Wheeling Garners Statewide Attention

The Wheeling 250 observance is getting statewide exposure, thanks to GOLDENESEAL, West Virginia’s magazine of traditional life.

The fall issue of GOLDENSEAL is dedicated entirely to the 250th anniversary of Wheeling’s founding.

The magazine, published by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, is available for purchase at select retailers or by calling the GOLDENSEAL office in Charleston.

In this edition, Rebekah Karelis traces the past 250 years of Wheeling history. “Sean P. Duffy looks at the same time period through the lens of Wheeling’s African Americans,” officials said.

In other articles, Sue-Beth Warren examines the restoration of West Virginia Independence Hall; GOLDENSEAL editor Stan Bumgardner writes about Wheeling’s ethnic food heritage and the former Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy, and Barbara Howe tells of Sister Joanne Gonter, VHM. On a personal note, featured illustrations for the magazine include three photographs that I shot prior to the Wheeling Hall of Fame induction in June.

Elswhere in the issue, photographer Steve Brightwell offers a visual tour of Wheeling; Carl E. Feather relates the life of Wheeling podiatrist Dr. Roy Harmon Jr. and his wife, Mary Ellen, and their son, Dave Harmon, recounts adventures in his father’s Studebaker. Mark Swiger explores the history of Wheeling Steel (later Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp.) Internationally-known singer Mollie O’Brien remembers great musical times she experienced in her hometown.

Also, state folklorist Emily Hilliard profiles Carol Dougherty and Our Lady of Lebanon church and school. Feather visits with three “intrepid preservationists,” namely Jeanne Finstein, Hydie Friend and Margaret Brennan.


Congratulations are extended to Wheeling chef and restaurateur Matthew Welsch who graduated Thursday from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders Program.

Welsch owns and operates the Vagabond Kitchen in downtown Wheeling. He is one of 14 members of West Virginia’s 2019 class of “emerging leaders.”

According to SBA officials, the agency identifies businesses across the nation that demonstrate high growth potential and provides them with a free, six-month course. The intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time, plus opportunities for small business owners to work with coaches and mentors, attend workshops and develop connections.


Meanwhile, the Brooke County Economic Development Authority has chosen two area entrepreneurs, Chatman Neely and Britney Hervey Farris, to co-present a workshop, “Vision to Business: The 1, 2, 3 Approach to Business,” at the Brooke County Public Library, 945 Main St., Wellsburg, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 7.

Neely is co-owner of Barn With Inn, a bed-and-breakfast establishment and farm near Bethany, and Martha’s Gallery in Wellsburg. Farris co-owns Family Roots Farm outside Wellsburg.


Tim Thompson, director of performing arts at Oglebay Institute in Wheeling, will be one of the guest speakers on Thursday for the 2019 STEAM Power WV Showcase at the Culture Center in Charleston.

The showcase allows statewide recipients of the 2018-19 STEAM Power WV grant to show their innovative, educational projects integrating science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The event is free and open to the public.

The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History is presenting the event in partnership with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation of Pittsburgh.


Meanwhile, don’t forget the free tour of Stone Church Cemetery that takes place in Wheeling’s Elm Grove section from 1-5 p.m. today. The last tour begins at 4:30 p.m.

Friends of Wheeling is presenting the event as a special Wheeling 250 program. Organizers note that the ground is uneven and there are no paved walkways in the cemetery.

Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@theintelligencer.net


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