Doddridge County Roots

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201 "Doddridge County WV Deaths" reports date of death as Mar 24 1958. RUPPERT, Roy Franklin (I20087)
 
202 "Doddridge County WV Deaths" reports death date as Sep 15 1941. ADAMS, Marshal Luther (I21054)
 
203 "Dr. McGovern was a young man of scholarly attainments and of a very wide experience in life. In his youth, he was graduated from the Classical High School of Providence, R.I. He then attended Andover Academy one year and the Harvard Dental College two years prior to entering the Georgetown Medical School, from which he was graduated in 1911. Following his graduation, he took a Post Graduate course in Surgery at St. Francis Hospital, Jersey City, N.J. -- He was then sent to Alaska by the Government to take charge of a post, and remained in the great North country for two years. Returning to the States, he locatd in West Virginia, and practices medicine in Smithburg and West Union in this county." [Obit] MCGOVERN, Edward Joseph Jr. (I123064)
 
204 "During the war, Mr. Roach sowed their wheat and took care of the families of his neighbors who were prisoners at Camp Chase."
[obit] 
ROACH, George Lewis (I41031)
 
205 "During the world war, he tendered his services to his country, enlisted in the Medical Corps, and was Ship Surgeon on the Lusitania, then in transport service. In this capacity he made two trips, over and back, and was then transferred to the Receiving Station at Newport News, Va. It was on the next, the third trip that the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine." [Obit] MCGOVERN, Edward Joseph Jr. (I123064)
 
206 "Early in his working career, he had the opportunity to drive the first school bus used at Harrisville High School in 1933 and he was employed by the Ritchie County School System as a school bus driver and rose to the position of superintendent of transportation, where he served for 24 years. He also served as supervisor of the Ritchie County highway system for the West Virginia Department of Highways during Cecil H. Underwood's first term as governor and also worked for the Department of Highways during the administration of Arch Moore. He was later employed by Robinson Motors of Harrisville as a salesman." BURNS, Carlton Haden "Budge" (I29836)
 
207 "Everly Husk was a sturdy mountain man, who was known to shed his shoes come early spring and 'break-in' his feet going barefoot. His voice could often be heard echoing in the holler, singing hymns as he walked out to work or to go the store at Hur." He moved his family from Calhoun Co, WV, "to Washington County, Ohio in the 1950s to seek a better life." HUSK, John Everly (I791)
 
208 "FLEGG, THOMAS, of Watertown, came as a servant to Richard Carver, from Scratly, in the hundred of East Flegg, Norfolkshire, a place a few miles north of Yarmouth, where they embarked 1637, aged 21, wife Mary."

"THOMAS FLAGG settled in Watertown as early as 1641 and was probably the ancestor of all families bearing that name in this country. He was selectman in 1671, 1674, 1675, 1676 and 1678. He lost his left eye by a gunshot accident previous to 1659, and died Feb 6 1697-8. His will was dated March 5, 1696-7. His wife Mary was born 1619. Her will dated Dec. 30, 1702, and probatged April 21, 1703. ...
"Thomas Flagg continued to be selectman, 1681, 1685 and 1687. He was released from training by paying 5c per annum. His will, proved Feb. 16, 1697-8, mentions only a part of his children, viz: Sons -- Thomas, Michael, Allen and Benjamin, and daughter Rebecca Cook. The will of his widow Mary, dated Dec. 30, 1702, mentions only a part of her children, viz: Mary Bigelow, Elizabeth Bigelow, Rebecca Cook, and son Benjamin."

"In the early account of the town, the name is written for eighty years or more, Flegg."

SOURCE: "A Genealogy of Families Bearing the Name Cooke, or Cook; principally in Massachusetts and Connecticut, 1665-1882" by James Cook, 1882. Digitized by Ancestry.com as part of "North America Family Histories, 1500-2000 [database on-line]." 
FLAGG, Thomas (I123695)
 
209 "Frederick Husk (or Hust) apparently settled near the mouth of Dolls Run [in what is now the north central part of West Virginia]. In some old deeds, that stream is called Hust's Run, but the family long ago passed out of the community, and even the name applied to the stream did not stick. The last property passed out of the hands of the family on June 6, 1846, when Elizabeth Husk, widow of Samuel Husk, and the other heirs, Frederick Husk and Nancy his wife, Isaac Husk and Jane his wife, George Britton and Mary his wife, Samuel Husk and Dorcas his wife, Horatio Britton and Elizabeth his wife, transferred 100 acres to Solomon Bowers." ["Chronicles of Core," 3rd Edition, by Earl L. Core, McClain Printing Company, Parsons, WV, 1975, p. 35]

A handwritten copy of a land grant, which is to Frederick Husk, October 9, 1781:
"The Commissioners for Adjusting the Claims to Unpatented Lands and the Corporation of Monongalia, Yohagania of Ohio:
We hereby certify that Frederick Husk is entitled to two hundred acres of land in Monongalia County on Dunkards' Creek adjoining lands claimed by Michal Core to include is improvements made in the year 1770.
Given under our hands this 6th day of March in the 6th Year of the Commonwealth.
John Evans James Neal Charles Martin William Haymond Simon Troy
This certificate cannot be entered with the surveyor after the 26th day of October 1791.
Attested: John Hayle. Entered 9 October 1781."
[The Monongalia Story, Vol I, by Earl L. Core, McClain Printing Co, pp. 57, 159]

On Mar 14 1796, Frederick Husk was a member of the jury of inquest (the first meeting of the court after the records were burned that year). [The Monongalia Story, Vol. II, p. 256]

This is a genealogy of the descendants of this Frederick Husk (or Hust, or Hurst), with particular emphasis on those branches of the family tree closest to the principal compilers, Samuel David Gaston and Geneva Gaston Brown. The information presented here was obtained from countless sources over many years of research. Wherever possible, the original source is documented, but the reader can rest assured that even when a source is not specified, the compilers were highly confident of the accuracy of the information before including it in this collection.

Though not proven, the following Husk family is probably connected to the Husk lineage which is the focus of this genealogy. They are more fully described at http://www.doddridgecountyroots.com/bk6html/f20121.html :
1. Isaac Husk, b. ca 1838 in Pennsylvania, 1850 & 1860 Census in Monongalia Co, 1870 & 1880 Census in Washington Co Pa.
m. Elizabeth Johnson, b. ca 1837 in Pa.
m. Louisa Wharton
Children by first wife:
2. William Johnson Husk, b. 1859 in Monongalia Co, (W)Va.
m. Ida Roberta McIntyre in 1885 in Tyler Co WVa, b. 1867 in Tyler Co, d. 1936 in Tyler Co.
They had 12 children: Ethel Leora, Nancy Louisa, William Luther, Edgar Leo, Dwight Lovell, Amma Lotus, Dewey Liston, Hazel L, Herbert Leslie, Omer Russel, Virginia Pearl, Chloe Frances.
If any reader of this genealogy knows how this Husk family is connected to our primary Husk lineage, please let us know.

Despite extensive research in more recent years, nothing about the ancestors of the elder Frederick Husk (or Hust, or Hurst) has been discovered. Information on the earliest of his descendants has also been very hard to come by. However, this genealogy is, and always will be, a work in progress, and additional information regarding the early generations, as well as the current one, will be added as it becomes known. In that vein, readers of this collection are invited to inform us of any errors or additional information for future updates. [Samuel David Gaston (1934-2012) & Geneva Gaston Brown (1926-2001), principal compilers; R. L. Brown, editor] 
HUSK, Frederick (I1065)
 
210 "Gaston, Arthur Lee, attorney: born at Chester, SC August 14, 1876; son of T.C. and Adelaide (Lee) Gaston; attended Davidson College, NC, University of Va., Charlottesville, VA; A.B. degree from Davidson College; lieutenant-colonel Gov., R.I Manning's staff four years; member S.C. House of Representatives six years; delegate to Democratic National Convention at San Francisco, 1920; engaged in active law practice in State and Federal Courts, representing interests in cotton mills, banks and industrial companies; at present director of Baldwin Cotton Mill, Commercial Bank (Chester, SC) and Chester Building and Loan Assn.: first Lieutenant Co. D., 1st S.C. Volunteer Inf., Spanish American War, served as chairman local board and as field chairman of district for Liberty Loan campaigns in State during World War; married Virginia Aiken (deceased), Greenwood, SC; next Elizabeth Byrd Smith, August, GA; member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Home is Chester SC."
[Who's Who in South Carolina - A dictionary of Contemporaries containing biographical notices of eminent men of South Carolina - Geddings Hardy Crawford, Editor, 1921] 
GASTON, Arthur Lee (I49166)
 
211 "Gaston, Arthur Lee, attorney: born at Chester, SC August 14, 1876; son of T.C. and Adelaide (Lee) Gaston; attended Davidson College, NC, University of Va., Charlottesville, VA; A.B. degree from Davidson College; lieutenant-colonel Gov., R.I Manning's staff four years; member S.C. House of Representatives six years; delegate to Democratic National Convention at San Francisco, 1920; engaged in active law practice in State and Federal Courts, representing interests in cotton mills, banks and industrial companies; at present director of Baldwin Cotton Mill, Commercial Bank (Chester, SC) and Chester Building and Loan Assn.: first Lieutenant Co. D., 1st S.C. Volunteer Inf., Spanish American War, served as chairman local board and as field chairman of district for Liberty Loan campaigns in State during World War; married Virginia Aiken (deceased), Greenwood, SC; next Elizabeth Byrd Smith, August, GA; member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Home is Chester SC."
[Who's Who in South Carolina - A dictionary of Contemporaries containing biographical notices of eminent men of South Carolina - Geddings Hardy Crawford, Editor, 1921] 
GASTON, Arthur Lee (I49166)
 
212 "GASTON, Athelston, representative, was born in Castile, N.Y., April 24, 1838; son of Edmund W. and Phylinda (Bristol) Gaston; grandson of Ebenezer Gaston; great-grandson of David Gaston, both born at old Stockbridge, Mass., and a descendant of Dr. Alexander Gaston who was born in Ireland in 1714. The family originally emigrated from France to Ireland during the Huguenot persecutions. At the age of sixteen he removed to Pennsylvania, where he received a common school education and then engaged in farming until 1873, when he became a manufacturer and dealer in lumber. He was mayor of Meadville, Pa., in 1891, and again in 1892-95. He was president of the Cassadaga Lake Free association at Lily Dale, N.Y., 1888-99. He was a Democratic representative from the 26th Pennsylvania district in the 56th congress, 1899-1901, having also the endorsement of the People's party." [The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IV]  GASTON, Athelston (I9448)
 
213 "Genealogy of Phipps Family" gives death date as Jun 28 1939, and "Hileman Genealogy" reports death as occurring on June 31 [sic] 1939 in Wetzel County. But her obituary, dated Jun 30 1939, states that she "died this morning" as "a patient in a Clarksburg hospital," which also corresponds with her death record. Her obituary and death record incorrectly identifiy her mother as Juliet Nutter, rather than Juliet Hart. HILEMAN, Anna Gay (I24460)
 
214 "Genealogy of Phipps Family" reports birthdate as Jan 17 1907, while "Hileman Genealogy" states it as Jan 17 1908. But his obituary and SSDI entry show it to be Jan 17 1909. CLOVIS, John Clark (I24467)
 
215 "Genealogy of Phipps Family" reports birthplace as Venango Co, PA, while "Hileman Genealogy" states Grove City, PA, which is in Mercer County. Both sources report birthdate as Feb 14 1929. HOFFMAN, Paul Earl (I27390)
 
216 "Genealogy of Phipps Family" reports marriage date as Aug 4 1929, while "Hileman Genealogy" states that the couple were married in 1937 or 1938. Family F9162
 
217 "Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families (1899)," p. 163, reports burial location of Abigail Cleveland and her husband John Adams as Morse Cemetery in Canterbury. CLEVELAND, Abigail (I72789)
 
218 "Gilmer County History 1845-1989," p. 54, gives marriage date as Apr 20 1855. Family F443
 
219 "Gilmer County Marriages" reports marriage date as Nov 14 1931. Family F191
 
220 "Gregory Cooke resided in Cambridgeville, now Newton, Mass. (south side of Charles River), in the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, 1775-90. He built and occupied a house at what is now known as Angier's Corner, Newton, Mass. His farm extended from there, along the Charles River, to Watertown bridge. The house was occupied by his descendants till the Revolution. He was a shoemaker. He wife was Mary ___, who died in August, 1681. He married, November 1781, a widow, Susanna Goodwin. Gregory Cooke died Jan. 1, 1690-1."

"Gregory Cook was a member of a coroner's jury in Watertown, June 15, 1674, and was selectman in 1678, 1679, 1681."

SOURCE: "A Genealogy of Families Bearing the Name Cooke, or Cook; principally in Massachusetts and Connecticut, 1665-1882" by James Cook, 1882. Digitized by Ancestry.com as part of "North America Family Histories, 1500-2000 [database on-line]." 
COOKE, Gregory (I123696)
 
221 "Harry F. McCroskey, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2004 after a brief bout with cancer. Born February 12, 1920 and was soon orphaned. He is preceded in death by his wives Catheleen McCroskey and Mary McCroskey." MCCROSKEY, Harry F. (I105267)
 
222 "He graduated from Glenville Normal Teachers College in 1904, studied in Cincinnati for ayear, then transferred to West Virginia University. He graduated from West Virginia University and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, in 1912. There were seven in his class.
"Dr. Cooper set up general practice at Webster Springs. Six months later he accepted the job as physician for the Pardee & Curtin Lumber Company in Leivasy, Nicholas County. In 1914 he set up an office in Troy, Gilmer County. In 1934 he moved to Glenville but later accepted a position as medical doctor at Weston State Hospital.
"During his tenure at Weston, he became interested in psychiatry. Se he went to Marion, Virginia, and studied under a prominent psychiatrist there. Upon completion of his studies, he went to Spencer State Hospital and later moved to Gallipolis, Ohio, and worked in the mental hospital there. Sometime later, Dr. Cooper moved back to Weston to work at Weston State Hospital. He and his family lived in a physician's apartment in themain building on the hospital grounds until he reached retirement age.
"After several years of retirement, Dr. Cooper was asked to come back to the hospital to continue working. As his sight was failing, he had a special secretary to help him until he finally retired in 1961, at the age of 82."
[Preface to "Memories of a Country Doctor," by E. R. Cooper, M.D., as told to Willa Jane Loftis, published in Goldenseal Magazine, Fall 2012, pp. 50-55] 
COOPER, Dr. Everett Roy (I23411)
 
223 "He graduated from Glenville Normal Teachers College in 1904, studied in Cincinnati for ayear, then transferred to West Virginia University. He graduated from West Virginia University and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, in 1912. There were seven in his class.
"Dr. Cooper set up general practice at Webster Springs. Six months later he accepted the job as physician for the Pardee & Curtin Lumber Company in Leivasy, Nicholas County. In 1914 he set up an office in Troy, Gilmer County. In 1934 he moved to Glenville but later accepted a position as medical doctor at Weston State Hospital.
"During his tenure at Weston, he became interested in psychiatry. Se he went to Marion, Virginia, and studied under a prominent psychiatrist there. Upon completion of his studies, he went to Spencer State Hospital and later moved to Gallipolis, Ohio, and worked in the mental hospital there. Sometime later, Dr. Cooper moved back to Weston to work at Weston State Hospital. He and his family lived in a physician's apartment in themain building on the hospital grounds until he reached retirement age.
"After several years of retirement, Dr. Cooper was asked to come back to the hospital to continue working. As his sight was failing, he had a special secretary to help him until he finally retired in 1961, at the age of 82."
[Preface to "Memories of a Country Doctor," by E. R. Cooper, M.D., as told to Willa Jane Loftis, published in Goldenseal Magazine, Fall 2012, pp. 50-55] 
COOPER, Dr. Everett Roy (I23411)
 
224 "He served in the Civil War from Sep 1, 1862, until the close of the war. He enlisted in the First Virginia Cavalry, and after serving eight months he was captured and put in Libby prison. He was later exchanged as a paroled prisoner of war. Afterward he enlisted as Sergeant in Company B, Twelfth Regiment, Maryland Volunteers, until Sept. 1864, and then he again enlisted as sergeant in Company F, Eleventh Regiment, Maryland Volunteer Infantry." [From his obituary. The stated 1862 enlistment date pertains to his Maryland service, not his West Virginia service, which records show began on Sep 5 1861.] ZAHN, William C. (I99764)
 
225 "He was a former Doddridge County school teacher and store keeper, and was formerly employed by Dave Corra, junk dealer in Pennsboro. He was also a farmer and nurseryman." PIERCE, Obidiah Wayne (I5160)
 
226 "He was a prominent farmer and a President and General Manager of the Pritchard Telephone Company, and at the time of his demise was a Director in said corporation. He spent ten years in the teaching profession in rural schools and also served on the District Board of Education. ... He was an energetic and unceasing laborer when able to perform his daily tasks, and was always ready to contribute to the needs of the unfortunates. His acts of kindness will be greatly missed in the community in which he lived, more so in the home, and later by the grandson which he adored so much." HICKMAN, William Jackson (I24529)
 
227 "He was the first minister of the Seventh Day Baptist Church, on Hughes River, and his ministry had a telling effect on the early history of this branch of the church, which was organized not long after his arrival. He was a strong advocate of co-education, having no sympathy, whatever, with the idea that was so prevalent at that period 'that woman was amply equipped for the battle of life if she coult only spell and read.' He taught that woman's influence was the potent factor in shaping the mind of the child, and that, thus, she was in need of the better education; and this teaching had an important bearing on his own family, as three of his daughters were among the early teachers of this vicinity." BEE, Asa II (I29564)
 
228 "He, curiously enough, seems to have married twice (1836 and 1849), both times to women named Elizabeth Hartley." ("A History of Marion County, WV") VINCENT, William Hanks (I10843)
 
229 "Hileman Genealogy" incorrectly reports death date as Aug 5 1978. HOFFMAN, John Earl (I24468)
 
230 "Hileman Genealogy" incorrectly reports death date as Dec 19 1967. HILEMAN, William McKinley (I6206)
 
231 "Hileman Genealogy" reports birth date as Jun 2 1892, and date on headstone is 1892. But death record states Jun 2 1891, as does her obituary. RICHMOND, Lucinda (I6196)
 
232 "Hileman Genealogy" reports death date as Jan 3 1960. Undated obituary clipping states only that he died on Saturday at age 82. The first Saturday in Jan 1960 fell on Jan 2. PHIPPS, Walter Cassidy (I24461)
 
233 "His name first appears on the Woodbury Records in a deed given to him Jan 22 1742-43; he settled near the present line of Woodbury and Southbury. In 1760 he built in the North Purchase, so-called, or Bethlehem Society, and removed there Oct 1 1760." KASSON, James (I38975)
 
234 "His name first appears on the Woodbury Records in a deed given to him Jan 22 1742-43; he settled near the present line of Woodbury and Southbury. In 1760 he built in the North Purchase, so-called, or Bethlehem Society, and removed there Oct 1 1760." KASSON, James (I38975)
 
235 "History of Doddridge County," p. 119, incorrectly reports marriage date as Jun 21 1913. Family F31029
 
236 "History of Doddridge County," p. 154, gives marriage date as Sep 25 1857. This is incorrect. Marriage records show they were married on Jun 18 1885. Martha Leggett's birthdate was Sep 26 1857. Family F2203
 
237 "History of Doddridge County," p. 177, states birthplace as Germany. But census records show it as Ohio. FOX, Ambrose (I31396)
 
238 "History of Doddridge County," p. 208, states that John George Michael (1883-1967) was proprietor of the Columbian Hotel, dates not specified.
A May 28 1942 news article in the "West Union Herald" refers to "The late Clarence Reed, who was proprietor of the Columbia Hotel in West Union." Clarence Reed's 1938 death certificate lists his occupation as "hotel proprietor."
Other documented sources, however, indicate that the preeminent proprietor was Mary India (Ripley) (Cheuvront) Ash, who was previously associated with the Grant Hotel, owned by her first husband, Joseph Cheuvront. Her occupation in the 1900 Census was listed as "hotel keeper." A January 1946 article in the "West Union Herald," reminiscing about by-gone days in West Union, referred to "the Columbian Hotel and Aunt India Ash."

From a Special Edition issue of the "West Union Record," Friday, March 18, 1898, highlighting the prominent businesses and citizens of Doddridge County:
COLUMBIAN HOTEL
Mrs. M. I. Ash, Proprietress
Throughout the length and breadth of the land, a no more deservedly popular hostelry can be found than the Columbian Hotel, of West Union. It is easy of access to the railroad depot and business houses, yet far enough away from each to be refreshingly homelike. Under the management of Mrs. Ash, who purchased the property and remodeled it in 1893, the house's success has been rapid and lasting. The hotel building is one of the town's handsomest structures, being two stories in height and having all the modern conveniences known to the business. In contains nineteen rooms, all of which are lighted and heated by natural gas. The service is at all times perfect and the cuisine is of the best. Mrs. Ash was born and reared in Doddridge County and has been engaged in the hotel business in West Union for nineteen years, having formerly been the hostess of the Grant House of this town. In addition to the hotel property, she owns several other properties in this section. Mrs. Ash enjoys a wide acquaintanceship among the traveling public, with whom she and her house are always favorites. It is to her efficient management that the present prosperity of the Columbian Hotel is due. Not only does the Columbian Hotel receive a liberal patronage from the traveling public, but it is the home of a number of the town's best citizens. Mrs. Ash's husband, Henry Ash, is an ex-sheriff and clerk of Doddridge County, and owns and operates the town's gas plant, being as well interested in the oil fields of this section.
Having been in public life for so many years and being possessed of a competency, Mrs. Ash desires to lease this desirable hotel property and invites correspondence on part of parties seeking a paying hotel.

1900 Census, Doddridge Co, WV (Town of West Union), enumerated on June 4 1900, street not specified:
Henry Ash, 46, b. Oct 1853, oil producer, married 5 yrs; wife Mary I. Ash, 46, b. May 1854, hotel keeper, married 5 yrs, no children; orphan Edna Winsted, 5, b. Jan 1895 in WVa. The enumeration lists three servants and numerous boarders.

1910 Census, Doddridge Co, WV (Town of West Union), enumerated on Apr 20 1910, street not specified:
Henry Ash, 56, hotel proprietor, married 15 yrs; wife Mary I. Ash, 55, no occupation, married 15 years, no children; adopted daughter Edna R. Ash, 15; servant Marshall E. Stout, white male, 50, b. W.Va., occupation hotel clerk, single; servant P. Lewis Thomas, black male, 50, b. Va., common laborer, single. There were also two out-of-state "roomers." (NOTE: Peter Lewis Thomas was a long-time porter at both the Columbian Hotel and the Grant House. Born in Virginia, he came to West Virginia after the death of his master. He died in West Union on Oct 10 1915.)

Doddridge County court records show that at the time of her death in 1917, Mary India Ripley Ash owned real estate valued at $24,700 and had personal property valued at $15,146.66. Among her personal property were four trunks of sundry items in her attic. Records show that the Columbian Hotel had a bowling alley.

The property occupied by the Columbian Hotel in West Union was once the location of a school building. Headmaster of the school in 1884, 1885 and 1886 was Charles C. Showalter, who later settled in Parkersburg and became the State Commander of the Knights of the Maccabees.

Excerpt from an article in the series "Mostly About Ourselves," by Alton Childers, "West Union Herald Record," Aug 1 1989, in which Silas P. Smith is quoted reminiscing about West Union as it was when he first published the "West Union Record" in March 1886:
"... The crowd of men attending court were taken care of by two hotels, the U.S. Hotel and the Grant House. J. H. Thorndell was proprietor of the U.S. Hotel and Joseph Cheuvront of the Grant House. ... At that time, West Union had one two-room school house located where the Columbian hotel now stands. In fact, the school house forms part of the present hotel building which was completed by Mrs. M. I. Ash about 1893, the year of the Columbian Exposition of Chicago. It was this year that Columbian street was widened, having been only an alley up to that time."

Excerpt from news article regarding the retirement of the Columbian Hotel's then-proprietor Andrew J. Cain, West Union Herald, July 4, 1918:
"Mr. Cain has been the landlord of this well known hostelry for about three years.
"This hotel was established by the late Mrs. Mary I. Ash about the year 1892, she having purchased the school building and remodeled it and afterwards moving the old building back and building a front to it, about the year 1898, since which time it has been the leading hotel of the county.
"Henry Ash, the owner, has now taken charge of the property and will refit it and run it, at present, for rooming purposes, but will not furnish meals to its patrons. After a while he expects to run a dining room in connection with the business. Mrs. Benninger is now keeping the only hotel in town near the depot."

Local news items, "West Union Record," Friday, Jun 15 1900, in their entirety:
"Go to the Columbian hotel for your Sunday dinner; it's fine."
"The Columbian hotel is up to date and its table is of the very best. Its culinary department is in the hands of a skilled cook from Parkersburg, who is capable of suiting the tastes of even the most fastidious. When you come to West Union do not fail to stop at the Columbian. A good meal for 24 cents."

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad "Resorts and Springs" guide book, Summer 1905, contains the following entry in the section labeled "Hotels and Boarding Houses on Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (Lines East)"
Location: West Union, W.Va.
Name of House: Columbian Hotel
Capacity: 50
Rates of Board: $1.00 per day, $5.00 per week, $18.00 per month
Distance from Station: 200 yards
Proprietor or Manager: M. I. Ash

Front page article in "West Union Herald," Thursday, Dec 7 1905, reported the visit to West Union of Iowa Senator Jonathan P. Dolliver, who twice ran unsuccessfully for the office of Vice President. His two-hour speech, delivered at the Silas P. Smith Opera House, was well-attended. Afterward, "Senator Dolliver was entertained at the Columbian Hotel by Atty. W. S. Stuart, County Clerk U. G. Summers, W. G. Hammond and R. K. Enlow until 3 o'clock Sunday morning when he took the fast train for Washington to be present at the beginning of congress."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, January 4, 1906, in its entirety:
"Mrs. M. I. Ash, proprietress of the New Columbian Hotel, went to Wheeling December 18th to attend the convention of the West Virginia Hotel Association. She is one of its three lady member. Mrs. Ash, however, was the only lady in attendance. Mrs. Ash informs us that they were shown a royal time by the city of Wheeling, an excellent banquet being given in their honor. A resolution was adopted by the association in favor of placing hotel clerks under (unreadable). The association has 50 members."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, January 4, 1906, in its entirety:
"Mrs. Owens, of Burning Springs, Wirt County, is the guest of her son, Channing Owens, the efficient clerk of the New Columbian."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Dec 7 1911:
"E. C. Ash, of Canton, was registered at the New Columbian Saturday."
"C. A. Darnler, of Cameron, was registered at the New Columbian last Saturday."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, June 19 1913, in its entirety:
"Mrs. M. I. Ash is building a fine approach to her residence property adjoining the Grant House. The improvements being made on Court Street certainly have added much to this section of the city."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Aug 28 1913, in its entirety:
"T. T. Flesher, a business man of Parkersburg, was registered at the Columbian last week."

On March 2, 1914, the wedding of George A. Hinkle and Ellen Louise McIntire was held at the Columbian Hotel.

On July 27, 1914, the wedding of William H. B. Enright and Ora A. Benninger was held at the Columbian Hotel.

Local news item in the "West Union Record," Friday, Oct 2 1914:
"Joseph McKinney, who has been so very ill at his home on Rock Run, is now much improved, and his daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Hyde, has returned to the Columbian hotel. Mr. Mckinney is now about eighty-five years of age."

Local news item, "West Union Record," Friday, October 9, 1914:
"DR. KEENER will be at the Columbian Hotel on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 13th and 14th, to fit glasses just right."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, October 15, 1914:
"W. H. Ball, a business man of Huntington, was registered at the Columbian Saturday."

Local news item, West Union Record, Friday, October 16, 1914:
"Vance Gaskins, who has been clerk at the Columbian hotel for some length of time, returned to home at Canton on Thursday, and A. E. Strickling has taken his place."
(Note: Albert Strickling was the brother-in-law of Mary India Ripley Cheuvront, proprietor of the Columbian Hotel.)

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, October 22, 1914:
"L. J. Lilly of Parkersburg was registered at the Columbian last Thursday."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Oct 29, 1914:
"T. L. Nutter and Isaac Davis, Salem, were registered at the Columbian recently."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Nov 14, 1914:
"Clyde Dotson of Greenwood was a guest of the Columbian last Saturday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Nov 26, 1914:
"S. Lee Allen and Gus Ash of McClellan District were guests of the Columbian Thursday."
"L. A. Riggs of Pike was registered at the Columbian last Thursday."
"W. M. Summers of Clarksburg was registered at the Columbian last Thursday."

Advertisement among local news items, "West Union Record," Nov 27, 1914:
"J. W. HULL, Eye Specialist, at the Columbian Hotel, West Union, Dec. 1 and 2, 1914. Don't fail to see me for any eye trouble. I guarantee to fit correctly."

Local news item, "West Union Record," Friday, Jan 8 1915:
"G. E. Shahan and R. E. Britton were registered at the Columbian Sunday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Jan 14 1915:
"Earl O. Ford of Salem was registerd at the Columbian, Sunday."
"E. K. Dunham was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"C. H. Culbertson of Huntington was registerd at the Columbian Monday."

Local news item, "West Union Record," Friday, Feb 5 1915:
"A. H. Powell, C. B. Holiday and G. D. Peterson, of Clarksburg, were guests of the Columbian hotel here one day last week."

Advertisement in "West Union Herald," Thursday, Feb 11 1915, in part:
COMING -- DR. M. M. SPIGEL, OPTOMETRIST -- Will be at West Union, Columbian Hotel, Thursday and Friday, February 11th and 12th.
We take pleasure in announcing that we have engaged the services of Dr. Spigel, of New York, who will in the future visit your city regularly.

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Feb 18 1915:
"E. M. Ash, of Proctor, W. Va., was registered at the Columbian."
"W. A. Hinkle was a guest of the Columbian Hotel Saturday night."
"Harry Ford of Salem was registered at the Columbian Sunday."
"J. W. HULL EYE SPECIALIST - Columbian Hotel, Feb 23-24-1915, West Union.... adv."
"Mr C. A. Underwood, the secretary and treasurer of the J. B. Smith Store Co. at Shirley, was a guest at the Columbian Hotel Monday night."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, March 25 1915:
"Mr. and Mrs. John Wilcox were guests of the Columbian last Thursday."

Local news item, "Doddridge County Republican," Thursday, April 22 1915:
"MAXWELL AUTO CO. SELL TWO HUPPS
The Maxwell Auto Co. sold two Huppmobile Touring cars this week: one to Mrs. M. I. Ash and one to W. Bruce Maxwell of New Milton."

Local news item, "West Union Record," Thursday, May 13 1915:
"H. B. Odell, Frank Kennedy, C. V. Brown, C. D. Henrietta and W. H. Faulconer constituted an automobile party who stayed at the Columbian Saturday night. They were on their way from Fairmont to Portsmouth, Ohio."

Local news item, "West Union Record," Thursday, May 13 1915:
"'Rowdy' is gone. He is no more. After suffering a short time with appendicitis, he died a week ago. 'Rowdy' was well known and had a host of friends. Perhaps it would be just as well to remark that 'Rowdy' was a little poodle dog. The pet of Miss Edna Ash. He always boarded at the Columbian hotel, and the best of everything was his portion."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, June 10 1915:
"D. H. Harnish, a well-known businessman of Parkersburg, was registered at the Columbian Friday."

News item, "Doddridge County Republican," Thursday, June 17 1915:
"Columbian Hotel Changes Hands
Just as we go to press, the long talked of deal, whereby Mrs. M. I. Ash will retire temporarily at least from the active management of the Columbian Hotel, has been closed and Messrs. Gray and Keister of Clarksburg are the new landlords for a term of three years, with the privilege of five years, at a rental of $105 per month.
Mrs. M. I. Ash has been in the hotel business in West Union continuously for 36 years, and is one of the most widely known and eminently successful hotel women in West Virginia."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, June 17, 1915:
"The Columbian Hotel has been leased by Mr. J. W. Keister of Clarksburg at $105 a month for a number of years. The new landlord will take possession the first of next month. Mrs. Ash has been in public business for the past 36 years and is known far and near by the traveling public. By her good management, she has accumulated a comfortable amount of worldly goods and can live at her ease in her handsome new residence near the hotel.

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, June 17, 1915:
"John M. Underwood, of Shirley, was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"Ray Talbot, of Hurst, was a guest of the Columbian Saturday."
"H. K. Beardmore, G. C. Davis and L. H. Newcomer of Clarksburg were registered at the Columbian Saturday."

Local news item, "West Union Record," Thursday, June 17, 1915:
"Lyle H. Powell, H. K. Beardmore, G. C. Davis and L. H. Newcomer, of Clarksburg, were registered at the Columbian Sunday."

Local news item, "West Union Record," Thursday, June 24 1915:
"Columbian Hotel Is Leased to Clarksburg People
Gray and Keister, of Clarksburg, are the leasers of the Columbian hotel. Mrs. M. I. Ash owner will retire from the hotel business, for a time at least.
It is understood that the local hostelry has been leased for 3 years with a privilege of 5 years, at a rental of $105 per month."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, July 8 1915, in its entirety:
"George W. Gray, one of the genial proprietors of the Hotel Columbian, was a Clarksburg visitor Saturday."

News item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, July 8 1915, in its entirety:
"Mssrs. Keister & Gray took charge of the Columbian Hotel on the first. The retiring landlady Mrs. Ash made everything perfectly satisfactory in the transfer. The new landlords are sure hustlers and look after the business end and after the interest of their guests to see that they are comfortable and well satisfied. Mrs. Mary Finnegan, of Pennsboro, who is the new caterer, is sure a fine cook and has received many compliments from all the guests."

Local news item, "West Union Record," Thursday, July 22 1915, in its entirety:
"T. F. Kemper, T. B. Gilbert, John T. Williams and T. E. Trainer, of Salem, were guests of the Columbian last Friday.

Local news item, "West Union Record," Thursday, July 29 1915, in its entirety:
"G. E. Drummond, of Buckhannon, his wife, his mother, Mrs. Martha Drummond and Miss Virginia Varner, of Salem, were here in Wm. Drummond's touring car Saturday, and were guests of the Columbian Hotel. The Drummond family formerly resided on the James Ford farm at the Victory church on Buckeye Run."

Item in the "Doddridge County Republican," Thursday, July 22 1915, in part:
"Mr. Brent Gum and Miss Beulah Meek were united in marriage in the New Columbian Hotel parlor at one o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. S. A. Jesse of Harlin officiating."

Local news items, "West Union Record," Thursday, August 5 1915, in their entirety:
"W. F. McBride, Newt Sharp and A. B. Cain, three jolly drummers, were at the Columbian last Friday."
"Don Stoneking, H. P. Spencer, and E. S. Booher, of Blue, Tyler county, were guests of the Columbian last Friday."
"Sarah and A. C. Bode, of Blandville, were registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"A party consisting of S. S. Stanley and wife, G. S. Everly, O. P. Stonebraker, S. E. Howell and C. E. Clark representing the Chicago Portrait company, were guests of the Columbian Sunday night. They procured teams Monday morning and went to the country."

Newspaper wedding announcement of George W. Gray and Leora Swiger, "West Union Herald," Thursday, August 19 1915, reprinted from the "Clarksburg Telegram" of August 11 1915, in part:
"Mr. Gray is one of the new proprietors of the Columbian Hotel. He will quit the hotel business the first of next month and move to a farm with his bride at Dola, Harrison County, that he bargained for some time ago. This will give Mr. Keister full sway at the hotel, who will have Vance Gaskins to assist him in the office."

Local news items, "West Union Record," Thursday, August 26 1915, in their entirety:
""Doc" Riddle and wife, and I. Postlewait of Shirley, were guests of the Columbian Saturday."
"Misses Maggie and Aggie McMillan, of Alpha, were guests of the Columbian Monday."

Wedding announcement in the "Doddridge County Republican," Thursday, Sep 9, 1915, in part:
"The Columbian parlors was the scene of a pretty wedding Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 1st, when Mr. Lee Davisson of Beech Lick and Miss Flossie Cox of Coldwater were united in marriage, Rev. John D. Runkle, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating in his usual pleasant and impressive manner."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Sep 30 1915, in their entirety:
"William Phillips and P. E. Zook of Wheeling were registered at the Columbian recently."
"C. A. Richards, J. H. Powell, A. E. West and Pearl Randolph of Salem were registered at the Columbian last Thursday."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Sep 23 1915, in its entirety:
"Tom Tucker, W. C. Davies and Wm. Shanklin are giving the Columbian Hotel a fresh coat of paint."

Local news item, "West Union Record," Thursday, Sep 30 1915, in its entirety:
"The Columbian hotel has recently been improved by a coat of paint. A new sign has further improved the place."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Oct 7 1915, in their entirety:
"W. L. Worrell, of Parkersburg, was a guest of the Columbian recently."
"H. L. Morris, of Farmington, was registered at the Columbian last Thursday."
"Ledren G. Chapman and son Holt of Grove were guests of the Columbian Friday."
"Fred B. Sinsel, Guy S. Murphy and H. N. Sharpe were registered at the Columbian Friday."
"J. H. Crites and wife of Big Bend, Calhoun County, were registered at the Columbian Friday."
"W. H. Stuart, of Pennsboro, and J. W. Jollife, of Weston, were registered at the Columbian Hotel Sunday."
"Elwood Brils and James Ash of Salem were registered at the Columbian Sunday."
"L. O. Gallien, of New Milton, was registered at the Columbian Sunday."
"Dr. B. W. Peck and wife and Mrs. S. S. Spinks of Glenville were registered at the Columbian last week. We understand Dr. Peck intends locating in West Union where he will practice medicine."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Oct 28 1915, in their entirety:
"Sarah Bode of Blandville was a guest of the Columbian Friday."
"J. F. Gaskins of Canton was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"S. T. Keller, of Parkersburg, was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"Joseph Thomas of Waken was registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"Charles Jones, of Wilbur, and Hattie Ash of Camp were registerd at the Columbian Saturday."
"S. G. Thomas, I. L. Roberts, Clarence Allen and Smith Parish of Salem were registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"A. J. Riddle and wife of Pullman were guests of the Columbian Saturday. Mr. Riddle has been operating extensively in the timber business on Hughes River, South West District; he has purchased large tracts of timber on Toms Fork, New Milton District, and will proceed to manufacture it into staves and cross ties."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Nov 11 1915, in their entirety:
"Mrs. James Ash and Miss Blanche Ash, of Salem, were guests of the Columbian last Thursday."
"John Hinter, a prominent and successful young farmer of Leopold, was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"Ross Strosnider of Clarksburg was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"J. Baxter, W. R. Ross and H. M. Mason, business men of Clarksburg, were registered at the Columbian Friday."
"Charles Hedges of Littleton was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"Clarence Allen and Haymond Davis, of Salem, were registered at the Columbian Saturday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Nov 18 1915, in their entirety:
"H. M. Elder and Elzie Booker, of Blue, Tyler County, were registered at the Columbian last Thursday."
"F. H. Fauple, of Hurst, Lewis Co., was a guest of the Columbian last Thursday; he was formerly a prosperous farmer of Cove district."
"W. B. and J. W. Simpson of Weston were registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"M. I. Ash is building a nice five-room cottage on Cottage Street."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Nov 25 1915, in their entirety:
"E. J. Norman and G. E. Norman of Clarksburg were registered at the Columbian last week."
"Guy S. Murphy, of Louisville, Ky., was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"C. C. Keys, the music man of Salem, registered at the Columbian Friday."
"Elva Manear and Bert Backas, of Pennsboro, were registered at the Columbian Friday."
"A. E. West and C. L. Allen of Salem were registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"Simeon Yeater of Central was registered at the Columbian Saturday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Dec 2 1915, in their entirety:
"G. E. Shahan of Bristol was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"W. Bradford, the well-known traveling salesman, was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"O. C. Kerns and J. C. Wilson, business men of Parkersburg, were guests of the Columbian Friday."
"Clarence Allen, Charles Cottrill, and Fred Randolph, of Salem, were registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"O. W. Robinson and D. E. Moore of Clarksburg were registered at the Columbian Saturday."

Wedding announcement, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Dec 2 1915, in part:
"Oral Ford and Miss Pearl Ball, both of near Salem, were united in marriage, Thanksgiving eve, at the Columbian Hotel by the Rev. P. S. Strader of the U.B. Church."

Wedding announcement, "West Union Record," Thursday, Dec 2 1915, in its entirety:
FORD - BALL
Miss Pearl Ball and Orval Ford of near Salem were married here at the Columbian hotel Thursday evening about 5 o'clock. Rev. P. S. Strader officiated. The ceremony was witnessed by J. A. Finley and Miss Ford, as sister of the groom.

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Dec 9 1915, in their entirety:
"B. Pringle of Weston was registered at the Columbian Sunday."
"Pearl McGee and Roy McKittrick, of Marietta, were registered at the Columbian Sunday."
"Clarence Allen, Collie Clark and J. L. Ash, of Salem, were guests of the Columbian Sunday."
"W. A. Thompson, J. A. Queen and T. A. Bennington, of Parkersburg, were registered at the Columbian Hotel Monday."
"S. T. Keller and J. M. Bee, business men of Parkersburg, were registered at the Columbian Hotel Saturday."
"W. W. Hooker, of Buckhannon, was registered at the Columbian Monday."

Local news items, "Doddridge County Republican," Thursday, Dec 16 1915, in their entirety:
"Lewis A. Henderson of Blue Stone registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"Bill Burkhart and Ed Burkhart of Pennsboro registered at the Columbian Saturday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Dec 16 1915, in their entirety:
"J. W. Fallen, of Springfield, O., was registered at the Columbian Monday."
"B. H. Hall, of Harrisville, was a guest of the Columbian Wednesday."
"C. B. Holliday and G. D. Peterson, two popular and genial traveling men of Clarksburg, were at the Columbian Tuesday night."
"R. Harmel of Salem was a recent guest of the Columbian."
"S. L. Weekly of Cairo was a Columbian guest Thursday."
"Bert Longstreth and Wilson Stull of Deep Valley were registered at the Columbian Thursday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Dec 23 1915, in their entirety:
"J. E. Maxwell of Clarksburg was registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"E. H. White, C. H. Marsh, and B. Katz of Parkersburg were registered at the Columbian last week."
"John N. Hodgson of Pittsburgh was a recent arrival at the Columbian."
"A. N. Kester of Weston was registered at the Columbian last Thursday."
"S. M. Cunningham, J. O. Jones, Bert Bradford, and Newt Sharp of Pennsboro were guests of the Columbian Hotel Friday. They are all nice fellows and West Union always has the latch string out for them."

Local news item, "Doddridge County Republican," Thursday, Dec 30 1915, in its entirety:
"J. W. Keister, the popular proprietor of the Columbian Hotel, went to Clarksburg Monday evening and to Charleston on Tuesday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Jan 20 1916, in their entirety:
"J. S. Jones of Weston was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"S. A. Mason, Arden West, C. A. Richards and L. E. Monroed of Salem were registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"Mrs. R. A. Smith, of Toll Gate, was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"F. C. Jones of Pennsboro was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"John Grimes, a business man of Ravenswood, was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"J. B. McClintock, of Clarksburg, was registerd at the Columbian Friday."
"John W. Gamsjager, of Salem, was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"J. T. Keller of Parkersbug was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"L. H. Zinn, of Central, was registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"James B. Fox was registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"O. S. Gary and Clyde Dotson, of Greenwood, were registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"Clarence Allen of Salem was registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"A. W. Markes and A. McFadden of Pennsboro were registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"C. H. Ross, of Parkersburg, was registered at the Columbian Sunday."
"Roy and W. W. McCune, of Grafton, were registered at the Columbian Monday."
"E. C. Murphy and Homer Swiger, of Salem, were registered at the Columbian Monday."
"S. W. Alexander, a business man of Sistersville, was registered at the Columbian recently."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Feb 3 1916, in their entirety:
"J. L. Allen of Lima, Tyler County, was a guest of the Columbian last week."
"J. F. Severine, of St. Clara, was registered at the Columbian last week."
"C. G. Lewis of Parkersburg was registered at the Columbian recently."
"J. G. Young of Pennsboro was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"C. E. Miller of Grafton was registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"T. B. Gilber of Salem, represenative of the Natural Supply Co., was registered at the Columbian Monday."
"Edgar Boyce, Ulysses Lambiotte, and Camille Carner, of Pennsboro, were registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"Howard Randolph, F. L. Swick, Ray D. Ford and Paul Bailey, basketball players of Salem, were registered at the Columbian Thursday night. The Salem team defeated West Union 24 to 21."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Feb 10 1916, in their entirety:
"G. E. Rader and G. B. Fowler of Parkersburg were registered at the Columbian Friday."
"Harry McGee and J. P. Marts of Bridgeton were guests of the Columbian Sunday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Feb 17 1916, in their entirety:
"S. B. Frankenstine, a noted horseman of Terra Alta, was registered at the Columbian Fraiday."
"Roy McKittrick of Mariett, Ohio, was registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"W. D. Davis and William Davis, of Center Point, were registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"C. E. Miller of Grafton was registered at the Columbian Sunday."
"Clella Williams of Salem was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"R. C. Hudkins and C. O. Dotson, of Greenwood, were registered at the Columbian Saturday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Feb 24 1916, in their entirety:
"D. M. Davis, E. Cable, and R. S. Hardgrove, of Clarksburg, were registered at the Columbian Friday."
"J. Conda Bright of Weston and R. C. James of Clarksburg were registered at the Columbian Sunday."
"Clyde and Ruby Doak, of Greenwood, were registered at the Columbian Hotel Thursday."
"B. W. Woofter, of Malden, Washington, was registered at the Columbian Wednesday."
"C. G. Lewis, Ellsworth Haines, A. H. Wanne, Sam Bever, and J. B. Baxter of Parkersburg were registered at the Columbian last week."
"G. H. Cunningham, Leden Tracy and D. H. Bland, of Clarksburg, were recent guests of the Columbian."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Mar 2 1916, in its entirety:
"S. T. Kellar of Parkersburg ws registered at the Columbian Friday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Mar 16 1916, in their entirety:
"Ethel Musgrave of Smithton was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"J. Baxter and C. T. Lewis, business men of Parkersburg, were recent guests of the Columbian."
"C. E. Miller, of Grafton, and William Forter, of Clarksburg, were registered at the Columbian Sunday."
"T. B. Smith, a highly respected farmer of Oxford, and Anna L. Smith and Jessie Smith were guests of the Columbian Thursday.

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Mar 23 1916, in their entirety:
"Willie Davis, of Center Point, was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"Blanch Brown, of Fairmont, was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"F. A. Drake, of Deep Valley, was registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"J. G. Wheeler of Huntington was registeed at the Columbian Thursday."
"L. D. McGeary and W. J. Kearn of Parkersburg were registered at the Columbian recently."
"L. F. Klotz, E. C. Bell, John and Pat Sweeney of Pittsburgh were registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"Dr. T. G. LeMasters, Eye Sight Specialist, will be at the Columbian Hotel, West Union, Thursday and Friday, March 30 and 31. Two days."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Mar 30 1916, in their entirety:
"S. M. Wallace, of Dallas, Texas, was registered at Columbian Thursday."
"L. A. Posey and wife of Columbus, O., were guests of the Columbian last Friday."
"M. C. Barker, of Moundsville, was registered at the Columbian Thursday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Apr 6 1916, in their entirety:
"William Keister, the genial host of the Columbian Hotel, was a Clarksburg visitor Sunday."
"J. C. McDonald and G. A. Miller of Clarksburg were recent guests of the Columbian."
"O. G. Radabaugh of Clarksburg was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"Ed Price and Leslie Paxton, of Lancaster, Ohio, were registered at the Columbian Tuesday."
"J. F. Courtney of Grafton was registered at the Columbian Tuesday."
"Geo. Gill, of Hundred, was registered at the Columbian Sunday."
"E. F. Hanes, of Clarksburg, was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"Vance Gaskins, the popular clerk at the Columbian, met with a painful accident Friday, while cutting meat, by some means the sharp butcher knife slipped cutting him in the ball of the left hand, almost cutting off his thumb. It took seven stitches to sew the wounded member in its place and was a very severe operation."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Apr 13 1916, in their entirety:
"T. Martin, a business man of Clarksburg, was registered at the Columbian Monday."
"Mrs. Charles Amos and Alto Worstell, of Pennsboro, were registered at the Columbian Friday."
"L. G. Chapman of Grove was a guest of the Columbian Sunday night."
"Smith Parrish of Salem was registered at the Columbian Sunday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Apr 20 1916, in their entirety:
"J. P. Scott of Buckhannon was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"J. H. Davis, of Ironton, Ohio, was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"B. B. Jarvis of Clarksburg was registered at the Columbian Friday."

Local news item, "West Union Record," Thursday, May 4 1916, in its entirety:
"G. E. and Earl Shahan of Bristol were registered at the Columbian Sunday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, May 4 1916, in their entirety:
"T. B. Smith, of Oxford, was registered at the Columbian Wednesday."
"J. A. Dennison, of Coldwater, was registered at the Columbian last week. He is right in the swim when it comes to Oil production, having several good wells on his farm. He made this office a pleasant call while in the city."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, May 25 1916, in their entirety:
"L. H. Powell of Clarksburg was registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"A. C. Pratt and O. M. Knight, of Canton, were registered at the Columbian Tuesday."
"H. C. Gampsgager of St. Clara was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"J. B. Gum and G. M. Neely, of Avon, were guest of the Columbian Friday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, June 15, 1916, in their entirety:
"Dudley D. Brett, Carl S. Horner, E. L. Powell and C. A. Osborne of Clarksburg were registered at the Columbian Friday."
"C. E. Wass of Harrisville was registered at the Columbian Monday."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, June 22 1916, in its entirety:
"Ray C. Hudkins, of Greenwood, was registered at the Columbian Saturday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, June 29 1916, in their entirety:
"B. O. Spurgeon, of Auburn, was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"J. B. Anderson and H. D. Neely of Clarksburg were registered at the Columbian Friday."
"J. O. Anderson, H. O. Hinter and H. L. Creighton, of Clarksburg, were registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"C. R. Sidell, of New Martinsville, was registered at the Columbian Monday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Aug 31 1916, in their entirety:
"Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Keister, of the Columbian Hotel, are the proud parents of a fine 10-pound boy, born Monday, August 28, 1916. Mother and child are doing nicely, and the proud father is wearing a broader smile than ever."
"C. Clark and O. F. Gallien, of Salem, were registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"R. E. Fox, R. S. Kemper and W. L. Sounders of Weston were registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"John Standifn of Elkins was a guest of the Columbian Thursday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Sep 14 1916, in their entirety:
"Floyd Vanhorn, of Blandville, was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"W. G. Shanland, of Des Moines, Iowa, was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"John Determan and Mrs. Lena Determan of Westernport, Maryland, were guests of the Columbian Thursday."

Local news items, "Doddridge County Republican," Thursday, Sep 28 1916, in their entirety:
"M. E. Snider, Holt Chapman and C. C. Ross of Blandville were registered at the Columbian Friday."
"H. C. and L. G. Chapman, of Grove, were registered at the Columbian Saturday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Oct 5 1916, in their entirety:
"S. C. Rogers, of Mannington, was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"C. H. Hosey and wife of Grantsville were registered at the Columbian Tuesday."
"Sarah Farrell, of Clarksburg, was a guest of the Columbian Saturday."
"C. H. Ross of Parkersburg and C. E. Ross of Pennsboro were registered at the Columbian last week."
"Eldoris McCoy, L. H. Morgan and J. W. Johnson of Parkersburg were registered at the Columbian Tuesday."

Local news items, "Doddridge County Republican," Thursday, Oct 5 1916, in their entirety:
"W. L. Dunkin, a widely known business man of Bridgeport, W.Va., was registered at the Columbian Hotel Saturday."
"Agnes Kreyenbuhl of Wheeling, Isidor Kreyenbuhl of Leopold, and Mrs. B. H. Staarman of Shandon, were guests of the Columbian Friday."

Local news item, "West Union Record," Thursday, Oct 12 1916, in its entirety:
"A. L. Barnett, of Blandville," was registered at the Columbian Monday."

Local news items, "Doddridge County Republican," Thursday, Oct 12 1916, in their entirety:
"Mrs. M. I. Ash has begun the erection of a splendid private garage on her property just back of the West Union Bank building."
"Thomas and J. R. Madden and W. S. Thomas of Fairmont were registered at the Columbian recently."
"Mr. and Mrs. Fons Schulte and two children of Wallace, and Mr. and Mrs. William Galmish and child, were guests at the Columbian Saturday."

Local news item, "West Union Record," Thursday, Oct 19 1916, in its entirety:
"Mrs. M. I. Ash is erecting a brick garage on the lot adjacent to the Columbian hotel."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Oct 26 1916, in their entirety:
"Floyd Lowe, of Elizabeth, W.Va., was a guest of the Columbian Friday."
"J. C. Smith, of Pennsboro, was registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"J. Baxter and C. H. Ross, popular traveling men of Parkersburg, were registered at the Columbian Friday."
"W. L. Clark and H. C. Randolph, of Salem, were registered at the Columbian recently."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Nov 2 1916, in their entirety:
"Charles L. Poe of Parkersburg was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"N. B. Pratt, a prosperous merchant of Camp, was a guest of the Columbian Wednesday."
"Harvey Faupel of Conings was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"A. S. and Lillie Keys of Camp were registered at the Columbian last week."
"L. M. Pitts, Simeon Yeater and Flave Pratt of Central were guests of the Columbian Friday."
"H. C. Gamsjager and John H. Schmidt of St. Clara were registered at the Columbian Wednesday."
"Edgar Berger and C. R. Cornwell of Pennsboro were guests of the Columbian Friday."
"C. H. Ross, of Clarksburg, was registered at the Columbian Friday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Nov 16 1916, in their entirety:
"John W. Hay and Harold Nutter of Oxford were registered at the Columbian Monday."
"A. R. Hall, of Burnsville, was a guest of the Columbian Saturday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Nov 23 1916, in their entirety:
"S. M. Cunningham and Taine Harris of Pennsboro were at the Columbian Hotel last week."
"F. W. Hull of Parkersburg and L. L. Wheaton were reegistered at the Columbian Thursday."
"E. J. Dotson, a well-known farmer of Canton, was a guest of the Columbian Wednesday."
"W. B. Price, of Parsons, Tucker County, was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"Miss Daisy Lee Davis of Industrial was a guest of the Columbian Tuesday."
"C. W. White, of Williamstown, was registered at the Columbian Tuesday."
"J. O. McCarl, W. M. Summers, W. H. Rohn and C. D. Dordna of Clarksburg were registered at the Columbian Thursday."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Dec 14 1916, in their entirety:
"Lawrence Garner, of Pennsboro, was registered at the Columbian Wednesday."
"E. H. Gabriel of Clarksburg was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"R. W. Kelley and G. W. Smith of Parkersburg were registered at the Columbian Friday."

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Dec 21 1916, in their entirety:
"Eldons McCoy, of Parkersburg, was registered at the Columbian recently."
"C. Lamb, of Salem, was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"G. B. Sayre, F. E. Brady and J. O. Keister, of Clarksburg, were registered at the Columbian Wednesday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Jan 4 1917, in their entirety:
"Dr. C. L. Pearcy of New Milton was a guest of the Columbian last week."
"Joll Becker and C. H. Ross of Parkersburg were registered at the Columbian Friday."
"Lee Smith of Shirley was registered at the Columbian recently."
"William Campshire of Shirley was registered at the Columbian recently."
"J. French Robinson of Morgantown was a recent guest of the Columbian."
"W. J. Keister of Clarksburg, formerly one of the proprietors of the Columbian Hotel, was here last week; he is now engaged in life insurance business and is making good at it; his many friends were glad to see him."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Jan 11 1917, in their entirety:
"W. F. Hudkins, a prominent citizen of Greenwood, was registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"R. C. Roberts, of Morgansville, was a recent guest of the Columbian."
"Ray Costilow, of Canton, was registered at the Columbian recently."
"Our kind host Andy Cain, of the Columbian Hotel, has made that hostelry immensely popular; it is crowded to its capacity every night and frequently there is a large overflow of the guests roomed among the neighboring houses."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Jan 18 1917, in their entirety:
"B. H. Webb, of Sistersville, was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"Boss Doak of Parkersburg was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"W. M. Summers, the well known drummer of Clarksburg, was registered at the Columbian Saturday."
"Bert Longstreth of Deep Valley was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"H. H. Greene, of Harrisville, was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"J. R. Hiley, of Central, was registered at the Columbian Thursday."
"H. E. McClain, of Shirley, was registered at the Columbian Wednesday."
"B. P. Taylor, of Parkersburg, was a guest of the Columbian Wednesday."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Jan 25 1917, in their entirety:
"Harold Nutter, of Oxford, was registered at the Columbian Tuesday."
"T. J. Gillespie, of Blandville, was registered at the Columbian Tuesday."
"E. F. Ankrom, J. H. Leonhardt and J. S. Walsh of Parkersburg were registered at the Columbian Wednesday."
"R. L. Ash, of Salem, was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"R. C. Hudkins, C. O. Dotson, J. E. Gary and F. W. Waldo, of Greenwood, were registered at the Columbian Friday. They were here attending the funeral of Arthur Ingle."

News article, "West Union Record," Thursday, Jul 4 1918, in its entirety:
A. J. CAIN RETIRES FROM MANAGEMENT OF COLUMBIAN HOTEL
A. J. Cain, who has been the proprietor of the Columbian Hotel, retired Sunday from the hotel business for the present at least, and has moved into his property in the Fairview addition. Mr. Cain has been the landlord of this well known hostelry for about three years.
This hotel was established by the late Mary I. Ash, about the year 1892, she having purchased the school building and remodeled it and afterwards moving the old building back, and building a front to it, about the year 1898, since which time it has been the leading hotel of the county.
Henry Ash, the owner, has now taken charge of the property and will refit it and run it at present for rooming purposes, but will not furnish meals to it patrons.
After while he expects to run a dining room in connection with the business. Mrs. Benninger is now keeping the only hotel in town near the depot.

Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Oct 17 1918, in its entirety:
"Miss Stella Ireland of Joseph Mills, who has been a victim of Spanish influenza at the Columbian Hotel, was able to return to her home Sunday. She is bookkeeper for the Lovering company at Lamberton, and was on her way home when stricken by the disease."

Local news items, "West Union Herald," Thursday, June 10 1920:
"R. S. McNeely of Parkersburg was registered at the Columbian Friday."
"A. H. Droppleman and Mrs. Mary A. Droppleman of St. Clara were guests of the Columbian Monday."
"A. B. Stutler of Coldwater was registered at the Columbian Thursday."

News item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Oct 14 1920, in its entirety:
"HAVE RENTED COLUMBIAN HOTEL
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Albertson have rented the Columbian Hotel from Henry Ash and took charge of this establishment on Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Albertson are among our best class of people and will endeavor to give the traveling and general public first-class service at this old and well known hotel. Stop at the Columbian while in town and get acquainted."

"Hotel Monthly," Vol 30, Issues 346-357, 1922, p. 82, contains the following entry
"Halman, S., prop. the Columbian, West Union, W.Va."

News article, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Jan 31 1924, front page, in its entirety:
"It is our understanding that Mr. Bush, proprietor of the Columbian Hotel, will open a restaurant in Parkersburg and that his wife will remain here in charge of the Columbian. They have been running a good hotel and all are sorry to hear of Mr. Bush's leaving, but the hotel will suffer in no respect, as Mrs. Bush is a thorough-going hotel woman."

Article in "West Union Record," Aug 9 1928:
"COLUMBIA HOTEL UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
S. J. Squires, one of South West District's most energetic and successful young farmers, having leased the Columbia Hotel property, took charge last week.
Under the new management, a first class dining room has been opened up, and on last Sunday one of the finest chicken dinners obtainable anywhere in the state was served.
West Union has long needed a real hotel for the accommodation of the traveling public; and knowing Mr. & Mrs. Squires, as we have for some years, we predict this is a case of the right folks in the right place."

Front page article, "Doddridge County Republican," Thursday, Nov 22, 1928:
"DISCUSSED NEW SCHOOL - At the weekly luncheon of the West Union Kiwanis Club held at the Columbian Hotel Monday evening, the chief discussion centered on the proposed new high school building and was in charge of Kiwanian O. M. Owen, vice president of the club. Walter Doak and C. M. Foutty, two member of the board of education, were present and joined in the discussion, which was general. All again expressed themselves heartily in favor of the enterprise which is so badly needed. President C. O. Smith named F. E. Strickling, J. A. Freeman and R. C. Stuck as the election committee, with instructions to report the first Monday night in December."

Front page article, "Doddridge County Republican," Thursday, Dec 6, 1928:
"KIWANIS NOTES - Judge S. O. Prunty was the principal speaker at the weekly luncheon of the West Union Kiwanis Club held at the Columbian Hotel. The theme of the address, which was very timely, was that of law enforcement...."

New article, front page of "West Union Herald," Thursday, Jan 12 1928, in its entirety:
BUILDING UNDER REPAIRS
"The Freeman building recently vacated by the Star Furniture Company, adjoining the Columbian hotel, is undergoing general repairs under the direction of U.G. Summers and John R. Doak, executors. Rumor has it that a new business enterprise is to be launched in this building in the near future."

News article, front page of "West Union Herald," Thursday, Apr 9 1936, in part:
"The West Union Kiwanis Club met at the Columbian Hotel Monday evening at 6 :30 o'clock, with President Robert Curry in charge."

Item appearing in "West Union Herald," Thursday, Aug 20 1936, in its entirety:
"MAN WANTED - Large eastern organization needs a man with light car for special rural sales work. Applicant must be free to travel. See Mr. Hurley at Columbian Hotel any night between 7 and 8."

Front page news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Nov 5 1936, in its entirety:
"COLUMBIAN HOTEL SOLD - The Columbian Hotel property was sold at public auction on Saturday, October 31st by Homer E. Drane, Executor of M. I. Ash estate, and was purchased by Clarence Reed for the sum of $1875.00."

Display advertisement, "West Union Herald," Thursday, Aug 12 1937:
Dr. J. R. Cochrane
or
Assistant
Will Examine
E Y E S
at the
Columbian Hotel
Thursday, Aug. 19

News item under the heading "State Briefs, By The Associated Press" in the "Charleston Daily Mail," May 18, 1939, p. 7:
"West Union - The old Columbian Hotel, a landmark in West Union, was purchased by Dr. Robert White for conversion into a hospital. The reported price paid was $2,500."

Following the closure of Dr. White's hospital, the former hotel building was put to other uses. In the late 1950s, the Casto Funeral Home, operated by Clifford W. Casto (1922-1985) was located there. In February 1959, a merger took place between the Casto Funeral Home and the Spurgeon Brothers Funeral Home, operated in West Union by Charles J. Spurgeon (1921-2002), with the newly-formed Casto-Spurgeon Funeral Home still located at the former hotel. After the funeral home relocated elsewhere in West Union, the building was converted to living quarters and became known as the Bonnell Apartments. It thereafter was acquired by out-of-state interests, fell into disrepair and stood vacant for several years. In 2015, it was acquired by the Doddridge County Historical Society at a delinquent tax sale, with the hope of restoring it to its original use. 
RIPLEY, Mary India (I93291)
 
239 "History of Doddridge County," p. 241, states death date as Oct 8 1961. But death record shows it as Oct 10 1961. THOMAS, Ada Estella (I68738)
 
240 "History of Doddridge County," p. 285, states birthplace as Ireland. But "Davis - The Settlers of Salem WV," p. 360 disputes that and indicates rather that he was possibly born in Frederick Co, Virginia. WILLIAMS, Elias (I6310)
 
241 "History of Doddridge County," p. 285, states that Honora Trenary was born in France. But "Davis - The Settlers of Salem WV," p. 359 disputes that, citing marriage records showing that her parents were married in Winchester, Virginia. TRENARY, Honora (I6311)
 
242 "History of Doddridge County," p. 362, gives birthplace as Franklin County, VA, but "Ritchie County in History & Romance," p. 275, reports it as Barbour County. JETT, John Jr. (I15774)
 
243 "History of Doddridge County," p. 362, incorrectly states her birth as Jul 23 1889. The obituary of her death on Jul 14 1951 lists birth date as Jul 23 1887 and her age as 64 (that actually would make her nine days short of her 64th birthday), and her birth record also shows she was born on Jul 23 1887. Her grave marker indicates her birth only as the year 1887. SMITH, Lucy V. (I14920)
 
244 "History of Doddridge County," p. 362, reports birth date as Aug 8 1856. But her obituary states Aug 8 1857, and the date on her headstone is also 1857. GRAY, Julia Ann Ermina (I15771)
 
245 "History of Doddridge County" gives marriage date as April 1917, but marriage record has it as Jul 8 1917. Family F5328
 
246 "History of Doddridge County" states birth date as Mar 18 1910, but headstone reads 1911 and SSDI entry states Mar 19 1911. MORRIS, Emmitt Duane (I18136)
 
247 "History of Edgar County, Illinois," p. 633, states birthplace as Taylor County, (W)VA. But death record shows it as Ohio. PRUNTY, Samuel J. (I36101)
 
248 "History of Ritchie County," p. 118, reports marriage date as 1838. Family F14303
 
249 "History of Ritchie County," p. 13, reports birth date as May 24 1795. But age 60y 10m 2d on headstone calculates to a birth date of Jun-20-1795. LOWTHER, Robert L. (I32300)
 
250 "History of Ritchie County," p. 13, reports birth date as Nov 2 1792. But age 59y 2m 29d on headstone calculates to a birth date of Apr- 2-1792. HATTABAUGH, Mary "Polly" (I32308)
 

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