Noted Author Set to Speak at Historical Society Dinner

Joe Geiger, director of the Archives and History Department of the West Virginia Division of Culture & History, will be the speaker for the annual dinner meeting of the Marshall County Historical Society to be held March 23 at Grand Vue Park’s Banquet Hall. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner to be served at 6 p.m.

Geiger is a graduate of John Marshall High School and received his bachelor’s degree in business and administration with a major in marketing and a master’s degree in history from Marshall University.

Geiger has published numerous scholarly articles and two books, “Civil War in Cabell County, West Virginia, 1861-1865” and “Holding the Line: The Battle of Allegheny Mountain and Confederate Defense of the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike, 1861-1862.”

Geiger has also served as adjunct professor in the history departments at Marshall University and West Virginia State.

Geiger will review interesting Marshall County materials preserved in the State Archives, and will also discuss some of the primary source documents on the Archives and History website, including Civil War letters and wartime newspaper articles relating to Marshall County, and documents and articles on Dr. Harriett B. Jones of Glen Dale, the Foreman Massacre, the completion of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the Benwood Mine Disaster, the 1960 presidential campaign, Grave Creek Mound, and several important Supreme Court cases.

Reservations for the event must be made by March 18.

The address of the Marshall County Historical Society is P.O. Box 267, Moundsville, WV 26041. The cost of the meal will be $25.

The meal will be served by The Vue Grille and Bar located at GVP.

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Included in the letter announcing the annual dinner was a note from society President Scott Owen which reads in part:

“Your Marshall County Historical Society continues to provide community value with enthusiasm! Last year we successfully repaired the Lockwood Street Museum, and redisplayed many artifacts that were damaged from the prior weather related casualty. With that task complete, the society is shifting attention to long range planning to help create programming and events which will generate increased membership and visitations to the museum. A museum is not possible without help from our citizens, members and donors! Thank you! Also, a special thanks go out to those who have earned the honor of being a ‘West Virginia History Hero’! The society’s 2019 History Heroes were Tom and Judi Tarowsky.

“As a reminder, your society relies on partnerships to be successful. The Moundsville Public Library is one such important partner, helping to facilitate and fulfill genealogical research. And as with any small, non-profit entity, our volunteers are our foundation, helping us to successfully complete and honor our promise to the community, fulfilling our motto: ‘Preserving the past for the future.’

“In 2018 we welcomed Mara Gordon as the Cockayne Farmstead’s Ameri Corps service provider. She has worked diligently to sort and preserve volumes of ephemeral from the Farmstead. We also welcomed Doug Patterson as Site Manager to assist with fundraising and visitation development.

“Keep in mind that the farmstead operates as a special committee component of your society. The members of this committee help promote ideas for long term sustainability. To position the farmstead for the future, infrastructure enhancements were completed. Using grant funding, your society assisted this committee’s sustainability efforts with recent improvements to the Visitor’s Center. An electric upgrade, new attic insulation, a new roof and a new ADA compliant restroom were completed. As we continue to evolve, we thank our generous donors and partners, including the city of Glen Dale.

“As the dynamics of the society evolve, so too will our facilities and membership growth. We persevere because this region has much to be thankful for. A Rich Legacy is a Treasure Worth Saving, Preserving, and Sharing.”

In addition to Owen, other officers are: Jane Klug, vice president; Sharon DaRe, secretary; Nila Chaddock, treasurer; Bob Straub, Jim Stultz, Ed Grose and Michael Berner.

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A presentation titled, “Stories and Ballads From Celtic Lands” will take place at 6 p.m., Tuesday at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library by Susanna Holstein and Judi Tarowsky.

It will be a multimedia program celebrating the mystical, magical lore of the British lsle from bogles and boggarts to hagstons and black dogs.

Refreshments will be served.

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John White is the new city of Moundsville Parks and Recreation director, having been named by city council this past week to replace Rico Coville, who accepted a job in his hometown of Uniontown, Pa., after 13 months with the city of Moundsville.

White, a native of Moundsville, became involved in sports when he was in high school. He first coached flag football at Central Elementary School, and in 1999 when the Panther football program began, he was asked by Eugene Saunders and Rick Corley, the co-founders, to coach the junior varsity team and he spent 19 years in that capacity. This past year he became involved in the coaching of football and lacrosse at Sherrard Middle School.

White was employed at the Burger Plant at Dilles Bottom, and when that facility closed he transferred to a power plant in the Steubenville area. Some two years ago he retired from the latter position.

White will begin his new job on Monday, and on Wednesday will be meeting with the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

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Actually two persons were named by council on Tuesday, the other being Heath Logsdon, who will be in charge of the operations of the Four Seasons Swimmng Pool.

Logsdon started out at Four Seasons Pool some five years ago as a part-time maintenance person, and would later become a full-time employee. He has been in charge of the parks and recreation department since Coville left.

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Speaking of new hires, the Marshall Couinty Commission this week approved four individuals. They are:

Carol Robinson was named as interim 911 director. She started out as a dispatcher 25 years ago and for the past three years has been assistant director to Larry Newell who retired as of Feb. 28.

The newest member of the sheriff’s security staff is Victor Knick, who has been employed by the West Virginia Division of Corrections.

The newest part-time member of the Marshall County EMS is Paramedic Kevin Kimble.

Donna Crawford, a long-time member of Marshall County Public Service District No. 4 Board, was re-appointed to a six-year term.

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The commissioners also adopted a proclamation designing March as American Red Cross Month.

District Executive Sharon Kesselring, who read the proclamation, also gave the commissioners an update dealing with the Red Cross’ involvement in Marshall County during the past year.

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Also, the commissioners received a report from Jennifer Kordak, the Marshall County administrator to the Northern Panhandle Home Consortium which deals with first time home buyers.

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John Marshall High School will host a Steel Drum Festival at 2 p.m. Saturday in the school’s gymnasium.

The event will feature area steel drum bands, including those from John Marshall, Wheeling Middle, Sherrard Middle, Wheeling Park, West Liberty University and Steel Cassa.

The festival will be a “Pink Out” and proceeds will go to Heather Schultz, a steel band mother and teacher who is currently battling breast cancer.

Admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Anyone wishing additional information can call 304-843-4444, extension 160.

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Displays of the 37th annual Marshall County Student Art Show may be viewed now through April 6 at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville.

The GCMAC is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The exhibit features art work by local middle through senior high school students.

On display will be acrylic paintings, oil paintings, mixed medias, photography, drawings, watercolor sculptures, and pen and ink items.

The exhibit was organized and installed by students from the Cameron High School Art Club under the guidance of Amanda Jenree, art teacher and club advisor.

An opening reception was held this past Saturday during which awards were given for the best works in each category The public was invited to vote for “Best of Show” during the reception.

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Booth winners at the Marshall County Home and Business Expo were:

Wesbanco, first place; Kennedy Hardware, second place; and Marshall County Co-op, third place. Each received a plaque.

Judges were: Marshall County Commission president Scott Varner, Chamber vice president and interim Marshall County Superintendent of Schools Stan Stewart, and Eugene Saunders, Moundsville City Councilman and a chamber member.

Stewart and Saunders were Expo committee members, along with Valene Piko, Sandy Schaffer, Bob McCool, Paul Smith, Jeff Fleagman and Rev. Tim Wilt.

Expo vounteers were Beth Bertram, Jessica Rine, Jodi Cunningham, Beth Geho and Janice Potts.

The Expo sponsors were the Marshall County Commission, Williams Energy, Wesbanco, Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC, WTRF, Altmeyer’s Funeral Homes and Crematory.

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Correction: The dates for the Marshall County Seams Sew Snugly Quilt Show are April 12-13 at the Training Center Building inside the walls of former West Virginia Penitentiary.

Those interested in displaying quilts can contact either Susie Noble, quilt cordinator, at 304-312-0833, Alma Cunningham, vice president at 304-280-4474; or Mary Margaret Rine, show coordinator (vendors) at 304-845-1892.

The Quilt Guild meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month and new members are welcome to attend.

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Marshall County will be observing its 184th birthday on Tuesday!

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