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Much of the information in here is contributed by others on Rootsweb or family trees. I am not connected to alot of the families on here. Alot of them are families from Marion County, WV. Some of my ancestry on here goes back to English royalty. What is on this file is all I have in my data. If anyone notices any duplicates in my file, or any other errors, please bring them to my attention.

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  • ID: I159359
  • Name: Ernest Weltmer LANDERS
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 6 AUG 1903 in Heizer, Kanawha Co., West Virginia
  • Death: 5 JAN 1944 in Huntington, Cabell, West Virginia 1 of Kill himself, 32 caliber revolver clasped in his right hand
  • _UID: 0331CF6574B3BA4397FFA33CA1CB21BD4BD5
  • Note:
    NEWSPAPER: Huntington Advertiser

    DATED: January 6, 1944


    Funeral arrangements were incomplete today for Ernest Landers,
    40, 1547 Seventh avenue, who died at 7:12 P. M. last night in a
    Huntington hospital, an hour after he had been found at his home
    with a bullet wound in his forehead. The body was taken to
    Charleston, WV., by Cunningham Funeral Home of South Charleston.
    Dr. F. X. Schuller, county coroner, returned a verdict of
    suicide. Mr. Landers was found unconscious in bed with a .32
    caliber revolver clasped in his right hand. Patrolmen Jesse Reed
    and Earl F. Duff reported.
    Mr. Landers left two notes, one addressed to his landlady and
    the other to his mother at Poca, Putnam Co., WV.. Major Bernard C. Morrisof
    the Salvation Army, a friend of Mr. Landers, said the note to the
    landlady gave no motive for suicide. The message addressed to his
    mother was sent to her unopened.
    Mr. Landers, an employe of the American Rolling Mill Co's Ohio
    River terminal here for the past year, had been ill and had not
    worked for several days, fellow-workers said.
    He is survived by his widow who resides in Charleston; two
    daughters, two sons, the mother, and a brother, O. M. Landers of
  • Change Date: 3 JUL 2009 at 01:00:00

    Father: James Holbert LANDERS b: 13 DEC 1879 in Heizer, Kanawha Co., West Virginia
    Mother: Cora Blanch MCDOUGAL b: 28 APR 1882 in Putnam Co., West Virginia

    Marriage 1 Wilma Hazel LETT b: 8 SEP 1902 in , Putnam, West Virginia
    • Married: 29 MAR 1921 in Putnam Co., West Virginia
    1. Has Children Alberta Mae LANDERS b: 30 MAR 1922 in Raymond City, Putnam Co., West Virginia
    2. Has Children Ernest Weltmer LANDERS b: 19 SEP 1924 in Kanawha Co., West Virginia

    Marriage 2 Ella Mae BAILEY b: 21 JAN 1893 in Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia
    • Married: 13 JUN 1927 in Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia 2 3
    • Note:




      SUBTITLE 1: Two Men, En Route to Work at Raymond City Coal Co.,
      Killed from Ambush


      SUBTITLE 3: Highpowered Rifle Apparently Used - First Trouble
      Reported in Area

      Charleston, WV. July 20.- Two miners were killed on their way to
      work today at the mine of the Raymond City Coal Co., in Putnam
      county one of the mines which answered a strike call in the
      Kanawha field July 6. The slayings were the first reported since
      the strike began.
      Two shots were fired from a woods some distance away. Clarence
      Kyle, 29 a motorman's a helper died instantly and Cyrus Shelton
      Spaulding, 41, a motorman died a few hours later.
      Otto Reemelin, general manager and vice president of the coal
      company said the shooting was an attempt to intimidate the 100 men
      still working in the mine.

      Discourage Violence

      Frank Keeney, president of the West Virginia Mine Workers, upon
      inquiry, said the mine was one which had answered a strike call
      sent out by his organization on July 6. He said he had heard
      nothing of the shooting and had no statement to make until he made
      an investigation. Keeney added that the West Virginia Mine Workers
      had consistently discouraged any attempts at violence during the
      progress of the strike.
      Both Kyle and Spaulding went on strike several weeks ago but
      returned to their work after being out a few days.
      Reemelin said the shooting was the first trouble that had
      occurred at the mine since the strike. The mine is located about
      seven miles from Raymond City, which is a short distance below the
      Kanawha-Putnam line in Putnam county. The general manages said the
      mine ordinarily employs about 300 men and has a daily output of
      more than 1,000 tons.
      State troopers under the personal command of Superintended R. L.
      Osborn started a search of the mountains in the vicinity of the
      mine. The shooting occurred just as the men prepared to enter the
      mine for the days work. A high-powered rifle was used and the
      position of the bullets in the men's bodies indicated they had
      taken a downward course from a wooded mountain some distance away.
      Kyle and Spaulding were riding on a mine motor car and had just
      passed through a tunnel two and one half miles long on the way to
      the mouth of the mine which lies opposite on the other side of a
      200- yard clearing
      Inquest To Be Held

      Kyle's father, Albert Kyle, his two brothers John and Frank and
      Clarence Hedricks were in the party. John and Frank Kyle said they
      heard two metallic clicks and saw Kyle and Spaulding fall from the
      motor. John and Frank Kyle ran to the mouth of the tunnel and
      pulled a switch, preventing ninety-five miners riding on another
      train from emerging into the open.
      The Elder Kyle turned to ask what the trouble was and saw his
      son fall dead. Spaulding was brought to Charleston and died in a
      hospital a few minutes later.
      The mine was ordered closed for the day after the shooting.
      Magistrate James Goodwin, of Nitro, announced an inquest would be
      held later in the day.
      Kyle was unmarried, Spaulding leaves a widow and ten children.
      Last Friday the company, under the signature of Reemelin, posted
      the following notice on the door of the store at Raymond City.
      "All men not working or not having notified the company that
      they are ready to return to work are discharged and will have to
      apply for work.
      In addition to the state police detachment commanded by
      Superintendent Osborn, a detachment of five men in charge of
      Sergeant C. A. Marshall was ordered up from Huntington. Deputy
      sheriffs in charge of Sheriff A. M. Harman of Putnam county also
      took part in the search for the killers.


      Wheeling, WV., July 20--A renewal of mine strike troubles in the
      northern West Virginia district, took place early today with the
      reported shooting of two strikers near the property of the Valley
      Camp Coal company, east of this city.
      The valley camp Coal company, is a subsidiary of the J. A.
      Paisley interests of Cleveland.
      Ernest Kakidonis, 32, was believed to have been fatally wounded
      and John Wolobokin, 30, was in a serious condion at Wheeling
      A. P. Prior, superintendent of the mine company's property here,
      and Jack Roberts, imported mine guard from Cleveland, Ohio, were
      held in the Ohio county jail, charged with the shooting. They will
      be detained pending the outcome of the condition of the wounded
      The battle occurred at a filling station, where it is alleged a
      mob of striking miners attacked Tom Campbell, 28, whom they called
      a strikebreaker. The men held went to the aid of Campbell, when
      the shooting occurred.
      State police and deputy sheriffs used tear gas to break up the

      NEWSPAPER: Charleston Gazette

      DATED: Tuesday, July 29, 1931


      SUBTITLE 1: William Goff, Four Men of Holston Family Taken Into
      Custody at Raymond City

      SUBTITLE 2: Search of Woods Around Ambush to Be Made Today

      SUBTITLE 3: Slaying of Spaulding and Kyle Is Attributed to Strike

      Two men were dead and five were under arrest yesterday as a
      result of the first slayings occurring in the Kanawha mine fields
      since the West Virginia Mine Workers called the current strike on
      July 6.
      Clarence Kyle, 29, motorman's helper, and Cyrus Shelton
      Spaulding, 41, motorman, met death as they drove a mine motor out
      of a tunnel into a clearing before the mouth of the mine of the
      Raymond City Coal company, across the Kanawha county line in
      Putnam county, early yesterday morning.
      They were shot by a rifle, apparently fired from a wooded
      mountain side about 400 yards from the mouth of the tunnel.
      Last night William Goff, 32, and John Holston, and his sons,
      John, Fred and Harvey, were under arrest, Superintendent R. L.
      Osborn of the state police announced. He indicated that Goff was
      held as a suspect and the Holstons as material witnesses. He said
      Goff and John Holston, Jr., were in the Kanawha county jail, and
      others in the Putnam county jail at Winfield. Police were still
      questioning Goff and young Holston at the county jail here late
      last night. All were reported to have denied any knowledge of the
      killing. The superintendent said all five of the men were striking

      Blood Hound is Used

      The arrests were made late yesterday morning and early
      yesterday afternoon as evidence was gathered at the mining camp by
      Superintendent Osborn and Sheriff A. M. Harman and a host of
      troopers, deputies and possemen, including Troy Simmons and O. F.
      Bartlett of the West Virginia merchant police, who took a
      bloodhounds to the scene.
      Young Kyle was killed instantly and Spaulding was mortally
      wounded, dying about three hours later in a Charleston hospital. A
      deadly eye was behind the sights of the rifle as ______ _______
      (can't read, ink smear) shots were fire the first one struck Kyle
      in the middle of the left upper arm, penetrated the body,
      piercing the heart and coming out at the right hip. The spent
      bullet was found in the young man's right hip pocket. This piece
      of lead was understood to be considered by the officers as a clue
      of major importance. It was reported to be a bullet from an old
      style .45-.70 caliber rifle. Officers were planning to search the
      woods for it today.
      Spaulding was struck by the second shot which entered his left
      breast, missing the heart but plowing through the abdomen to
      emerge at the right hip. The paths of both bullets were downward,
      indicating that the shots came from the opposite mountain side
      Riding in a mine car behind the motor were, Albert Kyle, father
      of the slain youth and his two brothers, John and Frank Kyle, and
      Clarence Hedricks.
      The four survivors of the ambuscade reported they heard two
      reports " like cap busters" but didn't think they were being fired
      on until Kyle and Spaulding slumped down on the motor. Albert, the
      father and Hedrick, sprang to the bodies as John and Frank, the
      Kyle brothers, rand back to the tunnel mouth and turned an
      electric switch that stopped in the tunnel a "man trip" following
      the motor and carrying about 900 men to work.
      Guy Thomas, mine foreman, who was at an electric sub-station
      near the mine mouth, heard the shots and rushed to the mine car.
      He directed the removal of Kyle's body and the wounded Spaulding.
      Meanwhile, the alarm had been sounded and sheriff A. M. Harman
      of Putnam county arrived within a few minutes. He and his deputies
      deputized possemen to start a search of the mountain pending the
      arrival of state police from Charleston. The first police to
      arrive were four troopers and Superintendent R. L. Osborn. Five
      other troopers were ordered to the scene from Huntington, arriving
      about ten o'clock. A line of troopers, deputy sheriffs and
      deputized citizens was thrown around the camp and the surrounding
      hills were combed for trace of the assailants.

      Attributed to Strike

      Otto Reemelin, vice president and general manager of the coal
      company, attributed the slayings to an effort by strikers to
      intimidate men who were going to work in the mine. He immediately
      ordered the mine closed. Operations will not be resumed until
      after the funerals of the two victims, it was announced. He said
      the mine ordinarily employed 300 men but explained that 200 or
      more have been on strike.
      Kyle and Spradling were reported to have joined the strikers at
      first but later changed their minds and returned to work.
      B. A. Scott, vice president of the union, presided at a rally
      of strikers at Raymond City on Sunday. Frank Keeney, president of
      the union, yesterday refused to comment on the tragedy until he
      had conducted an investigation. He called attention to the strike
      call which contained a clause warning the miners to conduct the
      strike in a legal and orderly manner.
      Inquests were conducted over the bodies by Justice of the Peace
      James Goodwin of Nitro. The verdicts were death by bullet wounds
      inflicted by persons unknown.

      Leaves Widow and 11 Orphans

      Kyle was 29 years old Sunday. He was unmarried. His funeral is
      scheduled to be held today at the home of his parents. Spaulding
      is survived by his widow and 11 children. His funeral will be held
      at Raymond City either tomorrow or Thursday, depending on the
      decision of relatives.
      Both of the slain men had resided in the Raymond City
      neighborhood for several years.
      Troopers reported a strong current of excitement in the camp
      yesterday and last night. Although both troopers and deputy
      sheriffs were on duty there last night, no further trouble was
      Superintendent Osborn last night would not comment on the
      evidence the officers had gathered in connection with the
      ambuscade, but admitted a trail followed by the bloodhound from
      the point where the assassin rested his rifle against a tree into
      mining camp figured in the investigation. He refused to comment on
      the rifle bullet or the caliber of the rifle the killer is
      suspected of using.
      Chief Osborn said Goff was an ex-convict, he having served time
      in the state penitentiary at Moundsville on a sentence of forgery
      from the Putnam county circuit court. Mr. Osborn also reported
      that Goff had seen military service.

      NEWSPAPER: Charleston Gazette

      DATED: Wednesday Morning, October 28, 1931


      SUBTITLE 1: Changes Plea to Guilty After Jurist Holds Confession
      Could Be Introduced

      SUBTITLE 2: Second Charge Nolled As Trial Is Finished

      SUBTITLE 3: Defense Faced a " Stone Wall," Houston Says in

      (Associated Press Staff Writer)

      WINFIELD, Oct. 27. - A plea of guilty to murder in the second
      degree and a sentence of 18 years in the state penitentiary today
      brought to a sudden end the trial of Ernest Landers, 28, charged
      with slaying two miners during a mine strike last July.
      The plea was entered shortly after court convened for the
      second day of Landers' trial on the specific charge of slaying
      Sheldon Spaulding, shot to death as he drove a motor pulling a
      train load of miners into the Raymond City coal mine. Another
      indictment charging him with the slaying of Clarence Kyle,
      motorman's helper, was nolle prossed when his plea was entered.

      "Mercy" Extended

      Landers was called before the court following a conference of
      attorneys and nodded his head in reply to an inquiry by Judge
      Thomas R. Shepherd if he wished to change his plea from "not
      guilty" of murder in the first degree to guilty of second degree
      Judge Shepherd in imposing sentence said that personally
      speaking, I am glad this plea permits the court to show mercy,"
      adding that in the event the trial had gone on and the jury had
      convicted Landers, mercy might have been impossible. He advised
      Landers to go the penitentiary "determined to show them" that he
      intended to become a law abiding citizen, and added in that
      connection that with good behavior the sentence possibly would be
      shortened. He also expressed regret at the necessity sometimes
      faced of imposing severe sentence and stated as his opinion that
      "speed and certainty of punishment far exceeds" severity of
      sentence in halting crime.

      Defense Faced "Stone Wall"

      Harold Houston, of counsel for Landers, explained after court
      adjourned that the decision to change the plea was reached because
      of a "stone wall" faced by the defense in the shape of a written
      confession made by Landers when he was arrested for the second
      time, after having been taken into custody and released in
      connection with the slaying. The confession Houston said, was
      lengthy and detailed and was given in the presence of a court
      reporter and state police.
      Landers repudiated the confession by entering a "not guilty"
      plea when his trial was opened but Houston said Judge Shepherd, at
      a conference of attorneys, held that despite the repudiation the
      confession would have to be submitted in court before the jury.
      Four other indictments returned in connection with the mine
      slayings which the state contends were committed by firing from a
      vantage point on a hillside opposites the mine entrance, remain
      before the court. They charge William Goff, Johnny Holstein, Jr.,
      Dennis King and Ivan Lanham with being accessories before the fact
      in the double slaying.

      NEWSPAPER: Huntington Advertiser

      DATED: Tuesday October 28, 1931


      SUBTITLE 1: Judge Shephered Sentences Raymond City Man for Murder
      of Miner


      SUBTITLE 3: Wait Trial in Putnam County Court for Fatal Shooting
      During Strike

      Winfield, Putnam Co., WV. Oct. 27. - Ernest Landers, Raymond Cityminer,
      entered a plea of guilty to second degree murder today for the
      slaying of Sheldon Spaulding during the mine strike last summer
      and was sentenced to 18 years in the state penitentiary by Judge
      Thomas R. Shepherd.

      Second Indictment Dropped

      Another indictment charging Landers with the slaying of
      Clarence Kyle, second victim of the shooting from a nearby
      hillside as the men entered the mine of the Raymond City Coal
      Company, was nolled after Landers pleaded guilty to the indictment
      charging slaying of Spaulding.
      The sudden ending of Landers' trial which started yesterday
      after two postponements, followed a conference of opposing counsel
      with Judge Shepherd during which the court ruled that a confession
      made by Landers following his arrest should be submitted to the
      Harold W. Houston, of counsel for the defense, said informally
      that Landers changed his plea of "not guilty" to first degree
      murder to guilty of second degree murder "in view of the lengthy
      and very detailed confession which had been given by Landers"
      following his arrest and later repudiated by his intial plead of
      not guilty."

      Others Indicted

      Another indictment, charging William Goff, Johnny Holstein,
      Jr., Dennis King and Ivan Lanham with being accessories before the
      fact is still pending in the Putnam county circuit court. That
      indictment along with the two indictments charging Landers with
      the slayings was returned by the last session of the Putnam county
      grand jury.
      No testimony was taken in the case today, the attorneys going
      into conference with Judge Shepherd immediately after court
      convened. At the opening of the trail yesterday the state
      presented testimony to support a contention that a rifle was
      reside upon branches of a tree near the Raymond City mine and
      trained through a peep-hole when two shots were fired at a mine
      motor about to enter the mine killing Spaulding, the motorman and
      his helper, Kyle.
      Judge Shepherd in sentencing Landers, said that the "speed and
      certainty of punishment far exceeds the severity of the sentence."
    1. Has Children Doris Anne LANDERS b: 23 FEB 1928 in Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia
    2. Has Children David Bailey LANDERS b: 26 MAY 1929 in Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia

    1. Title: See notes newspaper.
      Abbrev: See notes newspaper.
    2. Title: Marriage Certificate in Kanawha Co., WV. 1940--1952 Film # 0521724
      Abbrev: Marriage Certificate in Kanawha Co., WV. 1940--1952 Film # 0521724
      Source Media Type: Book
      Page: Book 10 Page 69 Line 664
      Text: Ernest was 24 years of age and Divorce. Ella was 30 years of age and Divorce. Married by A. M. Barlow.
    3. Title: Marriage Certificate in Kanawha Co., WV. 1940--1952 Film # 0521724
      Abbrev: Marriage Certificate in Kanawha Co., WV. 1940--1952 Film # 0521724
      Source Media Type: Book

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