My Town: Kid Catholic

May Devotions were held at 7:30 in the evening and were charming.  The grade school kids would bring flowers they had picked and file up the side aisle to place them before the statue of the Blessed Virgin...

Hamburger Man

I have got to remember, it is a fine memory, that soft naked lady God meant her to be. That is how the song goes, but this is a different memory.  A thousand, maybe two thousand years ago I worked at the...

Leo the Barber

Leo was the McColloch Street barber. His was a single chair shop. Nothing remarkable, but perhaps it's worth a few minutes to tell how a barbershop worked in the '60s. Simple things, like how to get 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....

Romantic Wheeling: August 21, 1990

August 21, 1990 Dear Meg, My platoon and I are stationed at Camp Casey in Korea for now and no one knows for how long. It feels like forever since I’ve been home, I can hardly remember what yall look...

Simple Twist of Fate

This piece of paper may seem insignificant but I assure you that it tells an interesting story with a very important lesson for me. Rehanging a door last summer, I found this slip of paper being used as a...

just another Warwood brat

just another Warwood brat, son of Clyde and Vera, running the streets with Moe, Rudy, Mario, Bill, and Ray near North 20th pacing the courts at the YMCA under his dad’s skeptical eye lettering in...

Growing Up At 2 Laurel Ave.

I don’t think I am different from anyone else in that I thought everyone was raised like I was. It wasn’t until I moved out of my neighborhood and got a little life experience that it began slowly to dawn...

Napping On The Porch

Growing up in Wheeling was like coming from a special planet.  Wheeling seemed to specialize in cultivating unusually eccentric people.  Wheeling suffered from a disease called acute prosperity.  The...

Lowell Windfree’s Bobsled Run

  Lowell Windfree created a spectacular bobsled run. The neighborhood kids loved it. His momma hated it and for good reason. The event unfolded in December two weeks before Christmas. Following a...

Harshman Brings Santa To Mountain State

His ideas arrive at moments sometimes unexpected, and on occasion the plot lines are delivered by a friend or a colleague. Such was the case with Marc Harshman’s latest children’s book, “Mountain...

Wheeling’s Haunted Confluence

A mundane parking lot southeast of the Wesbanco Arena belies its true nature. The lot lies on the northern bank of the confluence of Wheeling Creek with the Ohio River, a plot of land that holds a legitimate...

Captain Samuel Brady: Part 3, Conclusion

Brady’s Rangers were very effective in their pursuit of the Indian raiding parties. Numerous times, they rescued women and children who had been taken captive by the Indians. When Brady’s Rangers...

Captain Samuel Brady: Part 2

After living in a cabin in Wellsburg for a period of time, Sam and Drucilla obtained property in West Liberty, with assistance from Van Swearingon, where they built a large frame house. One of the photos with...

Captain Samuel Brady: Part 1

Captain Samuel Brady – Hero of the Revolution Part 1    During the Revolutionary War, the most well-known and respected individual in the Upper Ohio Valley was not named McCullough or Zane or...