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Centennial History of Hurricane: Cecil D. Sullivan Family

In 1988, The Centennial History of Hurricane, WV was published to commemorate the town’s 100th anniversary. Since the Centennial History is now out of print, the Breeze is reprinting articles from the book as space allows. This week’s selection will be the 225th installment of the Centennial History.


Submitted by Marion Call

In 1917 from Lewis County, Kentucky, Mr. Cecil D. Sullivan, eldest son of J.D. and Sophia Osborne Sullivan, was just a young boy looking for a job came by train to Nellis (Boone County), West Virginia to work in the mines. In 1918 he met Esther Sutphin Sullivan and was married at Madison, West Virginia.

In the spring of 1929, Cecil and Esther moved to a farm on Peach Ridge, and in 1947 he designed and built their present home on Morning Road. He was a miner from Boone County, a farmer and self-employed home builder and construction worker, being skilled in keeping motors running smoothly in his mine operations. In 1962 after building numerous houses in this area, he retired.

Cecil and Esther were the parents of nine children, namely Ruth Smith, married to Fred E. Smith (four children); Eweual, married to Violet Mitchell (five children); Edgar, married to Lucille Grant, (five children); John, married to Phyllis Rogers, (four children); Elaine, never married; Marion Call, married to Donald R. Call (three children); Marcelain Call, married to Denver C. Call (two children); Shirley, married to James W. Schmidt (two children), and Buford F., married to Margaret Roach Sullivan (two children). There are 27 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. All four sons served in the United States Navy.

Although 90 years old, Mr. Sullivan still enjoys sharpening saws by hand for local contractors. He also keeps busy gardening and keeping his home spruced up.

Cecil and Esther have enjoyed 69 years of married bliss, being from large families, Cecil from a family of 9 children, Esther from a family of 12 children.


A digital copy of the Centennial History can be obtained from the Hurricane City Hall for a small donation. For more information, call the City of Hurricane at (304) 562-5896.

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