Samuel W. Linn none too practically all of the people of Grafton as red Sam Linn died at his home near the Taylor County line June 3, 1890, a grandson of the William win who settled in what is now Taylor County in 1808. Samuel W. Linn soon after his marriage began bringing the produce of his farm into Grafton where he found a ready market for all the crops his land yielded. Frail and anaemic, yet he managed his farm with a skill that made it productive and after his passing his two sons took up the business and for many years successfully managed the farm and brought the products to Grafton. This once thickly settled farm community from which the town of Grafton derived most of its produces now so thinly settled and not one of those fine old husbandry men so familiar on the street each week throughout the year now remain many of their descendants have abandoned the land to engage in public work word positions remote from the places of their birth and much of the land once so productive lies fallow and little use.
Mrs. Carrie Klein wife of the late Ephriam Klein who lived in Grafton for a number of years who at death of her husband with her family returned to Baltimore died in a hospital in Baltimore from a complication of maladies June 8,1908. Her husband it will be recalled on hearing of the death of the town bad man who gave the merchant no end of trouble and work, rushed down to his clothing store on Latrobe Street and selected the finest suit of clothes in the stock sent it as a present to the man who rid the town of them who caused not only Klein but the authorities a lot of grief.
The Republican County committee nominated Hon. Ira E. Robinson for the office of supreme judge, Hugh Warder for the House of Delegates, O.A. Heffner for the office of sheriff, Hayward Fleming for the office of clerk of the circuit court, L.C. Haymond for the office of assessor, Gideon Brohard and J. Oscar Jaco for members of the county court. Resolutions endorsing the national and state ticket were adopted in the convention approving the nomination of Taft and Sherman for president and vice president of the United States. The nomination of W.E. Glasscock for governor and the Taylor County ticket.
The news of the death of George Gilbert who died at the home of his sister Mrs. Jessie Colburn at Shinnston from the effects of a dose of carbolic acid June 9,1908 came as a shock to the friends of this handsome young man of Grafton. Ill health was the contributing factor which caused the rash act. His remains were brought to Grafton and interred by the side of his parents in Bluemont Cemetery.
Word was received of the death of James Cronley in the western Maryland hospital at Cumberland. He came to Grafton in 1857 at the time of the erection of the historic old Grafton hotel and was one of the plasterers Employed in the finishing the building and took up his permanent residence. At the outbreak of the civil war he enlisted in the third West Virginia infantry and served throughout the period of the war at its close he returned to Grafton and again took up his occupation as a plasterer. He was one of those eccentric characters found in all communities a great friend of the younger generation whoever promised to bring his support circus to Grafton and permit the kids to ride the trick mule and feed the animals in the menagerie and the children hovered about him eager to find out when his circus would arrive.
In his early days he contracted the acute alcoholic habit and his cure suddenly when he fell from the porch of the old valley house and striking on railroad St with such force, he was thought fatally injured. He recovered after a time and became Roku and was worth a considerable sum of money at the time of his death. In May 1908 he became afflicted with the maladies That come to the aged in his friend Henry M. Turner persuaded to enter the Cumberland hospital for treatment Mr. Turner accompanying him to the home of a sister and Cumberland who had placed in the hospital where he died and was interred in St. Patricks Cemetery at Cumberland.
There was no observance of Independence Day in the town in 1908. This greatest day in American history on which so many of the patriotic citizens religiously observed the day in the past seems to have died out entirely. The stores and banks closed, and most citizens entrained on the Grafton and Belington railroad to spend the day under the beautiful trees in Grafton park.
Mrs. Josephine Sullivan Warthen, wife of Frank A. Warthen died at her home in West Grafton August 10, 1908. This highly intellectual woman came to Grafton in the late 60s and accepted a position as a teacher in the old Fetterman public school, later she took the position of instructor of music when Saint Augustine Catholic school was organized and taught the piano and vocal classes until a sister of the order of Saint Joseph took over these duties. She was married to Frank A, Warthen in 1872 a restaurant and hotel keeper of Grafton. Her death was the result of a hemorrhage of the brain ending the life of this highly talented and brilliant woman and was interred into Bluemont Cemetery.