Monthly Archives: April 2019

WHEELING’S LINK TO THE ‘EDMUND FITZGERALD’ OGLEBAY NORTON’S GREAT LAKES FLAGSHIP by John Bowman

In 1958, the Great Lakes Engineering Works at River Rouge, Michigan, built the bulk freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald named for Mr. Edmund Fitzgerald of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. who owned her.  Her 729’3” x 75’ x 39’ registered hull number was 301.  When launched June 7, 1958, she was the largest ship on […]

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WELLSBURG BETHANY TROLLEY WRECK May 7, 1917 by John Bowman

The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer May 8, 1917 “Car No. 5 of the Wellsburg, Bethany and Washington Street Railway company wreck.  ONE KILLED, MANY HURT WHEN TROLLEY CAR LEAVES TRACK” “Mr. John Bowman was just getting ready to leave his home when the coach was wrecked on the southern side of the track, just below his […]

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RUSSELL’S DADDY RAT© 1988 by Glinda Bowman

Now what I’m going to tell you is a true story, it’s about a black man that don’t get much glory.  He found out you never take more than you need, and he learned a lesson from his one day of greed. Daddy Rat was an old man; he was jet black, he lived his […]

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AMERICA’S FIRST STEAMBOAT EXPLOSION by John Bowman

Henry Miller Shreve’s Steamboat Washington blows her head! Eight persons scalded to death!  EXCERPT from the book, “A HISTORY OF THE STEAMBOAT WASHINGTON THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL WESTERN RIVERS STEAMBOAT” © 2013 John Bowman Wheeling, WV Henry Miller Shreve laid the keel of the riverboat Washington September 10, 1815 in Wheeling, Virginia.  The sternwheel steam-powered Washington was […]

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WHEELING’S MINGO and GLADES INDIAN PATH by John Bowman

INDIAN PATHS Regarding WHEELING and the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia Generally, Indians made cuts to the bark of trees creating a marked ‘Indian Path’, its long usage established a well-beaten path.  The most thorough written material on “Indian Paths” comes from Wallace, Paul, A.W., “Indian Paths of Pennsylvania”.  Delf Norona, “Eighteenth Century Paths, Roads […]

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SECESSIONISTS TICKET May 23, 1861 WHEELING, VIRGINIA by John Bowman

SECESSIONISTS TICKET May 23, 1861, the people of the state of Virginia ratified the Virginia Ordinance of Secession by a vote of 132,201 to 37,451.  The Poll-book of Wheeling listed those who voted to approve the Ordinance of Secession and to secede from the Union.[1] [2] Wheeling persons voting to approve the ordinance of Secession […]

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