The History of Taylor County Chapter 264

G.H.S. Class of 1902

Mrs. Mollie Ryan leased the room in the Brinkman vacated by the news and wallpaper business of Thomas Finch and opened a millinery and dress making establishment and ladies furnishings store carrying practically everything for outfitting woman’s wardrobe at her place designated as the Bee Hive.

Thomas Nuzum, prominent merchant of Grafton took over and operates the historic old Webster grist mill and leased the old store room at 14 Main Street as a depot for the products of his mill where he was prepared to exchange grains for processed foodstuffs with the farmers of the country. Mr. Nuzum boasted his miller at Webster is the best in all this section and the product he turns out is the best to be found anywhere.

The graduating class of Grafton High School was composed of 11 members who were Harry A. Abbott, Ruby Bonafield, Edna Burke, Grace Cassel, Nellie Fahey, Myrtle Knotts, Wilhelmena Knotts, Cleo Morgan, Ella Riley, Mabel Watkins and Grace White. It seems peculiar that only one male student was qualified to graduate in the class of 1902 but such is a fact.

Harry A. Abbott, a some of M. Luther and Louise Allender Abbott, began his education in old Central school and graduated at the age of sixteen and began his career with the First National Bank of Grafton after graduation serving as teller in this institution until 1918 when he was offered and accepted the position as cashier of the Grafton Banking and Trust Company. HE resigned in 1924 to accept the position of state banking commissioner of West Virginia. At the close of his term as banking commissioner he was appointed cashier of the Monongahela Bank at Morgantown whose affairs were in such shape the bank was forced to close. He returned to Grafton to take charge of his father’s general merchandise business which he managed until his father’s death and then disposed of this business.

Ruby Bonafield never married and began her career as ab insurance agent representing some of the most prominent fire insurance companies in the nation. She is a resident of West Grafton.

Edna Burke began her career as a teacher in the public school system of the town until her marriage to Robert Furbee, then her career ended in her death.

Grace Cassell began her career as a teacher in the public school system of Grafton and resigned to become the wife of Professor George Colebank, who at the time was principal of old Central School.

Myrtle Knotts never married and is the private secretary to one of the officials of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Grafton.

Wilhemena Knotts trained for and holds a position with the United States government and holds a position in the Pittsburgh office.

Miss Nellie Fahey never married and maintains her residence with relatives at Grafton and the eastern cities.

Cleo Morgan, trained for and taught in the public school system of Grafton and resigned to marry the late Authur Weston. At his death she purchased the historical office of Hon. John W. Mason, in which so many important young men of the early days began the study of law and were destined to become the most noted figured in the political history of the state and nation. Mrs. Weston remodeled the small building and established the “Cafeteria Court” which she still operates.

Ella Riley- no information. 

Mabel Watkins never married and is a resident of the Watkins home on  Maple Avenue, West Grafton.

Grace White never married and prepared for the position as a teacher in the public schools of Grafton and is a member of the present high school faculty.


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