The History of Taylor County Chapter Two Hundred-Fifty-One


G.H.S. Class of 1901

The graduating class of Grafton High School in 1901 was composed of 14 members who were;  Karl Byers, Alice Cassel, Sallie Davidson, Harry Friedman, Hardie Foreman, Dessie Gough, Elizabeth Knotts, Morgan Knotts, Minnie Lucas, Grace Mugler, Ada Nuzum, Kate Pilson, Grace Tregallis, and Vivian Turner.

Karl Byers, after graduation entered West Virginia University in the commercial and engineering school at the completion of his course entered the business of his father in Grafton. A musician of more than ordinary ability , he was a member of Vincent’s orchestra for a number of years, On the retirement of his father from the business he located in Kentucky and was engaged as a mining engineer in the coal fields of that state. He died from an attack of influenza at his home in Central City, Kentucky, Mach 12, 1934, and his remains were returned to Grafton and interred in Bluemont cemetery.

Alice Cassel, daughter of John Cassel, pioneer settler of Grafton is the widow of Homer Jackson, resides on St. Charles Street.

Sallie Davidson, ,daughter of the late Sheriff Claudius Davidson, descendent of one of the most prominent families of Taylor County began her career as a teller in Flemington bank, she never married and resides in Flemington.

Hardie Foreman, son of Alexander Foreman, former Grafton photographer and music dealer, is a member of the faculty of West Virginia University and resides at Morgantown.

Harry Friedman, after graduation, entered law school of West Virginia University after completing his law studies returned to Grafton and was admitted to practice at the Taylor County bar. He stands high in the several fraternal orders of Grafton and has filed the highest office in the order he is affiliated with. He served as chairman of the Victory Loan Committee in the drive for funds in the great world war and saw his efforts to put the drive over the top meet with expectations far beyond the quota assigned to Taylor County. He served as chairman of the Taylor County Democratic Committee in the campaign of 1936 and the Democrats elected the entire county ticket with the exception of a lone constable. For some years he served as secretary of the Board of Education for Grafton Independent district and was the last secretary on the board when the county school unit became effective in 1933. He has served as a secretary of the Mutual Building and Loan association since its inception and is a member of the State and Taylor County Bar Association.

Dessie Gough id an instructor of instrumental music and has a studio for her class in West Grafton.

Elizabeth Knotts, after leaving Grafton High School, prepared for a teachers’ course and was engaged as an instructor in the public schools for the county for some years. She never married and at last account was living at home with her widowed mother.

Morgan Knott is at the head of one of the Departments of the Patent Office at Washington D.C., he is unmarried.

Minnie Lucas, for a time was engaged as an instructor in the public school system and resigned to become the wife of George Coppage. The couple at last account resided in at Fairmont.

Grace Mugler, married Clyde Rector, son of Charles H. Rector, of Grafton and are residents of Ohio.

Miss Ada Nuzum, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Nuzum, left with family to make their future home at North Yakima, Washington, died in the home of her adoption , February 7, 1914. Her remains were returned to Grafton and laid beside her mother and brothers in Bluemont Cemetery.

Kate Pilson married Harry Owen, for some years an employee in the Grafton Post office and later connected with the Consolidated Coal company at Fairmont. They reside at Fairmont.

Grace Tregallis is the widow of Jesse Wolfe and resides with her mother on Washington Street, Grafton.

Vivian Turner is the widow of Edmund L. Sawyer and resides in the state of Florida.

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