Recalling Moundsville High Class of 1916

Meta Helen Ebeling (Pavlik) a 1916 graduate of Moundsville High School, kept a memory book which is now in the possession of Moundsville Middle School.

Her nephew, Harry G. Ebeling of Kettering, Ohio, sent the book to the school with a cover letter which stated, “Since it is so thorough and was put together with such care, I felt it should be in someone’s archives.”

He points out that the book contained many memories and some pictures of his aunt Meta Helen, and her sister, who was in the class of 1915. His father was Philip C. Ebeling who graduated from MHS in 1924.

The book, titled, “School-Girl Days, A Memory Book,” whose theme was “Our youth we can have but today” was copyrighted in 1910 by The Reilley & Britton Co., of Chicago.

The 190-page book includes a table of contents which lists the pages where book’s owner could list school events on designated pages.

In Ebeling’s class history section she states: “History is narration; it records people; it gives insight into their manners and customs and registers their growth.”

She continues, “Our class history is a record of what the class 1916 has done from the time we were play loving freshmen to this August (1916) moment when we have donned caps and gowns. … Our class, 79 strong, entered upon its high school career in 1912, which was viewed very anxiously by the faculty and students both on account of our size and our past progress in school. A grand future was prophesied for us on account of the talent and ability which were to be found in us all. Our class as a whole, both boys and girls, have taken an active part all through our four years in high school.”

It was noted that during their senior year basketball teams were organized. Prior to 1916 the school had football and baseball teams, and in 1916 a student could purchase a home season baseball ticket for $1.50.

Ebeling wrote, “Time and energy were put aside when the glory of MHS was at stake. …

Not only in athletics did our class show a great interest, but in the literary societies, also. Our literary spirit in many cases surpassed our class spirit.”

She pointed out that the social side of her class in high school was great, and hopefully never to be forgotten.

She wrote, “The class is indeed thankful for the fine instructors under whom we studied.”

The book included both individual and class pictures, the individual pictures listing a person’s nickname, any class office, sports participation and other data.

In addition to the activities of the students, another part of the book listed the names of businesses that supported the school by purchasing advertisements for such events as minstrels, plays, etc.

In the minstrel program the advertisers included a billiard parlor, a typewriter sales company, clothiers, a confectionery, a meat market, banks, a hardware store, an electrical contractor, a shoe store, restaurants, a grocery store, a drug store, a produce company, a piano and player piano store, a jewelry store, a plumber, a painter and decorating company, and a bonnet shop, to name a few.

The above is just a small portion of information in the book, which MMS plans to place in a trophy case.

The Marshall County Relay for Life has a new chairwoman.

Karen Coffield has agreed to assume the position, replacing Randy and Stephanie Hewitt, who have decided to step down.

The kickoff for the 2014 event will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Perkins Restaurant in Moundsville.

All committee chairs, team captains and anyone interested in the MCRFL are invited to attend.

Marshall County residents will have another opportunity to rid their homes of unwanted items as the Fall Clean-Up will be taking place in October at seven locations. Dumpters will be located in Benwood, McMechen, Sherrard, Roberts Ridge, Glen Dale, Moundsville and Cameron.

In addition, Moundsville will also be the site for a combination electronic, tire and white goods clean-up.

The dates for the dumpsters are:

Oct. 4-5 at both the Benwood City Garage and the McMechen City Garage, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on both days.

Oct. 12 at Sherrard Middle School and the old Roberts Ridge Firehouse. The hours both days are 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

On 18-19 the sites will be the Glen Dale City Garage and the Valley Fork Park (east) in Moundsville. The hours are 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days.

On Oct. 26 the former Cameron High School parking lot will be the dumpster site from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

At all of these locations there will be no provisions for tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials or household trash.

Appalachian Outreach, Inc., personnel will be available to pick up any useable furniture, toys, bicycles, and other household items.

The date for the recycling of electronics, tires and white goods will be Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the north parking lot of Monarch Stadium in Moundsville.

For additional information dealing with any of the dumpster sites or electronics, tires and white goods dropoffs contact Howard Coffield at, or by telephone at either 304-780-9866 or 304-780-9864.

Don’t forget the annual Dan Dague Memorial Car & Bike Show for Sight on Monday at The Highlands.

Sponsored by the Lions of District 30-L, proceeds will benefit the West Virginia Lions Sight Foundation.

Registration of cars and bikes will be from 8 a.m. until noon.

Judging will take place from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., with the awards presentations to be at 3:30 p.m.

Those attending are reminded to bring used eye glasses and hearing aids, which are two of the projects of the Lions.

Of course there will be auctions and raffles and food will be available.