This Day in WV History: Earl Oglebay Dies Jeremy Morris June 22, 2017 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 28, making him the nation’s youngest bank president. In the late 1800s, Oglebay partnered with John D. Rockefeller in a Cleveland iron business. He amassed a small fortune in 1901, when he sold his iron interests to U.S. Steel. That same year, Oglebay began restoring a mansion on a ridge between Wheeling and Bethany as a summer home. Worried about the state of West Virginia’s farm economy, he brought in leading scientists to experiment with alfalfa, Guernsey dairy cattle, poultry, and horses. It was the state’s first agricultural education program. In tribute, West Virginia University’s College of Agriculture named Oglebay Hall in his honor, with hopes he’d donate money for the building. He never did. Subscribe to Weelunk Despite spurning WVU, Oglebay was one of West Virginia’s most generous philanthropists. Notably, he willed his farm to the city of Wheeling. Today, Oglebay Park is a vacation destination for millions of visitors, featuring five golf courses, a lodge, a museum, and a zoo. Audio Story https://weelunk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/TWWVH_Jun22.mp3 Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.