Rev. Patrick Napier was a preacher in Wayne County, WV. This description of Rev. Napier appeared in the Wayne County News on February 12, 1931.
Rev. Patrick Napier was essentially a man of the hills who possessed a strong and striking personality. He was accounted one of the ablest preachers in his church as he was one of the most sincere and influential. In the associations, his opinions were given strong weight on all questions of church government and denominational doctrine. He was in all respects one of the strongest men in his community and he possessed many of the elements of leadership. Personally, he was of kindly nature, frank and openhearted and of most genial disposition. His uniformity affable manner taken in connection with his striking appearance and pleasing countenance made him a conspicuous figure in any assembly. His easy manner and gracious disposition attracted friend and stranger alike. For many years before his death he was the most potent force and influence in his association. He led his friends unconsciously and they followed his leadership because his was the stronger mind.
Source: Wayne County News (Wayne, WV), 12 February 1931.
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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, we find the following story dated April 17, 1914:
“GRANDMA” RAGLAND PASSES TO THE BEYOND
MATE OF MAJOR HENRY CLAY RAGLAND, EDITOR OF THE LOGAN BANNER FOR MANY YEARS, PLACED BESIDE HIM EASTER SUNDAY
Mrs. Lou Ragland, mother of the Buskirk family, of this region died last Friday a.m. at the home of her son, Robert W. Buskirk, in the Urias Hotel at Matewan, Mingo county. She had married Henry Clay Ragland, for a long time editor of the Logan Banner, after the death of her first husband, Urias Buskirk. By her first marriage she raised a most interesting family of sons and daughters who are still residing in this section. Mrs. Buskirk was a most remarkable woman in many respects. She had always lived an exemplary and Christian life and assumed her responsibilities after the death of her first husband with efficiency and diligence. She was true to friend and family and was a good and faithful mother and a loving wife. Through her long life she has retained the confidence and respect of all who knew her. We grieve with her relatives and friends at her death. She was near the ninety-two milestone when she died and had been sick only for a few days.
“Grandma” Ragland’s exact age was 91 yrs. 11 mo. 20 days; born on Blain creek, Lawrence county, Ky., May 1st, 1823. For 30 years a member of the Christian church.
On May 1st also (1911) Major Ragland died. He was born on May 7th, 1844; belonged to Co. B 5th Va. Cavalry; member of the Aracoma Baptist church.
Mrs. Ragland’s last request, to rest one night in her old bedroom–the present residence of Rev. Bradshaw–was complied with. This parsonage now becomes the property of the Baptist church, according to the terms of Major Ragland’s deed, at her death.
Her age indicates her wonderful physical endurance, and while she knew she must die soon, retained her usual discretion and fortitude. She made plans with her kindred as to where her last resting place should be and desired that none of her children and friends be troubled about her demise. Up to the last she kept her mind intact and conversed with those near to her.
The mother of the Buskirks has gone, we hope, to a happier sphere. Mother is the dearest friend on earth. We grieve at the bier of the departed with the bereaved, and shed a tear with them in their desolation as we think of our own dear mother. Our sympathies go out to the bereaved ones in the loss of their one best comforter, but we hope and continue to hope that we may meet again in the unknown hereafter.
On April 17, 1914, the Logan Banner offered a small additional item: “Among those in attendance at the funeral of ‘Grandma’ Ragland last Sunday were: B.B. Goings, Williamson; Jno. A. Sheppard, Huntington; G.B. Hamilton, Matewan; in addition to the sons of the deceased.”
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An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on June 29, 1926:
Nelson Bentley passed Mrs. Brookie Rowsey’s and failed to stop. What’s wrong, Brookie?
Mr. and Mrs. ___ Whitman are visiting Mrs. Martha Whitman this week.
Mrs. Horace Mullins and little son of Logan spent the weekend here.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hale of Logan spent the week with Mr. Hale’s mother, Mrs. Wagner.
Mrs. James Wagner, who has been very ill, is much improved.
Leonard T. Hicks of Mt. Gay was calling on his wife here last Sunday.
Miss Virginia Coberly of Logan was a visitor here Sunday.
Daily happenings: Mildred looking for Virgil; Fannie meeting all trains; Minnie and his dinner bucket; Thelma and her mulberries; Grace and her knickers; Gladys calling on Minnis; Dr. Ferrell going to see Miss Queen; Harold and his pony; Nute and his gas station; Fat and his ice cream cone; Diana hoeing corn; Gillia carrying water; Brookie watching for Bentley; Goldie calling on Mildred.
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An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on June 3, 1921:
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hainor attended the decoration exercises at Manila Sunday.
W.G. Willis made a business trip to Logan Saturday.
E.P. Stowers and Miss Emma Stowers returned Wednesday from a business trip to Huntington.
Uncle Floyd Barker, of St. Albans, is visiting relatives here this week and attending decoration.
Mrs. Lottie Hainor and daughter Thermal left Sunday afternoon for a visit with relatives at Henlawson.
Mrs. Cora McKinney spent Sunday with friends here.
Miss Erie Blevins, who is staying at Hughey, spent Sunday with her parents at this place.
Miss Nellie Barker was called to Wilsondale Sunday on account of the illness of her sister.
We are glad to say that Miss Lula Blevins, who has been staying at Hughey, has returned to her home here.
Mrs. C.B. Hainor visited friends at Manila Sunday.
An exciting incident occurred on last Saturday evening that might have caused serious loss to the firm of Stowers and Garrett and besmirched the glorious record they have been making the past few weeks as peddlers. As they were returning home, Mr. Garrett noticed a large fowl in a wheat field, he proceeded to capture it and confine it in his chicken coop. Thinking he had captured some rare bird of the tropical jungles, he drove with all speed to the home of Mr. Stowers where some of the family promptly pronounced it to be a turkey but Messrs. Stowers and Garret had their own opinion on the matter and had already decided they had captured a parrot. They had christened him “___m” and were already beginning to teach him to talk. However he didn’t show much aptitude as a pupil, but stood with dull expressionless eyes and his long crooked bill of a mouth wide open. After much deliberation they were finally convinced that they had not captured a “Poll Parrot” but a vulture or more commonly speaking, a buzzard. When they were convinced of this they opened the coop and Mr. Buzzard flew away to his rightful dominion, while their golden dream of selling a parrot to some enterprising Loganite vanished away on the soaring wings of the “Buzzard.”
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An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on May 27, 1921:
Mr. Cleophas Saunders and Sid Croft motored over from Jeffrey Monday to attend to business matters here.
Mrs. George Seagraves was calling on Miss Emma Stowers Tuesday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Hewlette Curry of Huntington are spending the week with Mr. Curry’s parents here.
Arnold Saunders, the popular young clerk in the store of Saunders and Barker, was called to his home the first of the week on account of the death of a friend.
Miss Jessie Adkins of Ferrellsburg is staying with her sister, Mrs. Lace Browning, of this place.
Mr. and Mrs. Hewlette Curry were the guests of Mrs. Willard Curry Friday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. George Seagraves were calling on Mrs. A.H. Curry Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Walton Garrett visited relatives at Banco Sunday.
Miss Erie Blevins left Monday for an extended visit with her sister, Mrs. Homer McDonald at Hughey.
Miss Ross Stowers is spending the week with her sister at Peach Creek.
Lacy Ball of Jeffrey was calling on Miss Nellie Barker Sunday.
Jesse Mullins and family were motoring Sunday.
Miss Ida Blevins was calling on Miss Thermal Hainor Sunday afternoon.
Charles Hainor and Howard Barker were out ginseng digging Friday. They made a tour of about twelve miles through the hills and only dug six bunches each. Better luck next time, boys.
Misses Glenna and Ruth Beckett were calling on Miss Opal Bryant Sunday.
Note: This entry was dated May 18, 1921.
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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, we find the following story dated 29 March 1927:
All doubt as to the body of the woman found a mile above Chapmanville last Friday being that of Mrs. J.D. Parsley of Omar was removed that evening. Identification was positive on account of her wedding ring and her shoes.
So badly decomposed was the body, the flesh of the face having wasted away, that identification would have been impossible except for the ring or bits of clothing. In fact, its condition was such that it was recovered with sand at the place where found, after the identification was completed and after Undertaker B.C. Harris reached the scene, it being decided to await instructions from Mr. Parsley. The body had been in water more than three months, for it was on December 21 that she was drowned in the flooded waters of Main Island Creek near her home between Omar and Chauncey. From that point to the point where the body was found is 22 miles, according to estimates of some deputy sheriffs who are familiar with Logan county distances.
Friday evening Mr. Parsley was located in Huntington, whither he had moved a few weeks ago to engage in the real estate business.
Mr. Parsley came to Chapmanville on the Saturday morning train, bringing a casket with him. Sunday the body was brought on a railway motor to Henlawson and then was taken by way of Charleston to Wayne county for burial. This was done because of the certainty the railway company would not transport the body from Chapmanville to Huntington or to any other point on a passenger train.
Mr. Parsley, it is said, recognized a scar on his wife’s body–a scar left by a surgical operation.
The finder of the body was a Scarberry boy who lives near the place where it was found. It was lying near the shore, partly covered by silt, with the head wedged under a log or between two logs, according to reports heard here.
From the day of Mrs. Parsley’s tragic death till the body was found scandal-mongers busied themselves circulating reports that she had not drowned but had gone away of her own accord. As late as last Wednesday a Banner reporter was told that she was living in Guyandotte.
Concerning the drowning of Mrs. Parsley The Banner on Friday December 24 published the following account:
In the swollen waters of Main Island Creek Mrs. J.D. Parsley was drowned near her home between Omar and Chauncey at about 5:30 Tuesday evening.
Stepping into a necessary outbuilding that stood on the creek bank behind her home, the building suddenly toppled over and crashed into the swirling tide. Her screams were heard by several persons, among them Carlos Hatfield, a neighbor, who rushed to the rescue. When he reached the bank he saw Mrs. Parsley struggling in the water close to the shore and at the same time being carried swiftly forward by the stream. Just behind her was the building from which she had extricated herself. He waded into the waters and was almost within reach when the building turned over on her and shoved her beneath it out of sight. Before she reappeared on the surface she was too far down stream and too far out in the swift current for Hatfield to reach her.
Reports received here indicate that a son of E.M. Jeffrey of Omar was attracted to the scene and got a glimpse of either Mrs. Parsley or the building, or probably both, and followed along the bank until he saw the building crash into the bridge at Chauncey. The impact shattered the frail structure into pieces that were soon carried from view.
During the night and Wednesday forenoon searchers scanned the banks of the creek in what proved to be a futile effort to find the body.
Mrs. Parsley was nearing her 40th birthday. Her maiden name was Clay, according to her neighbors, and it is said her parents live at Branchland. She leaves no children, though Parsley is the father of several children by a previous marriage.
The Parsleys moved to the present home last August, when he leased a garage from Oscar Napier. This is located near the home of Dr. J.F. May and also close to the garage of Carlos Hatfield, previously mentioned as having tried to rescue the drowning woman. Before moving to the Omar-Chauncey neighborhood, Parsley had a grocery store at Mud Fork. At one time he was in the merchandise business at Williamson.
When the drowning occurred Parsley was at work in his garage. Word came to him that a woman had drowned, but it was half an hour or more before he realized that the victim was his own wife.
Source: “Body Found at Chapmanville is Identified as that of Mrs. Parsley Drowned at Omar on December 21,” Logan Banner, 29 March 1927.
Mrs. Parsley’s death record is found here: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view2.aspx?FilmNumber=1953328&ImageNumber=3233
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An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on May 20, 1921:
Mrs. George H. Seagraves has returned from a visit with her husband’s relatives in Warren, Ohio. She is preparing for house keeping at Wilsondale.
Miss Rosa Stowers is convalescing from a severe attack of tonsilitis.
Miss Ida Garrett, who is working in Huntington, is spending the week with her parents here.
Most of the boys and some of the men were highly elated over the recent rains which caused a rise in the creek and gave them an excuse to “lay off” the spring work and go fishing.
Miss Kate Barker of Logan spent Saturday and Sunday with relatives here.
Dr. Stanley, veterinarian, of Logan made a professional visit to W.G. Willis’ Saturday.
P.D. Blevins of Logan spent Sunday with his mother here.
Mr. and Mrs. James Bryant of Russell, Kentucky, are visiting relatives here this week.
Lacy Browning, who is working at Logan, spent Sunday with his wife.
The wedding bells were ringing Sunday for two of our young folks. The bride was Miss Arda Jeffrey and the groom Mr. Herbert McKinney. The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride of Rev. W.D. Garrett.
Beecher Curry was calling on Miss Erie Blevins Sunday. It is our opinion that “Uncle Dyke” will be called upon to don his surplice again soon.
C.B. Hainor and family were visiting at J.D. Ball’s Sunday afternoon.
Lacy Ball of Jeffry was seen on our streets Sunday. He seemed to be all smiles. The reason: He was manipulating the “brand new” Ford, and had one of our best looking girls by his side.
Miss Erie Blevins was a charming hostess to a small party of her friends on Saturday night from eight to eleven o’clock. Chocolate fudge was served. Among the invited guests were Misses Eliza and Ella Garrett, Ida Garrett, Nora Stollings and Myrtle McKinney, Messrs. Stollie Hainor, Kyle Hill, Charlie Garrett, Beecher Barker and Henry McKinney. Everyone reported a nice time.
On last Sunday morning at ten o’clock some of the folks of the community under the leadership of Wallace Garrett and Robert Hainor met at the school house for the purpose of organizing a Sunday School. The first meeting of the school will be at 10:30 the 15th. Everybody welcome.
Kyle Hill of Logan was visiting Stollie Hainor Sunday.
Mrs. John Hunter was visiting her daughter Mrs. Opie Pridemore Sunday.
Best wishes for the Banner.