Biography: Seaton Alexander
-From "History of Wheeling City and Ohio County, West Virginia and Representative Citizens," by Hon. Gibson Lamb Cranmer, 1902, pp. 428-429
Seaton ALEXANDER, of the firm of Alexander & Company, the largest retail shoe dealers in Wheeling, West Virginia, has been a resident of the city since 1881. He was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and is a son of Thomas B. Alexander, who is deceased. Mrs. Thomas B. Alexander, who came from an old Virginia family, still resides at Clarksburg.
Seaton Alexander started in the shoe business at the age of fourteen years, and had seven years experience in that business before he located in Wheeling. After settling in Wheeling he worked for the J. H. Locke Shoe Company for a period of eight years, and in November, 1889, engaged in business for himself, under the firm name of Alexander & Company, being associated with the Vance Shoe Company until 1899. At that time he took George J. Mathison into partnership, and they are now doing business at No. 1049 Main street.
Mr. Alexander's store is purely retail, and is the largest store of the kind in Wheeling. He carries an immense stock, which occupies the space of two floors. Ten people are employed regularly to assist him, and on Saturdays and during the busiest seasons five or six extra hands are engaged. This firm also owns and operates the Walkover Shoe Company at No. 1351 Market street, which is in charge of Hugh Hood. Mr. Alexander is a progressive man in every way, and his success has been due entirely to his own efforts.