This Day in WV History: Earl Oglebay Dies

Story courtesy of Weelunk partner West Virginia Public Broadcasting Earl Oglebay died on June 22, 1926, at age 77. The son of a wealthy Wheeling businessman, he became head of his father’s bank at age...

Euchre: Poker’s Poor Cousin

Twenty or thirty years or so ago, a wearied traveler venturing through the coal-infused hills of Appalachia steps off his beaten path and takes refuge in one of Wheeling's countless taverns. Sidling up to the...

Pete Jefferson

Pete was not a regular in our crowd but was around enough to the extent that he should have been. We knew each other, went to the same parties, but I believe he was a bit older. Pete had an older brother, a...

McColloch’s Leap

In East Wheeling in the mid 1960's there was a 'bar' on almost every corner. But the word 'bar' isn't all they were, they were also community centers. Places that glued the small neighborhoods together....

Learning to Drink in Wheeling

Somehow we all got introduced to the ancient evil of alcohol. In Wheeling most likely it was beer. Way back in the old days, which would have been the late and mid 60's Wheeling had a great system for creating...

We Watch Forever

They had a party at our prison last night and they thought we couldn’t see.This rotten stone hell where we walk in darkness forever is not as it was when I faced the hangman in 1932 or as it was when my...

Babe

Babe, I believe his last name was Hert, was in Saint Michaels grade school with my oldest sister Kay when the school was located one block up from Edgington Lane. It is an apartment building now. I believe...

The West Liberty Tanneries

When West Liberty was settled, the region had a lot of oak trees. In addition to supplying lumber for the building needs as the community grew, those oaks also provided a plentiful supply of oak bark to the...

Minnesota Woman Aims to Impact Warwood

Hello! I’m Christina Rieth, and I’m the PreserveWV AmeriCorps member for the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation (WNHAC). I’m originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota. I developed my...

Zeakes Inc.

  The woman stood in line with the rest of the mothers and daughters on the second floor of the Dillonvale, Ohio, American Legion, patiently waiting to pay the fare for her daughter’s dance lessons....

Culture and Community Growing in South Wheeling

The city of Wheeling, W.Va. has a rich and colorful history. Wheeling was home to many prosperous businesses including iron, steel, and tobacco industries. Wheeling remains a historical city today. One group...

Year of the Bloody Sevens

there are new silhouettes in this farm field at night now and I hope that the shapes of digits on this farmhouse clock face tell of times the old storms rolled through ‐ when lightning lashed out...

My Town: Benjamin Andrews

I started dating Mary Ann in the late 1940s. Incidentally, dating in my day was asking a girl out for the evening for a movie, a dance etc. Her father, Andy Hess, had bought Table Rock Farm in the early 1930s....

My Log House Adventure

  My wife and I are at a place in our lives where travel is not as important to us as it used to be. We liked traveling to far away lands. Now we are much more interested in traveling to far away...

For Sale: Table Rock Farm

Editor’s Note: Weelunk is pleased to announce a partnership with Kennen and Kennen Realtors. As you already know from this article,  Missy Ashmore is a Wheeling leader who has stepped up to support...

My Town

I remember when the entrance to the Riley Law Building was on Chapline Street. One went through the doors and up a short flight of marble steps; I believe there was like a concierge behind a little counter to...

The Man That Comes Around

Ok, before you read my story, you have to listen to the 1939 version of "The Man That Comes Around."  The story will make way more sense once you do. Way back when I was young, a person had to...

Grandpa’s Garbage Can

I can't remember where, but I recently heard someone say, "People from the Ohio Valley are resilient."  I've been thinking more and more about it lately, and it's true.  This place has been through a lot --...

Growing up with a Growing Wheeling

I don’t remember Wheeling in its "heyday.” I’ve seen black and white pictures of shops and businesses lining downtown and the sidewalks packed with shoppers. I’ve heard stories and flipped through...

The Wheeling Renaissance… Of 1953

A Weelunk Partnership with Archiving Wheeling. For more Archiving Wheeling stories about local history through documents go to www.archivingwheeling.org. If you had tuned into Wheeling’s WTRF television...

A Magnificent Present

  Editor's Note: This fall, an Honors College writing course at West Liberty University, taught by Dr. Steve Criniti, adopted the City of Wheeling as the course focus. The course, entitled “Writing...

The Tales Mount Wood Cemetery Tells

The preservation of history involves much more than stories and structures, and that is why officials of the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp. and volunteers partnered a few years ago to begin telling the...

Avalon on the Ohio

Wheeling's Short-Lived Coney Island Amusement Park by Kate Quinn and Seán Duffy A Weelunk Partnership with Archiving Wheeling. For more Archiving Wheeling stories about local history through documents...

Who Is This Francis H. Pierpont?

He’s a 9-foot bronze man, and he is the father of West Virginia. The installation of the statue of Francis H. Pierpont is set for today – West Virginia Day – at noon on the corner of 16th and Market...