cared for two of her brothers, Lovey and Francis during their last illness.
She was a charter and the oldest member of the Luray Church of Christ, prior to that time a member of the Antioch Church of Christ.
For the past few years she has been cared for by her nephew, Robert L. Printz, and her neighbors and friends.
Her funeral was conducted from the Luray Church of Christ Monday at 2:30 p.m. with her former pastor Rev. Flloyd A. Blosser, of Joppa, Maryland, assisted by the present pastor, Rev. Virgil Lilly, conducting the services. Interment took place in Evergreen cemetery.
MRS. SARAH JANE PRINTZ (I)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 14 Mar 1939
Mrs. Sarah Jane Printz, aged about 90 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A.V. Kibler, near Luray, at an early hour Monday morning.
Mrs. Printz was the widow of Charles A. Printz, who died 21 years ago.
She is survived by the following children: Albert Printz, Mrs. John Butler, of Luray, Mrs. Will Butler, Hagerstown, Mrs. Sam Butler, Washington, D.C., and Mrs. A.V. (“Bud”) Kibler, Luray.
The funeral will be held at Mt. Zion Church of the Brethren today, Tuesday, at 2 p.m. Services will be in charge of her pastor, Rev. A.J. Caricofe.
MRS. SARAH JANE PRINTZ (II) (* picture of Mrs. Printz with obituary)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 21 Mar 1939
Death of Mrs. Sarah Jane Printz
Mrs. Sarah Jane Printz, aged 92 years, widow of Charles A. Printz died at her home on Mud Pike last Monday morning a week at 7 o’clock after an illness of about three years. She was born at reared in Shenandoah County, daughter of the late William and Eva Jenkins. After the death of her parents she resided with Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Spitler, deceased, of the Hawksbill, and later married and is survived by the following children: Alfred Printz, Mrs. John Butler, of Luray, Mrs. Will Butler, of Hagerstown, Mrs. Sam Mutler, of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. A.V. (Bud) Kibler, of Luray, The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock from the Mount Zion Church of the Brethren, of which she was an active and faithful member until her illness. Services were in charge of her pastor, Rev. A.J. Caricofe.
Page News & Courier, Friday 22 Sep 1939
Albert J. Propes
Albert J. Propes, 77, well-known retired farmer of Grottoes, died Saturday afternoon at two o'clock at the home of his son, Frank M. Propes, following a brief illness...
Mr. Propes was born near East Poiunt and moved to Grottoes about 28 years ago. He was a member of the United Brethren Church. His wife, who was Miss Mary Elizabeth Ross, preceded him in death 20 years ago.
He is survived by four sons, Albert J. Propes, Jr., of Sacramenton, Cal.; Clarence R. Propes, of Akron, Ohio; William R. Propes, of Bay City, Mich., and Frank M. Propes, of Grottoes and Mrs. G.R. Rodgers, of Elkton. He is also survived by one daughter, Mrs. Fannie Lillie, of McGaheysville and a number of grandchildren.
Funeral services were held yesterday morning at 10:30 from his late home in Grottoes. Services were conducted by Rev. W.M. Compton. Burial was in Mt. Horeb Cemetery.
MRS. KATE PULLIAM
Page News & Courier, Friday 17 Jul 1931
DEATH OF MRS. PULLIAM
Mrs. Kate Pulliam, a beloved resident of East Luray died at 10:30 a.m., yesterday at her home on East Main Street....
Mrs. Pulliam was a Miss Butler of Woodville, having been born in Rappahannock county February 7, 1851, eighty years ago. Her first husband was Thomas William Shenk, farmer and county surveyor. After their marriage they resided for years with his father John P. Shenk, at Shenk's mill. Later they bought the farm near Kimball, now owned by John P. Kibler. After her first husband's death she sold the farm and bought in Luray. In later years she married Randolph Pulliam, of Berryville, now deceased.
... She had only one child, Carl Shenk, who died in his teens. As a memorial to him, Carl Chapel, a Baptist church, near Kimball was built by his parents...
She leaves two brothers, John Butler, of Richmond, and Columbus Butler, a traveling man of Charleston, Mo. Of three sisters, one, Mrs. J.B. Miles is living and two, Mrs. B.F. Beahm and Mrs. Abram Racer are deceased. The funeral will be held Saturday.
Funeral at 10 a.m., Saturday with short services at the house and burial in the family plot near Carl Chapel.
MISS ETHEL PULLEN & MRS. IRA JENKINS
Page News & Courier, Friday 17 Mar 1939
Mrs. Ira. P. Jenkins Dies Shortly After Sister; Husband Ill
The death of Miss Ethel Pullen, aged 51 years, in Front Royal Hospital on Sunday night, of pneumonia, was followed by the death of her sister, Mrs. Ira Pullen Jenkins, early Tuesday morning, in Front Roayl, where she had been a patient for a week, also of pneumonia. Ira Jenkins, husband of Mrs. Jenkins is ill of pneumonia in his home in Linden and a son, Roscoe Jack Jenkins, is ill of the same disease in Front Royal Hospital. Miss Pullen, who died on Sunday night lived in the Jenkins home in Linden.
A double funeral service for Miss Pullen and her sister, Mrs. Jenkins, was held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, in Sperryville Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Warren Corbin of Woodville, with interment in Sperryville Cemetery.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Jenkins is survived by four sons and two daughters, Silas, Roscoe Jack, Lewis, Charles, Virginia and Kathleen Jenkins, of Linden.
Mrs. Jenkins was a native of Sperryville, the daughter of the late John P. and Mrs. Annie Jordan Clark Pullen and is survived by four brothers and three sisters: Jonas Pullen, Mrs. Ella Clark, Mrs. Nan Clayton and Mrs. Martha Lillard, of Sperryville; Richard Pullen, of Smedley's Hollow, Rappahannock County, and Enos and Robinson Pullen, of Slate Mills.
ELDER BENJAMIN F. PURDHAM
Page News & Courier, Friday 26 Mar 1937
Elder Purdham Dies Suddenly at His Home in Luray
Though knowing of his steady decline for months, relatives and friends in luray were shocked when the announcement was made that Elder Benjamin F. Purdham had died at his home in the rear of the Hotel Laurence Wednesday afternoon.
Elder Purdham, who was in his seventy-eighth year, had been in failing health most of the winter and had spent most of his time with his half-sister, Mrs. John Racer, of East Luray, where he was tenderly cared for. On Wednesday he was son much improved that he expressed a desire that he would like to go to his home for awhile, which he did. In the late afternoon he went to a physician’s office and secured some medicine. Reaching home about five o’clock he suddenly expired, the end coming peacefully to this old warrior of the Cross.
The subject of this notice was born on Upper Mill Creek, northwest of Stanley, and was the son of Jeremiah and Mary Jenkins Purdham. He entered the ministry in early life and was one of the first pastors of the Seventh Day Adventist Church at Stanley. He attended the S.D.A. College at Battle Creek, Michigan from which he graduated. He married Miss Laura Hook, of Port Republic, who preceded him to the grave by twelve years. He was also pastor of churches in Michigan, Louisiana, North Carolina, and West Virginia. About ten years ago he retired from active ministry and upon moving to Luray connected himself with the Church of Christ and since that time has been an ardent and faithful supporter of that denomination. He was also a successful life insurance salesman as well as being successful in the real estate business, owning at the time of his death much valuable property.
About twenty-nine years ago he became president of the West Virginia Conference of the S.D.A. which office he held for a number of years.
He is survived by two children, Clyde Purdham, connected with the Street Car service of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. H.A. (Grace) Miller, of College Dale, Tenn., all of whom are here for the funeral.
Fountain Purdham, of Battle Creek, Michigan, a brother, and Mrs. John Racer, of Luray, a half sister, survive. The following are deceased: George Purdham, of Stanley, Charles Purdham, of Missouri, and Ed Purdham, of Ohio, and Mrs. Jacob Coffman, of Westmont, New Jersey.
Elder Purdham was a splendid speaker and orator and also an author of note. He frequently contributed interesting letters to the News and Courier… While a resident of Luray in the past twelve or fifteen years, he spent much of his time with his son and daughter, in their respective homes.
The body is now resting at the home of his sister, Mrs. Racer, and will be taken to the Seventh Day Adventist Church at Stanley today (Friday) where the services will be held at 3 p.m. in charge of his pastor, the Rev. J.E. Childress, of the Christian Church, Luray. Obsequies immediately following at the church graveyard.
EDWARD M. PURDHAM (I)
Page News & Courier, Friday 7 Dec 1934
DEATH OF E.M. PURDHAM OF OHIO
Word has been received here of the death of E.M. Purdham of Clyde, Ohio. Mr. Purdham was 77 years of age and the son of the late Jeremiah Purdham, and a native of Page county. The funeral services were held on Monday. He is survived by five brothers and a half-sister- Mrs. John Racer, of East Luray...
EDWARD M. PURDHAM (II)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 11 Dec 1934
ELDER PURDHAMS BROTHER DIES IN OHIO
I left Luray on Wednesday, Nov. 28, going to Washington, D.C., and I enjoyed a splendied Thanksgiving Turket Dinner with my son Clyde F. Purdham at his boarding place; the home of Mr. Coppage in Washington, D.C... My son-in-law Professor H.A. Miller met me at Takoma Park and on Sunday morning Dec. 2, we left in his auto for Mt. Vernon Ohio, reaching his home about dusk. Monday morning I received a telegram giving the sad news of the death of my brother Edward M. Purdham near Clyde... I learned that he died very suddenly. The Dr. said it was a stroke caused by high blood pressure. All of his family except one daughter in California reached the home in time for the funeral. This was the first time I had ever met some of his family and it was a very sad meeting. The burial was at Clyde. My only brother living is F.T. Purdham of Battle Creek, Michigan... he, Mrs. John Racer, of Luray, Va., and I are all that are left of the large family og Jeremiah Purdham... B.F. Purdham
JAMES THOMAS PURDHAM
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 22 Dec 1931
THOMAS PURDHAM CONFEDERATE VETERAN DEAD
James Thomas Purdham, age 87, of Stanley, one of the few remaining Confederate veterans of the county, who has been very feeble for a long time, passed away Thursday afternoon, after being confined to his bed for three weeks, death being due to a failire of the vital powers. He was preceded in death by his wife by about six months. Before marriage she was Miss Virinda Breeden. Both spent their entire lives in the Stanley neighborhood, where they were respected by everyone for their godly, peaceable and inoffensive lives. Amore conscientious and well-meaning citizen than Mr. Purdham could not be found. He was a poor man, employed on farms around Stanley, near all his life. In latter years the family acquired a little home at Stanley, where the old couple spent the evening of their days, their daughter, Miss Cora Purdham, living with them and caring for them. Of their fourteen children, seven are living.
Mr. Purdham was a member of Co. H, 33d. Va. Infantry. He was considered a good and brave soldier. He was wounded, the bullet finally being removed some time after the war. When the Confederate Veterans picnic was held at Kauffman’s Mill July 14th last, Mr. Purdham was one of the half dozen old soldiers present, the others being Samuel B. Davis, age 87, of Grove Hill, A.C. Somers, age 85, of Ida, George L. Jones, age 94, of Stanley, Philip M. Kauffman, age 85, of Luray, and Joseph C. Brumback, age 89, of Elkton. These ages are published as given at the time of the picnic. Peter Keyser and J.W. Morris, of Rileyville, and Wesley McCoy, of Stanley, were the survivors who did not attended the picnic.
Mr. Purdham was as loyal to his church as he was to the Confederacy. He had been a Methodist many years, always present at the house of worship when health and circumstances permitted. His funeral and interment, both taking place at Graves Chapel, were conducted by his pastor, Rev. Mr. Henton and Rev. J.E. Tucker. All of his children but Mrs. Kate Offenbacker were present with members of their families, the number including William Purdham, of Stanley, Martin Purdham, of Shenandoah, Miss Cora at home, and three married daughters, formerly Misses Mattie, Barbara and Lily Purdham, now living out of the State.
JOHN F. PURDHAM
Page News & Courier, Friday 22 Apr 1932
DEATH OF JOHN F. PURDHAM
John F. Purdham, a highly respected old citizen, of near Marksville, died at his home on Tuesday after a long illness. He had been increasingly feeble for the last four or five years and had been bedfast for several months. He was about 80 years old.
Mr. Purdham owned ten or twelve acres of very desirable and well located land just back of Graves Chapel... He leaves a widow, who is a sister of Joseph Duncan, of the Intersection, and the following children: Wylie, Ernest, Ray and Arthur Purdham, and Mrs. I.H. Berry, of Marksville, and Mrs. Oscar Aleshire, of Shenandoah. One son, John Purdham, of near Stanley, died in recent years. The deceased also left a brother, Charles Purdham, of Hagerstown. The subject of this notice was a member of the Old School Baptist church and was a close Bible reader...
The funeral at Graves Chapel yesterday morning was conducted by Eld. John B. Jenkins with interment in the Chapel graveyard...
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 6 Oct 1931
WILLIAM PURDHAM DEAD
William Purdham, a highly respected citizen of Jordon Hollow, near Stanley, Virginia, died on Friday morning at 3 o’clock of cancer of the liver. He is survived by his widow, who was a daughter of the late Mark Berry, of the same neighborhood. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon at Bethlehem church. Interment was in Jordon Hollow with the Rev. J.E. Tucker officiating. He has been ill for several years.
MRS. "DRUCILLA" (S/BE VIRINDA) PURDHAM
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 2 Jun 1931
DEATH OF MRS. THOMAS PURDHAM
Mrs. Drucilla Purdham, wife of Thomas Purdham, of near Stanley, died at 4 p.m., on Saturday, aged about 84 years. She had been feeble for a long time and had been bedfast for several months. Mrs. Purdham was a Miss Breeden before her marriage. Her surviving husband is one of the few surviving Confederate veterans of this county and is in very feeble health... She leaves a number of children including Martin Purdham, of Shenandoah, William Purdham, of Stanley, Miss Mattie Purdham, of Hagerstown and Miss Cora Purdham at home. Among the deceased children are John and Jacob Purdham, who met accidental death. Henry Purdham and Misses Lucy and Annie Purdham. She was buried at Graves Chapel yesterday morning with services by Rev. J.E. Tucker and Rev. G.H.H. Tyler.
CHARLES E. RAMEY
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 23 Jul 1935
DEATH OF CHARLES E. RAMEY
Charles E. Ramey, one of the best known citizens of Page county, died at the home of his son, William F. Ramey, about two miles weast of the Luray Caverns on Sunday afternoon. He would have reached his 74th year on the 4th of August had he lived.
He was a son of the late William and Mary (Alger) Ramey...
Mr. Ramey was twice married, his first wife being Miss Lucetta Deane who was born in the Elkton neighborhood. She has been dead many years. By this marriage Mr. Ramey is survived by the following children: William F. Ramey, Edgar Vernon Ramey and Mrs. Carrie Campbell, the latter of Pennsylvania. Lester Ramey, another son is dead.
Mr. Ramey's second wife was Mrs. Annie Smith, widow of the late Samuel G. Smith, for many years one of the guides at the Luray Caverns. The latter Mrs. Ramey died in April, 1932.
The funeral services will be held in the Church of Christ, Luray, at 2 o'clock p.m. The funeral will be in charge of Rev. Floyd Blosser, pastor.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 15 Nov 1932
NATIVE OF PAGE DIES IN CLEVELAND, OHIO
Charles Redman, aged 43, of Cleveland, O., a brother of H. Lester Redman, of Stanley, died suddenly Thursday at his home... Mr. Redman owned and operated a garage in Cleveland for the last ten or fifteen years... Recently he started a successful grocery store. He left Page county in his youth and took up the trade of automobile mechanic in Ohio, finally going into a partnershup and then becoming the sole owner.
Mr. Redman is survived by his widow, a Cleveland lady. He leaves two sons, Willard and Rober, living with their father and Jean, a daughter recently married. One brother, Lester Redman, of Stanley, and a sister, Mrs. Samuel Walls, of Milwaukee, Wis., survive. He lost his mother in his early years and was raised by Mr. Baker on Dry Run near Luray...
The funeral was held from the home Saturday afternoon with burial at Cleveland.
CHARLES B. RICKARD
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 6 Jan 1931
ANOTHER CONFEDERATE VETERAN ANSWERS LAST ROLL CALL
Charles B. Rickard, age 85, of Hamburg, one of the few Confederate veterans remaining in the county, died at his home at Hamburg at an early hour Sunday morning. Until about a month ago Mr. Rickard was quite active for his advanced years...
Mr. Rickard owned residence property at Hamburg where he spent his entire life, following the trades of carpenter, wagon maker and cooper. He leaves a widow who was Miss Delilah Fielding, of the Fairview neighborhood, near Luray. They had no children. Mr. Rickard was the last survivor of the twelve children of Abram Rickard, whose home near Ruffner's ferry, the site of which is now marked only by a few ruins, was one of the ancient places of the county. Mrs. Abram Rickard was Miss Betsy Beazley, of Keezeltown, Rockingham county. Three of the daughters, Rebecca who married John Holmes, Phoebe, who married Thomas Holmes and Ellen who married a Moomaw settled in Illinois. The other nine were Mrs. Lizzie Stover, Miss Sarah Rickard, Mrs. T.C. Strickler, Albert Rickard, Isaac Rickard, John Rickard, W. Asher Rickard, J.A. Rickard and Charles B. Rickard, all of the Hamburg-Luray vicinity.
... The funeral was held from the home at eleven o'clock yesterday morning, Rev. Chas. A. Hall, in charge, with interment in the Coffman graveyard.
MRS. SARAH E. "LILA" RICKARD
Page News & Courier, Friday 16 Oct 1931
DEATH OF MRS. CHAS. B. RICKARD OF HAMBURG
Mrs. Sarah E. ("Lila") Rickard, widow of Chas. B. Rickard, died at her home at Hamburg, West of Luray, at 3:20 a.m., yesterday after a few days' critical illness. While her health had been declining for several years she actively looked after her household duries until a sudden attack on Saturday. She was in her 64th year having been born in this county on May 26, 1868. Her husband, Charles B. Rickard, a Confederate veteran, died last January. The couple were married Mar. 19, 1885. The have a surviving son, Cary Milbourne Shenk, who resided with them.
Mrs. Rickard was the daughter of James Fielding, an Irishman, who settled in this county, when the New Market and Sperryville turnpike was built before the Civil War. Mr. Fielding lived for years on Dry Run and afterwards at Hamburg. He had three daughters, all now deceased, who married B.F. Griffith, of Dry Run, George W. Judd, of Fairview and Charles B. Rickard.
The funeral of Mrs. Rickard will take place from her late home at 10:30 a.m., today (Friday) with services by her pastor, Rev. Chas. A. Hall, of Main Street Baptist church... She will be buried by her husband in the I.N. Coffman graveyard.
MRS. FANNIE RICHARDS
Page News & Courier, Friday 22 Oct 1937
Sudden Death Near Ida
A telephone communication was received last evening that Mrs. Will Richards who lived with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cave at Ida, had died after a brief illness. Mrs. Richards, who was Miss Fannie Miller before marriage, was about 80 years of age. She was a daughter of the late Henry Miller of Ida. The funeral will be held Saturday at 1 o'clock at Mt. Zion Brethren Church of which denomination she had been a member for many years. A further account will appear in our next issue.
Page News & Courier, Friday 19 Mar 1937
Nathan Richards Dies Near Blainesville
Nathan Richards, aged about 68, who made his home with Jack Johnson in Hollow Run near Blainesville, died on Tuesday of this week at 8 o’clock after a brief illness with pneumonia. He had been married, but his wife died a number of years ago. There were no children. He is survived by the following sisters: Mrs. Sam (Julia) Presgraves, of Luray, Mrs. Tom (Nancy) Cloud, Hollow Run; Mrs. Charles (Eliza Jane) Aleshire, Blainesville. A brother, Edward Richards, of the Blainesville section, died several years ago. He was a hard working citizen and was respected by all.
The funeral will be held this afternoon, Friday, at 2 p.m. with interment in the Richards graveyard. Services by Elder H.E. Wakeman.
PHILLIP H. RINACA
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 7 Mar 1939
Death of Phillip H. Rinaca
Phillip Henry Rinaca, age 75 years, a highly respected citizen of Rinica's Corner, west of Shenandoah, died Friday at his home after about a week's illness with pneumonia. Mr. Rinica's brother, Thomas Rinica, preceded him in death by just eight days.
Mr. Rinica leaves one brother, James A. Rinica, the last of a family of 12 children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Rinica... His wife, who before marriage, was Miss Roberta Batman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Batman, preceded him to the grave abour six years ago.
He leaves three children, Henry, at home, Joseph, of Baltimore, and Mrs. Elizabeth Du Bois, of Richmond. The deceased brothers and sisters are, Thomas, Jackson, Franklin, Benjamin, Amos, Mrs. James Jenkins, Misses Ida, Jennie and Mary Rinica.
The funeral was conducted from Trinity Church on Sunday afternoon by Rev. Lee E. Sheafer. Interment was in the family burying ground...
Page News & Courier, Friday 24 Feb 1939
Death of Thomas Rinaca
Thomas A. Rinaca, aged about 70 years, died suddenly at his home at Rinica's Corner, west of Shenandoah, on Tuesday morning, February 21st. Mr. Rinica had been in his usual health and had just walked out on the porch when he dropped to the floor, dead. His housekeeper, Miss Mabel Kite, was the first to find him.
Mr. Rinica was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Rinica. His mother, before marriage, was Miss Clarinda Kite.
He leaves two brothers, James and Phillip Rinica, of the same neighborhood. His deceased brothers and sisters are, Jackson, Franklin, Benjamin, Amos, Misses Jennie and Ida, and Laura (Mrs. James Jenkins).
The funeral was conducted on Thursday at 11 a.m. from the home by Rev. M.A. Ashby, a former pastor. Interment was in the family burying lot.
HYRTLE EDWARD RODGERS
Page News & Courier, Friday 23 Sep 1938
Elkton Native Buried In Clarke
Funeral services for Hyrtle Edward Rodgers, son-in-law of A.S. Long, of Harrisonburg, were held from his late home in Boyce, Va., Sunday afternoon, September 11, with Rev. Mr. Van Linden, pastor of the Boyce Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery at Berryville.
Mr. Rodgers died at his home Friday, Sept. 9. Death was due to heart attack. He was found dead by his son, George S. Rodgers.
Mr. Rodgers was born Oct. 22, 1877, near Elkton, and was a son of George E. and Mary Hammer Rodgers, he was an emplpyee of the Norfolk and Western Railway for many years, and had made his home in Berryville for some time. He was a faithful member of the Methodist Church.
Besides his wife, Mrs. Cordelia Long Rodgers, he is survived by the following children: Mrs. F.Y. Knight, of Elkton; Mrs. J.E. Lambro, of Boyce, Mrs. R.I. Bumgardner, of Culpeper; Carl A. Rodgers, of Summit Point, W.Va.; Randolph Rodgers, Henry D. Rodgers and George S. Rodgers, of Boyce, and Emory Rodgers, of Fort Monroe.
ROBERT E. ROGERS (I)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 28 Aug 1934
EDGAR ROGERS DIES FROM HIS INJURIES
Robert Edgar Rogers, 38, who was struck by a train on the Norfolk & Western Railroad near Spring Farm about one month ago, and who has been critically ill ever since, died in Mount Alto Hospital, Washington, on Saturday night at 11:45 o'clock...
His death was due to internal injuries sustained when the accident happened...
He was a World War soldier, a member of the 42d Rainbow Division and was in France twelve months. Altogether he was in the service of his country about eighteen months. He is said to have been a brave soldier.
He was a son of the late Robert E. Rogers, who died in Marksville district, this county, several months ago. His mother before marriage was a Miss Clem, of Shenandoah County.
He has been working for S.K. Sours, of Compton, for about two years. Before being engaged by Mr. Sours he had worked at different places in this county.
He is survived by his widow, who before marriage was Miss Iva Lucas, daughter of Mrs. Sallie Lucas, who lives with Mrs. Rogers at Alma, this county. In addition he is survived by one son, "Bobbie" Rogers, who lives with his mother and grandmother.
During his service in the World War he was shell shocked and suffered the breaking of the drum of one of his ears.
ROBERT E. RODGERS (II)
Page News & Courier, Friday 31 Aug 1934
EDGAR ROBERTS BURIED AT LEAKSVILLE
Edgar Rodgers, 38, who died in the Mount Alto Hospital, Washington, last Saturday night, was buried in the Leaksville cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at three o'clock. Short services at the grave were condycted by the Rev. A.L. Boliek, of Luray. Mr. Rodgers' death is supposed to be the result of having been struck by a freight train on the Norfolk & Western Railroad two miles east of Luray about one month ago...
As stated in another issue of the News and Courier, Mr. Rodgers is survived by his widow, Mrs. Iva Rodgers, of Alma, in addition to one son, "Bobbie" Rodgers, about thirteen years of age. His mother has been dead a number of years, while his father, Robert E. Rodgers, died in Marksville district several months ago.
WILLIAM J. ROGERS
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 30 Mar 1937
Death of William J. Rogers
William J. Rogers, a resident of Bardane, this county, since 1912, coming here from his native county of Page in Virginia, died Friday afternoon in the Charles Town hospital following a short illness from pneumonia. He had been brought to the hospital in a critical condition only a few days before.
During his residence in the county Mr. Rogers engaged in farming and in orchard work. The last work he died was at the apple packing plant at Bardane in the fall. His wife died in 1929, leaving him with four sons who survive. The sons are Vernon, Luther, Frank and Leo Rogers, all of the Bardane neighborhood. Deceased leaves also three sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Price, of Irwin, Pa.; Mrs. Carrie Price, of Monongahelia, Pa.; Mrs. Ethel Jobe, Luray, Va.; two brothers, Scott and Spencer Rogers, of Luray, and his step-mother, Mrs. Virginia Rogers, of Stanley, Va. Mr. Rogers was 69 years old.
The funeral was held in the Methodist Church at Bardane of which he was a member, with services at 2 o’clock, Sunday afternoon. Interment in Edge Hill Cemetery- Spirit of Jefferson, Charles Town, W.Va.
REUBIN FRANKLIN ROTHGEB
Page News & Courier, Friday 6 Nov 1936
Veteran Luray Caverns Guide Expires Suddenly
Reubin Franklin Rothgeb, aged 80 years, 1 month and 2 days, died at his home near the Luray Caverns in West Luray at an early hour on Tuesday morning of this week following an illness of several months from complications superinduced by heart disease.
Few men in Page county and the immediate vicinity of Luray were better known than Mr. Rothgeb. He was straightforward and his honesty and integrity was unquestioned.
The deceased was twice married his first wife being Miss Emma Young, daughter of the late George Young, who for many years resided on the south side of the Lee Highway between Luray and Hamburg. His widow, who survives, was Miss Lillie Cave, daughter of the late David N. Cave a well known trucker and chicken fancier of Luray. He is survived by his widow and the following children: Reubin Rothgeb, Luray, Mrs. Elmo (Beatrice) Kibler, Front Royal, Mrs. Ray (Mary) Grubbs, Winchester; Mrs. William (Edna) Mayes of Luray, Mrs. (Ruth) Burke of Rappahannock and David Rothgeb at home.
Mr. Rothgeb was the son of the late Samuel Rothgeb of this county. His brother J. Thomas Rothgeb of Luray survives. The deceased brothers are Eliza Rothgeb of Luray, former proprietor of the Commerical Hotel and Charles Rothgeb of Luray and Hamburg, and David A. Rothgeb of Leaksville. The mother of Mr. Rothgeb was a Miss Amanda Kibler, daughter of David Kibler. The deceased was born near the home of the late Col. William O. Yager north of Luray. He was a member of the Methodist church for many years.
The subject of this notice was a veteran guide at the Luray Caverns which position he had held for twenty two years. He served well in this capacity until his age prevented him from active service after which he was transferred to the ticket office. Last March his condition grew worse and he was retired.
The funeral was held from his home at 2 p.m. on Wednesday conducted by Elder A.W. Campbell a close friend and neighbor and burial was at the family burial plot at Hamburg.
J.A. “BUD” SAMPSON
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 9 Mar 1937
Death Near Mauck
J.A. “Bud” Sampson, aged 64 years, died at his home near Knight’s store in the Mauck section of this county on Monday afternoon after a brief illness having been paralyzed about a week ago. He was a native of this county and had been a resident of that section for perhaps a half century. His wife, who was Miss Jennie Jenkins, also of Page, survives with the following children: Mrs. Rachael Gray, of Pine Grove, Mrs. Sam Cave, of Bethlehem, and William Sampson, of near Mauck.
The subject of this notice was highly respected and was a hard worker all his life. He is also survived by several brothers and sisters.
The funeral will be held sometime Wednesday from the Bethlehem Christian Church with his pastor the Rev. J.E. Childress, in charge. Interment in the Yager graveyard in the same section.
Page News & Courier, Friday 26 Aug 1938
Robert Sampson Passes Away
Robert E. Sampson, aged 70, well known farmer of the Verbena section, died Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at his home following an illness of 15 days. He had been in ill health for several months.
Funeral services will be held from his late home today (Friday) afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in the Elk Run Cemetery.
JACOB R. SEAKFORD
Page News & Courier, Friday 5 Nov 1937
One of Page County's Best Known Men Dead
Jacob R. Seakford, Writer of the "Home of the Birds", Politician and Historian Dies After Long Illness
Jacob R. Seakford, perhaps one of the best known men in Page County, died at his home on the East Side Highway, to which he had just recently moved, between Stanley and Alma, at an early hour Thursday morning, after a lingering illness. Mr. Seakford was 76 years and 19 days of age. He was a son of Adam Seakford, of the Stanley-Alma section. His mother was a Miss Freeze, of this section, to whom he often referred to as "Granny" in his "Home of the Birds" letter to the Page News and Courier, which letter he contributed for many years. The gist of his letters were in the main historical, and related to the genealogy of many Page county families. He was painstaking, methodical and accurate in his findings of the genealogy of these families. His services were in constant demand and he took a special delight in his research effort which required considerable work, time and travel to compile... For some time had been at work compiling data for a History of Page county and it is regretable that he could not have lived to see his labor completed, as no full history of Page has ever been published, although Mrs. V.S. Milbourne, of Charles Town, W.Va., has been at work for some time on a similar volume...
The deceased was a life-long and ardent Republican, Supervisor from Marksville District and for many years was a Magistrate of his district. He was also a candidate for the House of Delegates at one time and received a very substantial vote but was not elected. He followed the sawmill business for a number of years operating in Page and adjoining counties and at this venture accumulated quite a competence, this in later years was however swalled up in drouths and depression. He was at one time was a successful farmer at the "Home of the Birds" in the Petefish Pond section, and a coincidence of note that his former friend and neighbor, Jacob Dovel was found dead in his bed just a few days ago, an account of which was published in our last issue.
Mr. Seakford was also a housemover of note, having moved a number of large buildings at Luray and many other sections of Page and adjoining counties. In his hey-day of prosperity he had perhaps given employement to more men than any other one man in Page county. He was always fair with his employess and treated them as he would like to have been treated. In his letters to this paper he carried a number of historical facts, folk lore, as well as genealogy... He was considered an authority on all historical subjects. Mr. Seakford was almost always an attendant at Courts in Luray and was well versed in law and was frequently consulted on points of this nature.
The subject of this notice was thrice married. His first wife was a Miss Phillips of New Market. There was no issue by this marriage. His second wife was Miss Esther Dean, daughter of the late John Dean, of Stanley. Four children were born to this union and survive: viz- Mrs. Bertie Clark, Boyce, Virginia; Mrs. Estelle Miller and Mrs. Louise Dennis, Stephens City and Miss Louise Seakford, of Winchester.
His third wife who survives him was Miss Mamie Dovel, daughter of William Dovel of the Honeyville section. To this marriage, a daughter, Miss Calvin Coolidge also survives.
Mr. Seakford, while not a member of the church, "lent" strongly towards the old School Baptists and always attended its meeting and associations whenever possible to do so.
The deceased is also survived by one full brother, Newton Seakford, of Oak Hill, and the following half-brothers Callie and William M. Seakford, of the Alma section, Mrs. John (Minnie) Burner, near Luray; Mrs. Otis (Cora) Leake, near Honeyville; Misses Lena and Blanche Seakford, of Alma, and Mrs. Alice Wysong, of Shepherdstown, W.Va. One brother, Luther Seakford is deceased.
Among other things Mr. Seakford engaged in his early days was boating down the Shenandoah River. Many thrilling stories he told in "The Home of the Birds" letter of shooting the rapids with the boats loaded with iron ore, or flour en route to Washington and of the hardships encountered on these trips. The huge boats would generally be knocked down and sold for lumber at the destination as they could not be run against the downcurrent of the stream.
The homeward trip would always be made by stage coach or on foot taking a number of days to make the journey.
... Several months ago talking to a friend he remarked that he was "standing on the margin of the river," doubtless a recast of his oft-repeated hymn, "We are going down the valley one by one."
His funeral was held from his late home on Thursday at 11 o'clock with his lifelong friend and advisor, Elder J.B. Jenkins, of the Old School Baptist Church in charge. Interment in the S.D.A. cemetery at Stanley.
ARTHUR E. SEAL
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 27 Apr 1937
Sudden Death of Arthur E. Seal
Friends and relatives in Luray were immeasurably shocked Sunday night when word was received that Arthur E. Seal had suddenly expired at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, where he had gone only a few hours before treatment for a heart ailment. Mr. Seal proprietor of Green Top, a tourist home in West Luray, was widely known in this county, he having been also connected with the ice business for a number of years. He was fifty three years old on March 29. He had been a member of the local Methodist church for many years and was held in high esteem by his fellow citizens.
The deceased leaves a wife, who was Miss Blanche Aleshire, formerly of the Hamburg section, one son, Everett Seal, and a daughter, Mrs. William (Artenus) Cramer, all of Luray. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Vernon Grove, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and the following brothers: Clyde and Warfield Seal, of Hagerstown, Hubert and Herman Seal of Luray, and Charlie, of No. 2 Furnace. He was a son of the late John Weaver and Laura E. Blose Seal, who were residents of Luray for many years. They were formerly of the Verbena section of this county…
The funeral will be held from his late home on Lee Street, at 2 o’clock this afternoon, Tuesday, conducted by his pastor, the Rev. D.L. Fringer. Interment in Evergreen cemetery.
MRS. CORA E. SEAL
Page News & Courier, Friday 1 Jul 1938
Mrs. J.B. Seal
Mrs. Cora E. (Barton) Seal, wife of J.B. Seal, Lombard Street, Littlestown, Pa., died Tuesday afternoon, June 21, at 4:45 o'clock in the Hanover General hospital, where she had been admitted as a patient late Monday night. Death was due to diabetes. She was aged 55 years, 11 months, 14 days. Surviving are her husband, two children, James Wilbur Barton, Littlestown, and Cora Elizabeth Seal, at home, and two sisters, Mrs. Hubert Gordon, Littlestown, R.D. and Mrs. George Lentz, Smithburg, Md. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Two Taverns
The funeral was held Friday morning June 24, with services conducted at her late residence at 10 o'clock. The Rev. J.M. Myers, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, officiated. Burial was made in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Littlestown...
MRS. DOLLIE SEAL
Page News & Courier, Friday 27 Oct 1939
Death of Mrs. Seal
Mrs. Dollie Seal, aged 77 years, widow of Frank Seal, of the Brand section, died at the Alms House on Wednesday of this week.
Mrs. Seal was paralyzed several weeks ago, and her death is attributed to this cause.
The funeral will be held from Fristoe’s Chapel, near Kimball , Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. G.E. Cave in charge of the services. Burial in the Fristoe graveyard.
Page News & Courier, Friday 29 Jan 1932
DEATH OF FRANK SEAL
Frank Seal, aged 60, died of cancer of the liver at his home between Kimball and Vaughn at 9 a.m., yesterday morning. Mr. Seal's illness began last summer... By his first marriage to Miss Martha Foster, of this county, he leaves three children, Grover Seal, of Kimball, Jesse Seal, of Boyce and Mrs. Lynn Coffman, of Stanley. He is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Samuel Seal, of Luray, Harry, of Front Roayl, John, of Stanley, Trent, of Madison county, Dave, of Culpeper, Va., Wilber and Hubert Seal, of Stony Man, Mrs. Will Gochenour, of Martinsburg, Mrs. James Somers, of Catlett, Va. and Mrs. William Woodward, of Ida, this county. Funeral from the home at 2 p.m. today with burial in the Fronk graveyard.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 10 Jul 1934
WORLD WAR VETERAN MEETS TRAGIC DEATH
Jesse Seal, about 37 years old, was found dead along the side of the Norfolk & Western Railroad tracks at the James F. Fristoe private railroad crossing about three-fourths of a mile northwest of Kimball this county, about half past six o'clock on Monday morning... It is hard to tell exactly the manner in which Mr. Seal met his death. Many theories are easy to advance as to the real cause. He had bought a nickle's worth of candy at the James F. Fristoe store about ten o'clock the night of his death. Ths is presumed to have been for his two children. When found Mr. Seal had a bullet in his pocket that he is said to have carried since he served overseas in the World War.
Dr. Virgil Hammer, county coroner, Commonwealth's Attorney S. Lynn Walton and Sheriff E.L. Lucas were soon on the ground. An inquest was deemed unnecessary after these officials had viewed the fragments of Mr. Seal's body and the circumstances surrounding it. The train that is supposed to have killed Mr. Seal was a north-bound freight passing the point of the accident about 10:45 at night.
Mr. Seal's clothing and shoes were identified soon after his body was found, by his stepmother, Mrs. Dollie Seal, living not far away and with whom he made his home.
He is survived by his widow, who was a Miss Corder, whose former home was in the neighborhood of Boyce, in Clarke county, whom he married, seven or eight years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Seal have been living at their present home for the last five or six years... At one time he was employed as a section hand on the Norfolk & Western Railroad and was well acquainted with the schedule of all trains. In fact his home was within earshot of the daily and nightly passing of the many trains that go over the system...
There are many things associated with young Seal's death that are unexplainable. Some of these- if he was in his normal state why should he have allowed the train to bear down on him at such an hour of the night as that in which his death is believed to have occurred. At any rate his death is one of the many that have taken place on the Norfolk & Western Railroad in this county which have occurred and their solution is wrapped in mystery. This many be one of the many that will go down in history as one of the unsolved ones.
The dead man was a son of the late Frank Seal, of this county, a family that is numerous and has taken part in many of the accidents that have been associated with the Norfolk and Western Railroad in its local history...
The fragments of his remains were interred on Monday evening in the Kimball neighborhood. Elder Jos A. Comer conducted the funeral.
JOHN H. SEAL
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 26 Apr 1932
JOHN H. SEAL KILLED BY TRAIN
J.H. Seal, an aged resident of Duffields, W.Va., formerly of Mauck Page county, was killed by passenger train No. 24, eastbound on the B. & O. railroad, near Duffields Friday, about 2 a.m... He was out at the early morning hour on account of the serious illness of his wife.
Mr. Seal was 77 years old. With an invalid wife he lived in the family of his son-in-law, Clarence Nichols, on the Harman farm.
Mr. Seal spent all his life in Page county with the exception of the last five years. He was a brother of Frank and Hiram Seal, of Luray, Wilber Seal of Stony Man, and Trent Seal, of Madison county. He is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Emma Parks, of Page county, and a number of children including Clyde Seal, Oscar Seal and Lester Seal of Stanley, Mrs. Clarence Nichols, of Duffields, W.Va., and Mrs. I.M. Ash of Catlettsburg, Ky, the last named, being a child of Mr. Seal's first marriage to a Miss Decker... a member of the Bethlehem Disciples church. He was buried in the E.L. Kiblinger graveyard, near Mauck, this county, Saturday, the services being conducted by State Evangelist H.D. Coffey, who is holding a meeting in Bethlehem church...
Page News & Courier, Friday 20 Jul 1934
DEATH OF PROMINENT CITIZEN OF FURNACE NO. 2
L.H. Seal, a prominent citizen of Furnace No. 2, died Wednesday, Mr. Seal's death was rather sudden.... For many years he had been a member of the Junior Order of American Mechanics and stood high in the order. For many years Mr. Seal was manager of the Stanley mines in this county. He was also superintendent of the Cement plant at Fordwick, Va., for a long time and during his connection with the work received an injury that is believed to have hastened his death. Last year he was one of the men in charge of CWA work in that section. His father was a brother of the late John W. Seal, of Luray. His burial will take place today near his old home at Furnace No. 2. Mr. Seal is survived by his widow, who was a Miss Meadows, and two children- Sylvester Seal and Miss Weavy Seal. He was about 60 years of age.
MRS. VICTORIA SEAL
Page News & Courier, Friday 22 May 1931
DEATH OF MRS. WILBUR SEAL
Mrs. Victoria Seal, wife of Wilbur R. Seal, of Stony Man, died at her home at 10 p.m., on Monday, after a long illness. On account of a gangrenous trouble developing from a bruise, she had had both lower limbs amputated, the first operation taking place at the hospital eighteen months ago, and the other limb having been taken off a year later. After the second amputation, the trouble spread no further, but the tax on her system had been so severe that her strength did not rally. She died at the age of 72 years, 2 months and 23 days.
Mrs. Seal was a daughter of Daniel Gochenour, Sr., and a sister of the late Daniel Gochenour, Jr., of the Cavetown neighborhood. She is survived by her husband, the couple having been childless. For many years she was a valued and faithful member of the Brethren church. The funeral and interment at Mt. Zion church on Wednesday was conducted by Rev. Ernest Cave…
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 6 Jun 1939
William Seal, a native of Madison county, near Etlan, died on Monday, May 29, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Selbert Hitt, of Slate Mills. He was 87 years of age and has been in declining health for a number of years.
MRS. CLARA SEEKFORD
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 15 Sep 1932
DEATH OF MRS. DAVID SEEKFORD, NEAR HONEYVILLE
Mrs. Clara Seekford, aged 80, widow of David Seekford, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Pliny Dovel, near Honeyville, at 6 a.m., yesterday, after a week's illness due to heart trouble and complications. Mrs. Seekford had been a widow for twenty-two years. She leaves the following children: T.W. Seekford, of Alma, Isaac Seekford, of Orange, Va., Harry and Lester Seekford, of Shenandoah county, Cally Seekford, of Hagerstown, Mrs. Laura Young, of Honeyville, and Mrs. Pliny Dovel of Honeyville. She was a daughter of Harrison Jobe, deceased, of old Columbia Furnace. She was a member of the Newport Christian church. The funeral will be held from the Alma Lutheran church at 2 p.m., Wednesday with burial at the church...
MRS. EMMA SEEKFORD
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 28 Jul 1931
DEATH OF MRS. WILLIAM SEEKFORD
Mrs. Emma Seekford age 56 years, wife of William Seekford, on the A.J. Shuler farm near Alma, died at her home at 3 a.m., Saturday, after three years of ill health due to dropsy and other causes. She had been unable to go around for three weeks. Earlier in her illness she underwent operations at the Harrisonburg and University hospital.
Mrs. Seekford is survived by her husband and three children, viz.; Ray Seekford, of Alma; Mrs. John Smith, of near Newport and an unmarried son at home. She was a daughter of the late Samuel Higgs, of Newport, who died in April, 1931. She is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Amos Higgs, of Rockingham county, John Higgs, of Newport and Mrs. Perry Foltz and Mrs. Ivan Wilson, of Newport, and a single sister, of Newport. Mrs. Seekford joined the Newport Christian chruch at the age of fourteen years and has always been an active and consistent member. The funeral at the Newport Christian CHurch Sunday at 11 a.m., was conducted by Eld. Ernest L. Cave, with burial at the church graveyard.
Page News & Courier, Friday 23 Dec 1938
Death of William Seekford
William Seekford, aged 67, a well known and highly respected citizen of the Alma section, died at his home Wednesday at 2:15, after an illness of several months.
Mr. Seekford was a son of the late Adam Seekford, one of the pioneer stock of the Alma section. His brother, Jacob R. Seekford, was for many years a versatile correspondent of the News and Courier and was perhaps versed in the history of Page more than any one man living in his day.
He is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. John Burner, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., Misses Blanche and Lena Seekford, of Alma, Mrs. Otis Leake, Honeyville, Mrs. Alice Wysong, Shepherdstown, W.Va.
Mr. Seekford was married twice, his last wife being Mrs. Mattie B. Campbell.
The funeral will be held today (Friday) at the Lutheran church at Alma, by Eld. J.B. Jenkins. Interment in the Alma church graveyard.
MRS. MARVIN SHENK
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 21 May 1935
DEATH OF MRS. MARVIN SHENK
Mrs. Marvin Shenk, aged about 28 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Stoneberger of the Mountain View section near Rileyville died Monday afternoon at two o'clock at the home of her sister, Mrs. Claude Shenk on Mechanic Street after a lingering illness with tuberculosis... She is survived by her husband and two small sons. She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Amos Stoneberger who has a responsible position with the Takoma Sanitarium, Takoma Park, Washington, D.C., Osborne, a World War veteran who is now at his home at Rileyville, and Paul at Rileyville, Mrs. James Rosser, of near Luray, Miss Dorothy Stoneberger, Mrs. Robert Moore, of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Claude Shenk of Luray. The deceased was a faithful member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church at Rileyville. The funeral will be conducted fromt he Shenk Home on Wednesday at 1 P.M. with burial at Mountain View Cemetery near her old home by her pastor, Rev. R.D. Hottle, of New Market.
MATTIE PEARL SHENK
Page News & Courier, Friday 27 Mar 1931
DEATH OF CHILD
Mattie Pearl, two year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Shenk, of Battle Creek, died after an attack of spasms of only an hour's duration on Monday. The little one is the third child of this family to die in recent years. Her mother is a daughter of I.H. Seal, of Ida and her father a son of Frank Shenk, of near Kimball. There are three surviving children. Interment was in Beahm's Chapel cemetery on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
ABRAHAM Z. SHIRLEY
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 2 Aug 1938
"Andrew" Zachariah Shirley, Scion of Page Pioneers, Dies At Ripe Old Age, At His Home Near The Luray Caverns
Abraham Zachariah Shirley, born April 1, 1869, son of the late Martin and Eliza Brubaker Shirley, of the Massanutten section, died at his home near the Luray Caverns, Friday afternoon at 5:45, after a few days illness with pneumonia.
Mr. Shirley married Mary E. Aleshire, daughter of the late Reuben and Sarah Brubaker Aleshire, 51 years ago.
He has been living on the farm near the Caversn for the past 35 years.
He is survived by his wife; two sons- Leo A. Shirley, Washington, D.C., and Martin R. Shirley, of Luray, and one daughter, Mrs. Augustus (Eliza Elizabeth) Modesitt, Luray.
Mr. Shirley was a member of the Old School Baptist Church...
Mr. Shirley is survived by one brother, Lee Shirley, of New Market. The following brother and sisters are deceased: John Shirley, Mrs. Danny Hite, Mrs. John Will Long, Mrs. John R. Brubaker, and Mrs. Phil Brubaker, all of Page.
The funeral was held from the home on Sunday at 2 p.m., and was conducted by Elders J.B. Jenkins and R.H. Pittman. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Luray...
JOHN T. SHIRLEY
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 3 Aug 1932
JOHN T. SHIRLEY, OF MASSANUTTEN, DEAD
John T. Shirley, one of the most prominent farmers and citizens of the Massanutten section, who has been in declining health and practically helpless since a stroke of paralysis followed by dropsy several years ago, died at his home at 3 a.m., on Saturday, aged seventy-four years...
Mr. Shirley was a son of Martin Shirley, who in early life lived at New Market, but who bought the John Beaver place in Massanutten many years ago, raising his family there. Martin Shirley married a Miss Brubaker, sister of A.J. and John Brubacker, deceased, of the White House neighborhood, this county. The couple left the following children: Mrs. Daniel S. Hite, Mrs. John Will Long, Mrs. John R. Brubaker, Mrs. Philip L. Brubaker and John T. Shirley, all of this county, who are deceased, and Abram Z. Shirley, of Luray, and R. Lee Shirley, of Nw Market, the last two surviving. John T. Shirley is survived by his widow, who was Miss Mattie Comer, sister of the late Isaac N. Comer, of Leaksville, and by the following children: Zachariah and Miss Dolly Shirley, at home, Mr. J. Kemper Burner, of Massanutten, Thomas Shirley, of near Leaksville, Mrs. Hubert M. Strickler, of Luray and Miss Ruth Shirley, trained nurse at Hampton, Va.
A nab who had his chief pleasure in his home life and the affairs of his large, well-ordered and productive farm...
The funeral which took place from the home at 2 p.m., yesterday was conducted by Eld. John B. Jenkins with interment in the family graveyard.
MRS. MARTHA A. SHIRLEY
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 29 May 1934
MRS. JOHN SHIRLEY DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS
Mrs. Martha A. Shirley, aged 76 years, widow of John T. Shirley, died Friday evening about 5 o'clock after being ill for several years at her home in the Massanutten section of this county where she has been a life-long resident. Mrs. Shirley had been a member of the Mill Creek Old School Baptist Church...
Her husband, John T. Shirley, one of the leading and most progressive farmers of the Massanutten section, died about two years ago. They were married in 1885. She is survived by the following children: Zach and Tom Shirley and Miss Dollie Shirley, all at home, Mrs. Kemper Burner, of Massanutten Heights, this county, Mrs. Hubert Strickler, of near Luray and Miss Ruth Shirley, R.N., of the Soldiers Home at Hampton, Va. Mrs. Shirley before marriage was the daughter of the late George Comer, of near Leaksville. Two brothers I.N. Comer of Leaksville and Ed. Comer, of Hagerstown are dead. One brother George Comer, of Fauquier county and a sister, Mrs. Tom Seekford, of Rileyville survive.
The funeral was held from her late home Sunday at 10 a.m. Eld. J.B. Jenkins conducted the service and the burial was in the family graveyard on the home place.
ZACHARIAH MARTIN SHIRLEY
Page News & Courier, Friday 8 Feb 1935
DEATH OF ZACH SHIRLEY
Zachariah Martin Shirley, in his 48th year died at the Harrisonburg hospital at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 1935...
The parents of this popular well known young man were Mr. and Mrs. John T. Shirley. His mother before marriage was Miss Julia Comer. Both deceased.
His surviving sisters are Misses Ruth and Dollie Shirley, Mrs. Kemper Burner and Mrs. Hubert M. Strickler, Mrs. Burner with her husband operates Massanutten Heights. Mrs. Strickler is the wife of Mr. Strickler of the First National Bank, Luray.
He was a grandson of the late Martin Shirley, many years ago a well known farmer of the Massautten section, his home being the home of the subject of this notice.
A number of years ago Zach Shirley, as everybody knew him, founded a tourist camp on the Massanutten Mountains, not far from the top of the range. For a number of years he has been in charge of the farm of his late father and grandfather. He was a farmer to the manner born; he knew all the outs and ins of the farming business. He was unafraid to make experiments in any line that he though was for the betterment of the farmers.
He has one brother, Thomas R. Shirley, living in the neighborhood of Massanutten Heights. He is one of the leading farmers in that section.
Mr. Shirley was loyal to the interests of his party and for many years was a leading member of the Democratic party, for the interest of which he labored day and night. He was also judge of elections at different times at Massanutten precinct.
He was a member of Mill Creek Old School Baptist church.
The funeral took place yesterday (Thursday) at his late home at 11 o'clock, the services being in charge of Eld. J.B. Jenkins, of the Old School Baptist church. The burial took place in the old Shirley graveyard.
MRS. ARBELIA SHORT & SON-IN-LAW, WILLIAM T. FLEMMING
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 5 Jan 1932
MOTHER-IN-LAW AND SON-IN-LAW DIE ONE HOUR APART
Mrs. Arbelia Short, wife of Isaac N. Short, and her son-in-law, William T. Flemming, died Saturday afternoon about one hour apart, the former at her home and the son-in-law at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Short, who was 82 years old, had been in feeble health for a long time on account of advancing years, and had been bedfast for a month. Mr. Fleming, whose age was 61 years, had been subject to epileptic trouble for years and his death was preceded by two weeks' treatment at the hospital.
Mrs. Short, formerly Miss Arbelia Aleshire, is survived by her husband and by one daughter, Mrs. Betty Fleming... Her funeral will take place at 11:00 A.M. today (Tuesday) at the Alma Lutheran Church with Rev. John B. Jenkins conducting the services, and interment in the cemetery adjacent to the church.
William T. Fleming, was a son of Pendleton Fleming, a deceased Confederate veteran, of Leaksville, and is survived by his widow and his mother, Mrs. Susie Fleming, now up in the eighties. He resided in Ohio for many years where he followed farming and was also an employee of the big Crowell Publishing Co., plant at Springfield, Ohio. He returned to Page county four or five years ago. Lately he has been occupied looking after the little farm of his deceased father and has been caring for his mother and sisters, Miss Emma Fleming. He leaves the following brothers and sisters, David H. Fleming, John Fleming, Vernon Fleming, and Mrs. Lizzie Guard of Springfield, Ohio, Mrs. A.S. Haney, of Pittsburgh and Miss Emma Fleming of Leaksville. The hour for the funeral was not announced yesterday morning, this matter being left undetermined, until the arrival of his brother, David H. Fleming... One sister, Mrs. Barney C. Painter of Stephens City, Va., is deceased.
MISS CHRISTINA SHORT
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 10 May 1932
SERVED GROVE FAMILY 66 YARS; DIES
Miss Christina Short, age 82, who was a servant in the family of the late John C. Grove for 66 years died yesterday after a week's illness with paralysis. Miss Short began her services in Mr. Grove's family when she was 16 years old and at a time prior to his marriage... Since Mr. Grove's death, she has resided with his son, Halcey and sister Mrs. Clyde Yowell and husband who comprise the family... She has a brother, John Short, retired section foreman, of Stanley this county. The burial will take place at the Adventist Church, near Stanley, at 3 p.m. today.
ERNEST J. SHORT
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 16 Jun 1932
DEATH OF ERNEST J. SHORT
Ernest Jacob Short died at the home of J.C. Jenkins, of Cavetown, where he and his family had been residing for some time, at eleven o'clock, on Friday, June 17, from heart disease complicated with other ailments. He was aged 26 years, 6 months and 14 days.... a mechanic at Campbell's garage in Luray...
Young Mr. Short is survived by his young wife, who was Miss Eunce Jenkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Jenkins, and one child, June, aged three years. He also leaves his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Short, of Stony Man and the following brothers and sisters: Garland Short, Mrs. Hubie (nee Miss Iva Short) Geneva, Calvin, Elva, Ira, Etta Marie, Della and Rita. In early youth he connected himself with the Christian church. The funeral services were conducted Saturday at 2 o'clock at Mt. Zion Church of the Brethren. Rev. A.J. Caricofe, pastor being in charge assisted by Elder H.E. Wakeman.
JOHN R. SHORT
Page News & Courier, Friday 11 Dec 1936
Death of Famous Old Page County Citizen
John R. Short, a famous old citizen of Alma, passed away at his home Monday evening about six o’clock. Mr. Short was one of the oldest citizens in the county, being almost ninety years of age. Mr. Short, in many ways, has been one of the most remarkable men the county has ever produced. He was one of the greatest blacksmith the State has ever had. As a mere boy during the Civil War, he became famous far and wide for his uncanny skill as a blacksmith. From this time up to a few years ago, when his eyesight began to fail, John Short’s name stood for all that was finest and best in blacksmithing.
At a very young age he also turned his attention to gun making. If a hunter wanted a gun for shooting matches, he could fix it so it was just right. If he wanted a gun for long range work, he could do that. Only a few weeks ago, Carlton Finter, well known local archaeologist, accompanied several nationally-known authorities to Mr. Short’s home to interview him on the ancient art of gun making. Thus his reputation as a gun maker even passed beyond the borders of his own State.
Proficient as he was as a gun maker and blacksmith, he was equally proficient as a weather prophet. As a disciple of the famous Hick’s Almanac, and as one of the closest observers of weather conditions the county has ever had. Mr. Short’s predictions were as accurate as those made by the Weather Bureau. He could tell off-hand when the various phase of the moon would occur. He studies the habits and customs of animals like the squirrel and other fur-bearing animals, and interpreted these in terms of long range weather prognostications. He was a great believer in weather cycles, and held to the opinion that weather conditions, over a period of years, tended to repeat themselves.
In his younger days, Mr. Short was an authority on fishing and himself was a most successful angler. Mr. Short has often stated he would cut it open and find what kind of bait the fish had been feeding on. He would then use that kind of bait, and would nearly always bring home a goodly string of fish. He has often said that when the wind was blowing up the river, fish wouldn’t bite.
During the past few years, since he retired from blacksmithing, he has passed the time away by talking with his neighbors, reading the papers, or taking frequent trips to Stanley, where he was very fond of visiting one of the restaurants and eating a “ten-cent snack” of beef. Several times during the past year he walked to Stanley and back to his home, a distance of more than six miles.
The subject of this notice was born March 10, 1847, and was a son of the late Amazon and Matilda Short. The following children survive: Edward Short, Cumberland, Md.; Mrs. P.R. Piffer, of Silver Springs, Md.; Mrs. George McFarren, York, Pa.; Mrs. L.B. Bowers, Rileyville; John N. Short, of near Alma, one son, Jacob Short, is deceased. He is also survived by one brother, I.N. Short, of Leaksville.
He was buried in the Lutheran cemetery at Alma, Thursday (yesterday) at two o’clock. Services were conducted by Rev. C.L. Hunt.
He had been a member of the Lutheran Church at Alma since early childhood.
He leaves 17 grandchildren and 21 greatgrandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
MRS. W.D. SHORT (I)
Page News & Courier, Friday 8 Jan 1937
Death of Mrs. W.D. Short of Stanley
Mrs. W.D. Short died at her home north of Stanley, on Tuesday, January 5, about eleven o’clock. Mrs. Short has been ill for more than a year, and for the last month her death has been expected any day. She was sixty-one years old and three children, Mrs. Ruth Grubbs, Mrs. Irene Foltz, and Dorsey Short, Mrs. Short was the daughter of Frank Short. Funeral services were held at the Stanley Methodist Church Thursday at two o’clock, Rev Whitesell and Elder J.B. Jenkins officiating…
MRS. MATTIE (W.D.) SHORT (II)
Page News & Courier, Friday 15 Jan 1937
Mattie Susan Short
Funeral services for Mattie Susan Short, 61, wife of William D. Short, of Stanley, were conducted by the Rev. Whitesell and J.B. Jenkins at the Stanley Methodist church Thursday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. The interment was at Graves Chapel cemetery.
Mrs. Short was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Short, Confederate soldier during the War between the States, and Susan Burns, whose death occurred in 1898.
... for 45 years a devoted member of the Methodist Church.
Mrs. Short leaves her husband, William D. Short, two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Grubbs, of Stanley, Mrs. Irene Foltz, of Shenandoah, one son, Dorsey Short, of Stanley, one grandson, Aylox Grubbs, two sisters, Mrs. Wilbur H. Miller, Mrs. Lizzie Cave, and one brother, Charles Short, all of Stanley.
PETER N. SHULER
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 11 Jun 1935
P.N. SHULER IS DEAD
Peter N. Suler, 75, a worthy scion of one of the oldest families in Page county, died at the Harrisonburg hospital last Saturday between 12 and 1 o'clock. Mr. Shuler had been in failing health for some time... he worked on his farm at Bixler's Ferry, four miles northwest of Luray, until his energies became exhausted. He never knew the meaning of failure in conducting his farm, on which he worked from early until late. He took infinite delight in cultivating many of the smaller crops on his farm and he developed them into the finest specimens that ever graced the Luray market.
Many years ago he bough his present home at Bixler's Ferry and it became the sportsman's paradise. Fishermen from far and near patronized the Shuler home during the county's open seasons. Mrs. Shuler, an ideal cook, was one of the winning features of the Shuler home.
Peter Shuler was born in Rockingham county and he had many relatives in the Port Republic neighborhood of that county... A short time ago he was preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Ottie Sedwick.
In addition to his widow, who is a daughter of the late Reuben Walton, of Newport, this county, Mr. Shuler is survived by the following children: Charles Shuler, of Martinsburg, W.Va.; Mrs. Edith Pence, wife of Clarence Pence, of Reliance.
For many years Mr. Shuler had been a member of the Methodist church and held his membership with the Fletcher's Chapel congregation...
After funeral services held at his home on Monday by Rev. W.J. Whitesell, of Luray, Mr. Shuler's interment took place in Green Hill Cemetery, Luray...
Page News & Courier, Friday 2 Aug 1935
Death Claims Abraham “Abe” Sigler
Abraham H. Sigler, aged 73 years, 9 months and 1 day, died at his home on Water Street, Luray, at one o’clock, Thursday morning.
For some time the friends of Mr. Sigler have been expecting the inevitable. Some time ago he suffered a partial paralytic stroke, though in a way he overcame the attack. He continued going around the streets of Luray after the attack.
Mr. Sigler’s widow before marriage was Miss Sarah Ida Skelton, a daughter of the late Jefferson Skelton, of Luray.
The father of Mr. Sigler was the late William Sigler, a native of Vermont, a soldier in the Union army during the war of ’61-’65. After the War Between the States the elder Sigler fell in love with the Southland and for many years lived in the Rilyeville neighborhood of this county. Mr. Sigler is survived by the following children: Willie Sigler, of Hagerstown; John Sigler, of Luray; Mrs. Lathan Marlow, Hagerstown, Md.; Mrs. Lloyd Presgraves, Luray, and Misses Lottie and Annie Sigler, the two latter being employed by the Maryland Company at this place.
… For many years he has been janitor of the Page Theatre, Luray, and he attended to his job in a clean and manly fashion.
Mr. Sigler will be buried in the Triplett graveyard near Rileyville on Saturday.
ELEANOR JEANETTE SIGLER
Page News & Courier, Friday 27 Mar 1931
DEATH OF INFANT
Stanley, Va., Mar. 24- Eleanor Jeanette Sigler born April 24, 1928, died in Aliquippa, Pa., March 17, 1931... Her body was shipped here on Thursday and taken to the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. N.O. Sigler, last Friday at three p.m., the funeral services were conducted by the Rev. R.E. Tucker, with interment in the Sigler burying ground, near Cool Spring.
Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie O. Sigler, a brother, William, sister, Leta Joyce, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Seldon Pence, accompanied the remains from Pennsylvania, the parents returning the following day. Mr. Sigler has a position with the B. & O. Railroad. An uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Sigler and three children are living temporarily with Mr. and Mrs. N.O. Sigler.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 1 May 1934
DEATH OF N.O. SIGLER
N.O. Sigler, a prominent citizen of this county, living just over the Marksville-Shenandoah Iron Works District line, died on Saturday at 4 o'clock at the Harrisonburg Memorial Hospital following an operation two days before for gallstones and other complications.
His body was brought to Luray soon after death by Undertaker I.C. Bradley and the same day was taken to his late home which is about a mile south of Stanley. The interment took place on Sunday in the old Sigler graveyard near where the deceased has lived for many years. He was the owner of two places which are near the Marksville-Shenandoah District line.
In addition to his widow, Mr. Sigler is survived by the following children: William Sigler, of Pennsylvania; Mrs. Leon (Lura) Norman, Stanley; Mrs. Joseph (Reda) Dovel, of Missouri and Jule Sigler, of Hempfield, W.Va.; Dewey Sigler, of Brunswick, Md.; and Mrs. John (Mabel) Short, of Stanley.
"Ott" Sigler as he was familiarly known...
Notwithstanding his seventy years, he was an inveterate foxhunter and until a few years ago took great delight in pursuing reynard with his pack of fox hounds.
Mr. Sigler for many years had been a member of the Page county Republican Committee, and in his work for his party at Honeyville, his voting precinct, his influence was always felt...
Mr. Sigler was the owner of the famous Sigler spring, for many years a prospective supply of water for the town of Stanley.
JOHN JEFFERSON SKELTON
Page News & Courier, Friday 4 Feb 1938
Death of John J. Skelton
John Jefferson Skelton who passed his 77th milestone last November, died at his home in the eastern suburbs of Luray at 9:05 Wednesday night. For some time, he had been living with his sister, Miss Lee Skelton, who had been nursing him for months.
The subject of this notice was one of the old time school teachers, prominent in their day and time. He was instructor in various country schools of the county in the late 80’s and early 90’s,
Mr. Skelton was the son of the late Jefferson and Susan (Jenkins) Skelton, pioneer residents of Page County. He had many friends who will regret to hear of his passing.
A number of years ago he married Mrs. Flora Bowen, who preceded him in death about ten years ago.
He is survived by the following sisters and one brother: Edward Skelton, Connellsville, Pa., Mrs. Charles Bolen, Miss Lee Skelton, Mrs. Ida Sigler, and Mrs. Martha Level, Luray.
The following sisters are deceased: Mrs. Frank Campbell, Mrs. Will Files and Mrs. Geo. Poffenberger.
The immediate cause of death was tuberculosis with which he had been afflicted for many years.
Mr. Skelton had been in declining health for a number of years, but his condition did not become critical until about a week ago.
His funeral will be held today at 2:30 at Bradley’s Funeral Home by Eld. J.B. Jenkins, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
MRS. MARTHA SLY
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 22 May 1934
DEATH OF MRS. RICHARD SLY
Shenandoah, Va., May 21- Mrs. Martha Sly, wife of Richard Sly, of Shenandoah, died at her home on Friday night about 9:30 after several months illness. Mrs. Sly was in her 81st year. She is survived by her husband and the following sons and daughters: John, William, Luther, Amos, Charles and Margaret, Alice and Mattie. She has thirty-six grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren. The funeral was held from the Mission in Shenandoah, Sunday at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. David Campbell. Interment in the family lot in the Methodist Cemetery by the side of her son.
MRS. LAVINIA SMELSER
Page News & Courier, Friday 2 Apr 1937
Death of Mrs. F.T. Smelser
Mrs. Lavinia Smelser, wife of F.T. Smelser, died at her home on Second Street on Tuesday evening at 9 o'clock after a nine months' illness with heart trouble. Mrs. Smelser has been a life-long member of the Lutheran Church... Besides her husband, she leaves two sisters, Mrs. Charles Phillips, of Newport News, Va., and Mrs. Ernest Higgs, of Pittsburgh.
Before marriage, Mrs. Smelser was Miss Lavinia Stanley, daughter of Andrew Stanley. The funeral was conducted from the Lutheran Church on Thursday at 3 p.m. by her pastor, Rev. C.L. Hunt. Interment in the U.B. cemetery.
MRS. SAVILLA SMELSER
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 29 Jan 1935
DEATH OF MRS. SMELTZER
Mrs. Sirvilla Smeltzer, the wife of Samuel Smeltzer, died Jan. 22, 1935, aged 56 years, 9 months and 18 days. She leaves besides her husband, her mother, Mrs. Mary Stoneberger, who before marriage was Miss Mary Lucas, several children, two brothers, one sister, 31 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Her funeral was conducted by Rev. Ausby Cubbage. The interment following just across the road in front of the Chapel building.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 31 Jan 1939
Funeral of Mrs. Smith
Notwithstanding the fact that the weather was disagreeable last Sunday a large concourse of relatives and friends attended the funeral services and burial of Mrs. Beattie Somers, 87, who died in the Harrisonburg hospital last Friday from having been terribly burned at her home near Ida at a late hour Thursday evening. According to her son, Clyde Smith, who returned from Louisiana last May at the time of the sudden death of his father, Andrew J. Smith, his mother was preparing the evening meal when her clothing ignited from a stove. The Smith home is several hundred yards from their nearest neighbor and the son had to notify friends before help came and a physician summoned. Mrs. Smith's sufferings were terrible, it is said, until she passed away. In recent weeks Mr. Smith says he repeatedly cautioned his mother of getting too clos to either the cook stove or those in the living apartments of their home.
Mrs. Smith's husband died suddenly on the 4th of last May after having done a hard day's work. Not long before the death of this esteemable lady her brother, A.T.C. Somers, the oldest Confederate soldier in the county and next to the last survivor of the Lost Cause, died at his home near Ida. Miss Jennie Miller, an intimate friend of the family with whom she had lived for a long time before moving to Luray, died and was buried two weeks ago in the Smith graveyard.
Mrs. Smith had been a member of Grace Lutheran Church for many years. Her funeral was conducted by her pastor, the Rev. B.D. Castor, at 2 o'clock. Burial in the Smith graveyard on the home place.
She was a daughter of the late Isaac Somers, for many years an honored resident of the Ida section of the county. He has been dead many years. Mrs. Smith had two full brothers: A.T.C. Somers, named above, and the late Thomas A. Somers, a sister being the late Miss Fannie Somers, who died a number of years ago near Ida. Mrs. D.B. Broyles, of Luray, is a half sister of the deceased lady, while John Smith, James Somers and David Somers are half brothers.
Other surviving children are Clyde, of Ohio, John, of Hagerstown, Mrs. Mary Nichols, Hagerstown, Mrs. Martha Nichols, Nokesville. Herbert Somers of Ida is a deceased son.
MRS. ALLIE SMITH
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 5 Nov 1935
Mrs. Allie Smith, aged 72 years, widow of J.T. Smith, died about three o’clock Saturday morning after a long illness at the home of her son, Clifford Smith, north of town. Mrs. Smith was the daughter of Henry Higgs of Leaksville. Funeral services were conducted in the Leaksville Christian Church at 2 o’clock by Elder R.H. Pittman and Rev. W.O. Luttrell. Interment followed in the Leaksville cemetery.
Mrs. Smith is survived by one son, Clifford Smith with whom she lived. She had one daughter, Mrs. Mervin Burner, who died about seven years ago. She is also survived by a number of sisters and brothers.
ANDREW J. SMITH
Page News & Courier, Friday 6 May 1938
The Ida community was grieved and shocked when it was announced Wednesday night that Andrew J. Smith had expired suddenly at his home near Grace Church at Ida. Mr. Smith, who was about 77 years old, had worked all day on his farm and was apparently in his usual good health until he received the fatal stroke.
He was born in the Printz Mill section and was the son of the late Jacob and Christine Griffith Smith. He had resided practically all of his long and useful life in Page county and was honored and respected by a large circle of relatives and friends. He is survived by his wife, who is a daughter of the late Isaac Somers, of the Valleyburg section.
The deceased is also survived by the following children: Clyde Smith, Louisiana, Claude Smith, Ohio, John Smith and Miss Mary Smith, Hagerstown, Md., and Mrs. Martha Nichols, Nokesville. Only one brother survives: J. Benton Smith, Harrisonburg. The following brothers and sisters are deceased: Mrs. Ambrose Moyer, Mrs. Johnnie Fox, Mrs. Thos. Fox, Mrs. Frank Hoak and David Smith, of Page county.
… loyal supporter of the Lutheran church for years.
No funeral arrangements had been consummated at a late hour yesterday.
CHARLES ALBERT SMITH
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 13 Jan 1939
Death of Charles Albert Smith
Charles Albert Smith died at his home near Newport, S.I.W. District, on Monday, January 23, at an early hour in the night. He had reached the age of 72 years and had been in ill health for the past two years. He was confined to his room for about five weeks before his death. He was a son of Gar and Catherine Smith and a member of the Newport Christian Church for a number of years. He was not married. His nephew, Harvey Smith, and wife lived with home and tenderly cared for him during his illness.
He leaves to mourn his loss a brother, Dave Smith, of near Catherine Furnace.
The funeral was held from the Brick Church on Wednesday, January 25 with services by Rev. E. Lee Shaffer. Interment was in the Brick Church Cemetery...
MRS. ELIZABETH ANN SMITH
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 7 Feb 1939
Aged Lady Dies At Her Home At The Whosoever Farm
Mrs. Theodore Smith, aged 81 years, died at her home at the Whosoever Farm, at an early hour Monday, February 6, after an extended illness, due to the infirmities of age, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Smith was, before marriage, a Miss Weakley, of Madison county, though had lived at the Whosoever Farm for the past eighteen years, and for the same number of years resided several miles northwest of Luray.
She is survived by her husband and the following children: J.O. (Otilla) Murray, Kensington, Md., who has been here since her mother’s illness; Mrs. Calvin Moyer and J.O. Smith, of near Luray; Mrs. Harry G. Bradford, another daughter, of Luray, is deceased. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, one brother, Joe Ed Weakley, of Madison county, and a sister, Mrs. Homie Broyles, of Maryland, who had also been with Mrs. Smith through her illness.
Mrs. Smith was a consecrated Christian and a faithful member of the Methodist Church. Her funeral will be held from Beahm’s Chapel, Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. D.L. Fringer in charge. Burial in the Chapel Cemetery.
GEORGE W. SMITH
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 14 Jun 1938
Death of George W. Smith
George W. Smith, age 80 years, died at his home near Comertown early Friday morning, June 10th. Mr. Smith had only been ill for a few hours and his death was entirely unexpected. He had been a life-long resident of this neighborhood and was widely known, having followed the trade of plasterer since early manhood. He leaves two sons, Jasper and Newton Smith and two daughters, Mrs. Hubert Comer and Miss Lessie Smith, all of near Shenandoah. He was the son of the late Don and Eliza Smith.
His funeral was conducted on Sunday afternoon by Rev. John Henderson at 2 p.m. Interment was in the family burying ground at Crooked Run. Mr. Smith was a member of the Comertown Christian Church.
MISS GLADYS SMITH
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 6 Jan 1931
Miss Gladys Smith, daughter of Newton Smith, died at the home of her parents on Saturday at about 8:20 p.m., one mile east of Shenandoah on the Comertown road. She was only ill for a few days with pneumonia. She was sixteen years of age and is survived by three sisters and three brothers. The funeral was at Comer church on Monday at 2 p.m. Burial in the Smith graveyard.
MRS. IDA SMITH
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 8 Nov 1938 SHENANDOAH SECTION
Death of Mrs. Charles Smith
Mrs. Ida Smith, wife of Charles Smith, died at her home on Crooked Run near Comertown, on Friday morning about 2 o'clock. Mrs. Smith had been in her usual health and had attended chruch at the Mission that night. Death was due to heart trouble.
She was a consistent member of the Mission Church... She leaves the following children, Misses Ethel, Mayo, and Minnie Smith, at home, Mamie (Mrs. Carl Comer), Mattie (Mrs. Russell Comer), near Shennadoah, Leo, of Norfolk, Va., Ben, of Cumberland, Md., Hubert, of New York, and Russell, employed in the Mill Store at Shenandoah.
Before marriage Mrs. Smith was a Miss Grimsley, a sister to Mrs. Frank Orye.
Her funeral was conducted from her church on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial was in the Sam Comer burying ground. Rev. John Henderson conducted the service.
MRS. J. WESLEY SMITH
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 9 Apr 1935
DEATH OF MRS. SMITH
Mrs. J. Wesley Smith, aged about 65, died at her home in Hagerstown, Md., on Tuesday, following a protracted illness. Her death was due to a complication of diseases. For many years Mrs. Smith was a resident of Luray, where he husband was one of the engineers for the Deford Tanning Company. Mr. and Mrs. Smith while residing in Luray lived on Deford Avenue.
Mrs. Smith was twice married, her former husband being the late J.J. Dennis. They lived in Luray until about 15 or 16 years ago. They then moved to Hagerstown, where Mr. Dennis died. Six years ago she was married to J. Wesley Smith and they made their home in Hagerstown until about three years ago. Since that time they have been making their home with Mrs. Smith's son, Harry Dennis, in Luray.
In addition to her husband Mrs. Smith is survived by the following children: Harry Dennis, Luray; Oscar and Frederick Dennis of Hagestown; Benton Dennis and Mrs. Ida Scott, of Rappahannock county, and Mrs. Minnie Black and Mrs. Bessie Jenkins, of Hagerstown.
A memorandum relating to Mrs. Smith says: "She is survived by the following stepchildren: Mrs. Edward Price, Mrs. Hubert Seal and Clifton Smith, all of Luray."
... a devout member of the Methodist church...
MRS. KATE SMITH
Page News & Courier, Friday 1 Jan 1932
DEATH OF AGED LADY
Mrs. Kate Smelser Smith, widow of Emanuel Smith, died on Christmas Eve, at the home of her nephew, Eld. Hubert F. Sours, South of Luray, where she had resided for years. Her age was about 86. She had been failing for a long time and was recently bedfast. She was a daughter of Jacob Smelser of this county and a sister to Mrs. Henry Sours, deceased, mother of Eld. Hubert Sours. She has no brothers or sisters living. Her husband Emanuel Smith died many years ago. The couple were childless... She belonged to the Lutheran church for many years. Her funeral at Mt. Zion church last Saturday was conducted by Rev. A.L. Boliek, of the Lutheran church and Rev. A.J. Caricofe, Brethren minister.
MRS. ANGELINE SOURS
Page News & Courier, Friday 26 May 1939
Death of Mrs. Angeline Sours
Mrs. Adam (Angeline) Sours, died at her home in Jewell Hollow on Wednesday, May 24, after several years illness brought on by a stroke of paralysis. The deceased, who was 67 years of age, was a native of this county and had resided here all of her life. Her husband, Adam Sours, died a number of years ago.
She was a member of the Morning Star Lutheran Church and her funeral was held from that edifice on Thursday with her pastor, the Rev. B.D. Castor, in charge of the services. Burial in the Morning Star cemetery.
She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Virgie Cave, Simon Sours, Mrs. Lilly Jenkins and Miss Daisy Sours, all of Page.
The following sisters and brothers also survive:- Mrs. H.A.W. (Annie) Holmes, Luray; Mrs. John Falls, Luray; Mrs. Ella Weaver, Harrisonburg; Mrs. Blanche Smelser, and Dave Smelser, of Browntown. The near relatives who tenderly cared for her during her last illness were Mrs. Alma Sours, Casper Sours and John Sours.
MRS. BETTIE SOURS
Page News & Courier, Friday 23 Jan 1931
DEATH OF MRS. JULIUS SOURS
Mrs. Bettie Sours, aged 75 years, wife of Julius Sours, died at 6:45 a.m., on Wednesday at the Sours home a few miles South of Luray, after several years of declining health with Bright's Disease. She was able to be up and around until a few weeks ago when she became helpless. Mrs. Sours was a useful and loyal member of Antioch Christian church for years...
She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Charles G. Lillard, of near Long. She was married three times, first to William Aleshire, of Long, then to Edward Seal, of Long, and last to Mr. Sours. Her daughter, Mrs. Lillard was formerly Miss Aleshire. Mrs. Sours also leaves a number of stepchildren, including Mrs. Annie McCoy, of Hagerstown, Mrs. Joseph M. Lillard, and Lloyd Sours, of near Luray, and W.D. and Elmer Sours, of Washington, D.C.
The subject of this notice was a daughter of Jacob Parks, deceased, of near Mauck, this county. She was a sister of Mrs. Annie Stoneberger, of near Long, and Mrs. Emma Steel, of Shenandoah Junction W.Va., while a brother, William Parks, of Baltimore, and a sister, Mrs. Daniel Gochenour, of near Stony Man, are deceased.
The funeral and interment took place at Antioch church at 2 p.m., yesterday with services by Rev. H.J. Dudley, her pastor.
MRS. FRANK SOURS
Page News & Courier, Friday 15 Apr 1932
Death of Mrs. Frank Sours
Mrs. Frank Sours, a life long resident of the Valleyburg section, died at her daughter's Mrs. G.B. Farrar, in Norfolk, Va., on March 28, 1932, aged about 73 years... Mrs. Sours, before marriage was a Miss Nichols, sister of the late David Nicholas, who died about four years ago, in this neighborhood. Mrs. Sours was on a visit to her daughter, when she contracted her fatal illness. Her husband died about 18 years ago.
HELEN MAY SOURS
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 31 Dec 1935
Helen May Sours, aged 7 years, ten months, twenty-three days died Christmas Day of croupous pneumonia. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Ray Sours. Her mother before marriage was Miss Dorothy Florine Foltz. Besides her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Ray, Jr., and Forest, and one sister, Katherine.
The funeral was conducted Friday at 2 p.m. in the Adventist Church by Elder J.B. Jenkins, with interment in Adventist cemetery.
JOHN HENRY SOURS
Page News & Courier, Friday 27 May 1932
DEATH ON RIDGE
John Henry Sours, who lived the best part of his life on the Spitler place on the Blue Ridge, died on Tuesday, May 24, at 4:30 p.m. He had been in failing health for a long time. He was 77 years old and married a daughter of Layton Sisk. He leaves his widow and four children: Fred, Luther, John and Lottie Sours. He made a confession of religion a few weeks ago at his home were the writer held a prayer meeting and he was baptized the same night. The funeral was held from his home Thursday at 11 o'clock, with interment in the family graveyard...
Page News & Courier, Friday 12 Jan 1934
DEATH OF JULIUS SOURS
Julius Sours, age seventy-eight years, a highly respected citizen, living several miles south of Luray, died at his home at 6:00 a.m. yesterday. He had been bedfast nearly two weeks, after several years decline from Bright's disease...
Mr. Sours was a thrifty citizen, owning a small farm... He is survived by two daughters,
Mrs. Joseph M. Lillard, of Luray, and Mrs. Anna McCoy, a widow who resided with her father; and three sons, William D., Lloyd and Elmer Sours, all of Fairfax, Virginia. His first wife, mother of his children, who died ten years ago was Miss Sarah Sours, daughter of Henry Sours, deceased, and a sister of Rev. Hubert F. Sours near Luray. His second wife, who has been dead for three years was Mrs. Betty Aleshire, widow of William Aleshire.
Mr. Sours was a son of David Sours, deceased, of this county. He is survived vt one brother, John A. Sours of Big Oak, west of Luray, and two sisters, Mrs. Ed Miller, south of Luray and Mrs. John H. Cave, just north of town. Two brothers, Isaac Sours of Ohio and David Sours, of Page county, and two sisters, Mrs. D.W. Craig, of Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Peter Dovel, of Leaksville, this county, are dead. Mr. Sours has been a member of the Lutheran Church for many years.
The funeral will be held from Mt. Zion Brethren church, Sunday, at 1:30. Services by Rev. Bolick assisted by Rev. Blosser and Rev. Hall. Burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
MRS. MARY A. SOURS (I)
Page News & Courier, Friday 2 Apr 1937
Death of Mrs. John Henry Sours
Mrs. Mary A. Sours, died on Tuesday at her home on the Skyline Drive near the Page-Madison line, her death occurring on her 77th birthday. Mrs. Sours was a good woman, kind, neighborly and never turning anyone away.
She was a daughter of the late Levi Sisk, well known and self-protecting character of that region years ago. She was a sister of Mrs. Phillip Jenkins, of Marksville district, this county. In addition to this kinship she was related to the Charles W. Sours family of this county, which recently moved from the Ida neighborhood to a farm purchased near Winchester.
The passing of this woman leaves a void in the Blue Ridge of Page and Madison counties.
Several children survive her. Her burial took place on Thursday at the Sisk graveyard on the Madison side of the Blue Ridge. She was a member of the Lutheran church and all her life lived up to the teachings of that church. To reach the place of her burial will require that the esteemed lady’s body will have to be carried down three miles down a mountain side in Madison county.
MRS. MARY A. SOURS (II)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 6 Apr 1937
Mrs. Mary Sours, born March 29, 1860, who was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Latton Sisk, died Monday, March 29, 1937.
Mrs. Sours, at the age of 77, died on her birthday… In the last 15 years there have been eight deaths in the Sours family and seven deaths in the Jim Broyles family and all lived within one half mile of each other.
Mrs. Sours could see to thread a Cambric needle without glasses. Her death was due to inflammatory rheumatism and dropsy.
She had five sisters and two brothers, Charles D. Sisk and Perry Sisk. Her sisters are: Mrs. Philey Jenkins, Mrs. Will Parks, Mrs. Alpha Breeden, Mrs. Frank Berry, and Mrs. W.D. Taylor. Those now living are Perry and Mrs. W.D. Taylor.**
The Rev. Gird Cave preached Mrs. Sours’ funeral. He made the most wonderful speech I ever heard. She will be missed by a great many people.
Mrs. Sours leaves two daughters, Miss Lottie Sours, at home, Henrietta Broyles, three sons, Fred, at home, Luther, W.Va., Johnny, in the hospital at Staunton.
… The burial was near the old Kemper Sisk home…
WILLIAM H. SOURS
Page News & Courier, Friday 28 Dec 1934
AGED CITIZEN DIES ON UPPER MILL CREEK
William H. Sours, 78 years of age, died at his home in the Upper Mill Creek section at an early hour Thursday morning. Mr. Sours who is one of the most progressive farmers in that section was stricken with paralysis about four weeks ago, which ultimately caused his death. He was born in the Morning Star section of this county where he connected himself with the Lutheran Church with which he has since been a faithful member. His wife was a Miss Smith daughter of the late Emanuel Smith, of the same neighborhood, and has been dead about ten years... He is survived by the following children: Mrs. John A. Foltz, Mrs. Fred Dinges, Amos Sours; M. Luther Sours; J. Arthur Sours; Love A. Sours and J. Elmer Sours, all of the immediate section of their parental home and T.R. Sours, of West Virginia. He is also survived by two brothers: C.W. Sours of the Ida section and Samuel Sours the veteran mail carrier of the Valleyburg section. The funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. with the burial in the family graveyard. He is the son of Samuel (Chapultepec) Sours of Mexican War fame. His father is said to have been the first man to carry the American flag over the walls of the Fortress of Chapultepec in Mexico during the war of 1844 between the U.S. and Mexico. The paternal Sours homestead, now abandoned, is near Stony man village in this county and is regarded as one of the historic spots of that section.
MRS. ANGELINE SOUTHARD
Page News & Courier, Friday 3 Mar 1939
Mrs. Angeline Hurt Southards, aged 78, died at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Knighting, at Reistertown, Md., Sunday night, February 28. She had been in failing health for two years. Mrs. Southards is a native of Madison county, and is a daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Smith Hurt. She lived in Page and Madison until about two years ago when she went to live with her daughter in Maryland. Her husband Robert Walker Southard, preceded her in death two years ago.
She was a faithful member of the Luray Methodist Church.
She leaves the following children: Mrs. Amos Knighting, Reistertown, Md.; Herman I. Southard, Brownsville, Pa.; Mrs. Chas. P. Rigney, Baltimore, Mrs. John Knighting, Pikesville, Md.; William R. and Dallas Southard, Luray. One son, Daniel E., was killed in action in France during the World War. Two brothers also survive, Adam Hurt, of Madison county, and William Hurt, of Falls Church, Va.
The funeral was held at the home of her daughter at Reistertown, Md., on Wednesday afternoon.
MRS. ELLA JANE SOUTHARD
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 16 Jul 1935
DEATH OF MRS. SOUTHARD
Mrs. Ella Jane Southard, aged 66, wife of G.L. Southard, died at her home at Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., on Wednesday after a lingering illness. She was a native of Page County, having been born near Stanley. Mr. and Mrs. Southard have been residing in Shenandoah Junction for many years. Besides her husband she is survived by the following children, Mrs. Lester Hoffmaster, Akron, Ohio, Mrs. Gilbert Jones of Stanley, Mrs. Jesse Laughton and Shirley Southard of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 14 Apr 1931
NATIVE OF PAGE COUNTY DEAD
Fred Southard, a resident of Shenandoah Junction for fifteen years, and an employee of the B. & O. Railroad died Thursday afternoon in the Charles Town hospital following an operation for appendicitis on Saturday last. His funeral will be held Sunday, April 12th with services in the Baptist church at Shenandoah Junction at 3 p.m. Interment will be in Egde Hill cemetery, Charles Town.
Mr. Southard, who was 45 years old was a native of Page county, Va. His widow and five children survive, besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gideon Southard, all residing at Shenandoah Junction.- Charles Town Farmers Advocate.
MRS. ANDREW J. STEPP
Page News & Courier, Friday 3 Dec 1937
Mrs. Stepp Dies At Elkton
Mrs. Andrew Jackson Stepp, aged 58, of near Elkton, died suddenly Sunday morning while on her way to church. She was a faithful member of Bethel Congregational Christian church.
She is survived by her husband, Andrew Jackson Stepp, and three sons, Vernon Stepp, Newport News; and Boyd and Jesse Stepp, of Alequippa, Pa.; two brothers, John and Grover Norris, of Newport News; two sisters, Mrs. Eva Hauts, of Newport News and Mrs. E.J. McCoy, of Elkton.
Funeral services were conducted from Bethel Church Wednesday, the Rev. William Andes officiating...
MRS. ELIZABETH STILLWELL
Page News & Courier, Friday 27 Apr 1934
DEATH OF MRS. STILLWELL
Mrs. Elizabeth Stillwell, wife of Hyland Stillwell, of Stanley, died on Monday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. David Neff, in New Market...
Her body was brought to Stanley, her old home and on Wednesday, funeral services were conducted in the Methodist church at that place by Rev. J.E. Tucker, of the Stanley Baptist church. The burial took place in Graves Chapel cemetery immediatelt following the funeral services...
In addition to Mrs. Neff named above, Mrs. Stillwell leaves two sons- Robert and Carroll Stillwell, aged respectively 15 and 13 years.
Mrs. Stillwell was a daughter of Galen Breeden, of Marksville district. Her sisters are Mrs. Gilbert Good, Mrs. Carl Good and Misses Gladys and Wyona Breeden.
Two brothers, George Breeden, of Bardane, W.Va., and David Breeden, of Stanley also survive...
JAMES C. STILLWELL
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 3 May 1938
Death of Resident of Stanley
James C. Stillwell, a native of Page County, died at his home in Stanley on Saturday of last week. Mr. Stillwell had been in ill health for a number of years, but his condition did not become critical until the past few weeks... He was 69 years old. He married Miss Mayes, daughter of the late Morgan Mayes, of near Stanley, who survives with the following children: Halcey C. Stillwell, Baltimore, Md.; Hollis Stillwell, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Hazel Pence, of New Jersey, Mrs. Hannah Koontz, Haskell Stillwell, Howard Stillwell, Harold Stillwell, Hyland Stillwell, Hoyt Stillwell. Several brothers and sisters also survive.
The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the S.D.A. Church at Stanley, the services being in charge of Eld. J.B. Jenkins, assisted by Eld. R.D. Hottell. Burial in the church cemetery.
MRS. ANNIE L. STOMBOCK
Page News & Courier, Friday 5 Jan 1934
DEATH OF FORMER RESIDENT OF COUNTY
Mrs. Annie L. Stombock, widow of Theodore Stombock, died at 3 a.m., on Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lucy Glenn, wife of Rev. J.R. Glenn at Anacostia, District of Columbia... The immediate cause of her death was paralysis of the throat...
Mrs. Stomback was a daughter of the late George R. Yager of Mauck, this county, and spent her early life in that vicinity. She made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Glenn, her only child who is the wife of a Disciples preacher in the active ministry at Anacostia. Mrs. Stombock was seventy years of age. She leaves one brother, Walter Yager of Mauck, this county. One brother Robert of Page County is dead. Her husband Theodore Stombock died twelve years ago after being an invalid for years. He was paperhanger and at one time a well known citizen in Marksville district. Mr. and Mrs. Stombock were residents of this county for about fifteen years after their marriage. Later they lived at Huntington, W.Va., for many years then in Baltimore. Mrs. Stombock was an active church wotker and a devout Christian.
The funeral will take place at Anacostia today...
DAVID CLENTON STONEBERGER
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 3 Aug 1937
Death of David C. Stoneberger
David Clenton Stoneberger, aged 61 years, died July 27, 1937. For 25 years, and until three years ago, when becoming incapacitated, Mr. Stoneberger was a brakeman on the N. & W.R.R. between Shenandoah, Virginia and Hagerstown, Maryland.
Mr. Stoneberger’s wife, who was Miss Sara Elizabeth Campbell before marriage, died two years ago.
To this union were born 15 children, nine of whom survive. These are as follows: Imogene, Anna Mae, and Leroy, single and living at the home place, Stanley, Va., Mrs. Margaret Wood, Chester, Pa.; William, Ocean City, N.J.; Lloyd and Floyd, twins, and Mrs. Evelyn Dinges, Wilmington, Del., and Leon, Mount Jackson, Va., all of whom are married. Three brothers and one sister, Jacob R., Stanley, Va., Charles, Hagerstown, and Harry, Boonsboro, Md., and Ida Bane, Charles Town, W.Va.
Funeral services were conducted at the home, Stanley, Va., Thursday at 2 p.m. by Elder J.B. Jenkins, assisted by Rev. J.E. Tucker, with interment in the family burying ground.
HARRY P. STONEBERGER
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 21 Mar 1939
Resident of Elkton Ill For Past Five Years Dies
Harry P. Stoneberger, aged 40, well known resident of the Elkton section, died Wednesday evening at Blue Ridge Sanitorium following an illness of five years. He had been a patient at the sanitorium for the past 26 months.
Mr. Stoneberger was a son of the late Hiram and Lola Stoneberger and was born and spent his entire life in the Elkton section. Mr. Stoneberger was well known in the Elkton section and was held in esteem by all. He was a member of the Christian Church.
Besides his wife, Mrs. Mollie Stoneburner, he is survived by three brothers, Osby Stoneberger, of New York and George and Charles Stoneberger, of Elkton; three sisters, Mrs. Betty Good, Mrs. Josie Ferrell and Mrs. Ida Alger, all of Elkton section.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Bethel Christian Church with friends leaving the Brill Funeral Home in Elkton at 1:30. Services were conducted by Rev. M.W. Mann, his pastor. Burial was in Peters Church Cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 23 May 1939
Death of Leroy Stoneberger
Leroy Stoneberger, age 23, died in the Luray hospital, May 19, from the short illness due to pneumonia.
He was a son of the late David C. and Sarah Stoneberger and lived South of Stanley.
The subject of this notice has practically been an invalid all his life. He is survived by the following brothers and sisters: William Stoneberger, New Jersey, Floyd and Lloyd, of Delaware, Leon, Charles Town, W.Va., Mrs. Evelyn Dinges, Wilmington, Delaware, and Misses Imogene and Anna May, of Stanley.
The funeral was held from the home Sunday at 4:30 p.m. with Elder John B. Jenkins officiating. Burial in the family plot nearby.
Page News & Courier, Friday 17 Aug 1934
Death of Manon Stoneberger
Manon Stoneberger, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Tilden Stoneberger, of Washington, D.C., died at his home southeast of Stanley on Wednesday, at 5 a.m., age 26 years. The immediate cause of Mr. Stoneberger's death was tuberculosis...
In his early life, he spent a number of years at Luray where his father was engaged in the barber business for some time, going from here to Washington where he continued his barber trade. A few years ago when his health failed he moved to Stanley where his wife's relatives live. About five years ago he married Miss Elsie Good, daughter of Henry Good, of that place, who survives him with a four-year daughter. He was a musician of note and has been heard over a number of the nearby broadcasting stations. He is also survived by his parents and a brother, Clyde Stoneberger, who is now a patient in a Washington sanatorium, and one sister, Velva, of Washington. He was a grandson of A.B. Dovel, of Shenandoah. His funeral will be held from the Adventist Church at Stanley at 11 a.m., today (Friday) with services by the Rev. J.B. Jenkins. Burial will take place in the cemetery adjoining.
MRS. REBEKAH STONEBERGER
Page News & Courier, Friday 13 Feb 1931
DEATH OF MRS. JOHN STONEBERGER
Mrs. Rebekah Stoneberger, widow of the late John H. Stoneberger, of the Hawksbill, died at 10 o’clock p.m. on Wednesday, February 4th, at the home of her son, Everett, on the R.N. Long farm, near Marksville, aged 48 years. Death was due to a complication of diseases. She was a daughter of Henry Nauman, deceased, and is survived by one brother, Bud Nauman, of Stanley, and one sister, Mrs. Charles Stoneberger, of Hagerstown, Md., and two sons, Everett and Russell, with whom she had resided since the death of her husband, three years ago. The funeral was held from the home of David Stoneberger, at Stanley. Eld. John B. Jenkins officiating. Interment in the family grave yard nearby.
MRS. SARAH ELIZABETH STONEBERGER
Page News & Courier, Friday 12 Apr 1935
MOTHER OF 15 CHILDREN DIES
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Stoneberger died Monday afternoon at her home just south of Stanley. She is the wife of David Stoneberger. Her father was James W. Campbell and her mother before marriage was Lydia Turner. She is the mother of 15 children, 6 dead and 9 living- Anna Mae, Imogene and Leroy, of Stanley; William, of Ocean City, N.J.; Leon, of Woodstock; Lloyd, Floyd, Margaret and Evelyn, of Wilmington, Delaware. All attended the funeral except Evelyn. Mrs. Stoneberger was the grandmother of ten children. The deceased has six living brothers- Albert and Amos Campbell, of this county; Charles of Winchester; Ernest of Hershey, Pa.; two half-brothers, Frank, of Jasper, Mo., and Edward of Kansas City, Kan. Her funeral was conducted by Elder J.B. Jenkins Thursday at 2 o’clock, interment following in the family burial ground.
DAVID ISAAC STRICKLER
Page News & Courier, Friday 28 Jul 1939
David Isaac Strickler Dies At Indiana Home
Word was received here this week of the passing of David Isaac Strickler, of Indiana, at his home on Monday of this week. Mr. Strickler suffered a stroke of paralysis about ten days before and never regained consciousness.
He was 70 years of age and was the son of the late Isaac B. and Mary Catherine Louderback Strickler.
He is survived by his wife who was a Miss Gouff, of Illinois and five sons- Lawrence, Elza, Gerald, Floyd and Albert. A sister, Mrs. Nannie Batman and a brother Charles F. Strickler, of Shenandoah also survive.
His deceased brothers and sisters are: John W. Strickler, Mrs. George Dofflemoyer, Mrs. D.W. Strickler, Mrs. David Batman, Mrs. Harvey Grimm, Mrs. Luther Painter, all of this immediate vicinity.
Mr. Strickler was a large land owner and was largely engaged in farming and stock raising.
He left Virginia when but a boy...
He was a member of the Methodist Church of his city. He was laid to rest in Indiana on Wednesday of this week.
DAVID P. STROLE
Page News & Courier, Friday 10 Jul 1931
FUNERAL OF DAVID P. STROLE
David P. Strole, aged 74 years, 9 months and 16 days, died at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday July 2nd. The remains left Fort Worth by express at 7 a.m. July 4th and arrived at Shenandoah at 10 p.m. July 6th. The body was taken to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Vernon Jenkins and the funeral was held fromt he U.B. church, Grove Hill, at 2 p.m. July 7th. Rev. E.L. Cave officiating... Burial was in family lot in the U.B. cemetery nearby.
He is survived by three sons and two daughters; Harry Clyde and William Strole; Mrs. Vern Jenkins, of Shenandoah; and Miss Virginia Strole, of Baltimore, and three sisters: Mrs. Martha Kite, Mrs. Jennie Dovel and Mrs. Lebia Monger.
He was born and reared in Page county, near Grove Hill, and connected himself with the U.B. church, at that place in early boyhood. He married Miss Caroline R. Foltz, daughter of Perry Foltz and wife, to them were born ten children, five boys and five girls. Of these only three boys and two girls are living. His wife died on the fifth day of May, 1908, aged 39 years. Shortly after her death Mr. Strole went west and finally located at Forth Worth, Texas, where he accumulated considerable wealth.
... He suddenly fell from a chair and died instantly. The cause of death evidently being an acute heart attack...
GEORGE W. STROLE
Page News & Courier, Friday 17 Apr 1931
DEATH OF GEORGE W. STROLE OF A.E.
George W. Strole of A.E., a highly respected and substantial farmer, living close to the Brick church, south fo Newport, died at his home at 4:27 p.m., on Wednesday, after several weeks illness... His age was 63 years and 29 days.
Surviving Mr. Strole are his widow, formerly Miss Sadie Bowers, two sons, Kirby, of Washington, D.C., and Vernon of Maryland; two sisters, Mrs. Alice Huffman, of Luray, and Mrs. John Miller, of Newport, and two brothers, Millard, of Newport, and Joe of Terre Haute, Ind. The widow is a daughter of the late Robert Bowers, of Gordonsville, Va., formerly of Page county, Mr. Strole's first wife, Mrs. Emma Hockman Strole, was killed by lightning on July 4, 1911. The two surviving sons named are the issue of the first marriage. The first wife was a daughter of John Hockman, of Newport.
In earlier years Mr. Strole was a school teacher but for a long time has given his whole attention to farming... From early life he has been a member of the Brick (Lutheran) church, where the funeral will be held at 11 a.m., today (Friday) with interment in the cemetery nearby...
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 9 Mar 1937
Death of Noah Stroup
Noah Stroup, 81 years old, died Thursday at his home, near Alma, after an illness of several months… Although possessed with a bare education he reared a large famile and accumulated a competence for old age. His wife, who was a Miss Short before marriage, has been dead about sixteen years and he has been making his home with his son at Alma.
He is survived by five children: Miss Minnie Stroup, at home, Philip “Dick” Stroup, of Alma, Willie Stroup of near Staunton, and Mrs. Ed Dinges and Mrs. Ernest Dinges, of near Alma. One brother, John Stroup, of near Shenandoah, and a sister, Mrs. Getz, of near Stony Man survives.
The funeral was held from the Christian Church at Alma, of which he was a member with services in charge of Elder J.B. Jenkins and Rev. Andes, on Saturday.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 6 Sep 1938
Death of Erasmus Taylor
Erasmus Taylor, aged 57 years, died suddenly on Friday evening at his home in the Eastern suburbs of Luray. Mr. Taylor was born May 14, 1871, in the Taylor Hollow neighborhood, near Mauck, Page County. He is a son of the late Newton Taylor, of near Mauck. Mr. Taylor has been living at Luray for the past twenty-five years. He first was employed by the Bailey Bros., but later was employed at the Deford Co., Luray, until the closing of that plant at Luray a number of months ago...
Mr. Taylor was twice married, his first wife being Leona Ellen Taylor, of Marksville district. His wife, who survives, was Miss Rosa Bell Williams, of Shenandoah.
Children surviving the first wife are Mrs. Robert Holland and Mrs. F.S. Strahorn, Capitol Heights, Md., and Mrs. L.H. Sours and Miss Reda Taylor, of Maryland Park, Md.
Children of the second marriage surviving are Valley, Frederick and Julian Taylor, of Luray.
The surviving brothers and sisters, Theodore Taylor, Martinsburg, W.Va., Charles and R.L. Taylor, of Stanley; W. Delon Taylor, Skyland, Mrs. Will May, Shenandoah, Mrs. Rebecca Broyles, Mrs. Lillie Broyles, and Mrs. Viola Morris, of Baltimore.
The funeral was held on Sunday and was conducted by his pastor, Rev. J.E. Childress, of Luray Christian Church. Interment in Evergreen cemetery.
JEAN ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 2 Apr 1935
DEATH OF CHILD
Jean Elizabeth, 11-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Taylor died at the home of her parents on Thursday after an illness of a week with pneumonia. Burial took place Saturday at Ida with Eld. J.B. Jenkins in charge of the services.
JOSEPH J. TAYLOR
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 15 Nov 1938
Death of Joseph J. Taylor
Joseph J. Taylor, aged 92 years, died at his home in Shenandoah on Thursday night, November 10th.
Mr. Taylor had lived in Shenandoah for approximately 55 years and had beena popular and successful shoemaker. In late years occupying his little shop on the rear of Foster Brothers lot on Virginia Avenue.
He leaves his widow and the following children: Mrs. Ola Clem, Mrs. Josie Grimsley, Mrs. Lizzie Maye, Mrs. Willie Thomas, Tom, Garfield, and Edgar Taylor. One daughter, Catherine, died in infancy.
Mr. Taylor's funeral was conducted from his late home on Saturday afternoon by Rev. Lee E. Sheaffer. Burial was in the family burying ground.
Page News & Courier, 6 Jan 1931
OMER TAYLOR, CRUSHED TO DEATH BY TRAIN
Omer Taylor, aged 24, and unmarried, son of the late Charles Taylor of near Stanley, was crushed to death about three o'clock, Saturday evening when he was thrown off the local freight at Donovan's crossing on the N. & W., a mile South of Stanley...
The accident was seen indistinctly by Mr. Friedell, a railroad official on the train, and also, by two persons who live near Donovan's crossing. Young Taylor, in the presence of some companions climbed on the train at Luray to get a ride to Stanley near which place he has usually resided with his aunt, Miss Mamie Taylor. He was seen on the freight as it ran through Stanley without making a stop.
... obsequies being held by Rev. H.J. Dudley in Luray Church of Christ at 3 p.m., on Monday, with interment in Evergreen cemetery.
Young Taylor was employed at a saw mill at Bowden, W.Va., the home of his brother, Andrew Taylor, the latter half of last year coming to this county at the beginning of the holidays and spending the time until his death visiting relatives at Luray and Stanley. He was a grandson of Eld. Thornton Taylor, deceased of near Stanley, He was one of the fourteen children of Charles Taylor, deceased, his surviving brothers and sisters being, Mrs. Elmer Strickler, of Luray, Mrs. Charles Linebaugh, of Hagerstown, Md., Mrs. Freeman Gray and Miss Mamie Taylor of Pine Grove this county, Frank Taylor and Mrs. Fred Seal, of Mauck, this county, Mrs. L.B. Berry, Mr.s Lee Menefee and Mrs. Walter Broyles, of Luray, Andrew Taylor, of Bowden, W.Va., and C.H. Taylor, of Baltimore.
MRS. DADE THOMAS (MARY CATHERINE)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 3 Mar 1931
DEATH OF MRS. JOHN THOMAS
Mrs. Dade Thomas, age 84, widow of John Thomas, died Sunday morning at her home on Philip P. Long;s grazing farm on the Blue Ridge several miles from President Hoover’s camp. Mrs. Thomas had been feeble and partly blind for a long time. She was a sister of Rev. Thomas Cave and Rev. Henry Cave, the mountain preachers, now deceased. Her husband has been dead for years. Her son, Ernest Thomas, resided with her. Her other children are William, Cleve, Reuben and Miss Jennie Thomas and Mrs. Alex Lamb, all living in the Blue Ridge. Mrs. Thomas was a member of the Methodist church and highly respected. She was buried in the graveyard near her home.
GEORGE WASHINGTON THOMAS
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 2 Feb 1937
Death of George Washington Thomas
George Washington Thomas, aged about 80 years, a respected citizen and former resident of Page County, who had been living in Keezletown for several years, died Thursday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Stoneberger, living on the G.C. Miller farm south of town. He was here on a visit and had been ill for several weeks. The immediate cause of his death was due to the infirmities of old age.
For many years he lived on the Long farm near Alma. He was married twice but both preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughters, Mrs. Stoneberger and Mrs. Ed. Good, of near Stanley, Ausby Thomas, of near Harrisonburg and Lloyd Thomas, of Pittsburg.
His funeral was conducted from the Adventist church on Saturday with the Rev. Garber, of Rockingham County, in charge of the service. Interment in the cemetery nearby.
JOHN L. THOMAS
Page News & Courier, Friday 29 Jan 1932
John L. Thomas, son of Rev. J.E. Thomas, who died at the Kings Daughters hospital, Martinsburg, W.Va, was 31 years, 8 months and 9 days old. He is survived by his father and mother, four brothers and four sisters... G.A. CAVE
MRS. ANNIE E. TRENARY
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 25 Oct 1932
Mrs. Annie E. Trenary nee Cave, aged 55, a native of Page county, but for many years residing in Cumberland, Md., died Thursday evening at her home there following a long period of ill health.
She was a member of Kingsley Methodist Episcopal Church of Cumberland, and the pastor of the chruch conducted the funeral services at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the family residence. Interment was in the cemetery at Cumberland.
Mrs. Trenary was a daughter of the late Isaac P. and Mary Broyles Cave, and was born near Luray, Page county, Va. She was a half sister of the late Mrs. Charles D. Sloat, of Winchester, and from the time she was a girl of about eight years she lived with Mr. and Mrs. Sloat until her marriage to Mr. Trenary, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Trenary, of Winchester. Her mother had died when she was a small child.
Mrs. Trenary is survived by her husband, Joseph N. Trenary, who has been cashier for many years in the Cumberland office of the Railway Express Agency, and two children, a son, Webster Trenary and a daughter, Miss Helen Trenary, both of Cumberland. Another son, Edwin Trenary, died about a year ago. She leaves also 4 brothers, Andew Cave, of Luke, Md., Ashby and Lee Cavem of Paw Paw, W.Va., and Daniel W. Cave, of Luray, Va...
Page News & Courier, Friday 12 Mar 1937
Native of Page Dies in Rockingham
Albert Turner, aged 80, well known East Rockingham farmer, died at his home at East Point Wednesday morning at 11:30 following a month’s illness.
Mr. Turner was born at Newport, in Page county, on August 5, 1856, and was a son of the late Andrew J. and Rebecca Turner. Over 60 years ago he was united in marriage with Miss Susan Rhinehart, who survive shim. He was a faithful member of the United Brethren Church for 56 years and a man of high Christian character. He leaves a host of friends who mourn his passing.
Besides his widow he is survived by the following children: P.L. Turner and H.M. Turner, and Mrs. Lucie Smith, of East Point, and W.K. Turner of Hagerstown, Md.
Funeral services will be held from the East Point Brethren Church, this (Friday) morning at 10 o’clock with friends meeting at the home at 9:30. Services to be conducted by Rev. W.H. Smith. Burial will be in McGaheysville Cemetery.
REV. DAVID TURNER (I)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 9 Jun 1931
REV. DAVID TURNER DIES
David Thornton Turner, aged 59 years, an ordained minister of the Brethren church, died at his home near Honeyville, Saturday morning at two o'clock, after an illness of about three years during which time he suffered several paralytic strokes. He was a member of his church for twenty-five years and a minister for twelve years, filling appointments until overcome by ill health.
He is survived by his widow, who before marriage was Miss Laura Housden, and the following children: Mrs. Myrtle Comer, Shenandoah, Mrs. Mabel Hilliard, Honeyville, Mrs. Dessie Comer, Ingham, and Carl and David Turner, at home. He is also survived by three brothers: George and Amos Turner, of near Charles Town, W.Va., and John Turner, of Stanley.
The funeral was held at Leak's Chapel Brethren Church on Saturday at 11 a.m., Rev. Ernest Cave and Rev. Hubert Sours officiating. Burial was in Leak's Chapel cemetery...
REV. DAVID TURNER (II)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 16 Jun 1931
BRETHREN PREACHER DIES AT HONEYVILLE
Rev. David Trenton Turner, age 55 years, 11 months and 10 days, an ordained minister of the Brethren church died at his home near Honeyville, Friday morning, June 5th after an illness of about three years, during which time he suffered several paralytic strokes. He was a member of the Brethren church for about 28 years and was a minister for about 12 years, folling his appointments until overtaken by ill health... He was the son of the late Ellis and Lina Gray Turner. He is survived by his widow, who before marriage was Miss Laura Housden, daughter of the late Harrison and Liza Jane Housden and the following children: Mrs. Alfred Comer, of Shenandoah, Mrs. Joe Hilliard, of Stanley, Mrs. Zessie Comer, Honeyville; Daniel Turner, a married son, at home, and Paul at home; eleven grandchildren; three brothers; Amos of Hagerstown, George Turner, of Stanley; one sister, Mrs. F.W. Norman is dead.
The funeral was preached at Leak's Chapel Brethren church on the following Saturday at 11 a.m. Rev. Ernest Cave and Eld. Hubert Sours, officiating. Burial in Leak's Chapel cemetery...
FORREST MILLARD TURNER
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 1 May 1934
DEATH OF CHILD
Forrest Millard Turner, age six years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Millard Turner, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., died April 25, 1934. The cause of his death was due to lock-jaw infection from a cut about nine days before his death. He is survived by his father, mother, two sisters, and eight brothers. The body was brought Thursday to the Pentecostal church at Battle Creek where the funeral was held at 2 o'clock with services conducted by Rev. John Henderson. The burial took place in the Richard cemetery...
Page News & Courier, Friday 28 Jul 1939
Death of Shenandoah Citizen
John Turner, aged about 64, of Shenandoah, died Thursday of this week at his home in that city.
He was a son of the late Andrew Turner, of Battle Creek, and resided practically all his life in the Shenandoah District.
He had been ill for sometime with a heart affection, which was the ultimate cause of his death.
He was twice married, his last wife being a Miss Good, daughter of Jake Good, of Leak’s Chapel.
He is survived by several children by both marriages.
The funeral will be held Sunday at 11:00 a.m. at the Newport Christian Church.
JOYCE FLORENCE TURNER
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 8 Jul 1939
Death of Joyce Florence Turner
A little daughter Joyce Florence, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Turner on June 20, 1939 died July 8, 1939, aged 18 days.
The little one passed away in the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., where it had been a patient for four days, suffering with pneumonia…
She leaves to mourn her loss her mother and father and one sister, Florence Virginia Turner. The funeral was held Monday at 3:00 p.m. at Leaksville Christian Church by Rev. John Henderson, with burial in the Leaksville cemetery.
PRESTON LEE TURNER
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 6 Dec 1938
P.L. Turner Dies At East Point
Preston Lee Turner, aged 57, well known farmer and filing station operator of the East Point section died Thursday evening at 6:45 at his home at East Point following an illness of one hour.
Mr. Turner was born in 1881 near East Point and spent his entire life in that section. On Dec. 24, 1901, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Jane Dofflemoyer, who survives him.
Mr. Turner was an active member of the East Point Brethren Church, having been a member of the board of trustees eight years at the time of his death…
Besides his wife, he is survived by two brothers, W.H. Turner, of Hagerstown and H.M. Turner, of East Point and one sister, Mrs. R.W. Smith, of East Point. Two nephews, Dorsey and Lewis Turner, whom he reared, also survive.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the East Point United Brethren Church with friends meeting at the home at 1 o’clock. Services were conducted by Rev. W.H. Smith. Burial was in the McGaheysville Cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 14 Dec 1937
Death of Charles Tutwiler
Charles Tutwiler, one of the oldest citizens of the Morning Star section died at his home Friday after an illness of several weeks duration.
The deceased was a life-long resident of this section and was bonr 78 years ago, and is the last of his family. A sister, Mrs. Sallie Keyser, died near Marksville about three years ago; a brother, Mathew, died about ten years ago. Two sisters, Mrs. Marshall, of Ohio, and Miss Beulah Tutwiler, have been dead for thirty years or more. He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews. He was a member of Morning Star Lutheran Church for many years...
His wife died many years ago.
The funeral was held from Morning Star Lutheran church Sunday at 3 p.m., with his pastor, the Rev. B.D. Castor, in charge of the services. Burial in Morning Star cemetery.
MRS. ESSIE TUTWILER (I)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 2 Dec 1934
DEATH OF MRS. ESSIE TUTWILER
Mrs. Essie Tutwiler, aged 38 years, died at the Page Memorial Hospital, Luray at 4:30 p.m. Saturday... the immediate cause of her death was Bright's disease. Mrs. Tutwiler was born near Elkton, Virginia and was a daughter of William A. Breeden but early in life lived with Mrs. Dave Nichols of the Morning Star section and also lived for several years with Mrs. Noah Sours in the same section. She is survived by her husband Harry Tutwiler, of Culpeper, and two small children. For several seasons, Mrs. Tutwiler was chief dietician with Dr. Davis' Camp for boys near Overall. Her funeral was held on unday at 4:30 from Morning Star church with Rev. F.A. Blosser of the Christian Church, her pastor, in charge. Interment in the Morning Star cemetery.
MRS. ESSIE TUTWILER (II)
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 7 Dec 1934
DEATH OF MRS. ESSIE TUTWILER
In memory of Mrs. Elsie Breeden Tutwiler, who departed this life, December 1, 1934 in the Luray Hospital as was reported in Tuesday's issue of the Page News and Courier. She had been a member of the Antioch Christian Church since reaching her sixteenth year. Her mother, Mrs. Dave Nichols, had one child Ralph Nichols who was injured on the Lee Highway about three weeks ago. Mrs. Tutwiler leaves four brothers, Charley Breeden of Luray, Sam, Kenard and Edward of near Elkton, her husband Harry Tutwiler of Culpeper and two children, Ray and Anna Elizabeth. She spent the last two years at the Overall Camp where she was superintendent and dietician. It was while she lived with this writer she married and also joined the church.... COUSIN MAUDE
Page News & Courier, Friday 18 Feb 1938
Death of Levi Tutwiler, Native of Page
Levi Tutiler died at his home, February 12, near Catalpa, Culpeper County, and the funeral was held in the St. Luke's Lutheran Church by his pastor, Rev. Ballentine, of Manassas, on February 14, The burial was in Culpeper cemetery. Mr. Tutwiler was born in Page County 75 years ago. His wife was, before marriage, Miss Fannie Bell Weaver, daughter of the late Charley Weaver, both formerly of this county... He leaves his widow and five children, four sons and one daughter. The family has many relatives in this county...
MRS. VIRGINIA VACHEM
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 14 Apr 1931
J.E. Dorraugh received a message Saturday notifying him of the death of his sister, Mrs. Virginia Dorraugh Vachem, her death occuring in a sanatorium at Ashebille, N.C., where she was a patient. Mr. Dorraugh and wife left for Ashland, Kentucky on Sunday, where the funeral will be held. She was a daughter of S.L. and Sallie Dorraugh, both deceased. Two brothers and one sister survive her: B.F. and J.E. Dorraugh and Mrs. John A. Beaghan, and one daughter, an infant. She was born and reared at Shenandoah...
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 7 Feb 1939
Death of Edgar Vines
"Ed" Vines, age 56 years, died at his home in Shenandoah on Thursday, Feb. 2, 1939, after an illness of several months... He was married 30 years ago to Miss Mattie Meadows. He leaves three sisters, Mrs. A.J. Lam, Mrs. Frank Taylor and Mrs. Vernon Austin, and one brother, William Vines. His funeral was conducted from his late home on Saturday by Rev. Lee E. Sheaffer. Interment was in the Methodist cemetery.
CARRIE E. WALTERS
Page News & Courier, Friday 9 Dec 1938
Mrs. Carrie E. Walters Dies Near Orange
Elder A.W. Campbell was notified early last Sunday morning that his oldest sister, Mrs. Carrie E. Walters, had died suddenly on Saturday night, December 3, from heart failure. Mrs. Walters being the oldest child of the late John W. and Elmer J. Campbell, moving with her husband Charles M. Walters to Orange County, Virginia, from the Newport section, where she had been born and reared, about twenty-five or thirty years ago. They purchased a farm near Orange of about 100 acres where they lived happily together and had reared a family of seven children, two preceeding their mother to the grave. Mrs. Walters was 63 years of age at the time of her death and had been a devoted member of the Christian Church since childhood.
The funeral services were conducted Monday by her pastor the Rev. Leake at Ehart with interment in the cemtery nearby, there to await the resurrection of the Just.
WILLIAM E. WALTON
Page News & Courier, Friday 19 Feb 1937
Death of William E. Walton of New Jersey
William E. Walton, 65, of New Jersey, was brought to Luray on Wednesday and will be taken to the Brick Church at Grove Hill where services will be held today (Friday) at 2 p.m. Mr. Walton, a native of Shenandoah County, married a Miss Louderback, daughter of Jacob Louderback, of near Newport. She is now dead. He is survived by four children: Floyd Walton, of Shenandoah, Mrs. Fred (Iva) Kite, of Honeyville and two daughters living in New Jersey.
MRS. JACOB WATERS (WALTERS?) (I)
Page News & Courier, Friday 17 Feb 1939
Death of Mrs. Jacob Waters
Mrs. Jacob Waters, of Grove Hill, died on Thursday, February 2, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lena Comer. She was only ill a short time. Her funeral was conducted by the Rev. E. Lee Sheaffer, of Shenandoah. She was about 70 years of age. Her husband died about three years ago. She is survived by the following children:- Mrs. Lena Comer, Mrs. Julia Dovel, Mrs. Willie Alger, Tom and Edward Waters, all of this section.
MRS. JACOB WALTERS (WATERS?) (II)
Page News & Courier, Friday 17 Feb 1939
Death of Mrs. Jacob Walters
Mrs. Jacob Walters died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lena Comer, in the Piney Woods section, south of Stanley, on February 2. Mrs. Walters had been ill for some time. She leaves the following children: Mrs. Lena Ewers, Mrs. Zula Dovel, Mrs. "Suckie" Alger, Edward and Thomas Walters, all of Page county. Her husband died several years ago. Interment was at the Brick church on Feb. 4.
MRS. PAMILY J. WARREN
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 9 Jan 1934
MRS. PAMILY WARREN TO BE BURIED AT LURAY
Mrs. Pamily J. Warren, aged 87 years, 5 months and 17 days, a beloved former resident of Luray, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.S. Rhodes, at Haletharpe, Md., at 9:45 p.m., on Saturday after being confined to her bed for two weeks with pneumonia and complications... She belonged to a long-lived race. Her mother, Mrs. Nancy Seal Printz, of Stony Man, died in her 98th year, and her father, Leonard S. Printz, was up in his 80's while some of her brothers and sisters have lived far past eighty.
Born near Stony Man, Mrs. Warren spent nearly all of her life in this county. Her husband, J.W.T. Warren, a gallant Confederate soldier, who was in the planing mill and cabinet-making business at Luray for many years, died June 6, 1900. She lived in this town for a number of years after that time, finally locating in Baltimore with her daughter, Miss Eula Warren. About the time the latter married Mr. Rhodes, Mrs. Warren relocated to Luray, where she lived until her home on Mechanic Street burned in 1930, and she went to her daughter's home for the remainder of her life...
Mrs. Warren leaves one daughter, Mrs. Rhodes, and three sons, Kirby E. Warren, of Luray, attendant on Mr. Northcott in Florida, Willie Warren, a railroad man, of Youngstown, O., and Ralph Warren, of Johnson City, N.Y.... She lost a son, Harry Warren, of Johnson City, N.Y., a number of years ago. She leaves one sister, Miss Mollie Printz, of Luray, and one brother Charles H. Printz, the latter residing at the old Leonard Printz home near Stony Man. Five brothers, Hiram Printz, of San Antonio, Tex., Manuel S. Printz, Harvey and Francis M. Printz, of Luray and Lovey Printz, of Stony Man, preceded her in death. Mrs. Warren was a devoted member of the Disciples church for many years.
The body will arrive at Bradley's undertaking establishment at Luray this morning after funeral services at the home at Haletharpe, Md. There will be a short burial service at the Bradley undertaking parlors at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) followed by interment in Green Hill Cemetery, Luray.
MRS. ANNIE WEAST
Page News & Courier, Friday 12 Aug 1932
DEATH AT STANLEY
Mrs. Annie Weast, aged about 63, wife of Byron B. Weast, died at her home in Stanley yesterday. She had been quite ill recently but was improving when suddenly stricken. She was doing some ironing when the fatal attack came and was almost instantly fatal. Mrs. Weast resided with her aged mother, Mrs. George W. Good, aged about 85. She leaves one sister, Mrs. Hubert L. Kibler, of Stanley. Her husband, Byron B. Weast, who survives her is a farmer and carpenter and originally came from McGaheysville. The couple have one son, William Weast, of Stanley. Mrs. Weast was a member of the Methodist church... The funeral will take place from Graves Chapel this morning with burial in the cemetery nearby.
MRS. BETSY ANN WEAVER
Page News & Courier, Friday 28 Jan 1938
Death of Former Page Lady
Mrs. Betsy Ann Weaver, of Andersonville, Buckingham County,. Va., died January 16, 1938 after a week's illness. The cause of her death was flu, followed by pneumonia...
The deceased was a native of Page County, having been born and reared in the Stony Man section, being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sours, deceased.
... At the early age of seventeen she united with the Lutheran Church at Mt. Calvary in Page County. She lived to the ripe old age of eighty six years, seven months and fourteen days. She married Solomon Weaver, of the Jolletts section, who preceded her in death sixteen years. From this union survive the following children: Oscar F. Weaver and Mrs. Ella Weaver, of Andersonville. She is also survived by the following sisters: Mrs. Charles Sours of Mt. Williams, Virginia; Mrs. George Jones, of Waynesboro; Mrs. Barbara Seal, of Baltimore, Md.
The deceased lived in the Jolletss section after marriage until twenty three years ago having moved to Buckingham County.
She was buried at Sheppards, Virginia, Smyrna M.E. Church cemetery by the side of her husband. Her pastor, Rev. Gee, conducted the services...
Page News & Courier, Friday 13 Nov 1931
DEATH OF GEORGE WEAVER NEAR STANLEY
George Weaver, aged 74, a worthy citizen residing on the Honeyville road, a mile West of Stanley, died on Sunday last, after a decline of three years from Bright’s Disease and three weeks confinement to his bed. Mr. Weaver owned a small farm of twenty-eight acres, on which he lived with his daughter, Mrs. Bertha Kern. He also leaves two sons, Ira and Amos Weaver, of near Stanley, and one sister, Mrs. Eliza Henry of Front Royal. His wife is dead. Mr. Weaver spent all his life in the Stanley neighborhood. He was a member of the Methodist church. The funeral was held at the home on Tuesday, with services by Eld. John B. Jenkins and interment in the family graveyard.
MRS. JENNIE WEEKLY
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 10 Feb 1931
DEATH OF MRS. DAVID WEEKLY
Mrs. Jennie Weekly, age 84, wife of David Weekly, living on the Harry Grim place, two miles East of Stanley, died on Sunday from the effects of old age. She is survived by her husband, two sons and one daughter, William, Edward and Miss Mattie Weekly, of Stanley. She was a Miss Eddins, sister of the late Mrs. James Parks, Mrs. Henry Pettit and James Eddins. Mrs. Weekly was a member of the Episcopal church and was highly esteemed. Funeral this (Tuesday) evening at two o’clock at Pine Grove church by her pastor, Rev. F.J. Warnecks, with interment in the Pettit graveyard.
MISS MARY WILLIAMS
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 3 Aug 1932
DEATH OF MISS MARY WILLIAMS
Miss Mary Williams, aged 81 years, died at 5 p.m., on Friday in the Page Memorial Hospital, Luray, where she had been a patient for a few days. Miss Mary owned property on Mechanic Street where she lived alone for a long time...
Miss Mary was a seamstress almost from time immemorial. She was highly resoected. Surviving her are a half brother, A. Frank Knight, of Buena Vista, Va., and two half sisters, Mrs. J.B. Holmes, of Luray and Mrs. John Campbell, of Wilmington, Del. Her father Mr. Williams was from Cedar Creek.
Page News & Courier, Friday 23 Sep 1938
Death of Prominent Citizen In Marksville District
Edward Wolfersberger Found Dead In Bed by Neighbor
Edward Wolfersberger, one of the best-known and respected citizens of Mauck, East of Stanley, was found lifeless in his bed on Tuesday, September 20, about 9 a.m. He apparently had been dead a number of hours, and his death came as a distinct shock... He had lived alone for some time.
He had been assessor of Shenandoah Iron Works District for about fifteen years...
His wife, who has been dead for about eight years, was the daughter of the late George Henderson, of near Marksville.
The deceased was a son of the late Rev. John Wolfersberger, who moved here from Madison a number of years ago. His father was a Lutheran minister.
The cause of Mr. Wolfersberger's death, according to an inquest held Tuesday, was due to the rupturing of a blood vessel.
The following children survive:- Mrs. Lawrence (Alice) Foltz, Leaksville school instructor, of near Newport; Carl Wolfersberger, clerk in the Stanley postoffice; Mrs. May Seal, Bardane, W.Va.; and Mrs. Ethel Sharper, fo near Washington, D.C. One sister, Mrs. Sarah Kiblinger, of near Ida, also survives. Two brothers, Harrison and William Wolfersberger, of Stanley, are deceased.
The funeral was held from Bethlehem Christian Church at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon, with interment in Graves Chapel Cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 24 Apr 1934
DEATH OF J.H. WOLFERSBERGER
J.H. Wolfersberger, of Stanley, died at 1:30 o'clock Sunday morning, aged 81 years, 10 months and 24 days.
His father was Rev. Jonathan Wolfersberger, a Lutheran minister. His mother before marriage was Mildred Lillard. Information seems to indicate he was born at Timberville, in Rockingham county. He was married to Dollie Kibler fifty five years ago last October. To this union was born seven children, all of whom with their mother are living: Two sons, Clarence at home, and Samuel, of Point Pleasant, N.J.; and five daughters, Mrs. F.G. Grove who resides with R.D. Koontz and Harry Weers in Sykesville, Md.; (Gertie) Mrs. R.D. Koontz, of Stanley; (Edna) Mrs. Everett Koontz, of Washington, D.C.; (Beulah) Mrs. Harry Weer; and (Elva) Mrs. J.E. Tucker, at Stanley.
Eight years ago last November while erecting a residence near Stanley the deceased had his first stroke of paralysis. Since then he has had several, the last being twelve days before death.
He joined the Methodist church at Graves Chapel when a young man also, the Masonic order and for some time has been the oldest member of the Stanley lodge... Many called him "Uncle Harrison", and for the most past, had a great deal of fun joking with him...
Plans for the funeral are: Burial services at 10:30 Tuesday morning at Graves Chapel, conducted by Rev. W.J. Whitesell assisted by Revs. F.A. Blosser and H.H. Tyler. The Masons take charge of the body at the residence furnishing pallbearers and conducting Masonic rites at the grave. J.E. TUCKER.
MRS. NAN WOLFERSBERGER
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 2 Jun 1931
DEATH OF MRS. R.E. WOLFERSBERGER
Mrs. Nan Wolfersberger, age 59, wife of R.E. Wolfersberger, of near Stanley, died early Saturday morning after being paralyzed several weeks ago. Her health had been poor for a year or more.
Mrs. Wolfersberger was a daughter of the late George Henderson, of near Stanley, and was a sister of Mrs. Lester Pendergast and Mrs. Jennie Davis, of Stanley, William Henderson, of Baltimore, Md., Seldon Henderson and Mrs. John Kite, of Bardane, W.Va., and Mrs. Sadie Gray, of Stanley. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Miss Alice Wolfersberger, teacher at Grove Hill who resides with her parents; Robert Wolfersberger, of Stanley; Mrs. May Seal, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., and Mrs. Ethel Sharp, of Washington, D.C. All of the children were at the funeral with members of their families.
... She belonged to the Bethlehem Disciples church fo years.
The funeral was held at Graves Chapel at 2:30 p.m., yesterday with services by Rev. M.G. Lilly.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 16 Feb 1932
ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF SELDON WOLFERSBERGER
Seldon Wolfersberger, age 45, a native of the Stanley neighborhood, this county, who twenty-eight years ago located in Baltimore, Md., and was employed as a boiler maker by the Western Maryland railroad in the shops in that city, was instantly killed by being run over by a street car at 11 p.m., January 9th. The accident occurred during a snow when Mr. Wolfersberger stepped off a street car near his home on Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Baltimore. Carrying an umbrella which probably assisted to obscure the view he dodged an automobile and in doing so stepped in the way of another street car...
Mr. Wolfersberger was buried in Rose Hill cemetery, Hagerstown, Md., which city was the early home of his widow, formerly Miss Rose Swayne. The funeral was attended by Mr. Wolfersberger's two brothers, John W. and Luther Wolfersberger, of Stanley... The deceased had one sister, Mrs. D.S. Kiblinger, of Mauck, this county, who is dead. He was a son of William Wolfersberger, deceased. In addition to his widow, Mr. Wolfersberger leaves one daughter, Miss Elizabeth Wolfersberger, who is employed in Reed's drugstore in Baltimore.
Mr. Wolfersberger after growing up at Stanley learned the machinist trade in the shops at Shenandoah, this county, afterwards locating in Baltimore...
MRS. MARY C. WOOD
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 8 Dec 1931
MRS. CLARENCE WOOD DIES
Mrs. Mary C. Wood, aged about 62, died at her home near Rileyville, this county on Sunday at 4 p.m., after two years’ illness with heart disease, through the immediate cause of her death was the result of a paralytic stroke suffered recently. She is survived by her husband and the following children; Mrs. Lona Hill, Charles Town, W.Va.; A married daughter, Lena, of Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Ben Seekford, of near Luray, Mrs. Sarah Young, Rileyville, Ferrell Wood, near Luray, and Clarence Wood at home. One brother Clinton Wood, of Martinsburg, W.Va., also survives. She was a daughter of James Wood, who once resided across the Shenandoah river from Rileyville.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m., today (Tuesday), Eld. R.H. Pittman officiating with interment in the Rileyville cemetery.
MRS. ELIZA WOODS
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 21 Feb 1939
Death of Mrs. Eliza Woods
Word has just been received by relatives of the death of Mrs. Eliza J. Woods, of Great Falls, Montana. She was the daughter of the late George W. Short and the wife of Eugene M. Woods who preceded her in death about four years ago.
Mrs. Woods was born at Stanley, Virginia, January 5, 1861 and died at her home in Great Falls, Montana, February 1, 1939 at the age of 78 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Woods with their family moved to the state of North Dakota about thirty eight years ago. Having spent a number of years in that state as farmers they later moved up to Great Falls, Montana, where they could enjoy life a little easier.
There were four sons in the family- Claude Woods, of Montana, Charles Dlimond, of Great Falls, Lester, of Portland, Oregon, and Cletus, deceased.
Mrs. Woods was a sister to Mrs. Ada E. Painter and Mrs. Pearl M. Foltz, of Stanley; Mrs. F.L. Mayes, of Luray; Mrs. E.J. Lowe, of Shepherdtown, W.Va., and Mrs. Maude B. Aleshire, of Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Woods had written to her relatives of this county during the Christmas season stating that she was in reasonable good health. She was taken suddenly ill on January 30th and passed away February 1.
The funeral was held on February 3 at 2 p.m. and she was laid to rest beside her husband in Great Falls, Montana.
MRS. ANNIE WOODWARD
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 23 Oct 1934
DEATH OF MRS. WOODWARD
Mrs. Annie Smith Woodward, widow of the late C. Burrill Woodward, died at the home of he rdaughter, Mrs. J.O. Bailey, in East Luray, on Friday morning at an early hour...
Mrs. Woodward was a native of Luray, where she was born seventy-five years ago. She was a daughter of the late Gabriel Smith, one of the original butcherers of this place. Gabriel Smith was one of the first twon sergeants of Luray. As an officer Gabriel Smith won renown. In the fussy, bar room days of Luray Gabriel Smith always "got his man" when he went after him.
The Smith family came to Luray from Culpeper county where it was identified with the business and social life of Eastern Virginia for more than one hundred years. Many of the old landed estates of Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock counties were in the possessions of the Smiths in the early days of the settling of that region.
When Gabriel Smith came to Luray this town could hardly be called a town. It was the merest hamlet. He was a soldier in the Mexican War; and as a soldier in the War Between the Stes he was among Page county's foremost men... Befrocked in his white apron always clean to the last degree.... His wife was a lady of Culpeper county.
Mrs. Woodward was a sister of the late Mrs. Elmer Smith, Mrs. Fannie Keller, William Smith, who died in this place many years ago, and B. Frank Smith, who died in Texas perhaps forty years ago. The entire family sleep in Green Hill cemetery, Luray.
... She is survived by her only child Mrs. J.O. Bailey and a number of grand-daughters.
Her funeral was conducted from her late home on Saturday afternoon, at 4 o'clock, the services being conducted by Rev. W.O. Luttrell, of the Methodist church, assisted by Rev. C.A. Hall, and Rev. H.J. Dudley.
C.C. "BAKER" WOODWARD
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 2 Apr 1935
DEATH OF MR. WOODWARD
C.C. ("Baker") Woodward, in his 65th year, died at his home on the northern outskirts of Luray Monday about 2 o'clock. Her had been in failing health for sometime though the immediate cause of his death was a paralytic stroke.
He was born in the Ida neighborhood, later moving to Madison county. His wife was a Madison county lady, who with his sons, Charles Woodward, of Madison; George, Otie and Lawrence Woodward, survive him. The latter three are living in Luray. One daughter, Mrs. Leo (Blanche) Breeden, of Luray, also survives.
... The burial will take place today (Tuesday) near his old home in Madison county.
MRS. MOLLIE WOODWARD
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 20 Jun 1939
Death of Mrs. Mollie Woodward
Mrs. Mollie Woodward, aged about 79 years, a life long resident of the Ida section died Friday morning, June 16, at 6 o’clock. Death was due to the infirmaties of age. She had been in failing health for several years. She died at the home of her son, Kirby Woodward, where she had been residing since the death of her husband, William Woodward, several years ago.
She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Seal, also of the Ida section. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Church of the Brethren. Her funeral was conducted Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Beahm’s Chapel cemetery. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Hubert Cave, Rileyville, Va.; W.L. Woodward, Luray; Luther Woodward, Luray; Charles Woodward, Sparrows Point, Md.; Kirby Woodward, Stony Man; Harry and Harvey Woodward, of Pensacola, Florida; Herbert Woodward, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Mrs. John Cave, of Washington, D.C. The following children are deceased: Mrs. Bennie Nichols, Nokesville, Va.; Mrs. Charlie Emerson, Luray; Mrs. Roy Strawderman, Nokesville, Va.
She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Harry Seal, Front Royal, Va.; Hubert, Samuel and Ed Seal, Luray; Mrs. William Gochenour, Martinsburg, W.Va.; Mrs. James Somers, Nokesville, Va.
WILLIAM E. WOODWARD
Page News & Courier, Friday 17 Dec 1937
Aged And Respected Citizen Dies At Home Near Ida
William E. Woodward, aged 80 years and one month, died at his home near Ida on Wednesday, December 15.
Mr. Woodward had been in declining health for several years, though his condition did not become critical until several months ago, when it became apparent that the end was inevitable.
The deceased was the son of Geo. and Caroline Dodson Woodward, and was born in Woodward Hollow, in the Blue Ridge several miles East of Ida, and spent practically all of his life in the immediate vicinity where he was born. He was honest, industrious and frugal… He was an expert shingle and tie maker and farmed on a small scale.
Mr. Woodward was married to Miss Mollie Seal, of this county 59 years ago. They reared a large family of children of whom the following survive with their mother- Mrs. Hubert (Carrie) Cave, near Luray; Mrs. John (Annie) Cave, Washington; Luther Woodward and L.W. Woodward, Luray; Homer Woodward, of West Virginia; Kirby L. Woodward, of near Luray; Harry and Charles Woodward, of Washington; Herbert Woodward, Pittsburgh, and Harvey Woodward, of Florida. Three of the children are deceased:- Mrs. (Ella) Chas. Emerson, Mrs. Ben (Mamie) Nicholson, of Page and Mrs. Roy (Virgie) Strawderman, Washington.
The deceased was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Ida, for many years and was a faithful attendant to all of its services as long as health would permit. The funeral will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 11 a.m. Services being conducted by his pastor, the Rev. B.D. Castor, assisted by Rev. A.J. Caricofe, at Grace Lutheran Church. Interment at Beahm’s Chapel, near Luray.
WILLIAM HENRY WOODWARD
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 2 Nov 1936
Death of Prominent Ida Citizen
William Henry Woodward, who would have reached his 67th birthday on the 20th of next March, died on Saturday at his home near Grace Lutheran Church in the Ida neighborhood.
The deceased was the son of the late John M. and Kate Woodward and was born in the Ida section. For many years he has been a prominent member of the Church of the Brethren of the Ida Grove Church. He was highly esteemed and revered by all who knew him.
The deceased had been in ill health for a number of years from a complications of diseases but was able to be up until a few days ago.
Mr. Woodward is survived by his widow who was formerly Miss Virginia Richards, daughter of Joseph Richards of the Ida section. He was twice married his first wife being a daughter of the late Isaac Somers also of the Ida section.
The surviving children are Mrs. Wade May, an employee of the Treasury Department of Washington, D.C, Mrs. Daniel Miller of Clarendon, Virginia and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. B.F. Jenkins of Ida; Mrs. Gertie Hoak, Augusta county; Mrs. Rupert C. Broyles, Luray; Mrs. W.H. Somers, Ida; Mrs. Minnie Hasse of Richmond; Mrs. David Somers, Fauquier; and D.M. Woodward of Rocky Ridge, Md.
The funeral was held from his late home on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. with the Revs. A.J. Caricofe and H.E. Wakeman in charge of the services. Interment in the family burial plot nearby.
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 9 Jun 1931
DEATH FROM TUBERCULOSIS
Charles Wright, age 20 years, son of Frank Wright, on the David Lee Kibler place, near Big Spring, in Springfield district, died at 1:15 a.m., on Saturday at Pine Camp hospital for tubercular patients in Henrico county, near Richmond... his mother, formerly a Miss Aleshire, of this county, hurried to Pine Camp accompanied by Amos Ruffner and Baker Foster. They arrived Saturday morning forty-five minutes after the young man had passed away. He was sent to the institution by the Page Chapter of the Red Cross which has been interested in the case for some time.
Young Mr. Wright, is survived by his parents, and a sister, Mrs. Baker Foster, of Rileyville, and a brother, Clinton Wright, of West Virginia. The Wright family have been living in Page and Warren counties for years and have been on the David Lee Kibler place for some time.
The funeral and interment took place at Rileyville Sunday.
AUSBY or ASHBY WYANT
Page News & Courier, Friday 23 Sep 1938
Tragic Death of Ashby Wyant
Ausby Wyant, age 22, is believed to have been struck by a train between Shenandoah and Elkton on Tuesday morning about 2 o'clock. His body was found along the Norfolk and Western Tracks early that morning... It is believed that death was instant...
Mr. Wyant had only been home three months after serving with army in Hawaii... The Wyant home is near Bear Lithia, only about 800 yards from hwere the body was found.
His friends, Jerry Morris and Richard Dean, said they left him about 2 a.m. and he said he was going home, but they did not know if he jumped a train or not. The sheriff and the coroner both discount any reports of foul play, believing that he was instantly killed while getting off the train or being struck by a train.
GEORGE H. WYANT
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 8 nov 1938 Shenandoah Section
Geo. H. Wyant Dies AT Elkton
George H. Wyant, 78, died at his home in Elkton Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. He had been sick with influenza since last Saturday.
He is survived by his wife, who before marriage was Miss Belle R.J. Hughes, and the following children: Mrs. Alice Maiden, Ashland; Mrs. Lucy Blosser, Dayton; George W. Wyant, Hagerstown, Md.; and John E. Wyant, of Portsmouth. He also leaves 26 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Elkton United Brethren Church.
Page News & Courier, Friday 14 Jan 1938
Alleged Injuries Result in Death To Page County Man
Albert Wright, aged 33 years, of Ambridge, Pa., after a three months illness, said to have been caused by inuries received at the hands of a fellow worker while employed in an orchard in Virginia during the apple picking season, died in a hospital in Aliquippa, Pa., on January 10.
His remains were brought to Stanley on Train 13 Wednesday and the body taken to the Tucker Funeral Home.
The deceased is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wright, deceased, of the Ingham neighborhood. His mother before marriage was Miss Bessie Housden. Mr. Wright, for many years, worked in the steel mills in Pennsylvania. He married Miss Barbara Cabray, of Ambridge, who survives with two sons, Leonard, age 14 and Richard, 8.
He was of a family of twelve children- Virginia and Johnnie, deceased. The nine surviving brothers and sisters are- Claude, Willie and Charlie Wright, of Stanley, Thomas and Harry Wright, of Shenandoah, Leonard and Virgil Wright and Mrs. Robert Morrison, of Compton, and Mrs. Leonard Painter, of Aliquippa.
His funeral was conducted Thursday at 2 p.m., at Leak's Chapel by Rev. John Henderson. Interment following immediately in the family burying ground, near Ingham.
MRS. JOHN I. YAGER
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 12 Jan 1937
Strange Death near Grove Hill
An unusual death occurred last week when Mrs. John I. Yager, 27, died from causes unknown at the home of her husband about three miles south of Grove Hill, this county. It was stated by parties familiar with the case that Mrs. Yager stumbled over an obstacle on the floor and that the concussion apparently caused death. Her husband, John I. Yager, was home at the time and it is said refused to let neighbors enter the house, Friday afternoon, W.O. Brill, undertaker at Elkton, was called and on reaching the Yager home could not induce any of the women in the neighborhood to prepare the body for burial. Mr. Brill called in his wife who performed the task. According to Brill, no marks of violence or scratches were found on the body although decomposition had set in to a considerable degree at the time. It is not known how long after death that the body had lain before Brill was called in.
Burial was made beside the road near the Yager home.
Mrs. Yager was a daughter of Ernest Cubbage, of the Cubbage Hollow section. Her husband, who is about seventy years of age, has been a resident of the Grove Hill neighborhood for years. They had been married about ten years and were parents of two children, both living. It is said both man and wife were reputed to be heavy drinkers.
Suspicion over the death has arisen from the fact that the body of the woman was not given attention until decomposition had set in and that relatives of the dead woman were not notified until after burial. It also seemed improbable that a woman of Mrs. Yager’s age could suffer fatal injuries by a fall over a floor obstacle.
The body was ordered exhumed on yesterday and taken to the Charlottesville Hospital where it will be given pathological tests and examination. No arrests have as yet been made.
MISS NAOMI YATES
Page News & Courier, Friday 5 Jul 1935
ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF MISS YATES
Miss Naomi Yates, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Yates, formerly of Luray, was killed in an automobile accident near St. Petersburg, Fla., according to informantion received in Luray on Wednesday night... She was a granddaughter of the late Isaac S. and Mrs. Comer, now living in the Stony Man section of the country. It is a certainty that Miss Comer was born in this county... Her grandfather was the late George Comer, for many years a surveyor of this county. This old time surveyor built and for many years occupied the home of Mrs. I.S. Comer. Details of the tragedy will be given in the News and Courier on Tuesday of next week.
PERCY W. YATES
Page News & Courier, Friday 1 Sep 1939
Death of Percy W. Yates
Percy Winn Yates died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Stella Foltz, at Stanley, Tuesday, August 29, aged 68 years, 9 months and two days, having been born on November 27, 1870.
Mr. Yates was the son of Elder Paul Yates, a noted Old School Baptist minister, who died many years ago. Percy Yates married Mayr Catherine Good, who preceded him in death about two years ago
The deceased resided in Stanley practically all his life. For many years he was employed by the Norfolk & Western Railroad company. He is survived by two children, Mrs. Stella Foltz, of Stanley, and Paul W. Yates, of Luray. One brother, Edward L., of Elkton, and a sister, Mrs. Ida B. Lillard, of near Luray. The following brothers and sisters are deceased: Mrs. Mary Yates, who died in early life and William R. and Thomas A. Yates. He is also survived by eight grandchildren.
The funeral service was conducted by Elder John B. Jenkins at the Adventist Church on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Adventist cemetery adjoining at Stanley.
JAMES A. YOUNG
Page News & Courier, Tuesday 11 Jan 1938
Veteran Cooper Found Dead In Bed Near Rileyville
James A. Young, One of the Few Remaining Old Time Barrel Makers Expires After Long Illness
James A. Young, one of the few remaining veteran coopers of Page county, was found dead Monday morning in his little home, near Mountain View, East of Rileyville. Mr. Young had been in feeble health for some time, but his death came as a shock to the neighborhood of which he had been an honored resident practically all his life. He began in the cooperage business when a youth, learning the trade under his father, who was an expert in his day. James A, Young, perhaps, made more barrels and kegs than anyone ever did in the county, shipping them to the various distelleries over the East. He was noted for his expert workmanship and his product was never known to 'leak a drop". He was 80 years old the 15th of last November, and was the son of the late John and Lucinda Gochenour Young, pioneer residents of Springfield district...
He is survived by one brother, Thomas Young, of near Rileyville. Two brothers, Will and Charles Young, are deceased.
The funeral will be held today (Tuesday) from the Church of the Brethren, Rileyville, at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. A.J. Caricofe in charge of the services. Burial immediately afterwards at a burial plot at the home of the deceased.
Page News & Courier, Friday 8 Feb 1935
DISCOVERER OF ENDLESS CAVERNS DEAD
B.B. Zirkle, aged 81, a member of the party who discovered Endless Caverns and well known farmer of the Tenth Legion section, died at his home Tuesday morning after five months illness. Death was due to complications of disease.
Mr. Zirkle, who with his father, Reuben Zirkle, then owner of the farm on which the entrance of the caverns is now located, and his brother, Clay Zirkle, now dead, discovered the caverns after following a rabbit which a dog chased into the rocks at the foot of the Massanutten. Years later Col. E.T. Brown, of Georgia, who was passing through New Market, hear of the caverns, and after investigation decided to buy them.
Born near Tenth Legion in 1853, he was a son of the late Reuben and Jane Aleshire Zirkle and spent his entire life in that section. In 1884, he was united in marriage with Miss Lucy Gaines, of Shenandoah County who survives him. Last December the couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary...
Besides his wife he is survived by one son C. Hunter Zirkle, of Harrisburg, Pa.; two sisters, Mrs. J.E. Biedler, of New Market, and Mrs. Martha Rosenberger, of Washington; one granddaughter, Mrs. Langlotz.