Honoring Those Who Died in Service

Marshall County resident Joe Parriott has been doing research for many years and his efforts have resulted in two volumes published pertaining to county residents who served in the military during World War II, and a publication titled, “History of the Twentieth Century of Marshall County.”

This past week he brought to the office the names of 470 Marshall County residents who died as a result of military service from 1861-2009.

Parriott has these names on an 8-foot by 8-foot display which he would like to present to the public, hopefully, on the grounds on the Marshall County Courthouse lawn.

His long-term goal is to have the names engraved on a granite monument, for which he said he would be willing to assume the cost. However, he needs to be assured that the monument would have a permanent spot on the courthouse lawn.

Parriott stated that the majority of his research has taken place at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, going through microfilms of newspapers, along with other sources of information.

Saturday wrapped up special “Fool’s Parade” activities in Moundsville.

During the week individuals had the opportunity to view the movie at the Strand Theatre, and the turnout was good, according to Dave Knuth who wears a couple of hats, that of president of the Strand Theatre Preservation Society and as executive director of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce.

Among the reasons for showing the movie at this time has been to give everyone the opportunity to see the refurbished 90-year-old theatre, along with visiting other attractions in the area.

Speaking of attracting people, hardly a day goes by that you do not see tour buses parked in front of the former West Virginia Penitentiary/Grave Creek Mound Complex.

At the prison, tours are conducted by staff members, while at the Mound, in addition to displays, visitors, especially school age youngsters, can climb to the top of the Mound.

The 25th annual Moundsville Cruisin’ Classic Car Show will be an event of Friday.

Now considered the second largest classic car show in the Ohio Valley, the Greg Yoho Memorial Car Show usually attracts more than 250 vintage vehicles from throughout the region.

To commemorate this quarter- century event, PPG Industries and the Moundsville Economic Development Council will sponsor a $1,000 cash prize to a classic car owner who enters the show. The owner must be present at the time of the drawing.

The Mike Linsky Foundation committee is working in hopes of having the playing surface at Monarch Stadium named the Mike Linsky Field.

Eric Tucker, a foundation member appeared before the Marshall County Board of Education this past week seeking permission to name the Monarch Stadium field in Linsky’s honor.

In June, Linsky will be inducted posthumously into the North-South Football Hall of Fame.

The Union High School Memorial Museum Committee will be holding an open house from 1-4 p.m. at the Benwood-McMechen Public Library, 201 Marshall St., Benwood.

The community room at the library now displays numerous UHS memorabilia, trophies, uniforms and photos to celebrate the proud history of the high school from 1913-68.

Union High was the consolidation of Benwood High School, which graduated its first class in 1882, and McMechen High School, which graduated its first class in 1896.

Nominations are being accepted by the John Marshall High School Wall of Fame Committee, the nominations to be received by July 1.

Officials at JMHS instituted a project in 2005 to honor persons who have significantly contributed to the John Marshall community.

The committee that established this projected consisted of former teachers, counselors, graduates and long-time administrators, and since that time committee members have been elected by a majority vote of the sitting committee members.

The “Wall” is housed in the school’s Center for the Performing Arts, where there is a series of photographs and identifying name plates displayed on the walls of the CPA. Photographs of each inductee along with accompanying brief biographies are also available for viewing on the school’s web site.

Each honoree may be a graduate of John Marshall or have contributed substantial service to the school. A time period of five years must have been achieved for graduates or other nominees to be honored.

The following categories are considered for membership:

– Career- (business-industrial and professional). High level of professional accomplishments in chosen profession.

– Music and Fine Arts. Accomplishments at the national or international level.

– Philanthropy. Substantial community service that involves continued commitment on the part of the honoree.

– Religion and Education. High level of professional accomplishments in chosen profession.

– Public Service. Long period of time, or a single, truly remarkable contribution.

– Athletic Achievement. Record-setting accomplishments.

– Other noteworthy achievements.

The second meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday for the Fostoria Site Redevelopment Group. The meeting will be to update the progress made regarding the site and to consider suggestions for how to utilize the property.

The meeting will be held in council chambers of the Moundsville City Building and all interested parties are urged to be in attendance.

It was noted that at the initial meeting that the property owner, GAB Enterprise, does in fact have the final say on any businesses which might wish to relocate there, providing of course, meeting zoning requirements.

If you have gone by the site recently, you might have noted that the former Shipping Plant building has fallen to the wrecking ball. Thought was given that the building might remain, but the owners apparently decided to level it.