Friday, December 26, 2014

Clarice Vivian (Eller) Stanley

It is with sadness that I report the death of Clarice Vivian (Eller) Stanley on 23 Dec 2014 (probably at Martins Ferry, Belmont Co., OH).  She was born on 8 Nov 1923 in Taylors Ridge, Marshall Co., WV a daughter of Berrell and Florence Arlena (Blake) Eller.

I had the privilege of meeting Clarice Stanley at one of the Yoho Family Reunions in New Martinsville, WV. We went on to collaborate on the compilation of an updated version of the Rine / Ryan family history that she produced from the papers of Dorothy (Rine) Brown.

The obituary appeared in the 26 December 2014 issue of The Intelligence - Wheeling News Register.

Tribute Page - by Linda Cunningham Fluharty

Dick Henthorn
26 Dec 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Higginbotham Cemetery Report - 13 November 2014 
(From Dick Henthorn's Yoho File)

Name, Death Date, Cemetery 

Higginbotham, Albert Carson, 1 Oct 1954, New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., WV

Higginbotham, Albert Glendower, 15 Mar 1982, New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., WV, Northview Cemetery

Higginbotham, Albert Glendower, 9 Mar 1932, New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., WV, Northview Cemetery

Higginbotham, Anita, 9 Mar 1925, Wetzel Co., WV

Higginbotham, Audra Hazel, 7 Jul 1986, Big Run, Wetzel Co., WV, Big Run Cemetery

Higginbotham, Charles Albert, Jacob 9 Sep 1998, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., CA

Higginbotham, Charles Pierpont, 20 Sep 1953, New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., WV, Northview Cemetery

Higginbotham, Francis Harold, 13 Aug 1961, Big Run, Wetzel Co., WV, Big Run Cemetery

Higginbotham, Francis Layton, 19 Feb 1918, Wetzel Co., WV, Higginbotham Cemetery (no headstone)

Higginbotham, George Arthur, 27 Sep 1941, New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., WV, Northview Cemetery

Higginbotham, Herbert Memnon, 24 Jul 1933, Big Run, Wetzel Co., WV, Higginbotham Cemetery

Higginbotham, Ivy Pearl, 26 Oct 1952, New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., WV, Northview Cemetery

Higginbotham, James Franklin, abt 17 Aug 1936, New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., WV, Northview Cemetery

Higginbotham, James Herbert, 3 Nov 1993, Big Run, Wetzel Co., WV, Higginbotham Cemetery

Higginbotham, James S,. 25 Aug 1896, Coburn, Wetzel Co., WV, Higginbotham Cemetery

Higginbotham, John Wesley, 17 Dec 2003, Marion Co., WV, Baker Cemetery

Higginbotham, Lewis Wesley, 17 Aug 1929, Mannington, Marion Co., WV

Higginbotham, Lillie Gay, 12 Apr 1993, New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., WV, Northview Cemetery

Higginbotham, Lula Blanche, 14 Nov 1914, New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., WV, Northview Cemetery

Higginbotham, Martha Jane, 20 Feb 1946, Earnshaw, Wetzel Co., WV, Carpenter Cemetery

Higginbotham, Maude Lucinda, 31 May 1979, Big Run, Wetzel Co., WV, Big Run Cemetery

Higginbotham, Opal Lois, 2 Oct 1988, Dents Run, Marion Co., WV, Greene Cemetery

Higginbotham, Oscar Errington, 6 Jun 1956, New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., WV, Northview Cemetery

Higginbotham, Oscar, , Northview Cemetery

Higginbotham, Rachel Lee, 21 Mar 1936, Coburn, Wetzel Co., WV, Higginbotham Cemetery

Higginbotham, Ralph, bef 10 Jun 1780, Westmoreland Co., PA

Higginbotham, Reason G., 14 Aug 1877, Big Run, Wetzel Co., WV, Willey Cemetery

Higginbotham, Robert Keith, 5 Feb 1989, Paden City, Wetzel Co., WV, Paden Memorial Gardens

Higginbotham, Sarah Abigail, 1948, Wileyville, Wetzel Co., WV, Kirkland Cemetery

Higginbotham, Silas Byron, 14 Apr 1949, Big Run, Wetzel Co., WV, Big Run Cemetery

Higginbotham, Thomas Winifred, 7 Aug 1949, Wetzel Co., WV, Higginbotham Cemetery

Higginbotham, William, abt 1832, Burchfield, Wetzel Co., WV, Higginbotham Cemetery

Higginbotham, William, 20 Sep 1840, Mobley, Wetzel Co., WV, Burchfield Cemetery

Dick Henthorn
13 November 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Watson, Clarence Mitchum

Clarence Mitchum Watson

PARENTS: James Riley Watson and Zillah Mae Schooler

BIRTH: Abt. 18 Mar 1891, Mount Ephraim, Noble Co., OH
DEATH: 9 Mar 1953, New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas Co., OH
BURIAL: 12 Mar 1953, New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas Co., OH, Evergreen Cemetery

Problem:  Was the date of birth: 18 Mar 1891 or 18 Feb 1892?

OCCUPATION: RR Fireman; Taxi Driver; Lockport Hatchery; farmer

RELATIONSHIP: Clarence Mitchum Watson and Cleo Ethel Watson were 3rd cousins. Their common ancestor was Jacob Yoho.

DIVORCE: The marriage of Clarence Mitchum Watson and Audrey Mae Burgess ended in divorce.

CEMETERY: Evergreen Burial Park, New Philadelphia, OH

NEW PHILADELPHIA, [OH] -- Clarence M. Watson, 61, founder and general manager of the Lockport Hatchery here,  died at 5 P.M. Monday at the Torgler Nursing Home after six months illness.

He leaves his widow, four sons, James, Robert, Walter, and Richard, of this place; two daughters, Mrs. Paul Watkins, New Philadelphia and Mrs. Phillip Mardis, Newcomerstown; his mother, Mrs. I.V. Wilson, Byesville; two sisters, Mrs. Don Snider, Uhrichsville and Mrs. Vivan Hutton, Atlanta, Ga.; one half-sister, Mrs. Emma Donahue, Akron. Mr. Watson was twice married.

The body has been removed to the Evans Funeral Home where services will be conducted Thursday at 2 P.M. by Elder John D. Carlile. Burial will be made in Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday evening after 7 o'clock and on Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M.
(Source: Tuesday, 10 March 1953, Cambridge Jeffersonian, Cambridge, OH - furnished by Terry Willis)

RECOLLECTIONS: Watson Bros. Construction, Inc.
In the early sixty's three brothers had that same burning desire to be in business for themselves just as their father, Clarence Watson, experienced in the late thirty's.  Robert, Walk and Dick Watson were hanging aluminum siding for a firm in Canton when Dick, who had carpentry experience, decided to build an Albee Home.  Albee was a company which sold pre-cut homes.  Upon completion it was agreed that they would be involved in the construction of the Albee homes sold in the immediate area.  During 1961 they completed two more Albees. In between homes they were involved in home construction related work.

In 1962 they began building homes at various locations on their own.  During this time they were also building a reputation for quality work.  In 1962 they purchased 7.43 acres of land from Herman Prysi located on the south side of New Philadelphia, OH. The amount of $52,600 was borrowed to cover the cost of land (Approx. $12,500) and development of streets, sewer and water lines.  The land transfer was recorded 29 Dec 1962, Volume 419, page 653, at the Tuscarawas County Courthouse.

It was at this time that the company, "Watson Bros. Construction, Inc. was formed.  Dick became president of the company, while Walt assumed the role of vice-president and Robert secretary.

During the course of construction of these homes, in collaboration with the Ohio Power Co., it soon developed into an all electric development.  The homes were known as Gold Medallion homes.

As development of the site was moving to completion (23 homes) efforts were being made to obtain more land.  As luck would have it they were able to obtain an additional 86 1/2 acres located approximately a city block south of their original purchase.  The land was obtained from Lockie Prysi and her three daughters at a cost of $100,000.  The land transfer is recorded on page 879 of Vol. 439 located in the Tuscarawas county courthouse.

Again, in conjunction with the Ohio Power Co., homes were to be all electric homes with all utilities to be installed underground.  It is believed that this was the first complete underground service development in the state of Ohio. It gained recognition through an electric ad in a national publication.  The allotment would contain 360+ homes with a recreation area in the center consisting of tennis courts, a swimming pool and green space for outdoor activities.

The home construction business was proceeding along smoothly with the first parcel of 20.2 acres being annexed to the city on 14 Apr 1975.  But as luck would have it interest rates began a slow climb and over a period of years continued to rise until it became prohibitive for the ordinary person to borrow money to purchase a new home.  Because of extremely high interest rates (nobody was purchasing new homes) the brothers in the early 1980's were forced to give up the project before its completion.

In only a few short years interest rates returned to a more normal level and homes again began to spring up and eventually (although not all electric) all lots were filled and the dream completed.  Watson Bros. were the forerunners of the many housing developments that have sprung up throughout the city and especially on the south side of New Philadelphia.
(Source: "Watson's Choice," Vol. 10, Issue 1, May 2004, p. 1-3)
12 November 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Henthorn, Clinton Riggs

Clinton Riggs Henthorn

PARENTS: Eli Thaddeus Henthorn and Helen Jane Riggs

BIRTH: 8 Apr 1907, Tyler Co., WV
DEATH: 26 Sep 1974, Weirton, Hancock Co., WV
BURIAL: 29 Sep 1974, Alma, Tyler Co., WV, Beechwood Cemetery

SS Death Index: b. 6 Apr 1907, issued: OH; d. Sep 1974, death res: Weirton, Brooke, WV or  Weirton, Hancock, WV; SSN: 275-18-2481

Clinton Riggs Henthorn, 67, of 138 Clara St., Weirton, [WV], died Thursday, [Sept. 26, 1974] at Weirton General Hospital.  He was born on 6 Apr 1907.  He was a Methodist by faith and a retired employee of the Weirton Steel Co.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Pearl Ash Henthorn, one daughter, Mrs. James M. (Patsy) Saffel of Weirton; one son, Carl R. of Allegan, Mich.; one brother, Frederick of Newell, W.Va.; two sisters, Mrs. Georgia Estlack of New Martinsville and Mrs. Frank (Mary) Ash of Joseph Mills, W.Va.

Friends received at the Steel and Wolfe Funeral Home, Penco Road, Weirton, 7-9 p.m. Friday and 1-3 Saturday.  The body will be taken to the Furbee Funeral Home, Alma W.Va. where friends will be received Saturday at 7 p.m., where services will be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m.  Interment in Beechwood Cemetery, Alma, W.Va.  The Middlebourne Lodge AF & AM will conduct Masonic graveside services.
(Source: undated clipping - furnished by Elizabeth Mullett)

Dick Henthorn
11 November 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Henthorn, Nancy Ellen (Ables)

Nancy Ellen (Ables) Henthorn

FATHER: John Ables

BIRTH: 12 Aug 1838, Guernsey Co., OH
DEATH: 15 Feb 1913, Norton, Norton Co., KS
BURIAL: 17 Feb 1913, Norton, Norton Co., KS, Norton Cemetery

One person reported that Nancy Ables was from Norton, Arkansas, it is possible that she was from Norton, KS since that is where it is reported that her husband, James, died.  (Note:  Subsequent information from Chrissie Drommer confirmed that she lived in Norton, KS.)

OBITUARY: Nancy Ellen Ables [Henthorn] was born, August 12, 1838 in Guernsey County, Ohio and moved with her parents when about four years old to Washington County, Pennsylvania. She was married on August 23, 1857 to James Henthorn of Washington County, Ohio.  To this union ten children were born, seven of whom are still living: John W. of Blue Springs, Nebraska; W.D. of Estacada, Oregon; J.M. of Easton, PA; I.P. of Coyle, Oklahoma; and Pemma J. Ooton, Mary Thea Hubbard, and Jettie May Drommer, all of Norton, Kansas.  All were present at the [death] of their mother except, J.M., of Easton, Penn.

In 1885, the family moved from Butler County, Iowa to Norton County, Kansas locating 7 1/2 miles northeast of Norton in Emmett township, where they continued to live until 1905, when they sold the farm and moved to Norton.

Mrs. Henthorn died at the home in this city on, Feb. 15, 1913, aged 74 years, 6 months, and 3 days.

Besides the children named she leaves a husband, one brother, and one sister, both living in Ohio, 29 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

She became a Christian at the age of 12 or 13 years, and has always lived a Christian life.

For years Mr. and Mrs. Henthorn were faithful in trying to build up the work at Highland school house, and since coming to Norton they have been in constant attendance and service in the church as long as their health permitted.

We lay her away firm in the faith and assurance of a resurrection unto eternal life through Christ our Lord.

Richard E. Henthorn
7 November 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Goddard, Friend William

Friend William Goddard

PARENTS: John Will Goddard and Amanda Belle Cozart

BIRTH: 8 Apr 1884, West Virginia
DEATH:  4 Dec 1942
BURIAL: Dec 1942, Newdale, Wetzel Co., WV, Goddard Cemetery

Census: 1910, in Wetzel Co., WV, Proctor Dist., #198-201
    Frances Goddard, 22, m1, 2 years, WV WV WV, farm laborer
    Lizzie, 19, m1, 1/0, WV WV WV
    Friend Goddard, brother, 25, m1, 1 year, WV WV WV, farm laborer
    Celia, sil, 25, m1, 1/1, WV WV WV
    Clyde, nephew, 8/12, WV WV WV

QUESTION: The 1910 census shows Friend Goddard married to Celia.  Others have listed his wife as Harriet Ann Hafer.  Was he married twice?

Friend William Goddard, of Proctor, was born April 8, 1884 and departed this life, December 4, 1942, at the age of 58 years, 7 months, and 29 days.  He had been in poor health for several years.

He became a member of the Christian Church, sixteen years ago.

He was united in marriage to Cecelia Hafer on June 13, 1909 and to their union four children were born:  Clarence Melvin Goddard, of Mingo Junction, Ohio; Lawrence Bernard Goddard, of Proctor; one daughter, Golda Mae Cecil, of Proctor.  One son preceded him in death.  Also surviving are four brothers: Clarence Goddard, of Jacksonburg; Francis Goddard, of American Ridge; Russel Goddard of Proctor; Johnnie Goddard, of Martins Ferry, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. John Smith of Clarington, O.; Mrs. Homer Kocher, of Bridgeport, O.; nine grandchildren, one foster daughter, Bernice Kirk, and a host of more distant relatives and many friends.

He was laid to rest in the Goddard Cemetery.
[Hand dated, Dec 1942]
(Source: Wetzel County, WV Obituaries, Volume IV, 1994, p. 30, published by Wetzel County Genealogical Society - furnished by Darlene Bacon)

Dick Henthorn
4 November 2014