Home 1st Families Greene Reunion Newport Cemetery Cemeteries Census, Rolls & Lists Family Memoirs More Memoirs Memories Letters News More News Obits Postal History Business Doctors Fire Dept 4th of July River News On the River GreeneLine Steamers Ferries & Bridges Beavertown Churches Education Sports Genealogy 1 Genealogy 2 Genealogy 3 Genealogy 4 Military Military Photos 1 Military Photos 2 Military Photos 3 Military Photos 4 Homes Greene Reunion Photos of Newport Families Family Photos e-mail me



Delores A. Skinner Golini, 1989

LORAIN — Delores A. Skinner Golini, 47, of Lorain, formerly of Newport, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, in her home.

She was born March 30, 1942, to Elmer and Garnet Skinner. She had operated the Hair Oasis at Huron and attended the Baptist Church at Lorain.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel; two sons, John Scott Jr. of Baltimore, Md. and Robert Scott of Rochester, N.Y.; six sisters, Hildreth Thompson, Louise Owens and Violet Bleakley, all of Salem, Gertrude  Timberton and Phyllis Straight, both of Vaipraizo, Ind. and Merna of Vermillion; and two brothers, James Skinner of Parkersburg and John Skinner of Lakeland, Fla.

Services were held Sept. 29 in Schwarts, Spence and Boyer Funeral Home with the Rev. Jay Roller officiating. Burial was In Ridge Hill Memorial Park at Lorain.

Vachel Goddard

May 3, 1944 – Aged resident of Newport succumbs


Vachel Goddard 88, life ling resident of Newport Twp. Died Wednesday at 3:45 am at this home in Newport following decline.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:30 am at  the Newport Methodist Church of which he was a member. Interment will be made in Newport Cemetery. The body will remain at Doudna & McClure’s until hour before the services.

Mr. Goddard was born in 1856, son of Benjamin and Marie Tice Goddard. He was an oil well pumper in Newport Twp. During the active days of the oil industry and had also been a farmer. His home was in Newport in the later lafe. Mr. Goddard’s wife, Ellen Berga Goddard died April 24, 1934. Survivors are William L. of Newport, Mrs., C. L Dye, Ida Fogelin of Springfield, Mrs. Hattie Miller, Frank Vachel Jr. of Akron; 10 Grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren. Brothers and sisters are Frank of Charleston, Jane Bayless of Akron, Alice Cain of Tulsa, Okla. Rachel Schenk of Huntington, Fannie Adams of Dayton

Mrs. Ellen Catherine Goddard

Marietta Times

Mrs. Ellen Catherine Goddard, aged 62 years, wife of Vachel Goddard died at her home in Newport on Tuesday at 3:15 am of burns received Sunday afternoon when her clothing caught fire from an open grate in the living room of her home. Mrs. Goddard was a daughter of Jacob and Nancy Martin Berga of Newport Twp. She was born on Dec. 23, 1871. She was united in marriage with Vachel Goddard of Newport Twp. 46 years ago. Surviving with her husband are sons and daughters: William Goddard of Newport, Mrs. Hattie Miller, Frank Goddard, Vachel Goddard of Akron, Ida Fogelin of Springfield. Brothers and sisters are: John, William, Jacob, Luther, Wilbur, Ida Smith, Bertha Kanute of Boreland Springs, W.Va. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She will be buried at Newport Cemetery.




MRS. CARRIE GREENWOOD, Prominent Resident of Newport is Dead, August 5, 1944

Mrs. Carrie Greenwood, 84, widow of Junius Greenwood of Newport, died Sunday at 11p.m. at the Greenwood home in Newport, following decline.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Greenwood home. Interment will be in Newport Cemetery. Mrs. Greenwood was born Sept. 22, 1859 in Newport and was a daughter of the later Christopher and Mary Frances Greene, who were members of the earliest families of Newport. She was married May 6, 1889 to Junius Greenwood and her home was since at the Greenwood homestead. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution; of the Newport Methodist Church and during her active life was interested in all social and civic projects of the Newport Community. Her home was distinguished for its hospitality. Junius Greenwood, who had served as a director of the New First National Bank and also a member of the board of trustees of Washington Co. Children’s Home, died in May of 1937.

Survivors are one son, William Gordon Greenwood of the home; three grandchildren, James Greenwood and Samuel Greenwood of the family home and Mary Frances Riddle Dugan of Cumberland; and one brother, Joseph E. W. Greene of Newport. One brother, Capt. Gordon C. Greene, died in January of 1927 at Cincinnati. One daughter, Mrs. Mary Greenwood Riddle died in Oklahoma 16 years ago; and two sisters, Mrs. Lydia Rea and Mrs. Elizabeth McElHinney are also deceased. Capt Mary Becker Greene is a sister-in-law and Capt. Tom Greene and Capt Chris Greene of the Greene Line Steamers are nephews.

Capt. Tom Greene


Funeral services for Capt. Tom Greene, 46, of Cincinnati, president of Greene Line Steamers, Inc., of Cincinnati and late commander of the steamer Delta Queen, who died Monday in a hospital in Evansville, Ind., were held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Greenwood in Newport. The Rev. E.B. Townsend, D.D. conducted the service. Burial was in the Greene family plot in Newport cemetery. The White funeral home of Cincinnati had charge of arrangements here and also in Cincinnati where services were held Thursday afternoon in the Knox Presbyterian Church with which the Greene family is affiliated. W.W. McClure had charge of the cemetery arrangements at Newport.

Friends of the Greene family from many centers gathered at Newport to pay tribute to the last member of the family of the late Capt. Gordon C. Greene and the late Capt. Mary B. Greene; a family that made an epoch in the history of the rivers for70 years.


The active pallbearers were Horace Lyle, Cincinnati agent of the Greene Line; Capt. Frederick Way of Sewickley, Pa., William C. Greenwood of Newport, a cousin of the Capt. Greene; Mayor Robert L. Bruce of New Martinsville; Carl Adamson of Akron; Roy Heritage of Cincinnati; and Arnold Dickerson of Gallipolis

The honorary group included Commander Merton Hatfield of the U.S. Coast Guard stationed at Pittsburgh; Capt. Walter C. Brooth of Pittsburgh; William McNally of Sewickley, Pa.; Capt. James Rowley of Cincinnati; Forester Farely; Marietta area Chief of U.S. Corps of Engeneers; Ray Gill of Gallipolis; Robert Heslop of Point Pleasant, W.Va.; Frank Hardy of Boston, Mass.; Eugene Campbell of Huntington; J. Nelson Beare of Lock No. 16 at Beavertown; J.J. Salmons of Lock No. 15 at New Martinsville; and C.L. Yates of Lock No.18.

Others at the funeral included the widow, Mrs. Letha Cavendish Greene and four children, Mary, Gordon, Tom, and Jane and other relatives; Miss Vina Cavendish of Cincinnati who is a high school instructor there; Mrs. Leona Wiedman of Philadelphia, Pa.; O.F. Cavendish of Huntington; Mrs Leonard Weston of Washington, D.C.; Mrs David Leasure of Ashland, Ky.; O.F. Cavendish, Jr.; Robert Cavednish and Grace Cavendish of Huntington; Dr. Flora Haag of Cleveland, sister of the late Mary B. Greene; Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Sabin of Cleveland; Mrs. Dorothy Kilham of Cleveland; and Miss Anita Becker of Cincinnati.

Capt. Volney E. White and Capt. Jesse P. Hughes of Cincinnati; Carl Jansen of Pittsburgh, president of Dravo Corporation on Neville Island; Dewey Windsor, president of Marietta manufacturing Co. at Point Pleasant; Capt. Lewis Reed of Union Barge Line, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh; J. Mack Gamble of Clarington; Mrs. Harry Maddy and daughter Miss Ruth Maddy, Mrs. Arnold Dickerson and Mrs. Ethel Burdette of Gallipolis.

Mrs. Frank Hardy of Boston, Mass.; Capt. W.C. Dugan of Vanceburg, Ky. and Cincinnati; Capt. William Pollock of Beaver, Pa., Jack Powell and Marion Frommels of Cincinnati; Mrs. Lillian Hughes, McClung of Cincinnati; C.B. Woodyard of Point Pleasant, Hiram Carpenter of St. Marys; Elgin Adkins of Grape Island.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cramer and Robert Lodder of Cincinnati; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Mueller of Loveland; Alan Riddle of Syracuse, N.Y.’ Mrs. Frank Greene, Mr. and Mrs.John Greene and son Tom of Grandville; Dr. Frank Wilkins of California, Pa., Frank Metz of Cincinnati, Mrs. Carl Adamson of Cuyhoga Falls; Mr and Mrs.Walter C. Urling of Braden, Pa., Miss Helen McDonald of Philadelphia, Pa., John W. Zenn of Pittsburgh, Virgil Bennett and son of Warren, Pa., Betty Heritage of Pittsburgh.

Irvin Urling of St. Louis, Mo., news editor of the Waterways journal; miss Ruth Campbell of Huntington, river editor of the Huntington Herald-Advertiser; Mrs. Edith Reiter, Mrs. C.C. Middleswart, Mrs. Forrester Farley, Mr. and Mrs. Frank K. Schafer, and daughter Anna-Marie, Mrs. Kate Maxon Richards, Miss Winifred Zearing, Mrs. Augusta K. Bedillion, Mrs. H.A. Douglas and Mrs. Nellie Greene of Marietta.

Following the services in Newport cemetery, Mrs. Greenwood served luncheon to many of those from a distance. She was assisted by Mrs. Elizabeth Greene, Mrs. George H,. Gale, Mrs. Alice Fred and Mrs. J. Parker Henry.

Services for Captain G. C. Greene, 1927


Funeral services for Captain Gordon C. Greene prominent river man of Cincinnati and formerly of Newport, who died in Cincinnati last week, were held this morning at 9:00 o’clock on board the steamer “Tom Greene” at Newport. Burial was made in Newport cemetery.

Following the services the boat left Newport on its return trip to Cincinnati.

Funeral for Capt. Greene to be Tuesday, 1949

Funeral services for Capt. Mary Becker Greene, 81, who died Friday in Cincinnati, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the home of William C. Greenwood, a nephew in Newport.  Rev. E. B. Townsend will officiate and burial will be in the Newport cemetery.

Capt. Greene, one of the two women ever to be licensed as a river pilot and master, was chairman of the board of trustees of Greene Line Steamers, Inc., of Cincinnati, and was nationally known for her long career as a pilot and master on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

Her body will arrive in Marietta Tuesday morning from Cincinnati, Doudna and McClure’s funeral home in Marietta will have charge of funeral arrangements.

Alice K. Greene

January 8, 1991

Alice K. Greene, 80, of 763 Glendale Road died at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 8, 1991) Marietta Memorial Hospital.

A housewife, she also had worked with her husband, who sold Electrolux sweepers and products, as a bookkeeper. Mrs. Greene was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the church’s Bethesda Circle. She was born Nov. 25, 1910, at Clarington in Monroe County to William E. and Iva Boughner Yost.

Mrs. Greene is survived by her husband, Robert D. Greene, whom she married Oct. 10, 1942; one son, William of Newport; two grand children; and one sister, Helen Edwards of Marietta.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be at 11 am. Friday in Hadley Funeral Home at Marietta with the Rev. Gary J. Cooper officiating. Burial will be in Newport Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

James Hamilton Greene

Marietta Intelligencer July 13, 1843 pg 3 col 1

Died – in this city, on the 6th inst, JAMES HAMILTON Greene, son of Capt. Daniel Greene aged 28 years.

A brief tribute of respect to the memory or the deceased may not be inappropriate. He was generally respected and esteemed in this community, as an active, intelligent, business man, a good citizen, every way a valuable member of society—and a. such, his loss will be severely felt. Very few individuals have entered upon active live, with brighter prospects that did the diseased. Placed in his temporal circumstances above many of the casualties which make the path of multitudes care-oppresses, he had ever prospect before him, which the world might call desirable. But he was I comparatively early life, cut down. To the bereaved, the loss will be irreparable. They have indeed learned that there are deep, heart-wounds in this vale of death. But at the same time, they have that to comfort them in this affliction, which robs it of its sting. The diseased was a Christian. It is indeed true, that “it is no happiness to live long, and no unhappiness to die soon, but the great secret of happiness, to be prepared to die.”    -the friends and relatives of the deceased have comfort in their mourning. He was evidently prepared to die! A few months before his death he became an inquirer for the way of life. – and we trust, by God’s grace, found it. Subsequently upon a profession of religion, based upon the right foundation, a penitent obedient faith in the Son of God, and to all human judgment as an humble sincere Christian he was admitted to the communion of the Episcopal Church; and while spared, witnesses a good profession, giving evidence of “growth in Grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – His last sickness, which fro m the nature of his disease, was prolonged, was borne with remarkable patience and Christian resignation. He murmured no – but seemed as one waiting his time – ready and willing to depart – and when his hour had come, without a struggle or a sigh –

“Turned to his God, and breathed his soul away.” He sleeps well. We murmur not.

God orders all things well. His hand records

The changeless fate of Omnipotence.

His Spirit is abroad, sweeping the chords

Of universal power – calling from thence,

But all are kindly Monitors, which call

Upon us to be wide – ere we go hence,

Into the spirit world: for here we all

Are walking among graves – weaving our funeral pall!”



Mrs. Eunice Cooke Greene

The Marietta Register August 21, 1890

Mrs. Eunice Greene, whose sad death we mentioned in our last, was the wife of Chas. L Greene, of Newport, and the youngest daughter of Mr. E. M. Cooke of St Marys, W. Va. For some weeks her friends had anxiously noticed indications of a loss of reason and had carefully tried to prevent her being left alone. On the morning of her death she had seemed cheerful and in better health than for some time. All the forenoon she was busy with some household cares, but in the afternoon while her husband was expecting her to meet him at Newport, he received the shocking news of her death. She had a very severe attack of grippe last winter, and never seemed quite well afterward. - only about three months had passed since her marriage and a happy life seemed to lie before her. Her Husband had expected very soon to take her to a home of their own. She died August 16th, at her father's home, in her twentieth year. She was greatly loved, not only in her own home but many other friends who deeply sympathize with her husband and parents in their sad bereavement. For a number of years Eunice had lived a Christian life, and all who knew her sorrow that insanity should have claimed her for one of its victims.

James B Greene 1915 - 1986


Tallow Light Vol 17, No 1

James B Greene 1915 - 1986

James B Greene, a charter member of the Washington County Historical Society, died April 5, 1986 on arrival at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was 71 years old.

He was born in Marietta, a son of the late George C. and Mary Oakes Greene. He was graduated from Marietta High School in 1832 and earned his degree from Marietta College in 1936.

He had been employed as a public health sanitarian in Brown County under a federally sponsored program following the 1937 flood. On terminating this position he entered Ohio University as a graduate assistant in the Department of Zoology, and after two years in graduate study he returned to public health duties in Athens City-County Health District.

During World War II he served as a First Lieutenant in the U. S. Army. Following his discharge from service in 1946 he was employed with American Cyanamid in Bound Brock, N. H., and was later transferred to the Willow Island plant in1947 where he worked in supervisory capacities in the technical department until his retirement in April of 1980.

Carl Brown Greene

Carl Brown Greene, 67, native of Newport and a member of one of the early families there, died unexpectedly Tuesday at 9:15 p.m. at this home in Parkersburg following a heart attack.

Mr. Greene was a son of James B. and Mary Adkins Greene. He was born at Newport and spent his early life there. He served four years in the U. S. Navy and later lived at Rockford, Ill., and Chicago, until 32 years ago when he moved to Parkersburg. He was employed for 30 years with the Monongahela Power Co. in Parkersburg until his retirement two years ago.

Mr. Greene's first wife, Mrs. Gertrude Holdren Greene, who was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Henry Holdren of Lower Newport, died a number of years ago. Daughters of this marriage are Mrs. Phyllis Keenen of Warren and Mrs. Donald L Anderson of Parkersburg. He later married Stella Nuzum and she survives with one daughter, Miss Patricia Greene of the family home.

Brothers and sisters are George C. Greene of 616 Fourth St., Ralph Greene of Alberta Canada, Mrs. S. a. Dana of 124 Wells St., and Mrs. Mary Bates of Marietta. There are two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Ogdin funeral home in Parkersburg. Burial will be in Parkersburg.

Christopher Greene

Unknown Marietta Newspaper July 28, 1897

Mr. Christopher Greene one of the oldest and best known citizens of Newport died Thursday night. He had passed his 88th birthday and had spent his entire live in the township where he lived. For some years he had been blind and almost entirely helpless. A wife and five children, all of whom were present at the funeral, survive him. He was buried from his late residence Saturday afternoon.

William H. Greene

Marietta Intelligencer December 5, 1856

Died - November 10th in Washington, Muscatine County, Iowa in the 46th year of his age, Mr. William H. Greene, late of Newport, Ohio. The deceased lived in his native town until near the close of his life, respected and loved by all. For many years he was a consistent member of the Baptist Church, and, although after his immigration to the West, he was deprived the privileges of the Lord's House, he maintained an orderly Christian Walk.  By a combination inveterate diseases he was unable to speak aloud for the last ten months of his life. This severe affliction to himself and family, he bore with heroic fortitude and Christian meekness. And when obstinate diseases had eaten out his vitals, conscious of his condition and expressing a readiness to depart he quietly fell asleep, in the hope of a glorious resurrection. He was a kind father, and a affectionate husband and to mourn his loss he leaves a large circle of friends, a sorrowing wife and three helpless children,

James R. Greene

June 24, 1947 Marietta Times

James R Greene, 90, former resident of Newport, died Saturday at him home at Bentonville, Ark, Following decline. The body will arrive in St. Marys Tuesday evening and will be received at the Ruttencutter funeral home.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at p.m. at the Newport Methodist Church and interment will be in Newport Cemetery.

Mr. Greene was born in Newport and lived there until 30 years ago when he moved to Bentonville Ark., where he engaged in the fruit growing business, He was engaged in the oil business during the active days of the industry in Washington Co. His wife, Mrs. Mary Bevan Greene, died in 1938 in Arkansas, and her body was brought to Newport for services and interment.

Nine sons and daughters survive, among them , William D Greene of Newport. There are two sisters, Mrs. Martha Bevan, who lives in the Woman's Home on Third Street, and Mrs. Louise Douglas of Parkersburg. Charles Greene of Wooster is the surviving brother.

Harry R Greene of New Jersey dies

Sept 9, 1840

Harry R Greene, 71, former resident of Marietta and Newport, and who attended Marietta College as a member of the class of 1893, died at this home in New Brunswick, N. J. on September 27, according to the news received by the J. E. W. Greene family in Newport. Funeral services were held at New Brunswick. The body was cremated.

Harry Rufus Green was the son of the late Rufus H. and Eleanor Echols Greene, He was born in Newport on June 24, 1869, and spent the greater part of his life in the Newport community. He lived in Marietta for a number of years when he was connected with the Thornily Brothers produce house on Third street. During the past few years, his home was at New Brunswick. He is survived by his widow and five sons and daughters. Richard and David Greene of New Brunswick, N. J.; Mrs. Helen Mueller of Denver Colo., Mrs. Ester Copeland of Houston, Tex., Mrs. Lucia Mand of New York City.

Melissa A. Greene

Marietta Intelligencer January 23, 1861

Died of consumption, after a painful and lingering illness, on the 28th of December 1860. Mrs. Melissa A. Greene, wife of James B. Greene, of Newport, and daughter of Francis Wood, formerly of Harmar.

The deceased with an older sister, who died some time ago, in the spring of 1848, and at the early age of sixteen was hopefully converted, and with about a score of her associate Sabbath School scholars united with the Baptist Church of Marietta then under the pastoral care of Rev. L Corwin.

Her early Christian character, marked by more that the ordinary sobriety of those of her age, never partook of the austerity sometimes mistaken for true Christian gravity. With added years was a growth and development of the Christian spirit, alike removed from feigned cheerfulness, and the morose disguise of an unwilling servant, that ripened into a remarkably symmetrical Christian character, which has left a lasting impression in the entire community where she dwelt. The last few weeks of her life after the struggle which resulted in fully committing to God the care of two dear little children, and the patient waiting in cheerful anticipation of soon meeting the dearest friends. "O death where is thy sting! O grave where is thy victory!" Was an appropriate foundation for an interesting discourse from the servant of God who officiated at the funeral solemnities, Rev. Houston.

Patricia "Patty" L. Greene, 82, of Marietta passed away Tuesday (Feb. 8, 2011) at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born on Monday, April 23, 1928, in Parkersburg, to the late Harry H. and Fay L. Maple Greene.

Patty was a member of the CCL, 55 Plus Club, a past member of Washington County Republican Womens Club, Marietta High School Band Boosters, and a member of the Christ United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, antiquing, refinishing furniture, and traveling. She was loving and nurturing of animals and all wildlife.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Dana Greene of Marietta, and Kevin A. Greene (April Clark) of Wingett Run, and one daughter; Jonni Jill Chutes of Marietta; three grandchildren, Emily Welch Morris, Tyler R. Chutes, and Molly J. Chutes all of Marietta; six great-grandchildren, Christian Welch, Atlas Morris, Damian Morris, Corey Morris, Tyler H. Chutes, and Isaac M. Chutes; one sister, Janet Bell Mauer of Plantation, Fla.; two sister-in-laws, Marie Greene of Reno, Ohio and Betsy Greene Lallathin of Marietta; and one special friend, Fran Wells of Tunnel, Ohio.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Greene on Feb. 21, 2000, and infant son, Mark Greene.

Visitation will be Friday (Feb. 11, 2011) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike St., in Marietta. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday (Feb.12) at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Don Archer officiating.


Letha Greene


The following is from a newspaper clipping, the handwritten date is 11/19/85 with credit to the Marietta Times:


Letha C. Greene

Hyde Park—Letha C. Greene, 80, of Hyde Park, who headed the line that once owned the Delta Queen Riverboat, died at 6 a.m. Monday in Good Samaritan Hospital of Cincinnati of an apparent heart attack. 

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Capt. Tom Greene, in 1950.  Following his death in 1950 she became president and general manager of Greene Line Steamers, owners of four steamboats until 1966.  She then continued as president for two more years, and was instrumental in keeping the Delta Queen on inland waterways.

            In 1958, when riverboat business became economically strapped, she made financial arrangements to save the Delta Queen.  A 51 per cent controlling interest was sold to a California resident, Richard Simonton.  In 1969, Overseas National Airways, a New York Charter Airline company bought all of the interest. 

            She attended Marshall University of Huntington, W. Va., and the University of Cincinnati.  She was a teacher, public speaker and honorary member of the Cincinnati Propeller Club, Zonta Club, Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen and Knox Presbyterian Church.  She also became a member of the Screen Actors Guild after making a commercial.

            A native of Vinton, W. Va., she married Greene in 1930.  For five years she lived aboard steamers of the Greene Line, founded by her father-in-law, Capt. Gordon C. Greene, in 1890.  The family then settled in Cincinnati.  She authored the book, “Long Live the Delta Queen.”

            She is survived by two sons, Gordon C. II of Cincinnati and Thomas R. II of Cedar Grove, Ind.; two daughters Mary G. Stewart and Letha J. Greene, both of Cincinnati; one sister, Leoma Weidmann,; and six grandchildren

            Private services will be at Newport.  Memorial services will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Knox Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati.  Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.