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Alice (Gribble) Friend


Alice (Gribble) Friend was born in about 1862 in Preston County, WV, the daughter of Henry Harrison and Mary Catherine (Fawcett) Gribble.

Not yet married, Alice is believed to have given birth to a son in June 1888, Lacy Greathouse.


Clarksburg Telegram, 1941

Circa 1891, when she would have been about 29 years of age, Alice married Dolliver James J. Friend (1862-1941), a native of Deer Park, Garrett County, MD, and the son of Samuel and Sarah Friend.

The couple bore two known children of their own -- Lelia Walter and Alta Mae Parrish.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, the Friends lived with Doliver's widowed mother in Deer Park. At that time, Dolliver earned a living as a day laborer.

The Friendses relocated by 1908 to Terra Alta, Preston County and later migrated to Keyser, Mineral County, WV. In about 1913, they moved once more to Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV.

Said the Clarksburg Telegram, James "was a sawmill worker but after coming here 28 years ago worked for the Monongahela-West Penn company for a number of years."

Sadly, Alice suffered from liver problems, and died at age 54 on June 20, 1916, in Mineral County.


Bird's-eye view of Keyser's Queens Point


In later years, James resided with his son Lacy at 5 Trolley Terrace in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV.

He passed away there at age 78, on Aug. 20, 1941, several days after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. His remains were shipped to Deer Park for burial, following "short funeral services ... held with the Rev. L.E. Bee, pastor of the Methodist Temple," said the Telegram.


~ Son Lacy Glen Greathouse Friend ~

Son Lacy Glen Greathouse Friend (1888- ? ) was born in June 1888 in Brownsville, Fayette County, PA and at birth was named "Lacy Greathouse."

He was only two years of age when his mother wed Dolliver J.J. Friend, and in time his surname was changed to "Friend."

Lacy entered into marriage with Blanche King (1890- ? ), a native of Deer Park, Garrett County, MD.

Together, they bore a family of four known daughters -- Irene Friend, Emma Iretta Stemple, Lelia M. Friend and Juanita Meryl Friend.


Jacksonburg, WV, where the Friends lived in 1915


The Friends were in Maryland in 1908 at the birth of their daughter Irene and in Wetzel County, WV in 1915 when daughter Emma was born. They eventually put down roots in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV. Lacy's employment in 1926-1930 was as a construction foreman in Clarksburg, working for the West P.P.S. [Penn Power Service?]

By 1940, at the time of the federal census, he made a living operating a home-based laundry business. They also took in income by housing lodgers, who in 1940 were Myrtle Dewitt, Agnes Banish and Helen Radick. Their address in 1930-1941 was at No. 5 Trolley Terrace.

Lacy resided in Columbus, Franklin County, OH circa 1961.

Daughter Irene Friend (1908- ? ) was born in about 1908 in Maryland. She earned a living at the age of 22 in 1930 as a waitress in a tearoom in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV.


Clarksburg, West Virginia


Daughter Emma Iretta Friend (1915- ? ) was born on Dec. 29, 1915 in Jacksonburg, Wetzel County, WV or neighboring Marshall County, WV. In young womanhood she lived in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV. When she was 21 years of age, on March 20, 1937, she was joined in wedlock with 21-year-old Leland Stemple (Dec. 24, 1915- ? ), son of John William and Louise (Hess) Stemple and a native of Allegheny County, PA. Rev. John Marion Smith, pastor of the Clarksburg Baptist Church, officiated. The marriage may have been short-lived, as at the age of 24 in 1940, single, she dwelled with her parents and worked as a rack maker in a glass house in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV. At the death of his father in March 1956, John is known to have resided in Clarksburg.

Daughter Lelia May Friend (1919- ? ) was born on May 17, 1919 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV

Daughter Juanita Meryl Friend (1926- ? ) -- also spelled "Wanetta" -- was born on Aug. 4, 1926 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV.


~ Daughter Lelia (Friend) Walter ~

Daughter Lelia Friend (1890- ? ) was born in about June 25, 1890 in Terra Alta, Preston County, WV.

She grew up in Deer Park, Garrett County, MD and was there at the age of nine in 1900. She migrated with her parents to Keyser, Mineral County, WV.

On Oct. 30, 1913, in nuptials held in Keyser, Lelia at the age of 21 was united in the bonds of matrimony with 23-year-old David W. Walter (1890- ? ), son of Lewis and Ella Walter of Oakland, MD. Rev. A.O. Price officiated. At the time, David was employed as a telegraph operator.

By 1920, David was back in his parents' household in the eastern part of Oakland, with his marital status marked in the census as "widowed." He continued to earn a living that year as a telegraph operator.

Nothing more about Lelia is known.


~ Daughter Alta May (Friend) Parrish ~


Mineral Daily News-Tribune

Daughter Alta Mae (1895-1961) was born in Jan. 1895 in Garrett County, MD.

She moved with her parents and siblings to Keyser, Mineral County, WV.

When she was 21 years of age, on July 17, 1916, she was joined in wedlock with 23-year-old carpenter Walter Edward Parrish Sr. (Sept. 29, 1893-1969). He was the son of Charles N. and Minnie F. Parish, and though originally from Tucker County, WV, was living in Keyser at the time. They were wed by the hand of Rev. G.G. Martin.

The federal census enumeration of 1920 show Alta and Watler living under the roof of his parents in Keyser. At that time, he earned a living as a railroad car repairer. 

They together produced one son, Walter E. Parrish Jr.

Census records of 1930 list the family in Keyser, with Walter now laboring as a house carpenter. In 1935, they lived in Cumberland, MD, and by 1940, had moved againto the community of Burlington, Mineral County. Walter maintained his carpentry work as of 1940.

In her mid-60s, Alta began suffering from hardening of the arteries.

After three years of sickness, and residing at the Pulliam Nursing Home of Burlington, Mineral County, Alta died on April 9, 1961, at age 67. She was buried at Deer Park Cemetery in Deer Park, Garrett County, MD, following a funeral led by Rev. Millard Floyd. Her obituary was published in the Mineral Daily News-Tribune in Keyser and the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times.

Walter outlived his bride by eight years and stayed in Burlington. Burdened with hardening of the arteries and a gangrenous foot, added to kidney failure, he was admitted to Memorial General Hospital in Elkins, WV. There, he died at the age of 75 on March 13, 1969. His remains were laid to rest in Deer Park, with Rev. A.C. Agnew leading the funeral service. An obituary was printed in the Evening Times.

Son Walter E. Parrish Jr. (1923- ? ) was born in about 1923 in Keyser. He made his home in the 1960s with his parents in Burlington near Keyser, WV. 


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