Wheeling Intelligencer, April 1909

Broken Heart Takes Collins to the Grave

Health fails when fortune of lumber magnate and Democrat politician dwindles.

Parkersburg, WVa, April 23, 1909. Death quickly follows in the wake of the financial misfortunes of Creed Collins. The well known Democratic politician and financier died this afternoon shortly after 1 o'clock at his home at Pennsboro. The end was not unexpected and it came with all members of his immediate family at his bedside.

The death of Creed Collins was caused by his recent financial troubles. For merely known as the riches man in Ritchie County, he was hard hit by the financial depression. A few months ago he went into bankruptcy. The loss of his fortune was a deathblow to Mr. Collins and it is said that he died of a broken heart.

Creed Collins for years has been one of the leading figures in the Democratic party of West Virginia. He was a member of the state and congressional committees and took an active part in every campaign. He was defeated for Congress by James A. Hughes, eight years ago. He never held public office. He was a Confederate veteran done valiant service for the cause of the south in the great rebellion. In a business way he was noted as a man of sound sense and unusual xxxx and ability.

He was sixty five years of age and is survived by a wife and six children. The funeral will in all probably held Sunday afternoon at Pennsboro, with interment in the family cemetery there.

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