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Wayne County News
December 3, 1925

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"Aunt" Amanda Osburn, believed to be the oldest person living in Wayne County, celebrated her 96th birthday on last Sunday, November 29th. She was born November 29, 1829, in Virginia, but came to Wayne county when very young. Despite her advanced age, she is still able to get around well and is seen nearly every day on the street about town and around her home. She stays with her son Circuit Clerk Chas. E. Walker at nights, but maintains her own home here during the day. When "Aunt" Amanda was born, Andrew Jackson was president. She was a woman 32 years of age when Abraham Lincoln was inauguarated, at which time Lincoln himself was only 52 years of age. "Aunt" Amanda is still able to read and do some light housework. She has a wonderfully strong constitution for a person of her age. When she first took up her residence in Wayne county, this territory was a fast wilderness inhabited chiefly by bear, deer and other wild game. In making the trip from Virginia to Wayne county, it was necessary for her father to build the road as he came as there were only trails those days. Within her lifetime, not only Wayne county but the whole country has undergone changes and improvements that seem incredible to have happened in the scope of one life-time.



Dr. Carlos Eugene Wilkinson, who was born near Wayne County Court House July 1, 1877, departed this life November 23, 1925. aged 48 years.

He was united in marriage to Lula McGinnis February 1, 1906. To this union was born one son, Renick, who is now a student in the West Virginia University.

Doctor Wilkinson went to Preston county, West Virginia in 1903 and built up a large practice in the medical profession, and for 22 years was busily engaged in this work. In heeding the many calls that to him, he endured many hardships to travel over bad roads through inclement weather. He will be greatly missed by the community in which he worked so long.

He joined the Methodist Episcopal church a number of years ago and was one of the strong financial supporters all these years. When questioned by his Pastor in his last illness, he gave positive evidence that all was well.

He was stricken with paralysis last spring, from which he only partially recovered, when on November 14 he was stricken again with another stroke from which he died.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, son, father, mother, one brother, and a host of friends.

Services were conducted at his home in Bruceton Mills by his pastor Rev. J. E. Johnson, assisted by Rev. Jeremiah Thomas, after which his body was brought to Wayne, where another service was held after which interment was made in the family cemetery at Elmwood.


Mrs. Nancy Hale, age 77 years and one of the pioneers of Logan and Wayne counties, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Hale of Logan last week. She had been sick only one week. Three sisters of the deceased live in Wayne county, namely, Mrs. Lydia Price, Mrs. Mary Clay and Mrs. Julia Adkins.

Mrs. Hale was born in Blacksburg, Henry County, Virginia, but had lived in Logan county for sixty-five years. She was married to John H. Hale in 1860. She was known to several Wayne county people. The deceased had 14 children. . .and in her life-time adopted three children.

Transcription by June White

Wayne County News