Harrison Cork

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Harrison Cork 1835- 1901

Cooper’s Clarksburg Register., March 28, 1856

MARCH QUARTERLY TERM:–Present, E. W. Patton, president, pro. tem., Richard Fowkes, Benj. Martin and Levi S. Hall, associate justices.

Court met on Monday, the 11th inst. Much business was done and we lay before our readers a short synopsis of the proceedings of most importance.

The first day of Court was taken up in receiving reports of settlements of the accounts of sundry administrators, &c., and impaneling the grand jury.

The grand jury returned to the court the following presentments:

Presentment against Franklin Fox, William Corbin, Jacob Fox and Harrison Cork, for disturbing public worships, at Limestone and Mount Zion Methodist Churches.

Killed and Wounded in the 12th Va. Reg. at the Battle of Winchester.
List of Battle for 12th W Va.

Daily Intelligencer., July 18, 1863

Editors Intelligencer :

I believe there has not been a full list of the killed, wounded and missing of the 12th Va. regiment published since the fight at Winchester. Thinking that there might be some who would like to know what had become of their friends, I send you the following which is correct.



Missing.–Private F. M. Swiger
Killed.–2d Lieut. J. R. Durham, in the breast, at Grafton.
Wounded.–Privates-Leonidas Shinn and P. A. Sims.
Missing.–Capt. J. W. McQuain, Privates—-Jesse Baccus, John H. Bennett, Harrison Cork, Danl. Dillen, G. F. Fox, B. J. Harrison, Isaac Isreal, Wm. F. Longhery, J. J. Martin, S. M. Root, Wm. H. Swiger, Wesley Strather, (sick,) Jeremiah Williams, Lloyd Washburn and J. C. Young.

The Clarksburg Telegram., February 03, 1893

Harrison Cork was at Farnum Monday.

The Clarksburg Telegram., August 17, 1894, page 2

Mr. Harrison Cork and wife, of Clarksburg, were registered at the Valley House this week.

The Clarksburg Telegram., April 19, 1895, page 4
Photograph of Harrison Cork

Our popular landlord Harrison Cork, has the sympathy of his many friends in the loss of his venerable father, an account of whose life appears elsewhere in this issue.

The Clarksburg Telegram., June 21, 1895, page 7

Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Cork left Monday evening for Marshall, Illinois.

The Clarksburg Telegram., August 16, 1895

Harrison Cork, proprietor of the Walker House, was taken dangerously ill at the home of a friend in Indiana, this week, and for a time was not expected to live. We learn that he is now better.

The Clarksburg Telegram., August 23, 1895, page 7

Harrison Cork is still a very sick man at Marshall, Illinois.

The Clarksburg Telegram., August 30, 1895, page 7
Clarksburg Illustration

Harrison Cork’s friends are encouraged with the improved condition of his health.

If no change for the worse occurs Mr. Cork will probably arrive home the last of the week.

The Clarksburg Telegram., September 06, 1895, page 7

After a long absence and a very serious sick spell Harrison Cork is back to his home having arrived on Saturday. Although much fatigued by the long journey he is now feeling considerably better and it is hoped will soon be himself again.

The Clarksburg Telegram., September 18, 1896, page 7

Harrison Cork, proprietor of the Walker House, is improving in health, after a serious indisposition.

The Clarksburg Telegram., August 27, 1897, page 7

Mr. Harrison Cork is building a handsome residence on his property on Cain Street.

The Clarksburg Telegram., January 19, 1900, page 8

Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Cork are home from a several weeks’ visit to West Union.

The Clarksburg Telegram., March 23, 1900, page 2

Building permits were granted to Harrison Cork for a dwelling at 128 West Pike Street;

The Clarksburg Telegram., June 01, 1900, page 2

Along Pike Street we find Harrison Cork’s splendid two story frame residence almost done;

The Clarksburg Telegram., July 13, 1900, page 2

W. M. Osborn, Harrison Cork and a half dozen other property owners petitioned for the opening of a street from Second to Elk Creek, beginning at the middle of Second between Main and Pike. The petition was referred to the street committee.


Cork Family Marker

After an Affliction of Seven Years with Paralysis–Funeral Sunday.
The Clarksburg Telegram., November 01, 1901, page 2

Harrison Cork died at 6 o’clock Friday evening, October 25, 1901, at his late residence, 127 West Pike Street, as the result of a second stroke of paralysis. He was a son of Joseph Cork and was born on a farm near Adamston nearly 67 years ago. He married Miss Margaret Hull, daughter of John Hull, deceased. They had three children, two of whom died in youth.

During the Civil War Mr. Cork was a private in the Twelfth West Virginia Infantry of the Union Army, serving more than three years. He was proprietor of the Walker House, the leading hostelry of his day, for thirteen years and continued to conduct this hotel until after he was stricken seven years ago with paralysis while on a visit to his father, now deceased, in Illinois. While at the Walker House he came in contact with a great many people, among whom were some of the state and nation, and his genial personality drew around him a large circle of friends from among his guests. His honorable dealings and courteous manners among his neighbors and fellow citizens won and kept for him highest esteem. He was loyal and true to the many who counted themselves his friends.

A short time before his death he experienced a second stroke of paralysis and this was the immediate cause of his death.

Funeral services were conducted at the residence at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon in the presence of a large number of people, who assembled to pay the last tribute to one they loved.

Rev. S. K. Arbuthnott officiated. Interment was made in the I. O. O. F. cemetery, R. T. Lowndes, Sr., Col. David Davidson, Oliver P. Boughner, W. H. Freeman, Col. Henry Haymond, R. S. Ogden, D. W. Boughner and M. W. Smith, as pall-bearers, laying the body gently to rest.

His wife and son, Ellsworth, survive him.

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