Two Lobbans of Alderson, WV
The following bios are reprinted with permission of the author, Thomas W. Dixon, Jr., from The Rise and Fall of Alderson, West Virginia, pp. 386–388. McClain Print. Company, Alderson, 1967.
Captain John G. Lobban (1834–1909)
J.G. Lobban was the son of William and [Sarah A. McCue] Lobban and was born in Nelson County, Virginia, on March 18, 1834. At the outbreak of Civil War, he organized and became the Captain of Company F attached to the 49th Virginia Infantry with the Army of Northern Virginia. He fought in all the important engagements from First Bull Run [21 July 1861] until he was captured in October 1864 at the Battle of Cedar Creek. He spent the rest of the war in a Federal Prisoner of War Camp at Fort Delaware, but upon release came to Palestine and set up a mercantile store. He had married Sallie A. Alderson (daughter of John Marshall Alderson) on September 3, 1863. In 1876 he moved to Aldereson, later setting up his mercantile business on Railroad Avenue and building a fine home on Monroe Street. He served as State Senator from 1882 to 1886 from the Eighth Senatorial District.
Soon after his term in the Legislature he quit the mercantile business and became a traveling salesman for a large Richmond, Virginia, company, a profession he followed for more than 20 years. He was one of the most respected and highest paid men on the road. He was universally liked, all agreeing on his fine character and upright, moral life.
In religious matters, he was reared a Presbyterian, but was baptized into the Baptist Church at Alderson in October 1873, remaining very active in church affairs. He was for many years a deacon of the church and a trustee of same.
About 1905 he retired from his traveling job and became active in community affairs and politics. In 1908 he was a candidate for Presidential Elector and polled 110,000 votes, more than any other Republican candidate for any office in West Virginia.
He died suddenly at 5:00 p.m. on July 21, 1909, of heart failure.
Floyd G. Lobban (1869–1937)
Floyd Gilmer Lobban was born on March 2, 1869, at Palestine near Alderson, the son of Capt. John G. Lobban and Sallie Alderson Lobban. Shortly after, his family moved to Alderson, where his father engaged in business. Mr. Lobban received his education in the Alderson schools and early engaged in business.
He purchased the South Alderson Livery Stable in 1895 and operated it successfully for nine years. In 1901 he formed a partnership with his brother, John N. Lobban, in the furniture business. Also in 1901 he opened a funeral parlor and for many years was prominently connected with the State Embalmers Commission.
Mr. Lobban was also active in political matters, having been elected Mayor of Alderson in 1901 and again in 1933. He was an ardent Democrat and in 1912 was elected Chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Executive and held that post until 1920. He was elected to the State Democratic Committee in 1932 and served for four years.
He was united in marriage with Miss Isabell Lewis, late of Cincinnatti, Ohio, on April 18, 1900, and of this union were born three children: F. G. Lobban, Jr., C. L. Lobban and R. B. Lobban.
Mr. Lobban died on March 27, 1937 at the age of 68 years after a long period of ill health due to a serious heart condition.
Posted 16 May 2019