Marx Toys, Fostoria Glass Now on Display at Museum

A 50-year-old Big Wheel has a new home, along with several other Marx Toys and 230 Fostoria glass items, the latter being a variety of pieces which had been donated to the Fostoria Museum.

The new homes are at the Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex in Moundsville where from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, there will be “A Grave Creek Event” to which the public is invited.

While the toys and glass items are housed in new glass display cases, the Big Wheel has its own case.

It was a few years ago that Randell Reid-Smith, curator of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, expressed an interest in having some Marshall County made products housed at the GCMAC.

Francis Turner, a longtime collector of Marx Toys, and members of the board of directors of the Fostoria Glass Museum, agreed to provide items manufactured at their respective factories.

Craig White, executive director of the Greater Moundsville Convention and Visitors Bureau, said, “Having these two display will be a great tourist attraction for our area.”

Turner stated that this Big Wheel came off the assembly line in 1969, which was the first year of their production. The Big Wheel’s biggest production years were in the 1970s. He also noted that persons viewing the Marx Toy items at the new location will be able to see three movies, one being of the Glen Dale plant, one being the history of Louis Marx who founded Marx Toy, and the other being advertisements of Marx Toys in the 1960s. Six of the toys on display are in one of the movies

As to the building itself it is some 40 years old. It was originally known as the Delf Norona Museum and Cultural Centre.

Early on there was an Arts Advisory Council responsible for art, music, theater and creative writing. There was an exhibit depicting the Adena Indians and the history of the Grave Creek Mound. The information about the Adena Indians consisted of how they came to the area, their lifestyle and why the Grave Creek Mound built.

The individuals who were instrumental in the construction museum included then- Governor Arch A. Moore Jr. and Gov. Jay Rockefeller, in whose term the museum was completed.

One of the individuals who was on a committee to oversee the operation was Dr. James S. Wilson, who stated that because of the size of the building, early on the committee had difficulty finding displays having to do with Marshall County. The committee was in charge of artifacts, policy, events, gifts, finance restaurant and security.

There was also a Friends of the Museum group which aided the beginning of the original museum.

One of early exhibits was that of a black bear which had no ties to Marshall County, but instead was from Alaska.

The 26th annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Tree Gala Auction/Business After Hours will take place Thursday evening at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

The BAF event sponsored by Wesbanco will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the auction which will include 18 decorated Christmas trees, seven wreaths and two mantels.

A portion of proceeds from the auction will go to the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard.

The first phase of the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Tree Gala took place this past Tuesday with a Business After Hours/Light Up Night at which those in attendance had the opportunity to view the trees, wreaths and mantels. The event was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and WVU Medicine/Reynolds Memorial Hospital.

The Marshall County Family Resource Network and Buffalo Wild Wings of Moundsville are partnering until Nov. 17 in a gift card drive to benefits teens.

Now in its sixth year, the Christmas card distribution aims to serve an age group that is often less recognized during the holiday gift-giving season.

The staff at Buffalo Wild Wings is asking customers if they will add a $5 gift card to their bill in support of the teen Christmas project through Nov. 17.

Each bag will include personal care and hygiene items, a cold weather clothing item, and gift cards. Teens will be selected by their school counselors or teachers to receive the Christmas gift bag. “Our community is a huge part of this project, and we would not have such a successful Christmas gift distribution without so many of the generous people who live and work here,” said Stacie Dei, executive director of the Marshall County FRN.

The bags are to be assembled and distributed to the selected teens during the month of December.

The MCFRN is a non-profit organization that is helping to make Marshall County a better place to live and work. For more information, call 304-845-3300.

The John Marshall High School Wall of Fame committee is accepting nominees for next year’s class, the deadline being June 1, 2020.

Nominating forms are available at the school and at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library.

The 15th annual formal induction banquet was held recently before a capacity crowd at the Moundsville Country Club.

Bill Chalkowsky, an Emmy- winning photographer; S/Sgt Ryan D. Hammond, who lost his life in Afghanistan; and Rocky Young, who served his community in many ways prior to his death, were honored at the Wall of Fame ceremony.

The Wall of Fame now totals 53 members.

Volume 10 of the Marshall County Patriots and Heroes book discussed from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library. Authors Gary Rider and Roseanna Keller will be present to explain about the book, which is a tribute to the area’s military veterans and their families.

The Moundsville Public Library will be sponsoring several upcoming events. They include:

Story time will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Special guests will be Mr. Rogers and Mr. McFeely.

The 2019 Disney movie, “Aladdin” will be shown at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 in the meeting room.

West Virginia Family Read Week will be from 4-7:30 p.m., Nov. 17-23. On Monday through Wednesday (Nov. 17-21) children will be able to create a monster.

Families are encouraged to read together that week, throughout the state of West Virginia.

Kids Book Club will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 18. The book will be, “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate.

The Tween Book Club will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 19. The book will be, “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill.

The same day at 6:30 p.m. (Nov. 19) will be the Teen Book Club session. The book title for that session will be “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green.

The Moundsville Area Ministerial Association will sponsor an Area Wide Community Ecumenical Service at 3 p.m. on Nov. 24 at Saint Jude Catholic Church, 710 Jefferson Ave., Glen Dale. (Behind WVU Medicine/Reynolds Memorial Hospital).

Everyone is welcome and is invited to bring a nonperishable item as an offering which will be shared with the local food pantries located at Shepherd’s Pantry/Soup Kitchen at Simpson United Methodist Church.

Various music groups/choirs, as well as the Singing Shepherds, will share their talents during the program.

The Cameron Blue & Gold Christian Center will host the 14th annual free Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28 at the center. The menu will consist of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, noodles, vegetables, rolls, desserts and beverages.

Everyone is welcome to attend the food and fellowship event. The meal will be served beginning at noon.

Take outs will be available with anyone wanting one to call the center at 304-686-2242 on Thanksgiving Day.

People who would like to volunteer to help or provide a dessert for the meal are asked to call the Thrift Store at 304-686-2210.

The Cameron community Thanksgiving Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 24 at the First Christian Church, hosted by the Cameron Ministerial Association.

The offering that night will help fund the community Christmas baskets given by the Ministerial Committee.

Members of the Greater Cameron Area Landmark Commission are planning to build an HO-scale model B&O Railroad depicting Cameron and the surrounding area. Train enthusiasts who would like to build and display model trains or are interested in trains in general are invited to share their ideas and see others’ projects at the next monthly meeting, which will be at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 20 at the Depot.

The John Marshall High School Monarch Company will present, “The Rainbow Fish Musical” at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday at the school’s Center for Performing Arts.

The musical will be directed by Tracey Filben.

Tickets will be available at the door, with the cost being $8 for adults, and $5 for students. Children under the age of 5 will be free.

For additional call the school at 304-843-4444, extension 140.

Santa’s Workshop is up and running, and children of the Ohio Valley are invited to become involved.

John Marshall High Schools’ broadcasting class, WJMH, is asking youngsters to write letters to Santa to be read on television.

Kids are also asked to include a non-returnable photograph to be shown on the show.

Santa’s Workshop will air on West Liberty University’s TV Station, WLU-TV, Xfinity Channel 14, during the month of December. It will also be available to view online at TopperStation.com under the JMHS tab.

Letters are to be mailed to John Marshall HIgh School at 1300 Wheeling Ave., Glen Dale WV 26038 no later than Nov. 18.

Letters must be legible for Santa and his elves to read.

Kids can also email using the email address carly.mcelhaney@k12.wv.us

Anyone with questions can direct them to WJH Media at 304-843-4476.

The Moundsville High School All-School Reunion committee will be meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church.

Plans are being made for the next five-year reunion which will take place on Labor Day Weekend 2020.

Reunion activities will take place at Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.


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