Left: a page from a McGuffey Reader, the text that would have been used at Clover Fork School in the 1810s.
The Clover Fork School, Class 1914-1915
Crawford, who later was superintendent of schools for Lewis County and Dean at Glenville State College, was a firm believer in keeping the community aware of the conduct of the school under his charge. In 1913, Crawford sent a report of his school on Clover Fork to the Weston Independent newspaper which was published on November 25, 1913. He reported,
“The following is a report of the Clover Fork School for the month ending November 7th. Number of pupils enrolled: boys 11, girls, 10, total 21. Average daily attendance: boys 10, girls, 9, total 19. Per cent of daily attendance: boys, 98, girls, 92; average, 95. The following students were neither absent nor tardy: Archie and Eddie Cosner, Patrick Carney, Thomas and Eugene Kelley, Fred Holbert, John Murriner, Okey Carter, Charles McIntosh, Margaret Carney, Mary Holbert and Lorena Kelley. Both patrons and students seem to be interested in the welfare of the school.”
Patrick and Margaret Carney, brother and sister, were the children of James and Catherine “Kate” (Moran) Carney. Patrick was a long-time resident of Clarksburg and worked for the Feeney Roofing Company of Clarksburg. This roofing company was owned by Jimmie Feeney, an Orlando native. Patrick died in 1985. Margaret Carney married John Dolan, Jr. of Clarksburg late in life. She was a resident of Weston at her death in 1995.
Fred Holbert and his sister Mary were the children of Abia and Amanda “Maggie” Holbert who owned a nice farm on Clover Fork near Mount Hope Church. Mary’s first year in school was the first year that Mr. Crawford taught school. Fred was one of the earliest Orlando natives to graduate from a four year college. He received a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in 1928. Mary married Russell Ellyson, a teacher and native of Gilmer County. Mary was a graduate of Glenville State College. She and her husband resided at Morgantown.
John Murriner was the son of Newton and Mary (Rohrbaugh) Murriner. This farming family lived on upper Clover Fork.
Charles McIntosh was the son of George and Mary (Lyons) McIntosh of upper Clover Fork. Charles lost his mother when he was young and he was raised by a Cunningham family on Clover Fork. Charles later resided in Walkersville and was a teacher in Lewis County at the time of his death in 1958.
By the time Clover Fork school closed, the Dick and Jane series was being used.
Comment 1 by John Carney
A few years ago I made an effort to locate the children of my Aunt Agnes (Carney) Kelley and my Uncle James Patrick Kelley. Three of the Kelley children, Thomas Eugene and Lorena were students of Robert T. Crawford at the Clover Fork School in 1913. I remembered that my father told me that the Kelley family had moved to Detroit many years ago and that my family had lost all trace of them. I made several inquiries in the Michigan area about my Kelley cousins to no avail. Quite some time after I had given up hope of locating them, I unexpectedly received an email from a lady in San Diego, California with an attached obituary of my Aunt Agnes (Carney) Kelley who had died in 1961 in California and had been returned to Michigan for burial. I learned that my Uncle James Patrick Kelley had died in Michigan in 1931.
With the help of my aunt’s obituary, I have been able to be in touch with my Kelley cousins who are scattered all over the United States.
comment 2 by Donna Gloff
Another teacher at the Clover Fork school, in the 1940s and 50s, was Virginia (McCoy) Skinner, pictured to the left.