Moses Scott Riley

Headstone of M. Scott Riley Family

Citizen Who Occupied Prominent Attention in Public Life Ends Mortal Career.

The Daily Telegram., February 23, 1915

Moses Scott Riley died at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at his home at Arbutus Park, east of the city, after an illness of one year of infirmities.

Mr. Riley is survived by his widow, eight daughters and three sons. The daughters are Gwilla, Martha, Mrs. Jule Henry, Mrs. Robery Shackleford, Mrs. Oscar Moore and Mrs. A. J. Neptune, all of Clarksburg; Mrs. Frank Axenroth of Philadelphia; and Mrs. Adolph Axenroth, of New York. The sons are Scott, John and Harry, all of Clarksburg.

Justice Riley was born March 10, 1835, in Harrison County, OH., of Scotch-Irish Virginia parents. He spent his boyhood and early manhood at Wheeling. He in enlisted in Captain Carlin’s Famous Wheeling Battery of Union Army in the Civil War in 1862, serving the greater part of his term of enlistment as chief of piece No. 2 gun detachment and being mustered out at Wheeling in June, 1865.

In the fall of that year he moved to Clarksburg, residing here since. He served one year as sergeant and collector of the city, one year as a member of the city council and two successive years as mayor.

The Republican party selected him as a district elector on the Blane and Logan ticket. The subject of this sketch also served several terms as a justice of the peace of Clark district.

Ruhl & Koblegard

By trade, Justice Riley was a stogie maker. When he first came to Clarksburg he went into business for himself but later associated with the Ruhl and Koblegard Company as a travelling salesman, retiring from that position a number of years ago.

As a member of Custer Post No. 8 of the Grand Army of the Republic, Justice Riley was prominent in all of its activities. As a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church he was a leader. He was a man of extraordinary intellect, possessed an attractive personality and enjoyed the distinction of a man of foremost thought in his circles.

Funeral arrangements have not been made.

Grand Army of the Republic in Clarksburg

The Daily Telegram., February 24, 1915 Pg 3

Services Will Be Held at the First Methodist Episcopal Church

Funeral services over the body of Moses Scott Riley, who died at his home at Arbutus Park at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon after a year’s illness, will be held at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the First Methodist Episcopal Church and the Rev. G. D. Smith, assisted by the Rev. M. R. Musgrave, will conduct the services. The burial will be in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery.


The Daily Telegram., February 25, 1915 Pg 3

Many friends attended the funeral of M. Scott Riley in the First Methodist church Thursday afternoon. The Rev. G. D. Smith officiated. The Odd Fellows had charge of the obsequies and burial was at the Odd Fellows cemetery.

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