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Presented by The Wayne County Genealogical & Historical Society


(The bound collection of newspapers for the year 1921 are missing from the Wayne County News Archives. It is not known if they were stolen, borrowed and not returned, but they are not available. Perhaps some readers of these articles will spend some time extracting the articles from microfilm, which is available in several libraries. The few articles presented here are from other sources.)

(WCN - 11/24/1921) WALTER PERRY: YOUNG HERO’S BODY IS RETURNED FOR BURIAL: Another Wayne County boy who has paid the supreme sacrifice in the World War, has been brought to sleep beneath the sod of his home county. The body of Walter Perry, son of Mr. & Mrs. James Perry of Kermit, was landed at Hoboken, New Jersey on October 6 and arrived at Kermit on October 21 with burial in the Stepp Cemetery. Walter Perry received his common school education in Wayne and lacked only two years completing the normal course at Marshall College. He also won honors in his studies and was a good athlete. He always loved history and tales of war. When he joined the Army, he lacked one month and 12 days being 18 years old. He went to Columbus, Ohio and joined as a Private, received his training in New Jersey and belonged to Co. ?D?, 109 Infantry. He paid the supreme sacrifice on September 18, 1918, being then only 18 years and 6 months old.

PITT HOARD, widely known and distinguished citizen of Ceredo, this county, died at his home last Friday, December 30, 1921. Mr. Hoard was 89 years of age and thruout his long life he was prominently connected with the progress of this section of the state.

Mr. Hoard came to this county from New York State and was one of the pioneers to invade this section. Mr. Hoard's father, Hon. Chas. B. Hoard was associated with Eli Thayer in the founding of the town of Ceredo, coming to this county in 1869. At one time Hon. Chas. B. Hoard planned to build a railroad between Ceredo and East Lynn but the panic of 1873 prevented the realization of his plans.

Pitt Hoard his always been closely associated in business with his brother S. Floyd Hoard, president of the First National Bank of Ceredo. We are indebted to the Huntington Herald-Dispatch for the following facts.

Pitt Hoard was born at Antwerp, Jefferson county, N. Y., November 3, 1832, and went at the age of ten, with his father to Watertown, N. Y. Up the time of the Civil War he was engaged in the manufacture of steam engines with his father. Always inclined to the life of a farmer, he came west and found on the lands of his father, an opportunity to exercise his abilities. He took keen interest not only in the quality of grain that could be produced from the alluvial deposits of the Ohio in broad fields that fringe the river near Ceredo, but also was a pioneer in the raising of purebred farm stock. Pitt Hoard was of quiet, reserved temperament, but of keen intellect.

He was numbered, as his brother today, among the really erudite men of West Virginia, and always took an interest in the political affairs of the nation. Although advanced far beyond the normal span of life, when the last great war broke out he was then, as ever, a conscientious and ardent patriot.

Pitt Hoard married Julia Theresa Thompson, of Saratoga Springs, N. Y. Six children came of this union, only one of whom, Mrs. Julia Hoard Stark, of Ceredo, is now living. One son, the late Charles P. Hoard, will be recalled as cashier and vice-president of the bank at Ceredo. There are three grandchildren, two sons, one daughter Pitt Hoard Stark, Floyd Hoard Stark and Julia Ann Stark, Mrs. Arma Hoard, widow of the late Charles P. Hoard, is a member of the immediate family.

Almost to the last Pitt Hoard retained the vigor of his excellent mind, although frail of body. But he had set a mark of achievement, in the face of adversities known only to the pioneers of this region, which many would be glad to emulate today.

Funeral services were held at the residence in Ceredo. Rev. H. N. Dukes pastor of the Ceredo Congregational church, was in charge of the services. Interment was made in Spring Hill Cemetery. The deceased was a regular attendant at the Ceredo Congregational church from the time of its establishment many years ago.

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