Mathew B. Curkendall


The Daily Telegram., May 13, 1908
The Fairmont West Virginian., May 14, 1908

Popular Ex-Deputy Sheriff is Victim of Inflammatory Rheumatism.

Grave marker of Matthew B. Curkendall

Mathew B. Curkendall, ex-deputy sheriff of Harrison County, died in his room at the Waldo hotel at 2:20 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Dissolution was caused by inflammatory rheumatism.

Last week Mr. Curkendall contracted a cold in Parkersburg and this developed into the fatal malady. But, his condition was not alarming until Tuesday night, when he became unconscious and did not arouse afterward.

Mr. Kurkendall was born and reared at Romine’s Mills, being the son of John Curkendall, now deceased. He came to Clarksburg a number of years ago and had resided here since. During his residence in the city he served as deputy sheriff twelve years, the period being from 1892 to 1904, and the sheriffs he served under were John I. Alexander, Lloyd L. Lang and J. A. Fleming. As an officer he was faithful and discharged his duties well.

A brother, Zebedee Curkendall, now in Texas, and a sister in Ohio survives him. His age was about 35 years. He was widely known. He was of genial disposition and commanded a host of friends. His death is deeply regretted by all who knew him.

Waldo Hotel where Matthew B. Curkendall passed away

Mr. Curkendall was prominent in Masonry, being a member of the Blue lodge, a Royal Arch Mason, a Knight Templar and a Shriner. He was also an Odd Fellow.

The body will be removed to the home of Miss Lillie Stealey on Mechanic Street, from which the funeral will take place at a date not yet announced.


Will Be Held Sunday Afternoon With the Masons in Charge.

The Daily Telegram., May 14, 1908

Photograph of Matthew B. Curkendall

The funeral of the late ex-Deputy Sheriff Matthew B. Curkendall will be held at the residence of Miss Lillie Stealey on Mechanic street Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock and burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery. The Knights Templar will furnish the pall bearers and the Blue Lodge of the Masons will perform the rites at the grave. Zebedee Curkendall, a brother, is enroute from Texas, leaving there last night.


The Daily Telegram., May 14, 1908, page 8

John Curkendall, of Century, was called to the city by the death of his brother, M. B. Curkendall.


Will be Held Tommorrow Afternoon and Burial Will be Here

The Daily Telegram., May 16, 1908

Masonic Compass Symbol

The funeral of Matthew B. Curkendall will take place at the residence of Miss Lillie Stealey on Mechanic street tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery. This was decided upon after the arrival of his brother, Zebedee Curkendall, from Texas Friday morning.

The funeral services will be led by the Rev. H. G. Richardson. The interment will be in charge of Hermon Lodge No. 6, A. F. & A. M. Clarksburg Commandery No. 13, will furnish an escort for the lodge.


Is Largely Attended by Masons, Odd Fellows, Relatives and Friends.

The Daily Telegram., May 18, 1908
The Clarksburg Telegram., May 21, 1908, page 2

At 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon the funeral of the late Matthew B. Curkendall, ex-deputy sheriff of the county, was held at the residence of Miss Lillie Stealey, on Mechanic street, the Rev. H. G. Richardson leading an impressive service and a special choir singing appropriate music.

Odd Fellows' Banner

Herman Lodge No. 6, A. F. & A. M., performed the last rites at the grave in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery in a solemn manner and Clarksburg Commandery No. 13, Knights Templar, furnished the funeral escort. Both branches of the Masons, as named above, attended the funeral in a body, as did also Adelphi Lodge No. 8, I. O. O. F., as well as many friends and relatives, and it was one of the largest attended funerals in a number of months. Many brother Masons and friends from out the city were present.

Attending from a distance were his brothers, Zebedee Curkendall, of Texas, and John Curkendall, of Century, and Mr. and Mrs. John I. Alexander, of Washington, D. C.


The Daily Telegram., May 18, 1908, page 8

Harrison County Map Image

Ernest L. Pigott was here Sunday from Shinnston attending the funeral of M. B. Curkendall.



The Fairmont West Virginian., May 18, 1908

CLARKSBURG, W. Va., May 18.– Yesterday afternoon from the home of his sister, in this city, occurred the funeral of the late Matthew B. Curdenkall, whose death occurred the middle of last week at a local hotel, from an attack of rheumatism of the heart. The funeral was one of the largest that has been held in the city for a long time, there being a great many friends of Mr. Curkendall and the family here from other parts of the State.

The funeral was under the direction of the Masonic body of which Mr. Curkendall was a member for a number of years. There was a short service at the home after which the remains were taken to the church where elaborute services were held, and later interment was made at the Masonic cemetery. Prominent men of the city who had been associated with Mr. Curkendall acted as pallbearers and there was a profusion of floral tributes.

Nastutium arrangement


The Daily Telegram., May 19, 1908, page 6

Ernest B. Lewis qualified Tuesday afternoon as administrator of the estate of Matthew B. Curkendall, giving bond of $6,000.

The Clarksburg Telegram., May 21, 1908, page 3

SHINNSTON, May 18.– The following members of the Masonic order of this place attended the funeral of M. B. Curkendall at Clarksburg yesterday: George A. Ferguson, Lawrence E. Hawkins, J. W. Carder, R. L. Finlayson, Charles L. Watkins, A. L. Lyon, F. H. King, H. M. Martin, W. A. Meredith, C. H. Higginbotham and Dr. J. S. Maloy. Others from here who attended the funeral were Mrs. R. S. Monroe, Miss Linnie Monroe, Messrs Q. M. Carder, E. L. Pigott and H. C. Robinson.

The Daily Telegram., June 01, 1908, page 5
Map of United States used to illustrate the distance of Texas and other states where relatives of Mr. Curkendall's resided

Zebedee W. Curkendall, who came here from Texas to attend the funeral of his brother, M. B. Curkendall, will leave for home tonight.


The Clarksburg Telegram., June 25, 1908, page 4
The Daily Telegram., June 25, 1908
The Clarksburg Telegram., July 16, 1908, page 6
The Daily Telegram., July 16, 1908, page 2
The Clarksburg Telegram., July 23, 1908, page 6

All persons having claims against the estate of Matthew Curkendall, deceased, will please present them to E. D. Lewis, administrator of said estate for settlement; and all persons knowing themselves indebted to said estate will please call and settle with said administrator.


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