Wheeling Hall of Fame Honors Judge, Preservationist

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of four articles profiling the Wheeling Hall of Fame’s newest members in advance of June 3’s induction ceremony.

WHEELING — Two community leaders — a noted historic preservationist and a respected federal jurist — are among the Wheeling Hall of Fame’s 2017 inductees.

Wheeling natives Betty Woods “Snookie” Nutting and Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. have been chosen for the hall in the category of public service. They and eight other people will be honored during a June 3 ceremony and dinner at WesBanco Arena.

In selecting Nutting, the Hall of Fame board cited “her groundbreaking leadership in the preservation of Wheeling’s architectural heritage.” The board said Stamp “epitomizes the essence of public service: a life of dedication to the betterment of his country, his state, his hometown and his fellow citizens.”

Nutting helped to save 22 buildings in the city, including several in the Monroe Street East Historic District, Chapline Street Row Historic District and Victorian North Wheeling. She also was involved in the effort to restore the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. She founded and served as president of the Victorian Landmarks Foundation in Wheeling.

Hall of Fame officials stated, “As a founding member of the Friends of Wheeling, she initiated the effort to preserve the city’s unique sense of place. Snookie personally rescued important architectural gems that would otherwise have been lost. … There is not a quadrant of the city where her efforts have not made an enduring impact.”

Nutting’s involvement in historic preservation has extended beyond the boundaries of her hometown. She served as a West Virginia advisor for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and member of the West Virginia Archives and History Commission. She was the first president of the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia and was a board member of the Vandalia Preservation Foundation.

Three structures along Monroe Street East — a block of 12th Street — were slated for demolition until Nutting saved the Mendel House, Frank House and Pendleton House. She also restored 118 14th St. and 120 14th St.

Her restoration of 2305 Chapline St. became the genesis of the Chapline Street Row Historic District, which has been called “the best example of a series of high-style Victorian structures in West Virginia.”

In North Wheeling, she spearheaded restoration of the Henry List House, 823 Main St.; Christian Hess House, 811 Main St.; Stifel-Kossuth House, 807 Main St.; Thomas Hughes House, 751 Main St.; a house at 834 Main St. and a building at 753 Main St.

She was recognized as a Friend of Heritage by Wheeling Heritage and named a Distinguished West Virginian by then-Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. She received the Dr. Emory Kemp Lifetime Achievement Award from the Preservation Alliance.

In 2016, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History presented a special award to Nutting and created a lecture series in her honor at West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling.

She attended Mary Washington College and graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She is married to G. Ogden Nutting, a member of the Wheeling Hall of Fame.

Stamp, who presides in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, was appointed to the federal bench in 1990 and served as chief judge from 1994 to 2001. He assumed senior status in 2006, but continues to carry a full caseload.

Prior to being named a judge, Stamp maintained a private law practice in Wheeling for 30 years. He served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1966-70. He was a member of several local boards and was a trustee and vestry member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

Hall of Fame officials stated, “Before joining the federal judiciary, Judge Stamp made significant contributions to educational organizations in Wheeling and in the state of West Virginia.”

In that realm, Stamp was a member and chair of the West Virginia Board of Regents and the West Virginia Commission on Higher Education. He also served on the boards of Wheeling Jesuit University, Davis & Elkins College and The Linsly School.

He graduated from Washington & Lee University, studied law at the University of Virginia and earned a law degree from the University of Richmond. He and his wife, Joan Corson Stamp, established the Stamp Public Law Fellowship at the University of Richmond School of Law.

The Hall of Fame ceremony dinner is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the arena box office, 304-233-4470, or through members of the Hall of Fame board.

Board members are chairman Robert DeFrancis, vice chairman Jeanne Finstein, secretary-treasurer Patricia Pockl, Jon-Erik Gilot, David H. McKinley, the Rev. Bob Willits, Dianna Vargo, Cheryl Harshman, Maureen Zambito, Wayne Barte, Gary Sacco, C.J. Kaiser, David Javersak, Jay Frey, Philip Stahl, Douglas Huff, Richard Coury and William Nutting. Wendy Scatterday is the Wheeling City Council representative.

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