CALVIN D. CONAWAY, president of the Home Savings Bank of Fairmont, Marin
County, former sheriff of the county and present member of the County Court,
was born on the old family homestead in Fairmont District, this county,
August 3, 1863, and is a son of Maj. James E. and Miranda (Ice) Conaway. On
the same old homestead farm Major Conaway was born in the year 1831, and his
death occurred in 1910. He was a gallant officer in the Confederate service
in the Civil war, as major in the regiment commanded by Colonel Thompson.
He was long a representative farmer and merchant in his native county,
besides having been identified with the coal industry in this section of the
state. He served three terms as justice of the peace, and was one of the
honored and influential citizens of Marion County. On the same ancestral
homestead was born his father, William Conaway, and the latter’s father,
John Conaway, was the pioneer representative of the family in the county,
the land which he here obtained and which he reclaimed to productiveness
having continued in the possession of the family for four generations. John
Conaway came to Marion County from Pulaski County, Virginia. He was a
patriot soldier in the War of the Revolution, and his widow, Mrs. Rachel
(Wilson my note Willison) Conaway, drew a pension on account of his service in that war.
Mrs. Miranda (Ice) Conaway was born at Barrackville, Marion County, in 1834,
and her death occurred in 1901. She was a daughter of Hon. William B. and
Dollie (Straight) Ice, her father, a native of Barrackville, this county,
having served as a member of the State Senate. William B. Ice was a son of
Adam Ice, who was the first white child born west of the Allegheny Mountains
in what is now Northern West Virginia, that family having become very early
settlers in the Cheat River neighborhood.
Calvin D. Conaway was reared on the ancestral homestead, which he now owns
and on which he has resided almost continuously. For twenty years he was
engaged in stone contracting work, including the construction of foundations
and the supplying of stone in railroad construction and maintenance. He has
recently retired from this business, including the operation of a large
stone quarry. He has been president of the Home Saving Bank of Fairmont
since 1917, and since 1916 has been president of the Farmers Mutual Fire
Insurance Company of West Virginia, of which he was one of the organizers,
the company now having a membership of 9,000, with insurance in force to the
amount of $12,000,000. Mr. Conaway is president also of the West Virginia
Association of Mutual Fire Insurance Companies, with a membership of 18,000
and with $30,000,000 of insurance. He is vice president of the Monongahela
Candy Company and a stockholder in many other business concerns of Fairmont.
In 1912 Mr. Conaway was elected sheriff of his native county, in which he
served one term. In 1918 he was elected a member of the County Court, in
which capacity he is giving characteristically loyal and effective service.
He is a member of the Elks, Knights of Pythias, Woodmen of the World and the
Loyal Order of Moose. His wife, whose maiden name was Clara Hunter, was
born at Barrackville, Marion County, a daughter of Josephus Hunter, and a
representative of one of the old and influential families of the county.
Mr. and Mrs. Conaway are the parents of two children, Olive Blanche,
deceased, and Nannie M., who is the wife of Archie F. Sandy, a well known
business man of Fairmont.
The History of West Virginia, Old and New, Vol 2, American Historical Society,Chicago/NY, 1923; pgs. 253-254
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