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Wood County, WV Genealogy
1920-1922 Obituaries

Mrs. Jennie M. Hall Alton
Mrs. Newton Alton died at 12:45 o'clock this morning at her home on Emerson avenue in North Parkersburg, after a lengthy illness with a complication of diseases. The deceased was forty-four years of age and was a most estimable woman with a wide circle of friends. She is survived by her husband and one son, Leslie, at home. Also surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clay C. Hall, of this city and four brothers and four sisters. Mrs. Alton was a member of the North Parkersburg M. E. church south. The funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Parkersburg News Wednesday July 21, 1920
Submitted by Louis Ruf


After more than a year of suffering from a complication of diseases, and with a victorious faith in Christ, Sister Jennie M. Alton passed into rest. The conclusion of this beautiful life came July 21, 1920.

Mrs. Alton was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Hall, who reside on West Virginia Avenue, Parkersburg, W. Va. She was born Nov. 23, 1875, in this city, and here she grew to womanhood. She used the opportunities for an education, and became a successful teacher in the public schools. She was of an excellent family, received the best of home training, and began her active life with high ideals, which she maintained in school, in her home, and in her work for the church.

She was married to Newton Alton, Oct. 27, 1901. They were blessed with one child, a son who is in his sixteenth year, and is well along with his high school work. Sister Alton was indeed a helpmate to her husband and a friend to all with whom she was associated. She professed faith in Christ, in her nineteenth year, and united with the Baptist Church, but later she changed her membership to the North Parkersburg M. E. Church, South. She was united with the church in all its departments, and was a persistent worker, so far as her strength would permit, in every thing from keeping the house of God neat and comfortable to working at the revival alter. The loss of this good woman will be felt by this church but the memories of her, and her good example is a savior of life to all.

Her last statements were victorious. She said to her husband " I am going to that good home, and Jesus is with me." Her exhortation was, to meet her in glory. We feel that our loss is her eternal gain.
(clipping from a church newspaper)
Submitted by Louis Ruf

Cross Funeral Today.....Funeral services for the late M. B. Cross will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in Cedar Grove Church.
Parkersburg News Nov 6, 1922

HILL, Mrs. Sarah [Sarah Emmaline Bogard]

The death of Mrs. Sarah E. Hill, a prominent resident of North Parkersburg, occurred yesterday morning at the family residence following an illness of complications.  Mrs. Hill was an estimable woman  and well known throughout the community and her many friends learned with sorrow of her death.  She is survived by her husband (Anthony) and the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Lillie Davis, Wallace, W. Va.; Mrs. Hattie Hutchinson (Hutson), Lumberport, W. Va.; Mrs. Priscella (Priscilla) Webb, East Clarksburg; Miss Ella Hill, who resides at home; Thomas, East Clarksburg; David (Denver) and Ray at home.  Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock at the home and will be conducted by Rev. Edward Cross.  Interment will be made in the Hall cemetery in North Parkersburg.
The Parkersburg News, Jan 21, 1920
Submitted by Louis Ruf

HILL, Mrs. Sarah [Sarah Emmaline Bogard]

On Tuesday, Jan. 20th, Mrs. Sarah Hill, wife of Anthony Hill, answered death's call at her home in Wood county, near Parkersburg. She was a native of Doddridge county, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Bogard, respected pioneer citizens of Central.  Following her marriage, she and her good husband lived many years near what is now Wheeling Station, in McClellan district. There they reared their family and through industry and economy, won the respect and esteem of all who knew them. The funeral services were conducted the following Thursday.
(from an old newspaper clipping most likely from a Doddridge Co. newspaper, formerly in the possession of the late Mrs. Mary Ella Alton, Parkersburg WV, daughter of Sarah Hill.)
Submitted by Louis Ruf

JONES, Isaiah
The death of Isaiah Jones, colored man, occurred ;yesterday at his home after a long illness. He was a member of Sunnyside. The funeral will be held at Zion Baptist church at 2:30 p. m. (Incomplete obit)
Parkersburg News Nov 4, 1922

REYNOLDS, Mary E. [Mary Elizabeth "Molly" Alton]

Mrs. Mary E. Reynolds died at 2 o'clock Friday morning at her home in Murphytown at the age of  39 years, after an illness of short duration.  Mrs. Reynolds had been a resident of the county for several years and was held in high esteem by residents of the community in which she lived.  She was a member of the Cooley Chapel of the M. E. church for 15 years, and was an active church worker.  

The deceased is survived by her husband, Thomas Reynolds, two sons, Charles Edward and Ray (Roy) M. Reynolds, four brothers, Nathan (Newton), of Parkersburg, Butler, of Clarksburg, Arthur, of Mountclair, W. Va., and Alonzo, of Walker where the parents of the deceased, Mr. and Mrs. M. N. (N. M) Alton, also reside. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Cooley Chapel by Rev. Kelly of Parkersburg.  Interment will be made in the Mt. Olivet cemetery.  [This was actually Mt. Olive Cemetery, Walker WV at Eatons]
The Parkersburg News, Feb 25, 1922
Submitted by Louis Ruf

RUF, Henry Conrad

The death of Henry Conrad Ruf, aged 54 years, occurred this morning at 8 o'clock at his home at 613 Lulu street.  Death was caused by a complication of ailments with which the deceased had been stricken for the past two months. Mr. Ruf had lived in Parkersburg for many years and was well known and respected by many residents of the city.  He was employed at the local plant of the Standard Oil Company until the beginning of the illness which caused his death.  He is survived by his wife and the following children: Casper and Henry Ruf, of this city, and Miss Beulah Ruf, also of this city.  One brother, Julius, city, and two sisters, Mrs. Amelia Spies and Mrs. Henry Strauss, of Marietta, also survive.  [correction: Mrs. Amelia Strauss and Mrs. Casper (Flora) Spies]

Funeral services will be held from the home at 2:30 o'clock on Thursday afternoon and will be in charge of the Eagles and the Red Med lodges. The services will be conducted by Rev. H. C. Howard, and interment will be made in the I. O. O. F cemetery. [correction: interment was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery]
The Parkersburg Sentinel, Dec 12, 1922
Submitted by Louis Ruf

STARR, Richard
Old Soldier Dies

Richard Starr, about 75 years old, a Union Veteran of the Civil War in which he served as a member of Co. B. 14th W, Va. Infantry, died last evening at his home, 1614 Covert Street. He is survived by his wife, several sons and daughters. Funeral arrangements have not been made but the service and interment will be in charge of Andrew Mather Post Grand Army of the Republic, of which he is a member.
Parkersburg News Nov 6, 1922

STEPHENS, Anna Katherine
Infant Passes Away

Anna Katherine Stephens died yesterday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stephens, at Greenmont, aged four months. The body will be taken to Way cemetery for burial.
Parkersburg News Nov 4, 1922

A Masonic Funeral

Services for the late Charles A. Swearingen were held yesterday afternoon at the family residence on Beechwood Heights under Masonic auspices, with Rev. G. I. Wilson officiating. The pallbearers were fellow Masons Judge L. N. Tavenner, ;Col. C. E. Morrison, W. T. Rittenhouse, Harry L. Biddle, W. W. Walker, and Ben W. Morris.
Parkersburg News Nov 4, 1922

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