The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia
Willie and Mary Cunningham were approved to be adoptive parents and in early March 1912, they received notification that six-year-old Charles Edward McIntosh had been designated for adoption by them.
Charley was the same age as the Holbert children who lived on the adjoining farm and he blended in well with his new cousins. All of the Holbert children and Charley attended the upper Clover Fork School for the next several years.
Charley McIntosh is wearing suspenders in the center. Robert Holbert is at his right side, Mary Holbert is on his left and Della Holbert is in the white dress to the far left side of this Upper Clover Fork school photo.
Walkersville High School
A Life in Education
Charley probably attended Glenville State Teachers College to earn the required college credits to become eligible to sit for the teacher’s examination. We know that he passed the examination because he was employed by the Collins Settlement Board of Education to teach at the Roanoke School for the school year 1925-1926. During the next twenty two years, Charley taught at various schools in Collins Settlement District including the Upper Clover Fork School, Roanoke Grade School, Walkersville Grade School, Ireland Grade School and the Upper Glady School at Duffy. He served as principal at the Roanoke, Walkersville, and Ireland schools. Charley’s wife, the former Lena Crawford, was also a teacher in Lewis County, where she taught at Abram’s Run School and Walkersville Grade School.
When Charley was the principal at the Roanoke School, several of his students who finished the eight grades at Roanoke went on to high school at Burnsville. This was possible because the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad train schedule was timed in such a way that students arrived in Burnsville in time for class in the morning and the evening train got them home at a reasonable hour. Some fathers of the students were also employees of the railroad and were entitled to free family passes, so the commute was cost-free.
Nina (Smarr) Myers recalls when Charley taught at the Upper Clover Fork School, he acquired admirers for the innovative school logo which he fashioned for a Lewis County 4-H gathering at Jackson ’s Mill. Attaching a large poster of a clover leaf to a pitch fork, he preceded the Upper Clover Fork 4-H students into the assembly. We also have it on good authority that Charley was very adept on getting the attention of a misbehaving or inattentive boy in the classroom with a well-aimed chalk eraser.
Left: Charles Crawford Mcintosh
Charley and Lena had one child, a son named Charles Crawford McIntosh. Their son was an intellectual prodigy and graduated from Walkersville High School at the age of thirteen and from Glenville State College at the age of sixteen. He then attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and received a B. S. degree from that institution in 1951. He also later graduated from the New York Medical College in 1960 and established a medical practice in Teaneck, New Jersey.
According to the descendents of Charlie's sister Jessie Marie (McIntosh) Belcher, six of the seven McIntosh children found each other and were reunited as adults: William, Wesley, Charles, Jessie, John and George. Only their sister Nettie was missing.