John D. Primm


John D. Primm Dies From a General Breakdown At His Home Here.


Born and Reared In County and Devoted Life To Building Up His Native County

The Daily Telegram., October 27, 1906
The Clarksburg Telegram., November 1, 1906, page 7

Clarksburg Post Card Image

The city was shocked Saturday by the news of the death of John D. Primm, one of the city’s most widely known citizens and a pioneer of this community. Dissolution occurred at 11:30 o’clock Friday night at his late home on West Pike street.

Mr. Primm had been in failing health several years and the immediate cause of his death was a general breakdown, though the community at large did not know his condition was so grave.

John D. Primm was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Primm, early and prominent residents of Clarksburg. He was born in this city seventy-two years ago, and was one of a large family. The survivors of this family are three brothers and two sisters, namely Charles E. of Weston; H. G., of Freeport, Kans.; William J., of Adamston; Mrs. Emma Colter, of Vesta, Neb., and Mrs. Sallie Miller, of Muncie, Ind.

A map of Harrison County, where John D. Primm was born and reared.

Survivng him of his own family are ten children, namely, Thomas D., Mrs. J.T. Boggess, Mrs. James H. Ridenour, Mrs. C. B. Bradford, Mrs. C. Q. Stout and Misses Mayme and Margaret, all of this city; Mrs. Lena Whitman, of Barre, Mass., and J. Mathew Primm, of Warren, Ind. Mrs. Primm, wife of the deceased, died three years ago here.

Mr. Primm resided…..

Mr. Primm resided at Wilsonburg a number of years, later at Sardis, and the past score of years in Clarksburg. He was a carpenter by trade and a very skillful workman and mechanic. He did much contract work of this kind, as well as individual work.

His death occurred on the evening of the forty-seventh anniversary of his marriage to Martha Peck, daughter of John Peck, a pioneer and well known citizen.

Image of Central Presbyterian Church where John D. Primm was a member

Mr. Primm became a member of the Central Presbyterian church a number of years ago and had been a consistent member ever since. In labor organizations he held a number of positions of trust. He was a leading member and official of the local carpenters and joiners union, of the local trade assembly, and a vice president of the State Federation of Labor of West Virginia.

Mr. Primm was of a very affable disposition and made and kept friends wherever he was. He was a gentleman of intellectual culture, a very intelligent citizen as well as a very useful one.

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