Category Archives: Centre Market Wheeling

COLEMAN’S FISH MARKET.WHEELING, WV. NICKLES BAKERY DAILY BREAD DELIVERY By John Bowman

COLEMAN’S FISH MARKET.WHEELING, WV. NICKLES DAILY BREAD DELIVERY By John Bowman Nickles Bakery Inc. Martins Ferry, Ohio delivers racks of bread daily to Coleman’s Fish Market in Centre Market Wheeling, WV.

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WALKER DICK. OHIO VALLEY YACHT CLUB. WHEELING, WV by John Bowman

WALKER DICK. OHIO VALLEY YACHT CLUB. WHEELING, WV by John Bowman July 9, 2021 WW II had just ended and in 1945 a young man in his early 20s made his return to Wheeling.  This was Walker Dick.  Walker had been in New York City performing and working as an acrobat when his family gave […]

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WHEELING’S SCULL and SHELL BOAT RACING and WHEELING BOAT CLUBS 1865 – 1900 by John Bowman

In 1865, the Civil War had ended, soothing the entirety of America’s humanity.  What was one to do now? Wheeling had the river, the magnificent Ohio River, and it would fit into the thoughts of “something to do now”. The colleges of Harvard and Yale in 1843 made use of the river, racing rowboats; making this […]

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WHEELING RETAIL GROCERS 1820 – 1920 by John Bowman

Today, Wheeling has Kroger and a Riesbeck’s Food Market, Sav-A-Lot, and a few convenient Convenience Stores where one buys groceries.  Maybe today, that is enough stores to fill the need, but it wasn’t always so.  A timely trend may be that you make your order from one of these stores and it will be delivered […]

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WHEELING ICE MAKING AND ICEBOXES by John Bowman

A listing for Ice in Wheeling finds ‘Louis Niebergall Ice Co., Inc.’ 4419 Eoff Street, Wheeling, WV.  Over 100 years ago, in 1894, there was a listing: Louis Niebergall manufacturers “Pure Crystal Ice” at 4400 Water Street, Wheeling.  The Ice plant has a capacity of 25 tons per day. We know we can find Ice […]

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WHEELING’S FIRST TELEPHONE 1879 by John Bowman

The TELEPHONE, A device nearly everyone everyday has in their hand, but this was the first telephone in Wheeling, West Virginia. In 1879, a telephone line connecting two telephones was strung between the H.F. Behrens Co. grocery store at 2217 Market Street and their warehouse at 2219 Market Street.  The novel invention, then just three […]

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BOOKS by WHEELING AUTHOR John Bowman

John Bowman Author, Historian, West Virginia History Hero and Steamboat Model Builder. John’s writings concentrate on Wheeling’s boat history.  Wheeling began building boats, Barges, Bateaux, Flatboats, Keelboats, and Pirogues in 1774, the first Ohio River city to build boats, and the third settlement on the ‘Western Rivers’ to have a boat building industry.  ‘Western Rivers’ […]

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2220 Market Street Wheeling Fremder-Treiber House

In 1868, Edward Fremder a painter-glazer and recent émigré; along with his wife Anna Marie and mother Louisa Fremder from the Hessian area of Germany, built this two-story, four-room brick house on a lot Edward had purchased from the Caldwell’s in 1866.  The rather unique separated front entries accommodated privacy for two families.  Edward’s mother […]

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CENTRE MARKET HISTORY WHEELING WV originally Wheeling’s FIFTH WARD MARKET History and photos by John Bowman

CENTRE MARKET WHEELING WV originally Wheeling’s FIFTH WARD MARKET History and photos by John Bowman Excerpts from booklet: CENTRE MARKET EVER CHANGING by John and Glinda Bowman Wheeling, WV 2013 CENTRE MARKET’S, Fifth Ward Market Houses Architect Thomas Pope designed the 1853 ‘Upper Market House’ building in the ‘Greek Revival’ style. The building, with a […]

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CENTRE MARKET WHEELING, WV WINTER SNOW SCENE

CENTRE MARKET WHEELING, WV WINTER 2003 SNOW SCENE by John Bowman Excerpts from booklet: CENTRE MARKET EVER CHANGING by John and Glinda Bowman Wheeling, WV 2013 CENTRE MARKET’S, Fifth Ward Market Houses Architect Thomas Pope designed the 1853 ‘Upper Market House’ building in the ‘Greek Revival’ style. The building, with a dirt floor was open […]

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