One of the basic industries of West Virginia is lumbering, the magnificent forst regions of this great state furnishing an almost unlimited supply of the raw material for countless enterprises connected with the supplying of the immense demand for lumber. One of the concerns long connected with meeting this demand is the Graham Lumber Company of Bluefield, Mercer County, West Virginia, of which one of the prime factors is Burton T. Ingels, its secretary and treasurer.

Mr. Burton was born at Gallipolis, Ohio, July 19, 1886, a son of Jasper C. and Emma (Gilbert) Ingels, both of whom are living and residing at Gallipolis, where the father is serving as president of the First National Bank. He is an active Republican, and has held the offices of probate judge, county treasurer and county recorder of Media County. Seven children were born to the parents, namely: Stella C., who married C.H. Booton; Jesse, who died in 1918; Dolly, who married W.P. Kling; Clyde C., who is cashier of his father's bank; Burton T., whose name heads this review; Chauncey C., who died in 1924; and Marie, who married M.W. Cornwell.

Graduated from the Ohio State University at Columbus, Burton T. Ingels was sent to Herndon, West Virginia, as sales manager for the Guyan Lumber Company. While there he became active in politics as a Republican, and was a justice of the peace from 1910 to 1912, a member of the school board from 1912 to 1916, and in the latter year he was elected president of the board and served in that capacity until 1926. In the latter year he came to Bluefield, bought into the Graham Lumber company, and became its secretary and treasurer.

On September 30, 1911, Mr. Ingels married Miss Belva Lillian Price, born at Huntington, West Virginia, July 23, 1892, a daughter of Peter and Marie (Griffith) Price, of Herndon, West Virginia, where for years Mr. Price has been master mechanic for the Guyan Lumber Company. Mr. and Mrs. Price have had the following children born to their marriage: Ellen, who married J.A. Hammersley; Chilton; Mrs. Ingels; Clyde; and Ilma, who married W.A. Finney, of Mullens. Mr. and Mrs. Ingels have no children. He is a Blue Lodge Mason, with membership at Rock, West Virginia, and he belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of Bluefield and the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Herndon. A Methodist in religious faith, he belongs to the Bluefield Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

A very interesting bit of pioneer history relative to Ohio centers about Mary Ingels, an ancestor of Mr. Ingels. She was captured by the Indians and carried from Pennsylvania over the Alleghany Mountains into Ohio, where she soon thereafter gave birth to what is claimed was the first white child born west of these mountains. She subsequently escaped from her captors, and, with her baby, managed to get back to her husband and family. It is difficult in these days, not so far off as history regards it, to realize the conditions under which the pioneers of any frontier struggled, especially when they had to also contend with the red foes.

 

WEST VIRGINIA In History, Life, Literature and Industry, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1925 - Volume IV