Charles E. Pride


The Fairmont West Virginian., June 29, 1905

Well Known Man Died Yesterday at Clarksburg

Memorial to Charles E. Pride

Charles E. Pride, for several years a resident of Fairmont, was found dead in his room at the Waldo Hotel in Clarksburg, yesterday afternoon about five o’clock. Mr. Pride was found lying on the floor undressed, and had been dead several hours when found. His death was attributed to heart failure.

Mr. Pride was born in Monongalia County forty-eight years ago. His parents, the late Henry F. Pride and Laverna E. Pride moved to Fairmont while he was quite young, and he lived here until about fifteen years ago when he moved to Clarksburg. His wife died about seven years ago.

Mr. Pride was president of the C. E. Pride Company, commission brokers, and of the Central Storage Company. He was also largely interested in several industrial concerns in Clarksburg.

He leaves four sisters, Mrs. T. N. Parks, of Fairmont. Mrs. E. B. Shore, of Clarksburg, Mrs. A. N. Taylor, of Brooklyn, N. Y., and Miss Virginia Pride, of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and two little daughters, Miss Catherine Virginia Pride, and Miss Nettle Johnson Pride. His mother, Mrs. Laverna E. Pride, still survives, and lives at 617 Locust avenue, this city.

The funeral will be held from the residence at Adamston, near Clarksburg, to-morrow afternoon at three o’clock.


The Clarksburg Telegram., June 30, 1905



Deceased Was Prominently Identified With Various Leading Commercial and Industrial Concerns of the Community and his Demise is Deeply Deplored

Image of the Waldo Hotel where C. E. Pride died during

Charles E. Pride, prominent business man, merchandise broker banker and industrial promoter, was found dead in his room at the Waldo hotel Wednesday evening at five o’clock. The news of the sad discovery was shocking and east a deep gloom over the city, his death being deplored by all who knew him.

The discovery was made by the bell boy, who was sent to the room after failure to get a response by telephone, in answer to an inquiry by John W. Gold, who went to the hotel office at that hour and asked for him. The bellboy returned hurriedly from the room and informed the office and Manager Gazley, and Mr. Gold telephoned for Dr. J. W. Johnston, who hastily went to the hotel and his room. Mr. Pride was lying on his back on the floor between two beds and was in his night clothes. Dr. Johnston after an examination pronounced him dead and stated that the indication were that death came a few hours before the discovery was made.

Hotel Guest

Mr. Pride resided at Adamston, but had been a guest at the hotel since Monday night, being the last to register there that night. He was served in his room at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning and again at 7 o’clock in the evening.

Wednesday morning between 3 and 4 o’clock he left the hotel and was seen by the night clerk and night telephone operator, but came back in a little while and walked upstairs to his room. When he went out of the hotel it was to the Metropolitan restaurant where he complained of being slightly ill, and took some thing to eat.

The chambermaid opened the door to his room slightly at 7 o’clock Wednesday morning, intending to enter and arrange it, but she saw his coat and hat on the dresser, and trousers and shirt on the table, but did not see him. Supposing him to be asleep she closed the door and did not return to the room until 12 o’clock, when she saw that his clothes had not been moved and she concluded he was still sleeping. The room was not again visited until the bell boy found him dead at five o’clock in the afternoon.

A Brief Biography
Adamston where C. E. Pride had his home

Heart failure was the cause of his death. Mr. Pride was born in Monogalia county in August, 1857, and was a son of Henry S. Pride, now deceased, and Mrs. L. E. Pride, now of Fairmont, and was in his 48th year. His father was a saddler and harness maker and dealer and had his place of business at Fairmont. In his boyhood the deceased was employed with his father and after arriving at manhood embarked in business for himself in Fairmont, be coming identified with various enterprises. Some years ago he came to Clarksburg and opened a grain and merchandise brokerage business and built up an extensive trade. He continued in this business to the time of his death and was identified with various other businesses.

The business interests of Mr. Pride were diversified and quite extended. At the time of his he was president of the C. E. Pride Company, merchandise brokers; and also president of the Central Storage Company, with main offices in the Koblegard building in Glen Elk. He was a director of the Union Land Company, a director of the Pine Grove Land & Manufacturing Company, a director of the Union National Bank, promoter and director of the Consolidated Telephone Company, and president of the Clarksburg Cemetery Associaton, whose property is known as the Greenlawn cemetery and is situated at Adamston.

The deceased was one of the main promoters of the West Fork Oil & Natural Gas Company, and retained his interests, when the Clarksburg Heat & Light Company absorbed that company. He was also one of the promoters of the Industrial Winday Glass Company, and leaves interests in that concern. He had also various other holdings, and was as largely identified with industrial and commercial interests as most any other citizen of Clarksburg.

Family and Business

Mr. Pride married Miss Nettie Johnson, daughter of Hamilton and Prudence Johnson, of Adamston and niece of Governor Joseph Johnson, now deceased. She preceded him to the grave. Mr. Pride was one of the chief promoters of the Peoples’ Banking & Trust Company, and a director in that concern until it and the late Traders National Bank last spring merged under the name of the Union National Bank.

Picture of Union National Bank, a banking institution C. E. Pride was involved with

Surviving him of his immediate family are two young daughters–Katherin Virginia and Nettie Johnson Pride, aged 7 and 6 years respectively. Besides the two daughters, his mother and four sisters also survive. The sisters are Mrs. F. G. Parks, of Fairmont; Mrs. A. N. Taylor, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Mrs. E. B. Shore, of his late home, and Miss Virginia Pride of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, engaged in educational work.

Mr. Pride was one of Clarksburg’s most active and shrewdest businessmen, as shown by the many prominent enterprises he was engaged in and affiliated with. Success crowned his every effort and his experience and energy business acumen. He enlisted enthusiastically and with deep eartnestness in every business venture he was identified with and with characteristic energy and push brought all such to the point of successful reward, accomplishing at all times his undertaking and at no time knowing failure. Of such high and prominence in the business world was he that many concerns sought to have him associated with them and they found wisdom in his counsels, as well as advantage in his influence.


From the standpoint of personality he was magnetic and by his genial disposition and generosity of heart attracted many friends and confidants, and none were held in higher esteem by friends and business associates than he. His demise brings general regret and is an irreparable loss to the community.

Image of the Sample Case a publication of the UTC

The funeral will occur from his late residence at Adamston at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon and will be conducted by Rev. H. G. Richardson of the Second Presbyterian church. The intermnet will be in the family lot at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery. The pall bearers will be P. H. Koblegard, J. Hornor Davis, W. R. Gregg, A. M. T. Cunningham, R. B. Willison, J. W. Tracey, John P. Gandy and T. N. Parks, of Fairmont.

The deceased was a member of the United Commercial Travelers, and a number of that organization will attend the funeral.


The Daily Telegram., July 13, 1905

John C. Johnson, of Bridgeport, qualified in county court Thursday as administrator of the estate of the late Charles E. Pride, giving bond amounting to $35,000.

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