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Obituaries : Betty Boggs, Former Spencer High School Teacher Dies at age 84
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2014/8/27 8:14:39 (22 reads)

From Spencer Daily Dot Com
Obituary: Miss Betty Irene Boggs
August 27, 2014

Miss Betty Irene Boggs, 84, of Spencer, West Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the Roane General Hospital in Spencer.

She was born July 14, 1930 in Roane County, a daughter of the late Howard R. and Grace Wilson Boggs.

She was a 1948 Spencer High School graduate, attended Potomac State College and received her degree in English from Marshall University. She began her teaching career in 1952 and retired after 51 years of service to multiple generations of Roane County students. Miss Boggs was a beloved educator, an avid reader and an advocate of lifelong learning. She enjoyed and appreciated all things of beauty; the written word, treasured glassware and antiques, and a love of family and friends.

She is survived by three brothers, Harvey, Clarence R. “Tink”, and David Boggs, all of Spencer; five nieces and nephews, Douglas, Michael and Larry Boggs, Brenda Fisher and Brigitte Lowe; eleven great-nieces and nephews, Jacob, Daniel and Laura Grace Boggs, Kayla White, Ashley and Alyssa Boggs, Benjamin Bailey, Grayson Fisher, J. Alex Lowe, and Michael Jon and Cristopher Cole Boggs; and one great-great nephew, Amos Lee White.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Bruce Boggs.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME in Spencer with Rev. Russell Stump officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery near Spencer. Visiting hours are Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home

News : Documentary Film Maker, Wayne Worth, to be August 28th Guest
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2014/8/15 12:30:00 (39 reads)

"JOURNEY INTO THE WILD & WONDERFUL" documentary film writer, Wayne Worth of Clarksburg, WV, will be our special guest for the August 28, 2014 meeting of the Roane County Historical Society. Mr. Worth is interviewing and film documenting the cultural dynamics & history of all WV counties. He has already filmed 30 of West Virginia's 55 counties and wants to include Roane County in the project. Upon completion of the project, he plans making the documentaries available to every 8th grade West Virginia history teacher to help expand their students cultural awareness of our State. MARK YOUR CALENDAR for August 28th, 7 p.m., at the Roane County Library in Spencer for this special time of sharing.

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General Interest : Spencer State Hospital (Deaths & Burials)
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2014/8/1 20:50:00 (85 reads)

In recent weeks I have been trying to identify as many as possible those folk who passed through the wards of Spencer State Hospital, Roane Co., WV. Many of the patientS (or inmates as they were called) spent years, most of their lives there in conditions we cannot imagine today. Thusfar hospital and death certificate records provide names for 383 of those persons who died at the "Second Hospital for the Insane" and were buried in the hospital's cemeteries. There are still hundreds of residents unaccounted for.
The hospital started receiving patients in 1893; it closed in June 1989.
The 1900 Census enumerated 426 patients.
The 1910 Census enumerated 495 inmates. {Term used in census]
The 1920 Census listed 636 inmates.
The 1930 Census listed 786 inmates.
and the 1940 Census listed 989 inmates.
Beginning in about 1922 there were hundred's more men & women who died there, not claimed by family, whose bodies were donated to science at the WV University, Med School, Morgantown, WV.
In an attempt to honor and remember all those who died at the Spencer State Hospital, I am posting death records to the Find-a-Grave Memorial website.
Special thanks to Judy Hildreth who compiled records for the Roane County Historical Society's Cemetery Book IV, and to Melissa Swisher, RCHS member, for beginning the posts to Find-a-Grave.
The institution owned burial ground was recorded in 1940 as having 7 marked graves and 750+ unmarked. Those seven were: Mary Dagostin, Elizabeth Ewing, R. P. Hanson, Amelia Huber, Medora J. Kendall, Antonio Petiti and William S. Riley.
When the hospital closed in 1989 their records and some of the patients became part of the Lakin Hospital in Mason Co., WV.
Linda Cottrell Liss, Member, Roane County Historical Society, Inc.

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General Interest : The JACK NIDA Family Home Page
Posted by Jack Nida on 2014/7/12 5:40:00 (117 reads)

During the past fifteen years Jack Nida has traveled the U.S. and Germany in search of information regarding the NIDA/NIDAY/NIDY/VONADA and von NIDA families.

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News : Tanner "Cliff Dweller" to be Portrayed at July 24th Meeting
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2014/7/11 12:40:21 (88 reads)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Ms. Rebecca Park will portray Sudna Carpenter Tanner at the July 24, 2014 meeting of the Roane County Historical Society. Roane County Library, 7 p.m. Mrs. Tanner was the wife of Roane County settler & pioneer, Samuel Tanner. The Tanner's arrived from Harrison Co., VA(WV) in about 1812 and made their home under the huge cliff along the water of Spring Creek, [now Spencer Middle School]. Ms. Park travels to clubs, schools and other venues, bringing to life the times & trials the Tanner family endured.
Invite friends, family & children to take part in this live presentation. Refreshments will be served.

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