Remembering Moundsville’s Businesses of the Past

The Moundsville Historic Landmarks Commission has been discussing ways to recognize businesses/industries which no longer exist, and that hopefully the MHLC will be able to place some type of a remembrance in the vicinity of their former locations.

Most of these remembrances would be along Jefferson Avenue from Second to Seventh Streets; Seventh Street from Jefferson Avenue to Lafayette Avenue; and Lafayette south of Seventh. These areas are known as the Moundsville Commercial Historic District and are on the National Register of Historic Places, of which there are 11 in Marshall County.

In the same vicinity are two other National Register of Historic Places, one being the former West Virginia Penitentiary and the other Grave Creek Mound.

Of course, everyone living in Moundsville knows the locations of the prison and the mound, but they may not know the locations of other former businesses, for example, the former Klesson Pants Factory, which was located between Jefferson Avenue and Morton Avenue in the uptown business district.

This past week, I checked out the advertisements in the 1946 and 1947 Moundsville High School Orospolitans and came up with the following stores along Jefferson Avenue.

W.W. Henderson Furniture Co., 245 Jefferson Ave., C. K. Darwish Meats and Groceries, J.H. Beam Drug Co., Martin’s Radio and Appliance Center, 210 Jefferson Ave.; State Food Stores, Neubauer’s, Flowers, 319 Jefferson Ave.; Gandee’s Restaurant, J.H. Moore Jeweler, 258 Jefferson Ave.; Ray Moore’s Bowling Alleys, 235 Jefferson Ave.; Peerless Wallpaper Co., 333 Jefferson Avenue; Sears Roebuck and Company, 335-337 Jefferson Avenue; George B. Barr Gent’s Furnishing’s and Shoes, Stilwell’s Clothing Store, Buzzard’s Paints, Wallpaper, Home Furnishings, 403 Jefferson Ave.; Green Moon Restaurant, Fort Pitt Shoe Store, 318 Jefferson Ave.; Bill’s Shoe Shop, 352 Jefferson Ave.; Allen’s Bootery, Griest Cut Rate, 303 Jefferson Ave.; Hinerman Brothers Men and Boys Wear, Gem Style Shop, Inc., 253 Jefferson Ave.; (that being the building which was destroyed by fire this past week). There were other businesses along Jefferson Avenue during that same time period such as Murphy’s 5 and 10, and A&P Food Store


Who could forget another Jefferson Avenue landmark, that being the former West Virginia Penitentiary which has been at 818 Jefferson Ave., since 1866? Speaking of this facility, the Moundsville Historic Landmarks Commission this past week received a communication from Suzanne Park, the executive director of the Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC) which is the leasee of the former penitentiary, who explained that the MEDC must work in conjunction with the West Virginia Division of Correction to maintain the facility, and must receive their agreement and support for major improvement, restoration, or renovation of the facility. Thus, when applying for grants for restoration, the MEDC must have the state agency’s collaboration.

She further stated that as the result of a planning and development grant which was applied for and awarded, the MEDC will be able to begin plans for the restoration of the first floor of the former administration area and the potential future area for displaying historical artifacts. She added, “The grant will provide a way for the MEDC to learn which next steps will be need to take to begin renovation of the former administrative area.”

Park said, “The goal of the MEDC has always been to restore the administration area and continue to keep the facility as a tourist destination, and that the MEDC can only do that with the undivided support and cooperation of our tourism partners, local community and concerned individuals.”

The MEDC executive director added that should any MLC members or Marshall County Historical Society members wish to tour the former prison they should let her know.


While on the subject of the former prison, this week the tours and other tourism visits will be operational six days a week instead of seven, with Monday being the day it will be closed.

Tours of the facility will be operational Tuesday through Sunday, while the Escape Game will be operating on Friday evenings, Saturday afternoons and evenings and Sunday afternoon.

By the way, a second Escape Game will be starting up soon, with a musical theme.

Speaking of themes, the Dungeon of Horrors will have a theme other than Dungeon of Horrors. Its new theme will be, “The Nightmare Continues,” a haunted house attraction.

The first opportunity to be a part of the new haunted house will take place at 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 19. On that night those participating will be able to see the “brand new haunt” for $10.

In case you want to know, the dates of “The Nightmare Continues” will be Sept. 22, 23, 29, 30, and October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, and of course, Halloween Night, which will be Oct. 31.

And yes, paintball event will have a new theme, of, “Whiskey Dick’s Saloon” instead of that of Zombies. The paintball event is held in conjunction with “The Nightmare Continues.”


Received the BMAC/OV fall news letter this past week from John S. Marshall, with the majority of the information dealing with Marshall County and a particular individual from Marshall County.

That person is Chase Harler. Harler was this year’s BMAC/OV scholarship recipient, and was honored this year as a member of West Virginia University’s Athletic Directors’ Honor Roll. He also was recognized by the Big 12 Conference as a member of the prestigious Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team. Harler maintains a 3.5 GPA in business finance. He is the son of John and Tammy Harler of Moundsville.

Also, the newsletter reminds B-MAC/OV members that the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Dinner will be an event of Oct. 5.

The newsletter also included a recap of the 22nd annual BMAC Golf Classic held at the Moundsville Country Club. Marshall states that nearly $8,000 was raised toward the NMAC Scholarship fund.

He notes that the Open Division winning team included Ed West, Bob Cain, Gary Gil and Eli Lambie, shooting12 under par. The Corporate Cup Division winning team was from Home Savings Bank with a 13 under par. Captain Mike Taylor’s team also included Jim “Dubie” Dailer, Dan Angalich and John Reasbeck. Steve Criniti won the Closest to the Pin award, David Burns the Longest Putt and Kevin won the Longest Drive skill prize.

By the way, the 23rd annual event will take place July 19, 2018 at the Moundsville Country Club.

Moundsville resident Don DeNoon was the BMAC’s winner of the latest football raffle. John Buracchio of Wheeling was the Coaches Caravan drawing winner.

BMAC/OV holds several raffles every year, with the drawing for the next raffle to be Sept. 29.


The Marshall County Childhood Cancer Awareness Group and the John Marshall High School Blood Drive Club and the Central Blood Bank will be teaming up Tuesday for a blood drive in memory of Abby Frohnapfel.

The blood drive, open to the public, will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the JMHS gymnasium. Those giving blood are to bring their ID. All usable blood donated will be used at local hospitals.


A Community Wide Yard Sale will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Oct. 19 within the North Yard of the former West Virginia Penitentiary, sponsored by the Moundsville Historic Landmark Commission.

There will be a variety of crafters and vendors.


The annual meeting of the shareholders of Marshall County Fair, Inc.,will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the OES building on the fairgrounds.

Directors and officers of the corporation will be elected for 2017-18. Questions concerning the meeting can be directed to fair board secretary Lisa Ingram at 304-21-5790.


The recent city of Moundsville sponsored Community Day was a very successful event.

Although the event was held to recognize and show the city’s appreciation to the citizens and to those individuals for donating their time and expertise to serve the community, those having the most fun were youngsters, as there were several games.

The event was spearheaded by City Manager Deanna Hess.


Moundsville Mayor Eugene Saunders provides the news media with information from the two previous monthly meetings. Included in the most recent newsletter was this information:

Four streets will be paved and that the paving should begin within the next two to three weeks. The streets are Tomlinson Avenue from 11th to 12th Streets; Parriott Avenue from Seventh to 12th Streets; Pine Avenue from Second to Jackson Streets; and Highland Avenue from Grand Vue Road to McMillan Street.

Council passed an ordinance on second and final reading to repeal the Cultural and Recreation Commission. Also, passed on first reading was an ordinance to abolish the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners and created in its place a body to be known as an Advisory to Council, which means the city manager and city council will be in charge of all Parks and Recreation in the City. Council also approved an ordinance repealing sections pertaining to the vacant registration fee and revisiting the section pertaining to uninhabitable structures.

A quote from the mayor reads: “There is talk from some citizens stating that the City of Moundsville imposed a 1 percent sales tax on them, but that is incorrect. The 1 percent Sales Tax is on the Merchants. When a citizen makes a purchase of one the taxable items, the 1 percent Sales will be added in with other taxes. The Merchants in turn will pay each quarter taxes to the State and after the State takes out its payment, a check will be sent to the city of Moundsville.”