This History of Taylor County Chapter Two Hundred-Forty-Five


GHS Class of 1900


The graduation class of Grafton High School of 1900 was composed of nine members who were:
William T. Brown Jr., Walter Blue, Marian Colerider, Edward Dudley, Elizabeth Kenny, Maud Miller, Hattie Patton, Katherine Reid and Carrie Rose.
William T. Brown Jr., son of William T. Brown of Blueville, chose civil engineering as his profession and his employment took him to all parts of the country and with an engineering corps in the employ of the Mexican government on the National Railroad in 1925 the engineers were rushed to the scene of a bridge washout in the State of Sonora. The railroad motor in which they were riding left the rails and young William Brown was thrown headlong from the speeding motor and was instantly killed on January 22, 1915. The law of Mexico required a tax of $5.00 for the removal of a body from the government but the Governor of Sonora waived this tax and permitted the widow to bring the remains of her husband across the continent to Grafton and have the body interred on the family lot in Bluemont Cemetery.
Walter Blue, the youngest son of F. Bruce Blue, chose the field of electrical engineering and established himself in this business at St. Joseph Missouri.
Marian Colerider, daughter of Mr., and Mrs. Henry Colerider at last count was living in Washington D.C.
Edward Dudley, after graduation entered West Virginia University in the mechanical engineering department and after completing his course moved with his sister to Seattle, Washington where he passed away.
Elizabeth Kenny, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Kenny of Grafton, after leaving Grafton High School took a course in nurse’s training in New York City and after intensive period on interment duty graduated with honors in her chosen in her profession. Her remarkable career in her life work in ministering and easing bodily ills that affect humanity took her to all parts of the civilized world where conditions existed that called for humanitarian need. She saw service in Cuba, China, Hawaii, the Philippines, Japan and when the whole world was aflame with the outbreak of the greatest conflict the world ever knew, she enlisted for service with the American Expedition Forces overseas during the occupation of France and her tender hands eased and ministered to untold mangled and torn bodies of the young Americans who gave their all to save the world democracy, and how many eyes her hands closed whose souls winged their way back to god will perhaps never be known that horrible cataclysm whose machines for war took so deadly toll of human lives. She still is an enlisted nurse in the American Army and is a member of the staff at the Walter Reed Hospital that humanitarian institution at Washington D.C.
Maud Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Waite Miller of West Grafton, married professor Goodman, who was an instructor in the Westside Elementary School who later took up residence at Clarksburg.
Hattie Patton, for a time served as a nurse at Fairmont and married J.L. Monroe and the couple took up residence at Flatwoods in this state.
Katherine Reed began her career as a sales woman in the George L. Jolliffe department store in Grafton and later was employed as a nurse at the State Hospital in Weston. She suffered a break in health that proved fatal and passed away at the home of her brother John P. Reid at Weston on August 29, 1923. Her remains were returned to Grafton and interred at Bluemont Cemetery.
Carrie Rose, daughter of T.J. Rose of West Grafton, married Harold Cole and resides on Grand Street in South Grafton, She is a reader of much skill and is often called on to entertain social gatherings and an active worker among the members of Eastern Start Lodge, having serves as Worthy Matron and other offices of the organization.
The society of Undertakers for West Virginia met in Brinkman hall July 1,1900 in annual convention to hear the members lecture on matters concerning their business and the most improved methods of preparing bodies after dissolution. The remains of a dead man served as the illustration of the latest method in this field of preservation and the most skilled morticians of those days gave daily lectures on the art of embalming. It was a most interesting meeting but not one that appealed to the young , who used this old room to hold so many functions and social events of their adolescent days.

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