Sylvester Jennings "Vester" Skaggs: Birth: 29 JAN 1929. Death: JUN 1978
Randolph R. Skaggs: Birth: 30 NOV 1932. Death: 25 MAY 1996 in Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, Fayette County, West Virginia
Vandal Anderson Skaggs: Birth: 11 AUG 1935. Death: 14 APR 1995
Title: U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 (database)
Publication: citing Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index, Master File
Note: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Name: Vester Jennings Skaggs City: Not Stated County: Fayette State: West Virginia Birth Date: 27 Feb 1898 Race: White Roll: 1992386 DraftBoard: 2 Age: Occupation: barber, owner Nearest Relative: Minnie Skaggs, mother Height/Build: Color of Eyes/Hair: Signature: (in file)
Publication: Raleigh Register (Beckley, West Virginia) Published: April 10, 1919 Headline: Two Arrests Reported In Ansted Bank Robbery Case Theft of War Stamps and Bonds Places Fayette Institution in Serious Predicament. Vester Skaggs, a barber, of Ansted, Fayette county, and Ray Coe, his lleged pal, have been arrested in connection with the robbery of the Ansted National Bank on Wednesday, April 2nd. Skaggs was arrested in Charleston, and is being held there, while Coe was taken into custody at Clothier on a charge of having robbed a man at that place, and is in jail at Madison. Both men have police court records. The loot secured in the robbery of the bank amounted to about $40,000, consisting principally of War Savings Stamps and bonds held for the bank's customers for safe keeping. Some currency was also secured. The bank was entered through a window and the safe dynamited. The locks on th outside of the safe were blown off, but no attempt was made to enter the inner chamber of the vault, the robbers being satisfied with the loot in sight in the outer compartment, and fearing detection if another explosion was attempted. Several persons were asleep within 50 feet of the spot where the safe stood, but were not awakened by the dynamiting, and all indications are that the job was cleverly carried out. Nothing of value except a few dollars was found on either of the suspects when they were arrested, and if they are the guilty parties, it is believed that they “planted” the look at some point near Ansted, then separated with an agreement to return and divide up after the sensation had blown over. The bank is left in a serious predicament by the robbery. None of the bonds and war stamps held for its customers were registered, and although the cashier's receipts expressly disclaimed the bank's responsibility in case of robbery, it must either stand te loss, or lose the good will of hundreds of customers.
1920 U.S. Federal Census searching....not with parents; was he serving time for robbery?
1930 U.S. Federal Census Mountain Cove District, Ansted Town Enumeration District No. 26, Sheet No. 4B Enumerated by me on the April 4, 1830, Mrs. Robert B. Massey, enumerator. HH #99-99 Skaggs, Vester head rents $8 monthly not a farm M W 32 married at age 31 didn't attend school can read & write WV WV WV speaks English barber barber wage worked previous day not a veteran Skaggs, Mary wife of head F W 32 married at age 21 didn't attend school can read & write WV WV WV speaks English none Bigford, Josephine adopted daughter F W 9 single attended school, can read & write WV WV WV speaks English none Bigford, Hubert adopted son M W 7 single attended school can read & write WV WV WV speaks English none Bigford, Claudie adopted daughter F W 3 single didn't attend school WV WV WV none Skaggs, Vester Jr. son M W 1 single didn't attend school WV WV WV none (in file)
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