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Wheeling notes in the Baltimore Afro-American

In 1929, 1930 and 1931 the Afro-American, of Baltimore, had a correspondent in Wheeling. Her notes are gathered here along with other items that appeared in the paper, particularly very detailed reports on a community beautification program sponsored by the Afro-American in the early 40s.

-from The Afro-American, Jan. 2, 1926, p. 5:



Drake and Walker

Wheeling, W. Va. -- Drake and Walker will put in the week playing two night here and the rest of the time in two night stands in Ohio. Henry Drake was unable to work eight days, obliging "Sambo" Reid and Sam Robinson to do the comedy for him. The comics made good and the show did a turnaway business. The company wishes all friends in and out of the profession the season's greetings.

-from The Afro-American, June 5, 1926. p. 16:


WHEELING, W.Va. -- (PNS) - Negro churchmen in this city are terribly perturbed over the unenviable reputations caused by the resignation of the pastors of all the Negro churches here within a few months.

The first change was at the Simpson M.E. Church from which Rev. C. E. Hodges was transferred, at his own request. He is now pastor of a very prominent church in Washington, D. C.

Next came the ultimatum and then the resignation of Rev. S. A. Davenport, after friction and disagreement with officers of Macedonia Baptist Church, the largest religious organization among Negroes in Wheeling.

In reference to these changes, public opinion was divided; some people charge officers of these churches with domineering and persecuting the ministers while others denied the charges and defended the churches. But the consensus of opinion was that both ministers were justified in seeking new fields.

The last and possibly the most sensational change comes when Rev. R. A. Adams, one of the most experienced and best qualified ministers the A.M.E. Church in Wheeling ever had, suddenly informed officers and members that he had decided to terminate his services as pastor of Wayman A.M.E. Church to become an evangelist.

-from The Afro-American, Jan. 28, 1928, p. 4

W. Va. Teachers Plan European Tour

WHEELING, W. Va. -- A travel tour of Europe this summer is being planned by a group of teachers from this state. They plan to visit France, Germany, England, Switzerland and Belgium, embarking from New York City, on the steam Lapland, June 23, and returning on the Pennland, August 5.

Forty-five days will cost $455. Information can be secured through H.S. Jones or Carter Wright, 324 Warwood avenue, Wheeling, W. Va.

-from The Afro-American, Nov. 30, 1929, p. 16

WHEELING, W. Va. -- Sunday closed the Subscription rally at Simpson M.E. Church. The total amount realized was $1,163.66. The unique feature of the rally was that there was no begging of the public. The members and friends of the church subscribed various amounts and paid their subscriptions. Fourteen persons paid $25; two persons paid $30; one paid $20; fifteen paid $10; two paid $7; three paid $5 and forty-one paid $5; eleven paid $15; and forty-two paid from $1 to $3.

The Woman's Home Missionary Society held its annual Thanksgiving service on Sunday night. A special program was rendered by the members with short addresses by Mrs. Susie C. Love and Deaconess Victoria Murray.

The Twentieth Century Club celebrated its first anniversary with a house party at the residence of Mrs. Romaine Albright, 1002 Chapline street. Forty-five persons were present. A large table decorated with roses and chrysanthemums was spread for the guests. This club raised for the church last year $86.00 So far this year, it has had the parsonage painted. Mrs. Julia Russell is president and Mrs. Gladyce Browne is secretary.

-from The Afro-American, July 19, 1930, p. 13

WHEELING, W. Va. -- James Webster and mother, Mrs. Laura Webster, of 1047 Eoff Street, were the house guests of Mrs. Ida Hughes, of Philadelphia, for the week-end.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Yates, of 45 13th Street were at home to a few friends Sunday night, honoring Hubbard J. Harris, of the New England Conservatory of Music. Covers were laid for eight.

The Blue Triangle Branch Y.W.C.A. Will be represented at the branch conference at West Virginia State College, July 16-24, by Miss E. Essie White, branch secretary; Mrs. Jessie Campbell, finance chairman; Mrs. Florence Gardner, house chairman, and two Girl Reserves - Margaret Wright and Ernestine Minor.

The party will motor from Wheeling to Institute, in a car donated by Robert Walker, of Bridgeport, Ohio.

Friday night, July 11th, a public mass meeting was held at Simpson M.E. Church, to protest against the inadequate school and recreational facilities provided for the Negro group. Two committees were formed - one to appear before the school board, composed of Revs. E. A. Love, J. W. Coger, A. J. Smoot and Messrs. John Harris, W. R. Reed and James E. Moore. The second committee is composed of Rev. J. H. Rainbow, Mmes. Fannie Turner, Lizzie Turner, Isa Settles and James Moe, appointed to appear before the city council to request improvements to the playgrounds.

The Rev. E. A. Love preached Sunday at the morning service, from the subject: "Vain Delusions," using the text, "Peace, peace, when there is no peace."

Mrs. W. J. Worthinton, of 1224 Baltimore Street, is better after an illness of two weeks.

Others on the sick list are: Al Robinson, 117 12th Street, and Mrs. Lennie Walker, 1167 High Street.

The Morgan College Institute Club held a chicken dinner at Simpson M.E. Church, Thursday and realized $22; Misses Karene Kennedy and Mamie Barton, managing.

-from The Afro-American, July 26, 1930, p. 13:

WHEELING, W.Va. -- Among the visitors at Simpson M.E. Church Sunday, July 20, were Mrs. Carrie Thompson and her little grandson, Jimmie Young; also her nephew, Donald Gardner, of Cleveland, Ohio, and E.O.R. Caffman, of Philadelphia, all members of Simpson and former residents of Wheeling.

The Rev. E. A. Love made two trips out of the city this past week, going to Pittsburgh Friday, and to Cleveland on Saturday.

A week of lawn fetes will be held on the lawn of Simpson M.E. Church beginning Monday, July 21.

The Twentieth Century Club of Simpson M.E. Church will have a supper in the dining hall of the church, July 31.

Mrs. Ada J. Stillyard, of 1111 Eoff Street, who is the supreme matron of the A.A.O.D. Of B., will leave the city next week to preside over the bi-annual convention, which will be held at Baltimore.

Masters Carroll, Vincent, Junior, and Miss Loretta Jones have gone to Moorefield, W.Va., to spend the remainder of the summer with their grandmother.

Among the students and teachers at summer schools are Miss Mildred Buckner, West Virginia State College, Institute, W.Va.; Miss Mabel Campbell, Oliver Shannon, Butler College, Indianapolis, Indiana; Mrs. Gertrude Dixon, Mrs. Adeline Rainbow, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Miss Laura Temple of Lennox Addition leaves Sunday for Bridgeport, Conn.

Mrs. Viola Anderson and Miss Georgie Barton are back with us after their visit in Tennessee.

The K. of P.'s will hold their thirty-eighth annual session of the grand lodge of West Virginia, and the thirtieth annual session of the grand court, Order of Calanthe of West Virginia at Wheeling, from August 5th to 8th. The committee is composed of Messrs. Earl Johnson, J. Todd, W.C.M. Harris, David Hawkins and Ellsworth Merrill.

A quartette, composed of Miss Virginia Yates, Miss Mary Jones, Robert Settles and Eugene Jones, all student of Lincoln High School, rendered several selections on the patriotic program Thursday evening at the camp grounds in Moundsville, W.Va. Miss Geraldine Yates acted as accompanist.

Among those attending at Moundsville, W. Va., the famous lecture, "The Flag," given by Dr. Tindley, of Philadelphia, were: Mrs. Charles H. Yates, Mrs. Cornelia Dickson and little Miss Jane Anna Dickson, Mrs. And Mrs. Earl C. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Dalan, Mrs. Regina Pryor, Misses Mary McMechen, Ella Jones and Eva Jones, Mr. P.A. Jeffries.

-from The Afro-American, Aug. 23, 1930, p. 12

WHEELING, W.Va. -- Mrs. Hetty Mentz, Buffalo, New York, was the house guest this week of Mrs. Hatty Derry, 71 Seventeenth Street.

Dr. James White, of 1031 Chapline Street and Oliver Shannon, of 114 Twelfth Street, left the city Tuesday en route to White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., to spend the remainder of the summer.

The newly laid out horseshoe and croquet courts at Simpson M.E. Church are becoming a very popular recreational center for men who are busy during the day. Among those who take advantage of this progressive recreation center are: Earl C. Jones, Zell Kent, O. Payne, Clarence McGroom, J. H. Rainbow and the Rev. E. A. Love.

The students chosen to represent the Epworth League at Morgan College, Baltimore, were: Misses Karene Kennedy, Esther Norris, Zelline Kent, Mamie Barton, Anna Berry and Master Carroll Jones.

The official board of Wayman A.M.E. Church met and petitioned their pastor, the Rev. A.J. Smoot, to use his influence to assure his return to Wayman A.M.E. Church.

Those on the sick list this week are: Mrs. Thaddeus Turner, 1032 Eoff Street, Mrs. Carrie Culbert and Miss Williams, 1015 Eoff Street, P.C. Smith, 1138 Charles Street, Wilson Davis, 1926 Sixth Street.

-from The Afro-American, Sept. 13, 1930, p. 13

WHEELING, W.Va. -- Miss Adelaide Harriston, former assistant secretary of the Blue Triangle Branch Y.W.C.A. left the city Thursday to accept a position as teacher in Springville, N.C.

Miss Essie White, executive secretary of the Blue Triangle Branch Y.W.C.A., returned to the city after an extensive vacation.

Mrs. Eliza Lane, 1047 Morrow Street, and family are back in the city after visiting her home in Maysville, Ky., last week.

George McMechen, attorney of Baltimore, was the overnight guest of his sister, Miss Mary McMechen of 1045 Eoff Street.

Miss Maggie Payne, of Washington, D. C. will resume the duties at the Apex Beauty Shoppe, temporarily vacated by Miss Marjorie Moore, of 1117 Chapline Street.

Miss Moore received a broken arm at the fair grounds last week.

Nathaniel Richardson, of 127 Twelfth Street, met with a serious accident, which impaired the sign of his right eye.

Students going from Wheeling to colleges are as follows: Messrs. Charles Jones, Wilbur Miles, Ellis Ross, Chester Frances, Robert Settles; Misses Geraldine Newman, Amy Turner and Adelaide Jones, West Virginia Institute, Institute, W.Va. Messrs. Wilkes and Edgar Kinney, Morehouse, Atlanta, Ga. Clarence Campbell, Howard, Washington, D.C., and Miss Thelma Worrick, Ohio State, Athens, Ohio.

The teachers are back in the city and are busy making assignments. The following teachers are back in school: Profs. J. H. Rainbow, Theodore Chambers, Carter Wright, John Kinney and Oliver Shannon; Misses Winnie page, Lucille Smith, Bessie Grant, Cecil Miller, Mabel Campbell, Betty Perry, Ruth Banks, Ella Jones, Helen Green, Lelia Powell and Mae Hardy.

Miss Jennie Woods, of 1115 Charles Street, returned to the city last week, after spending two weeks' vacation at the home of the Rev. and Mrs. E. A. Moore, of Huntington.

Clarence Napper, of Columbus, Ohio, is the house guest this week of Oliver Shannon, of 114 Twelfth Street.

Dr. Harry McMechen, of Hannibal, Mo., is the house guest of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Dolan, 1401 Eoff Street.

Mrs. Lucy Taylor, of 1024 Chapline Street, is spending her vacation at Ocean City, N.J.

John Kinney, formerly of Chapline Street, has moved to his new residence at 879 Lind Street.

Russell J. Minor, of 1213 Twelfth Street, is slowly recovering after several months of illness.

The Rev. E. A. Love preached Sunday morning from the text, "Thou shalt have no other Gods before Me."

Visitors at the morning service were Mrs. Ramon Williams, of Wellsburgh, W.Va.; Mrs. Edna Moody, of Clarksburg; Mrs. Clara Goins of Washington, Pa., and Miss Helen Newsome, of Morgantown, W. Va.

The Fortnightly Study Club rendered a religious educational program at the Sunday evening hour.

Special features of the program were an address on the subject, "The Aims of Religious Education," by the Rev. E. A. Love. Special music was rendered by the choir.

The most important feature was the presentation of the club's annual scholarship, which was awarded to Clarence Berto Smith, a graduate of Lincoln High School.

The Rev. and Mrs. E. A. Love and their niece Vivian Hansbury, were the house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wood, of Washington, Pa.

Mrs. Clara Goins, of Washington, Pa., is spending a few days as the house guest of Mrs. Virginia Love.

-from The Afro-American, Sept. 20, 1930, p. 13:

WHEELING, W. Va. -- Miss Pronty Gardner of Cleveland, Ohio, is spending a few days with her aunt, Mrs. James E. Moe, of 108 N. York Street.

Miss Louise Clements, of this city, left the city Sunday, to take up nursing at Provident Hospital, Baltimore.

Mrs. Ada Stillyard, of 1111 Eoff Street, is visiting in Cleveland, Ohio, this week.

Horeston Davis, 11 17th Street, is attending the B.M.C. at Atlantic City.

The Rev. O.J. Smoot, pastor of Wayman A.M.E. Church, left the city Tuesday, to attend the A.M.E. annual conference.

The Waters Institute Trio, of Waren, Ark., led by their principal, Mr. Meachem, made an unexpected, but well appreciated visit to Lincoln High School last week.

One of the teachers of the Institute, Mrs. Mary Letlow, a graduate and former teacher of Lincoln High School, persuaded Mr. Meachem to visit our school. The trio rendered several excellent selections.

The Epworth League, of Simpson M.E. Church rendered a program at the evening services. Special features were the report of the delegates who attended Morgan College Institute at Baltimore. The following were delegates: Misses Korene Kennedy, Zeline Kent, Mami Barton, Anna Berry, Esther Norris and Mrs. Virginia Love; Mrs. Leona Brown and Carroll Jones.

Miss Virginia Love, a member of the graduating class at Morgan College, presented a banner to the league. The banner was won by the delegates who attended Morgan College.

The Rev. E. A. Love preached at the morning service from the subject, "Friendship with Jesus."

At 8:45 p.m., Sunday, the pastor, vesper choir and congregation of Simpson M.E. Church, paid their annual official visit to Wayman A.M.E. Church. The choir rendered several anthems.

The Blue Triangle Branch Y.W.C.A., 1035 Chapline Street, announces a membership drive.

The Zou Hastings Frazier Course opens October 23rd, with Madame Nell Hunter, soprano, and December 4th, Jame Miller, pianist. The third number will be named at a later date.

-from The Afro-American, Sept. 27, 1930, p. 13:

WHEELING, W.Va. -- A surprise party was given in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Brown, of Washington, D. C., at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Bowie, 197 East 13th Street. Guests present were: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ross and Mr. and Mrs.Nathaniel Kent, Misses Cornelia Trent, Agnes Walker, Carry Lee, Julia Brown, Janie Wood, Mosell Scott, Gertrude Cheathem, Katherine Branch, Mary Wilson and Chas. Bouldin.

Miss Janey Woods, of 1115 Charles Street, was called on the 20th, to Washington, D.C., at the home of her brother, because of the illness of her niece.

Mr. and Mrs. John Cordeck and Miss Jennie Cordeck, of Washington, Pa., were the dinner guests of Mr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Yates, Sunday.

The Lincoln High School Chorus rendered several selections at the emancipation celebration, Monday.

Mrs. Charles Yates and daughters Geraldine and Virginia, spent Friday in Washington, Pa., visiting friends.

The Lincoln High School football squad is in good shape to play Morgantown, Friday, September 23rd. Coach Chambers says, "If the people of Wheeling support the team, the boys will show some action this year."

-from The Afro-American, Oct. 4, 1930, p. 18

WHEELING, W.Va. -- The Fortnightly Study Club held its second meeting for the ensuing year at the home of Mrs. Oreitha Clinton, of Charles Street. The meeting was opened by singing the club song. An election of the officers was held with the following persons re-elected for another year.

President, Mrs. Elizabeth Turner; vice-president, Mrs. Lutie Coleman; secretary, Mrs. Oreitha Clinton; assistant secretary, Mrs. Carrie Verse; corresponding secretary, Mrs. Mamie Kent; chaplain, Mrs. Lucy Taylor; critic, Mrs. Fannie Turner.

The following new chairmen were appointed: Rose and Sunshine committee, Mrs. Susie Ross; program committee, Mrs. Mamie Richardson; telephone, Mrs. Carrie Verse; publicity, Mrs. Oreitha Clinton; decorating, Mrs. Lutie Coleman.

The Fortnightly Study Club will again present "Twelve Old Maids," a playlet given at Simpson M.E. Church, Thursday, October 9.

Mrs. Josephine Bingham brought back a wonderful report of the State Federated Convention, which was held at Winona, W.Va., July 22.

The club was very active during the past year. At Christmas baskets of fruit were given to a large number of shut-ins. Other charitable work such as baskets of groceries to the needy, flowers sent to the sick. A scholarship of $25 was given Berto Smith, a graduate of Lincoln High School. A health program was sponsored at the Y.W.C.A. During the Negro National Health Week. A playlet, "Twelve Old Maids," was given at the Macedonia Baptist Church.

The motto is, "Lifting As We Climb." The next meeting will be held with Mrs. Edna Gardner as hostess, October 16.

Miss Sarah Sampson, of Baltimore, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Bessie Hicks, of 115 12th Street.

Mrs. Cornelia Dickson, of 113 12th Street, is in charge of the sub-station for the Poro System.

Dr. and Mrs. William H. Frazier are the house guests of Dr. and Mrs. E. S. Kennedy, this week.

Miss Lucile Armstead of Indianapolis, Ind., was the house guest of Miss Maybell Campbell, last week.

Miss Dorothy Merritt is back in the city after a long absence.

The Rev. A. J. Smoot was reappointed as pastor to Wayman A.M.E. Church last week.

The Blue Triangle Branch Y.W.C.A. Announces its fall opening October 2.

The main features on the program will be echoes from summer conference, formulated plans for the fall activities, and a light luncheon served the the chairman of the Social Service Committee, Mrs. Mamie Kent. The girl reserves will assist in serving the luncheon.

Miss Bessie Grant, chairman of the branch, will preside over the meeting.

-from The Afro-American, Oct. 11, 1930, p. 13

WHEELING, W.Va. -- Mrs. Mary Golden and Mrs. Housten Davis were among those attending the North Ohio Annual Conference of the A.M.E. Church.

Oscar Frazier, of Denver, Col., was the week-end guest of William Payne of 1106 Eoff Street.

A baby girl weighing ten pounds was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank King September 22.

Miss Zeline Kent is better, after a brief illness.

Others on the sick list are Eldes Johnson, 1008 Eoff Street, Harold Fouch, 2127 Main Street, and Harry Albright, Ohio Valley Hospital


The Woman's Bible and Literary Club gave a midwinter picnic at Simpson M.E. Church Friday evening. The officers are Miss Lizzie Turner, president; Mrs. Lizzie Edwards, secretary, and the Rev. E.A. Love, teacher.

Sunday was the annual Old Folks Day at Simpson M.E. Church. There were forty-two persons over the age of 65 present. Two members of the original congregation of Simpson Church were present, namely: Mrs. Helen Gordon, age 89, and Mrs. Jennie Jones, age 77.

Presentations were made by the Ladies Aid Society and by Mrs. Sadie Nickens.

-from The Afro-American, Oct. 18, 1930, p. 13

WHEELING, W.Va. -- A group of young ladies met at the residence of Miss Cecil Miller, 110 Twelfth Street, last Tuesday to organize a bridge club. Those present were: Misses Betty Arrinton, Maybell Campbell, Winnie Page, Lucille Smith, Geraldine Yates, Helen Green, Mabel Young, Ruth Banks, Mrs. Minnie Turner, Mrs. Ruth Wright, and Mrs. Gertrude Dixon. Refreshments were served after playing several hands of bridge.

Dr. and Mrs. A. E. Kennedy, of Washington, D.C., are the house guests of Dr. and Mrs. E. S. Kennedy, 110 Twelfth St.

Mrs. Etha Wallace, of Charles Street is better after a brief illness.

Mrs. Daisy Hall, of 1117 Charles Street, left the city last week to attend the funeral of her brother, who was a resident of Rock Hill, S.C.

Mrs. Blanche Butler, of Durham, N.C., was the house guest last week of Mr. and Mrs. John Morgan, of 1138 Charles Street.


The Y.W.C.A. Had its fall opening October 3rd, which was a wonderful success. Miss Bessie Grant presided. A program was rendered and a luncheon was served.

Mrs. Nell Hunter will be heard in a song recital here Thursday, October 23rd. Mrs. Hunter will be presented by the Y.W.C.A. in the Zou Hastings Frazier Memorial Concert Series.

The Emancipation Day committee of the Odd Fellows entertained the Lincoln High School Glee Club at the Y.W.C.A. Thursday, October 9.

The Rev. and Mrs. J.S. Carroll, of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Arabella Jackson, of New York City, were the overnight guests of Mr. And Mrs. Chas. H. Yates, Monday.


-from The Afro-American, Oct. 25, 1930, p. 12

WHEELING, W.Va. -- The annual boys' day program was rendered Sunday at Simpson M. E. Church. A special feature on the program will be a quartet composed of Messrs. Henry Holly, Rainbow, Edwin Richardson, Herman Newman and Phillip Reed, assisted by Miss Lucille Smith, and with Eugene Jones at the piano.

Mrs. C. Albert, 1015 Eoff Street, is improving after a long illness.

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Moe had as their overnight guests, Thursday, the Rev. and Mr. J. S. Carroll of Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Arabella Jackson, of New York City, all of whom are returning home after attending the fiftieth golden anniversary of the W. H. M. S. in Cincinnati.

During the evening, Mr. and Mrs. Moe were "at home" to a group of friends, honoring the visitors. Among those attending were: the Rev. and Mrs. Carroll, Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Gertrude Dickerson, Mrs. Fannie Turner, Mrs. Minnie Yates, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Yates, Mrs. Elizabeth Turner, the Rev. and Mrs. E. A. Love, Mrs. Ada Stillyard, Misses Geraldine and Virginia Yates, Jess Dickson and P. A. Jeffries. At a late hour a delicious repast was served.

Mrs. Minnie Yates entertained the Woman's Home Missionary Society at her home on Eoff Street, Monday evening. After the regular business meeting a delicious luncheon was served.

-from The Afro-American, Nov. 1, 1930, p.15

WHEELING, W. Va. -- Miss Zelline Kent of 1005 Eoff Street, is better after a long illness.

Harry Jones of Washington, D. C., is visiting his brother, Selby Jones, of 54 Eleventh Street for a few days.

Those on the sick list are: Miss Virginia Yates, 45 Thirteenth Street, Harry Albright, Ohio Valley Hospital, Miss Leona Brown 111 Eoff Street.

Sunday, October 26 was girls' day at Simpson M.E. Church. Special services were held both morning and evening. The speaker for the morning was Miss Mary Orr, dean of women at the Triadelphia High School. At the evening service two plays were given: one under the direction of Miss Geraldine A. Yates, and the other under Miss Virgie R. Love.

Miss Cecil Miller of 110 Twelfth Street, and Miss Bessie Grant of 1114 Eoff Street, motored to Rendville, Ohio, for the weekend.

The Lincoln High School grid team lost to the Beechhurst eleven at Morgantown, W. Va., Saturday.

The Lincoln High School Choral Club under the direction of Miss Ruth Banks, gave a "mock radio" exhibition at the chapel exercises Tuesday, October 23. The parts were excellently played by students of the high school

The Blue Triangle branch Y.W.C.A. Concert-goers of Wheeling and other surrounding towns were entertained Thursday evening, October 23 by Miss Nell Hunter, mezzo soprano. Mme. Hunter has just returned from two years of study in Europe and Vienna. This was the opening number of the 1930-31 Zou Hastings Frazier Memorial series for the Blue Triangle Y.W.C.A. Branch.

The second concert will take place Thursday, December 4, presenting James Miller of Pittsburgh, pianist. The final concert is scheduled for February or March, and will be given by the Howard University Glee Club of Washington, D. C.

A membership drive will be launched October 27, November 5 for a goal of one hundred new members. The drive will close with a membership tea the evening of November 5 with Mrs. Codelia A. Winn, national executive as principal speaker.

Vesper hour opened Sunday, October 26.

Sunday was girls' day at Simpson M.E. Church. At the morning service the Intermediate Girls Choir rendered the music. Little Miss Nancy Cochrane sang a solo. Miss Margaret Wright gave a paper on the subject, "The Modern Girl." The main address was delivered by Miss Mary Orr, a teacher in the Triadelphia High School, on the subject, "Life and Happiness."

At the evening service, the girls rendered a pageant entitled, "The Sword Bearer." A musical reading was given by Little Miss Ila Williams. Seven little girls led by Jane Anne Dickson pantomimed the song, "In the Garden." A very large audience was present at each service. These services were under the auspices of Mrs. Virginia R. Love, assisted by Miss Geraldine Yates. Miss Karene Kennedy presided at each service. At the Epworth League hour Master Isaac W. Jones was presented with a New Testament with Psalms for his splendid work on boys' day.

The Nellie E. Mason Ladies' Aid presented the trustees with twenty dollars at the morning service.

-from The Afro-American (Baltimore) Nov. 8, 1930

WHEELING, W. Va. -- Mrs. Russell Hicks, of Twelfth Street, was hostess Friday afternoon to a progressive whist party and luncheon. Those present were Mesdames Flossie Jackson, Dorothy Mason, Gertrude Hawkins, Oreitha Clinton, Anna Baldwin, Bernice Curtis, Glenna Magers and Belle Curtis.

A delightful luncheon was served. Mrs. Oreitha Clinton was winner of the first prize; the second prize went to Mrs. Bernice Curis, and the consolation prize to Mrs. Belle Curtis. Lovely Hallowe'en favors were presented to all the guests.

The Fortnightly Study Club met at the home of Mrs. Huston Davis of Seventeenth Street last Thursday evening. A large number of members were present. The usual business was transacted. The club is planning some big things in the near future. The amount realized from the play presented at Simpson Church was $25.00. Mrs. Stillayard was the guest of Mrs. Davis and was presented to the club. A delicious luncheon was served. Afterwards, the club adjourned to meet at the home of Mrs. Sadie Nickens, Morrow Street, November 13.

The "Sons and Daughters of Allen," a club organized from Wayman A.M.E. Church held a bake sale at the Blue Triangle Y.W.C.A. Branch, Saturday morning.

A group of ladies met at the home of Mrs. Gertrude Dickson and Miss Betty Arrington to elect officers for the newly organized bridge club. Officers elected were Miss Cecil Miller, president, and Miss Betty Arrington, secretary.

The Lincoln High football squad played the Dunbar Tigers Friday at the Wheeling Public School Stadium. The result was a score of Lincoln 0; Dunbar, 0.

Mrs. A. J. Stillyard will leave for New Jersey and Charlotte, N.C. For the winter.

Mrs. Bessie Barnett, of Grand Rapids, Mich., is visiting her sister Mrs. Fannie Turner, of the Island, 28 Vernon Street.

Mrs. Herbert Gray and Miss Gertrude Joiner, of Washington, Pa., were visiting here Tuesday and were the dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Yates.

Those on the sick list are: Mrs. C. Culbert, 1015 Eoff Street; Miss Virginia C. Yates, 45 Thirteenth Street; Mrs. Viola Alderson, 1044 Eoff Street, and Mrs. Dora Merritt, of McCulloh Street.

The Civics Club gave a Hallowe'en party Wednesday evening, October 29, at the Elks' Hall.

Mrs. A. E. Kennedy, of Washington, D. C., is visiting Dr. and Mrs. E. S. Kennedy, of 110 Twelfth Street, this week.

-from The Afro-American, Nov. 22, 1930, p. 13

WHEELING, W. Va. -- Mrs. Ada Stillyard, of 111 Eoff Street, was given a party at her home last Friday by the Chamber No. 79. Those present were: Mrs. Cornelia Dickson, Mrs. Mollie Martin, Mrs. Elizabeth Turner, Mrs. Nellie Barber, Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas, Mrs. Frannie Turner, Mrs. Houston Davis, Mrs. Lucy Jackson, Mrs. Lavinia Harrie and Mrs. Carrie Verse.

A baby girl was born to Dr. and Mrs. W. A. Wright at the North Wheeling Hospital last Friday. Mother and daughter are doing fine.

Charles Yates, 45 Thirteenth Street, is ill. Mrs. C. Culbert is better after a long illness.

The Interracial Commission of Wheeling was re-organized Thursday afternoon at the Blue Triangle Branch Y.W.C.A. The following constitute the personnel: State Senator Wright Hughes, chairman; Mrs. Charles O'Brien, Miss Ann Cummins, Rev. George W. Maxwell and Mrs. R. V. Engstrom, corresponding secretary; J. E. Span, president of the Wheeling Traction Company; the Rev. E. A. Love, vice-chairman; Mrs. Regina Pryor and the Revs. A. J. Smooth, J. W. Coger and A. L. Campbell with John Harris. The commission immediately took under consideration better school facilities for Wheeling. The commission's program is as follows: Better recreational facilities for the Negro, swimming pool, etc.; better law enforcement; larger recognition for Negroes in civic affairs.

The Women's Bible Class of Simpson M.E. Church met at the residence of Mrs. Lizzie Turner, 114 Twelfth Street, Friday evening, and after a study of the ninth chapter of Acts, the hostess served refreshments. The Bible class sent two baskets of provisions to poor families. The Rev. E. A. Love is teacher of the class.

The senior class of Simpson M. E. Church School gave a baked ham summer at the church last Thursday from 4 to 7 o'clock. Fifty dinners were served. Carter Wright is teacher, and Mrs. Karene Kennedy is manager.

Thursday evening the Ladies' Aid Society of Simpson M. E. Church, of which Mrs. Lennie Walker is president, sponsored a cake baking contest. Seventeen cakes were entered, representing four states. They were Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The first prize went to Mrs. Martha Smith, of Wheeling, West Va.; second prize went to Mrs. Jennie Grant, of Barnesville, Ohio. The remaining cakes were auctioned off. Mrs. V. K. Love managed the affair.

The Blue Triangle Branch Y.W.C.A. was favored again this week with visits from the following: Miss Martha Dennison, of Youngstown, Ohio, who has spent eleven years as general secretary of the Y.W.C.A. In India. She gave an interesting talk on her experience there. Mrs. E. A. McGhee, of Charleston, W. Va., and representative of the W.C.T.U., was present at the vesper hour and served as main speaker on the program.

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same issue, p. 14:

Kelly Miller High Wins

CLARKSBURG, W. Va. -- Kelly Miller football team defeated the Lincoln team of Wheeling, here, Thursday afternoon, to a score of 27-7. The game with Fairmont the past week has been protested by Coach Cardwell of Kelly Miller.

-from The Afro-American, November 29, 1930, p. 19

WHEELING, W.Va. -- The Elks' Rest on Chapline Street, Monday evening, November 17th, was the scene of the celebration of the Fortnightly Sudy Club. The hall was decorated with the club colors gold and blue.

Covers were laid for 100 guests. Eight clubs were represented. An interesting program followed the processional. The welcome address on behalf of the Fortnightly Club was delivered by the club president, Mrs. Elizabeth Turner. The club history was by Mrs. Josephine Bingham. Representatives of other clubs were: Mrs. Lucy Jackson, the Harmonica Club of Bellaire, Ohio; Miss Zelia Harding, Harmonica Club of Bellaire, Ohio; Mrs. Addie Gray, of the Afternoon Club of Bellaire, Ohio; Mrs.Johnson of the Ever Ready Club, of Martins Ferry, Ohio. Mrs. J. H. Rainbow of the Civic Club of Wheeling; the Rev. E. A. Love of the Bible Club; Mrs. E. A. McGhee of the Women's Improvement Club of Charleston. The evening was most enjoyably spent. Music followed the program.

Mrs. Leroy Clinton of Charles Street was hostess Wednesday afternoon to a progressive whist party and luncheon. Those present were: Mesdames Jessie Campbell, Lorena Brown, Sallie Shepherd, Dorothy Mason, Sadie Frances, Bernice Curtis, Misses Georgia Barton, Daisy Hall. Mrs. Lorena Brown was winner of the first prize; second prize went to Mrs. Bernice Brown, and consolation to Miss Georgia Barton.

The following persons were present at the surprise party given Thomas Brown, 111 Eoff Street, Saturday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Underwood, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Clinton, Misses Hattie Johnson, Hazel Burks, Marjorie Moore, Daisy Hall, Mr. Clyde Williams. A delicious buffet luncheon was served. The evening was spent in cards and dancing.

The sick are, Charles Yates, 45 Thirteenth Street; W. J. Washington, of 1222 Baltimore Street, who is improving.

Dr. E. S. Kennedy is back in his office after a brief illness.

Simpson M. E. Church celebrated its sixty-fifth birthday Friday, November 21. Special features were a banquet and a program. The Rev. E. A. Love is the present pastor.

The Lincoln High School Athletic Association will present a pay entitled, "The High School Freshman," at Wheeling Auditorium, December 5.

Mrs. E. A. McGhee of Charleston, W.Va., spoke to the students of Lincoln school at the morning assembly last Tuesday.

A Thanksgiving program was rendered Sunday afternoon at the Blue Triangle Branch Y.W.C.A. The Harmony Singers, Mrs. Dora Clark, Misses Snowden, White and Mr. Harris took part.

-from The Afro-American, December 6, 1930, p. 12

WHEELING, W.Va. -- Misses Catherine McMechen and Adelaide Livingston, both of Baltimore, were the house guests of Mrs. Mary McMechen, of 1045 Eoff Street, for the Thanksgiving holidays.

The Lincoln High School Athletic Association will present a three-act comedy based on school activities, entitled "The High School Freshman," in the high school auditorium.

Miss Geraldine A. Yates motored to Washington, D.C., with Mr. And Mrs. J. T. Chambers to attend the Howard-Lincoln football game, Thanksgiving Day.

A special song service was given Sunday evening, November 23, by the Simpson M.E. Church choir, under the direction of Dr. M. A. Morrison; Mrs. V. R. Love, organist.

Charles H. Yates is slowly improving at his home on Thirteenth Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Johnson and Dr. and Mrs. L. C. Honest motored from Washington, Pa., Sunday to visit Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Yates.

The Idle A While Bridge Club met Tuesday at the residence of Miss Ella S. Jones of Twelfth Street. Misses Jones and Campbell were hostesses.

The following were present: Misses Cecil Miller, Ruth Banks, Helen Green, Lelia Powell, Lucille Smith, Winnie Page, Betty Arrington; Mesdames Ruth Wright, Lucille Chambers and Gertrude Dickerson.

Miss Cecelia Wheeler, the sister of Mrs. Ruth Wright, was the out-of-town guest. A very delightful evening was spent.

The Fortnightly Study Club met Wednesday evening, November 26, with Mrs. Mamie Kent as hostess. The following members were present: Mesdames Josephine Bingham, Lutie Coleman, Edna Gardner, Marie Patterson, Elizabeth Turner, Fannie Turner, Lemie Walker, Carrie Verse, Oreitha Clinton. An interesting round-table discussion followed the usual routine of business. Each member took part.

One of the topics discussed was "Way and Means of Our Club's Coming to the Rescue of Destitute Families." Another was "What Thanksgiving Mean to Me." An appetizing luncheon was served. The club adjourned to meet with Mrs. Patterson as hostess, December 11. The program will consist of favorite tried recipes. Each member is asked to kindly bring her favorite recipe.

The Rev. A.J. Smoot, the present pastor of Wayne A.M.E. Church is back again after a few days' absence.

-from The Afro-American, December 13, 1930, p. 12

WHEELING, W.Va. -- The second number of the Zou Hastings Frazier Memorial course of the Blue Triangle Y.W.C.A., was presented Thursday, December 4, bu James Miller, pianist, of Pittsburgh. Mr. Miller displayed complete mastery of piano. His audience was charmed. This young pianist was the first Negro to graduate from Carnegie Institute of Technology, as a concert artist. Upon graduation he was recommended by the faculty for a scholarship to Berlin. At the vesper program at the Blue Triangle Y.W.C.A., the Rev. L. D. Stevens, of Bridgeport, Ohio, was principal speaker, using as his subject, "No Policy that Robs One Young Woman to Enrich Another, Can Increase a Race's Well-being." Following the Reverend Stevens's address, Mrs. F. E. Gaither, deaconess of the Methodist Episcopal Church, came forward and spoke on, "The Importance of Being a Builder." Mrs. Dora Milligan served as hostess.

Miss E. Essie White, executive secretary of Blue Triangle Branch Y.W.C.A., address the Moundsville A.M.E. Church, Sunday, November 30, subject "The New Youth."

Charles Yates, 45 13th Street, is improving at his home after a brief illness.

Mrs. Charles Early is sick at her home, 132 12th Street.

The Idle-Awhile Bridge Club will meet at Mrs. J. T. Chambers' residence on Lind Street.

-from The Afro-American, Dec. 27, 1930, p. 13

WHEELING, W.Va. -- Teachers who left the city for the Christmas holidays are Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Chambers, Misses Cecil Miller, Betty Perry, Mae Hardy, Florence Smith, Lelia Powell, Mabel Young, Ruth Banks and Winnie Page.

The Lincoln High School basketball team will play their first game January 2nd. The game will be between the Lincoln High School and the alumni.

Irving Whyte, of New York City, was the house guest of Mrs. Mae Rice and Mrs. I. D. Heller of 11 Thirteenth Street.

The Sunday School room of the Simpson M.E. Church was the scene of a banquet given in honor of the Rev. A. J. Mitchell of Baltimore, Tuesday evening.

John Curtis suffered a broken arm from an accident. Mrs. Octavia Cockran is ill at her home in Bridgeport.

-from The Afro-American, Jan. 10, 1931, p. 14


WHEELING, W. Va. -- The Friendship Big Five of Wheeling defeated Bailey Big Five of Pittsburgh, Pa., 33-19.

The Friendship boys were slow starting and were trailing 1-6 after five minutes of play, then "Dixie" Kinney, Wheeling's big forward from Atlanta University, slipped in three successive double deckers to take the lead and they were never headed after that.

Kinney was the high scorer of the game, scoring __ field goals and two free throws.

The whole Friendship team played a good game. The big guns for Bailey were W. Harris and Pratt. They played a fine game too, but their team work was ragged in places.

The Friendship "5" is anxious to book with Holy Cross, Lion Tamers, and all other good teams. For games write to Launbural Spriggs; 1025 Chapline St., Wheeling, W. Va.

The summary and finals.

C.Harris 0 4 Tinker 0 0
W. Harris 2 0 Earley 0 0
P. Williams 1   Kinney 3 2
Pratt 2 0 Campbell 1 0
Moore 0 1 Shannon 4 3
Neville 0 1 Ross 0 0
Setan 1 0 Woods 1 1

-from The Afro-American, Jan. 17, 1931, p. 13

WHEELING, W.Va. -- The Inter-Church Council of Religious Education will hold its first meeting of the year, Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Y.W.C.A.

The council is composed of the four colored pastors of the following churches, the Rev. E. A. Loves, of Simpson M.E. Church; the Rev. Harden, of Mayman A.M.E. Church; the Rev. Lester of Friendship Baptist Church; the Rev. Gordon, the acting pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church.

There are two representatives together with the pastor from the churches also Principal J. H. Rainbow, of Lincoln High School, and all of the teachers are included in the council.

The present officers are: Chairman, Mrs. Oreitha Clinton; vice chairman, Mrs. J. H. Rainbow; secretary, Mrs. Gertrude Hawkins; assistant secretary, Mrs. Fannie Turner; treasurers, Mrs. Charles O'Brien and Miss Essie White. Advisors, Mrs. Charles O'Brien, Mrs. Mary Banks.

This council sponsors the mid-week Bible school. Plans are under way for the third Leadership Training School, which will be held March 1-6, inclusive. This Leadership Training School was founded here three years ago by Byrd Prillerman.

The Fortnightly Study Club met Thursday evening, January 8, at the tea room of Mrs. Martin Smith, Eleventh Street. Mrs. Mamie Richardson was hostess.

The following members were present: Mesdames Elizabeth Turner, Fannie Turner, Lethia Taylor, Lucy Taylor, Lutie Coleman, Josephine Bingham, Edna Gardner, Carrie Vrse, Lemie Walker, Susie Ross, Goldie Sellers, Mamie Kent, Oreitha Clinton.

An interesting program was rendered. Afterwards luncheon was served. The club is planning a charity ball.

Saturday, January 3rd, Mr. And Mrs. Charles Hill, of High Street, gave a surprise birthday party for their daughter, Addie, who was home for the holidays from Ironside School at Bordentown, N. J.

Among those present were: Misses Martha Woods, Ella Mathews, Katherine Moton, Nellie Gray, Geneva Washington, Esther Norris, Margie Settles, Nettie Terrance, Lois Barnes, Elinor Smith, of Bridgeport, Ohio.

Charles Yates is recovering at his home, 45 Thirteenth Street after a brief illness.

Carter Wright is better after a brief illness.

Mrs. Elsie Butler and sons, Joseph and Charles, of Pittsburgh, were the week-end guests of Mrs. And Mrs. Houston A. Davis, of 71 Seventeenth Street.

The Rev. Mr. Moorhead, of Barnesville, Ohio, who conducted a revival at Simpson M.E. Church last week, met with much success.

-from The Afro-American, Jan. 31, 1931, p. 12

WHEELING, W. Va. -- The Howard University Glee Club of Washington, D. C., will appear in Wheeling, February 23, at the Carroll Club, 1300 Chapline Street, under the auspices of the Blue Triangle Branch Y.W.C.A. This is the 3rd and last number of the Zou Hastings Frazier Memorial series.

The vesper program at the Y.W.C.A was rendered by the high school girl reserves. Miss Rosetta Washington, president, presiding. Those taking part on the program were Misses Ella Mathews, Ernestine Minor, Merdia Richardson, Zelline Kent and Mrs. Bary Banks

Plans for the establishment of a recreational center for colored people of Wheeling were launched at a meeting of the Wheeling recreation commission held at the commission headquarters, Thursday, January 15. The council is being formed and will be composed of ten men and ten women of the community. Ernest T. Atwell, National Field Director Bureau of Colored Work, will be in the city during the week of February 1st, to aid in the set-up and plans for the program. This is the first endeavor in West Virginia to establish recreational activities for colored people. Wheeling is considered a pioneer in the state for work for the welfare of colored people, being the only city in the state having a colored branch of the Y.W.C.A.

-from The Afro-American, Feb. 7, 1931

WHEELING, W. Va. -- The Blue Triangle Branch of the Y.W.C.A. Will hold the ninth annual observance of Race Relations Sunday, February 8. The Rev. E. A. Love, pastor of Simpson M. E. Church, and Rev. C. H. Harden, pastor of Wayman A.M.E. Church, will deliver the addresses. Music will be furnished by the Lincoln School, Mrs. J. H. Rainbow presiding.

The committee of management will meet in a call meeting Tuesday, February 3, for election of officers for 1931, Miss Bessie V. Grant, chairman.

Former students and alumni of all schools and colleges are co-operating with the Blue Triangle Branch of the Y.W.C.A. In helping to make the program of the Howard University Glee Club a success. Robert Maceo Hamlin, D.D.S., is heading this student movement. Miss Geraldine Yates, A.B., of Howard University, class of 1930, secretary; Mrs. Orethia Clinton, publicity director.

Mrs. John Morgan, of 1138 Charles Street, suffered a sprained knee from a slip on the pavement Tuesday, but is rapidly improving.

Miss Annie Berry, 1002 Chapline Street, is improving after a brief illness.

Mrs. A. Lewis, of 1027 Morrow Street, is rapidly improving after a severe illness.

Ashby Jeffries, 1037 Eoff Street, is confined to the Ohio Valley Hospital to undergo an operation.

The Rev. C. H. Harden, pastor of Wayman A.M.E. Church, who has been on the sick list this week, was able to attend services Sunday.

A meeting of the Intercollegiate group of Wheeling and vicinity was held last Monday night at the Y.W.C.A. The following officers have been elected: Dr. Hamlin, chairman; Miss Geraldine Yates, secretary; Mrs. Clinton, corresponding secretary; Mr. J. E. Young, treasurer. Plans were made to assist the Y.W.C.A. In bringing the Howard University Glee Club here, February 23.

The sick list includes Mrs. Ellen Gordon, Miss Anna Berry, P. A. Jeffries and George Nickens.

The Nelle E. Maston Ladies' Aid of Simpson M.E. Church gave a bean soup and wiener supper at the church, Thursday evening from 5 to 7:30 o'clock.

The Simpson M.E. Church School had a party Friday evening, honoring the two classes winning the "airplane flight" contest for this year and the two winning classes of last year.

Mrs. Bessie Hicks and Miss Winnie Page were hostesses to the Idle-a-While Bridge Club Tuesday night, at the Hicks's home on Twelfth Street. The early evening hours were spent at the bridge tables and at the conclusion of the games, a dainty repast was served, with covers laid for the following:

Misses Mabel Campbell, Lelia Powell, Mabel Young, Geraldine Yates, Amanda Arrington, Lucille Smith; Mesdames Gertrude Dickson and Lucille Chambers.

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Moe entertained the Royal Ambassadors orchestra at their home on North York Street. The musicians appeared at the Virginia Theatre during their stay in the city.

Mr. and Mrs. Roderick Ray were the weekend guests of Mr. And Mrs. James E. Moe of 108 N. York Street.

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Moe had as their dinner guests Sunday, District Superintendent C.S. Briggs and the Rev. and Mrs. E. A. Love

-from The Afro-American, Feb. 28. 1931. p. 13

WHEELING, W.Va. -- Sunday was Women's Day at Simpson M. E. Church. At the morning service, the Rev. Mrs. J. W. Miller spoke on the subject, "Missionary Results in the Belgian Congo." Mrs. Miller and her husband were for five years missionaries in the Belgian Congo and they opened up territory never before entered by white missionaries. After the services she exhibited various articles of native handicraft. At the evening service two Biblical playlets entitled: "Love's Utmost," and "The Seeing Heart," were rendered, directed by Mrs. Viginia R. Love and Mrs. Ethel Jones. Total money raised was $263.06. Mrs. Eliza Bailey was the leading captain, reporting $54.00.

Miss Hassie Taylor, 1043 Eoff Street, entertained at dinner Sunday afternoon in honor of Mrs. Minnie Yates, who is leaving Wheeling to make her home in Pittsburgh. Guests present were: Mr. And Mrs. Richard Russell, Rev. and Mrs. E. A. Love, Miss Mercedes Poindexter, Mrs. Naomi Webster, Mrs. Sarah Underwood, the honored guest, Mrs. Minnie Yates, and the hostess, Miss Taylor. An automobile ride followed the dinner.

The Twentieth Century Club of Simpson M. E. Church held an election of officers at its last meeting and following were chosen: Mrs. Palma Jordan, president; Mrs. Naomi Webster, secretary; Mrs. Julia Russell, treasurer; Mrs. Virginia Love, chaplain. Mrs. Gladyce Browne entertained the club. A special tribute was paid to the out-going president, Mrs. Russell, who held the presidency for two and half years.

A Martha Washington tea was given at the Blue Triangle Branch Y.W.C.A. Sunday afternoon by the Women's Home Missionary Society of Simpson M. E. Church. A musical and literary program was rendered together with an address by Rev. E. A. Love on the subject "The Stuff Greatness is Made of." Mrs. Sarah Underwood was the chairman. Mrs. Arvelia Moe is president of the society.

Mrs. James E. Moe entertained at dinner Monday afternoon in honor of Mrs. Minnie Yates. Other guests present were the Rev. and Mrs. E. A. Love.

Lincoln School News

The annual Lincoln School literary and declamatory contest was held Friday, February 20, at Simpson M.E. Church. The first declamation was rendered by Mary Virginia Jones. Others on the grade program were: Anna Margaret Griffin, Ida Williams, Evelyn Washington, Catherine Morrison, Matha Settle, and Dorothy Brewer.

Dorothy Brewer was awarded the first prize and Ida Williams, second. The second division of the contest was rendered by the high school.

Miss Cornelia Williams was winner of the first prize; Miss Mary Jones, the second. Other high school contestants were: Miss Odessa McShan and Messrs. Henry H. Rainbow and James Cox.

The Oratorical contest was won by Eugene Jones; the other contestant was George Kennedy. Miss Louise Fields was winner of the first prize in the essay division.Miss G[...] Burris was second.

Miss Marjorie Settle[?] rendered a piano solo and Misses Virginia Yates and Esther Norris rendered vocal solos.

-from The Afro-American, March 14, 1931, p. 17

WHEELING, W.Va. -- The Ladies' Aid of Simpson M.E. Church held their last regular meeting of the conference year at the church Wednesday night. Dues collected amounted to $6.50. A picnic luncheon was served with the Rev. and Mrs. Love as the guests. Mrs. Lennie Walker is president; Mrs. Josephine Bingham, secretary.

The Young People's Clubs of Macedonia Baptist and Simpson M.E. Churches held a mid-winter carnival and skating contest, at the Elks' Hall, Thursday night. Miss Betty Perry and Mrs. Virginia R. Love managed the party.

The Third Leadership Training School, under the auspices of the Interchurch Council of Religious Education, closed Friday night at the Macedonia Baptist Church, after ten sessions. Four international courses were offered. Course 2, "The Principles of Teaching," taught by Miss Mary Off, teacher in the Triadelphia High School; Course 3, "The New Testament," taught by the Rev. M. W. Sprague, of the Wesley M.E. Church; Course 4, "The Old Testament," taught by the Rev. Roy McCuskey, of the Thompson M.E. Church; Course 5, taught by J.C. Truman, principal of the Power W.V. School. The Rev. E. A. Love was dean. Forty-one persons registered and thirty-seven received certificates of credit. This school is held annual, under the authority of the International Council of Religious Education, and in connection with the week-day religious education carried on in the public school, under authority of the local board of education.

Sunday was Mens' Day at Simpson M.E. Church. The Rev. M. W. Marbly, of Martins Ferry, Ohio, preached at the morning service, and a men's choir rendered music. At the evening service a pageant entitled, "Some Great Men of the Bible," was rendered. Fourteen characters from Abraham to John, the beloved disciple, were depicted. Gorgeous costumes were worn. The pageant was written by the Rev. E. A. Love, and directed by Dr. M.A. Morrison, the chorister of Simpson Church. James E. Moe was chairman for the day, and I. W. Jones, secretary. The total amount reported was $230.28, with James E. Moe, the high captain, reporting $750.25.

Charles Yates is home after a short stay in the hospital. Frank Robinson, of 112 Eoff Street, is better. Ashby Jeffries is still sick in the hospital.

-from The Afro-American, March 28, 1931, p. 17

The Mary Bethune Civic Club met at the residence of Mrs. Leona Brown, Tuesday, March 18. The Nightingale Art Dramatic Club of Pittsburgh will present "The Dust of the Earth" April 10th.

Lincoln High School will present its second annual concert at the Wheeling High School Auditorium, March 31.

Miss Louise Fuller, who represented Lincoln High School in the regional essay contest, held at Morgantown, was winner of first place.

Charles H. Yates is improving nicely after a lengthy illness.

A fine baby boy was born to Mr. And Mrs. Samuel Hicks, of 115 12th Street, last Sunday morning.

Miss Millie R. Buckner of Appeal, Md., arrived in the city Wednesday to attend the funeral of her father, David Buckner.

Mrs. Minnie Yates, formerly of this city now of Pittsburgh, spent a few hours here Friday afternoon.

Miss Ruth Rice, charming daughter of Mrs. May Rice, of 11 Alley 10, was hostess Wednesday evening, March 18th, when she entertained at a birthday party. The evening was spent in playing games and dancing. Spring flowers and pink and white colors were used in the attractive decorations. A large centerpiece of candies, flowers and candy was used on the table on which covers were laid for twelve. The guests included: Miss Lillian Barton, Master Calbert Barton, Master Huston Wise, Miss Ruth Ellen Murray, Miss Clara Murray, Miss Mary Liza and Carrie Dent, Master George Perry, Master Melvin Walker, Master Walter Ryan, Anna Thompson and Jass Rice.

The Idle-a-While Bridge Club met at the home of Mrs. Theodore Chambers, Tuesday evening. The pretty appointments were carried out in green and white suggestive of St. Patrick's Day. Those present were: Misses Geraldine Yates, Cecil Miller, Betty Arrington, Winnie Page, Lucille Smith, Mesdames Ruth Wright and Gertrude Dickson. First prize was won by Miss Geraldine Yates; consolation prize by Miss Betty Arrington.

Mrs. John H. Morgan, 1138 Charles Street, is improving after a brief illness.

Oliver Shannon is better after a brief illness.

The junior girl reserves of the Blue Triangle Branch Y.W.C.A. Held their candle lighting ceremonial at vesper hour, Sunday. Those present were Miss Jessie Exley, junior girls' secretary; Mrs. Ben Exley, chairman of the girl reserve department, and a member of the Board of Directors; Miss Mary Robert Allen, Industrial and Business Girl secretary. Junior girls present were: Lenora Burke, president of junior club; Sara and Dollie Meeks, Frances Beard and Bertha Congress. Adults present were Mesdames Nellie Barber, Fannie Turner, Dora Millikin, Frannie Lindsey, Rose Swinger, Mrs. Stevens from Bridgeport; Misses Cassel and Alberta White.

The House Committee of the Blue Triangle Branch Y.W.C.A. gave a Bake Sale, Saturday from 10 a.m. To 6 p.m. to purchase linens for the branch. The committee realized a profit of $28.00.

Those on the committee were: Mesdames Elizabeth Turner, India Kinney, Beulah Harris, Mary Winston, Marjorie Moore, Lelia Dolan, Lillian Hicks, Susie Jackson, Mamie Newman, Mary Kennedy, Eva Peters, Blanch Smith and Mary Banks.

The members of the Fortnightly Study Club featured a charity ball. Music was furnished by the famous Percy Lowry Orchestra, of Columbus, Ohio, March 12.

Refreshments were served in a beautiful decorated tea room, in the club colors of orange and blue. Tables, chairs and covers were donated by the Elks' Lodge, and the president.

The Boy Scouts of Troop No. 45 sponsored a dance Monday. Music was furnished by Edward's Collegians. They were the guests of Mrs. Oreitra Clinton, of 1127 Charles Street and Dr. R. M. Hamlin, of 1031 Chapline Street.

-from The Afro-American, July 11, 1931, p. 16




[ . . . ]

Gladys Rodgers

Gladys Mike Rodgers, making her debut as a night club hostess and mistress of ceremonies, is also appearing nightly at the Golden Lily Cafe. Miss Rodgers is exceptionally conscientious in her work, and judging from her rapid progress, I am led to believe that her career is to be a most colorful one. Then, too, she greatly exemplifies the fact that one can come from Wheeling, W. Va., and make good in a big city.

On the evening which I review this young lady's work, she appeared adorned in a beautiful attire of formal pajamas made from imported white lace, green shoes, and green hanky. Her elegantly manicured nails were slightly tinted with a hue of red au natural.

Her clever performance was thus aided by a perfect background of a well-appointed oriental setting such as the Golden Lily offers, Francois Mosely's orchestra and an enthusiastic audience. Her rendition of "Lovers for Sale" also proved that Miss Rodgers does possess voice, and this fact is further substantiated by her successful broadcasting over station WJBS in New York.

[The Golden Lily was located at 309 East 55th Street at Garfield Blvd. in Chicago. Mosely or Moseley was a drummer from New Orleans]

-from The Afro-American, March 28, 1931, p. 9

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GLADYS MIKE RODGERS attractive wife of Garbage Rodgers, famous stage comedian. She is a skillful motorist and drives her sport limousine with ease. She has retired from the stage, but may be seen soon in talkies for Paramount Studio on Long Island.

Marshall 'Garbage Rodgers' died in December 1934. (Obit. Baltimore Afro-American, Dec. 15, 1934, p.8) The obituary states he married Gladys Mike in 1928.

-from The Afro-American, Aug. 1, 1931, p. 17

WHEELING, W.Va. -- The Boston Club is sponsoring a bridge and progressive whist party at the Pythian Building, Chapline Street, July 29. Expensive prizes were to awarded the winners.

Miss Lucia Suber, who has recently completed a course in beauty culture, of New York City, is the very attractive house guest of her cousin, Mrs. Oreitha Clinton, of Charles Street.

Those who attended the Sunday School Convention at Weirton were: Miss Henrietta Robinson, Benny Taylor, Mrs. Oreitha Clinton and the Rev. C. H. Harden.

Mrs. And Mrs. Tyler McDowell and daughter, Loraine, of Weirton, were the pleasant week-end guests of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Clinton, of Charles Street. Mrs. McDowell is one of the teachers of that city.

Walker Harris, who has been confined to his home for a few days, is out again.

-from The Afro-American, Sept. 10, 1932, p. 23

WHEELING, W.Va. -- Mrs. Anna Baldwin was hostess Wednesday evening August 24, at a formal party given at the home of Mrs. Dean Howard. The evening was spent playing bridge and dancing. Later, a delightful lunch was served.

The guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Humphrey, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Curtis, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Howard, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Curtis, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Bell, of Steubenville, Ohio; Mrs. Sallie Shepherd;

Mrs. Mary Thompson, Mrs. Lillie Moore, Mrs. Marie Quarles, Miss Edna Johns, Miss Cleo Abbet, Miss Feao Jackson, Mrs. Anna Baldwin;

Messrs. William Carpenter, Eugene Cox, Luther Adkins, Samuel Penn, Andrew Lane, Emmett Doak, Henry Godfrey, Thomas Odey, Byam Parks, Everette Walker, Floyd Taylor.

-from The Afro-American, Oct. 15, 1932, p. 18

Win for Wheeling

WHEELING, W.Va. -- The Lincon High gridders defeated the Beechurst Bulldogs here last Friday bu a score of 7 to 0.

A long run by Moore and a pass from Smith to Captain Burke put the ball in scoring distance. Davis crossed the goal. J. B. Smith rushed the point after touchdown. This victory was the first for Lincoln since 1929 and the second defeat of the season for the Morgantowners by a one touchdown margin.

-from The Afro-American, Oct. 22, 1932, p. 16

Fairmont (W.Va.) Hi Defeats Wheeling

FAIRMONT, W. Va. -- Jimmie Jackson returned a punt 85 yards as Dunbar High's title-hunting Tigers defeated the Lincoln High Panthers of Wheeling, 26 to 0.

Dunbar won the toss and elected to kick. Israel got off a long kick and the receiver was downed deep in Lincoln territory. Following thrusts at the line, Lincoln punted and the big Red and Black line of Wheeling was ripped to shreds as Dunbar advanced the ball to the eight yard line in three first downs where Darcus fumbled. The Tigers kept up the fight and registered four first downs with J. Jackson scoring. Darcus made the extra point.

The third score came as a result of a blocked punt by P. Bates and Mays recovering. Thomas Sydner, substitute fullback scored the point after touchdown. J. Jackson scored another touchdown in the second quarter to make the total 26. William Langston, right guard of the Lincoln team, suffered a compound fracture of a leg in the third quarter. Coach McGowan used his complete squad the remainder of the game.

-from The Afro-American, Oct. 12, 1935, p. 5

KDKA Radio Stars Heard in Recital

WHEELING, W.Va. -- A recital was given by the Four Dynamos of Rhythm, radio stars of KDKA at Wheeling High School auditorium, featuring Wheeling's popular tenor, Oswald Kinney.

These four generators of rhythm rendered several of their own compositions such as "Generating Rhythm," "Rhythm Stomp" and "So What, My Brother, So What?"

After the recital, a reception was given at the Pythian Temple, honoring the radio stars. Campbell's Red Hot Peppers, a Wheeling orchestra, furnished dance music.

-from The Afro-American, Nov. 14, 1936

WHEELING, W. Va. -- Playing before 1000 persons the Lincoln High School Panthers subdued the Kelly Miller Yellow Jackets, 29-0, here Friday at the Wheeling Stadium.

The Lincoln victory will go a long way in establishing them as State champions. Few games remain on the Lincoln schedule. If they remain undefeated, a Lincoln-Douglass (Huntington) post-season championship tilt is the prospect. Below are the records of Lincoln to date:


6 Fairmont 0
25 Weirton 0
13 Morgantown 0
26 Parkersburg 0
29 Clarksburg 0
120   0

-from The Afro-American, March 27, 1937

Fraternal Leader Dies in Wheeling

WHEELING, W.Va. -- William L. Jones, past grand master of West Virginia Odd Fellows and former president of the endowment fund, exalted ruler and trustee of the local Elks' lodge, died of pneumonia recently at his home, 113 Twelfth Street.

Services were conducted at his residence Wednesday evening by the Rev. E. L. Lofton. Private interment was Thursday morning. One daughter, Mrs. Natalie Jones Faithful; a grandson, Robert William Faithful; a brother, and a sister Miss Ella S. Jones, survive.

-from The Afro-American, Aug. 20, 1938, p. 10

Charles Keyes Dies at Easton

EASTON, Pa.--Charles Keyes, 86, died after two weeks of illness, Thursday.

Funeral services were held, Monday, by the Rev. J. Winsmore Mason, pastor of Allen AME Church, Philadelphia, at Mr. Keyes's residence.

The deceased had resided here for fifty-five years. He was a native of Wheeling, W.Va., and for forty-seven years was employed by a drug company. He was a trustee of Union AME Church and active in the Masonic Order.

From his first marriage were born Mrs. Addie Keyes Jackson, of St. Paul, Minn., Mrs. Grace Keyes Lewis and William Keyes of this town, all of whom survive. Also surviving is his widow, Mrs. Fannie Keyes.

-from The Afro-American, Oct. 1, 1938, p. 18

Tri-State Officials Meet in Wheeling

WHEELING, W.Va. -- The newly-formed Tri-State Officials' Association met in Wheeling, W. Va., at the call of J. T. Chambers.

Changes in this year's rules were discussed along with recent interpretations of some of the old rules.

Those present at the first meeting were Ellis Ross, James Woods, Oliver Shannon, Bennie Taylor, Wilkes Kinney, J. B. Smith, and J. T. Chambers.

Meetings Every Tuesday

Meetings will be held every Tuesday evening at the Lincoln High School.

The association is open to former athletes, coaches and others interested in officiating.

Athletic directors who need officials for games can secure the necessary information by writing to James T. Chambers, Lincoln High School, Wheeling, W. Va.

-from The Afro-American, January 14, 1939, p. 4

The White Neighbors Have "Georgiaitis"

Dear AFRO:

Arriving in Wheeling a few years ago, just thirty-five, I found myself among what I would call the best white people on earth; the exclusive people who lived out on the pike and who were so nice they seemed every day to bring gladness to my soul.

Individual white families, the hotels, and business houses used to employ colored help; the places of amusement were open to all, but all this is changed now. What is the cause of it all? Has our white neighbor moved away and a new people moved in his place? What is the reason for this drastic change?

W.C.M. HARRIS, Notary Public.
Wheeling, W. Va.

-from The Afro-American, May 6, 1941, p. 14

Clean Block Drive for Wheeling, W. Va.

Wheeling, W. Va. Launched its first Clean Block Drive, May 5. There were mass meetings, conferences, radio broadcasts and group meetings.

Miss Frances L. Murphy, director of Baltimore's seventh annual Clean Block campaign, attended the opening features and showed colored slides of blocks in Baltimore and Washington.

-from The Afro-American, June 21, 1941, p. 6

"My Son, My Son"

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MRS. MARGARET BERRY, center, of Wheeling, W. Va., appears to be happy over having her famous son, Chu Berry, left, saxophone player of Cab Calloway's orchestra, visit his "Mom" when Cab's unit played Wheeling recently. Even the king of Hi-De-Ho seems gleeful over the whole thing. Mrs. Berry is advisor of the AFRO Clean Block Campaign.

-from The Afro-American, July 15, 1941, p. 18

1500 Enlisted in Clean-Up Drive in Five Cities

Whether in Raleigh, N.C., Wheeling, W. Va., Washington, Philadelphia or Baltimore, the Clean Blockers have started out on a real war on dirt and its twin, disease.

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Work in Wheeling

Mrs. Mary Banks, clean block director in Wheeling makes the following report: 200 yards cleaned, seventy-five window boxes erected, houses painted, YWCA painted, fifty houses had doorways and window sills painted, 100 back yards cleaned, thirty-five front yards beautified.[ . . . ]

-from The Afro-American, Sept. 16, 1941, p. 19

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Children in Wheeling, West Virginia's 13th Street Clean Block Club shown still at work. They are not only keeping the block clean but are also working hard to raise money for next year's clean block drive.

The children sold papers, ice cream, ice cubes, etc. in order to buy hats, overalls and gloves to wear while at work pulling weeds, making rock gardens and repairing fences. This is a club of white children. Their advisor, Mrs. Ray Barnes, is the only colored resident of the block. This block took second prize in the 1941 campaign.

-from The Afro-American, Oct. 25, 1941, p. 23


WHEELING, W.Va. -- Lincoln High School will play Bolling High of Lewisburg, here, Friday night.

Halloween may still be a night of witches and goblins to the Panthers of Lincoln High for they will meet a real "jinx team."

In the three intersectional clashes between these rivals, the boys from the south have been victorious by less than a point margin.

Wheeling will entertain her guests at a midnight skating party.

-from The Afro-American, Nov 15, 1941, p. 23

Lincoln High Breaks Bolling Team's Jinx

WHEELING, W.Va. -- After bowing to Bolling High of Lewisburg, W.Va., on three previous occasions since 1936, the Lincoln Panthers broke the spell with a hard fought 6-0 victory.

The only score of the game came in the first quarter when Killings, left end caught a short punt on the 30-yard line and raced across Bolling's goal line.

The final game of the season will be played at the Wheeling Stadium with Sumner High of Parkersburg.

-from The Afro-American, Feb. 28, 1942, p. 18



WHEELING, W. Va. -- Funeral services for Mrs. Lillie Kennedy were held recently at the Brown Funeral Chapel with the Rev. D. H. Hadwin, pastor of First Christian Church of Broadway Island officiating. Interment was in Stone Church Cemetery.

A native of Hickman County, Tenn., Mrs. Kennedy resided in Huntington before coming here twenty-three years ago. Survivors include:

Four sons, Bryant, Raleigh and Bruce of Wheeling, and Aaron of Erie, Pa.; three daughters, Mrs. Phoebe Gordon, of Martins Ferry, Ohio; Mrs. Karene Harold, Hickman County, and Mrs. Ruby Brown of this city; two brothers, Henry Bryant of Nashville and Eugene Bryant, Honolulu; and a sister, Mrs. Aquilla Gray of Nashville.

-from The Afro-American, July 4, 1942, p. 15

Wheeling NAACP Sponsoring Forums

WHEELING, W.Va. -- The local branch of the NAACP is sponsoring a series of open forums under the leadership of one of its charter members and president, Dr. M. A. Morrison. A leading dentist here, Dr. Morrison is a graduate of Howard University and was at one time national president of Apha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

-from The Afro-American, July 4, 1942, p. 6

Baltimore Leads Clean Blockers

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Wheeling at Work

The Clean Blockers of Wheeling, W.Va., are forming block organizations. They have purchased victory emblems, flowers, and whitewash for back fences. Wheeling's new workers are:

CAPTAIN: Bettie Johnson, 1019 Chapline Street.HELPERS: Rufus Barton, Sadie Clark, Annie Campbell, J.L. White, Esther Singletary, Floyd Taylor, Laurence Coombs, Mildred Coombs, Sybl Coombs, Myrtle Parks, Margaret Lewis, Fred Nelson, Betty Wright, George Hughes, Donald Gardner, Bertha Legg; Mesdames L. Gaines, M.L. McElory, Etta Wright, and Lett.

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-from The Baltimore Afro-American, July 7, 1942, p. 9

1500 Clean Blockers Busy Fighting Dirt and Disease

BALTIMORE-- With the distribution of small American flags for window boxes, registration blanks for signers, cards for windows and rules and regulations, the eighth annual Clean Block Campaign is now formally declared open, cities taking part including Philadelphia, Pa.; Wheeling, W. Va., and Raleigh, N.C.

Baltimore now has 1500 captains and workers in 80 city blocks at the job of defending their homes by keeping them free from dirt

No Color Line

Wheeling, W.Va., and Philadelphia report that both colored and white children are serving as captains and workers in the effort to make their cities cleaner and more beautiful.

-from The Afro-American, July 27, 1942, p. 6

398 Clean Blockers Sign Up; Wheeling in Lead

BALTIMORE - The AFRO-AMERICAN's eight annual Clean Block Campaign is really getting a fine start. Wheeling, W. Va. Is leading with a registration of 202, while Baltimore, Md., follows with 196.

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The new members in Wheeling, W. Va. are.

CAPTAIN: Florence Moore, 931 W. Chapline Street.HELPERS: Mesdames florence Haynesworth, Leora Cyrus, Florence Coles, Lucy Lee, Willie May Moore, Lucille Saunders, Mary Williams, Nannie Gent, Juanita Roby, Eunice Blackman, Bertha Brown, Nell Martin, Bessie McDowall, Walker Harris; Henry Taylor, Theodore Waldrow, Edna Taylor, Kathryn Henderson, Robert Henderson, R.S. Logan, William Beakey, Martha Wilson, John Frank, James Hronis, Madolina Hronis, Emanuel Crampus, Gus Magoulas, John Zeographis, Nannie Coles, Cumberland Hawkins.

CAPTAIN: Launbural Spriggs, Charles Street.HELPERS: Mesdames John Jennings, Walker Hams, Grover Vire; Cora Oliver, Norma Campbell, Walker Harris, Martha Spriggs, Janie Campbell, John Morgan, Mary Morgan, Janie Woods, J. H. Rainbow, Philip Reid, Ida Ollison, Cornelia Cyrus, Ella Matthews, Grover Vire, Georgia Campbell, and Ella Minor.

CAPTAIN: Mildred Shelton, 22nd, 23rd and 24th Streets.HELPERS: Betty White, Lillie Woods, Margie Pritchard, Wilma Shelton, Emma Shelton, Catherine White, Delores Shelton, Mary Sinclair, Doldridge Harrison, Felton Harrison, Samuel Brim, Julia Collins, Lewis McClain, Victoria White, Ernestine Johnson, Gertrude Evans, Mattie Evans.

CAPTAIN: Dorothy Griffin, 25th and 26th Streets.HELPERS: Alfreda Pervall, Thelma Berry, Amanda Griffin, Lillie Stradwick, Lena Lester, Essie Allen, Charles Pervall, David Wallace, Beverly Pervall, William Allen, Eugene Stradwick, Barbara Allen, Henrietta Johnson, Betty Clay, Artie Green, Daniel Reid, and Tobia Mayes.

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-from The Afro-American, August 1, 1942, p. 14

Makes Victory Report

Joan Finney, clean block worker of Wheleing, W. Va., sent in the following Victory Clean Block report, showing how much work Clean Blockers in her block have accomplished.

In this block, 30 Alley Street, 10 pairs of steps have been painted; 1 house painted; 10 houses have had woodwork painted; 10 houses with woodwork cleaned; 10 yards cleaned; 10 houses with flowers out in painted pots; 9 houses with flowers in window boxes; 3 alleys cleaned; 5 cellars cleaned; and 9 yards with flowers.

-from The Afro-American, Aug. 4, 1942, p. 8

Wheeling Ends Clean Block Drive

WHEELING, W.Va. -- The second AFRO-AMERICAN Clean Block Campaign makes the following Victory Report in closing.

These five blocks are reporting: 1000 Marrow Street, 1000 Eoff Street, 1000 Chapline Street, 30 Alley 8, 900 W. Chapline Street.

Victory Reports

As a result of the work done by the Clean Blockers, Wheeling is now a clean and more beautiful city. The workers have painted 11 pairs of steps; 61 pairs marble steps have been cleaned; 10 houses are painted; 19 houses have had woodwork painted; 48 houses have had woodwork cleaned; 22 houses have painted flower pots; 53 houses have flowers in window boxes; 3 alleys were cleaned; 6 cellars cleaned; and 36 yards have flowers in them.

Best Block

1000 Eoff Street received the highest award. During the campaign, a baby show and a street car fair were conducted. At the close a picnic was held with all workers in the campaign as guests. The Mayor of the city contributed $25 for the picnic fund.

Mrs. Mary Banks directed the campaign.

-from The Afro-American (Baltimore), Nov. 17, 1942

Xavier's Grid Captain Ex-Star at Wheeling

WHEELING, W. Va. -- Co-Captain Calbert Banton, 200-pound senior center of Xavier University's football team, is a graduate of Lincoln High School of Wheeling.

-from The Afro-American, June 12, 1943, p. 11

Wheeling Tops Clean Blockers in W. Virginia

WHEELING, W.Va. -- When the school bell rang on June 1, 276 clean blockers reported to serve in the third annual AFRO-AMERICAN Clean Block Campaign, with Mrs. Eileen Miller, director; Mrs. Martha Bruce, and Mrs. Minnie Clemans, assistants and Mrs. Mary Banks, chairman of publicity.

One hundred petunia plants, a gift from Mrs. Russell Bailey, were distributed to the children for window boxes.

Captains, officers and workers of the blocks follow:

CAPTAIN: GERTRUDE EVANS, 23rd and Main Streets:
HELPERS: Mary Sinclair, inspector; James Bass, martial marshal; Mrs. Pervall, president; Beverly Pervall, secretary; Percy Sinclair, Naomi Sinclair, Mildred Shelton, Delores Shelton, Floyd Nevels, Lillie Woods.

HELPERS: Barbara Cooper, Betty Patterson, Elizabeth Ladson, Beatrice Moyer, Marceline Brown, Dorothy Brown, Betty Brown, Bert Scott, Beatrice West, Mrs. Mannie Kent, Herman Newman, Lillian Hicks, Cecie Hick, Oscar Winters, Margaret Scott, Mrs. Mary Webster, Alphonso Scott, Mabel Cross, Mrs. Letha Taylor, Richard Russell, Flora Green, Martha Smith, Lillian Hunes, Martha Thomas, Mr. Alexander, Hary Alderson, Mamie Newman, Geraldine Newman.

HELPERS: Ivan Law, martial marshal; Mary Finney, inspector; Gussie Holsley, president; Eleanor Holsley, James Preyer, Robert Preyer, Elva Law, James Knight, James Law, James Galloway, Charles Galloway, William Galloway.

HELPERS: Annie Bush, Violet Doss, Alma Coles, marshal; Ethen Hendricks, Fred Baker, Jean Coles, inspector; Jeanette Coles, secretary; Mrs. Minnie Clemans, adviser; Walter Doss, Ovell Bush.

CAPTAIN: NED JOHNSON, West Chapline Street:
HELPERS: Betty Taylor, Clara Taylor, inspector; Eva Johnson, Edna J. Taylor, inspector; Eunice Blackman, Billy Matthews, Bessie McDowell, Mrs. Bruce Saunders, adviser; Mrs. Charles E. Lee, J. H. Adams, Mary F. Saunders, marshal; Mrs. May Williams, president.

HELPERS: William R. Dennis, Emma Dennis, Henrietta A. Dennis, Gloria Dennis, Alfred Cooper, Geneva Cooper, Andrew Otey, Virginia Otey, Dorothy Ingram, John Tuzzolina, Clarence McBrown, Sr., Bessie McBroom, Carmen McBroom, Carroll McBroom, Bertha Law.

HELPERS: Ella Young, adviser; Henrietta Johnson, president; Annie Bush, secretary; Birdie Suggs, Alice Suggs, Hethy Jenkins, Marshal; Philip McCampbell, Dora Allen, inspector; Littlie Burnley, Thelma Berry.

HELPERS: James Morton, Essie Morton. Mrs. DeCoursey, George Clayton, Lemmie Webb, Christine Clark, Georgetta Clark, Margaret Gentry, secretary; Dorothy Richardson, June Wallace, inspector; Edna Smith, Betty Anderson, Dorothy Tavage, president; Mrs Virginia Wesley, adviser; Mrs. Lillie Chapman, Rudolph Richardson, marshal; Daniel Richardson, inspector; Ruth Anderson, George Reed, ArnettaReed, Francis Gentry, Ernie Gentry.

HELPERS: Georgianna Jordan, M. Jennings, Cora Oliver, Cornelia Cyrus, H. Fowkles, Martha Spriggs, Pauline Johnson, Walter Harris, Fannie Harris, William Coles, Marjorie Coles, Janie Wood, Allen Miller, Dorothy Jackson, Harold Miller, Dora Byrd, Gertrude Terrance.

HELPERS: Dorothy White, Evelyn Whites, Letha White, Joan White, Carl White, Howard Washington, Jean Wright, Marvel Terrell, Harold Terrell, Mrs. Marjorie Pritchard.

HELPERS: William Green, marshal, Azie Green, president; Betty Clay, secretary; Louise Young, inspector; Mattie Jenkins, David Wallace, Lillie Burnley, adviser.

CAPTAIN: HELEN BANKS, 2600 black Market Street:
HELPERS: Mary Hampton, marshal; Birdie Suggs, inspector; Mrs. Mary Savage, president; Dorothy Griffin, secretary; Mrs. Maggie James, treasurer; Mrs. Frances Hencher, adviser; Mattie Johnson, R.T. Burl, Julia Reed, Lillie Stradwick, Virgie Burl, Lizzie Mahone, Ben Ransome, Hethy Jenkins, Will James, Odie Scarbori, Eller Suggs, Philip McConnell, Della Clifford, Lula King, W.R. Major, Pearl Scott, Sallie Stewart, Josie Hopson, Lena Lester.

HELPERS: Mrs. Maggie Powell, president; Chrystal Powell, marshall; Clara M. Powell, inspector.

HELPERS: Mrs. Lizzie Legion, Mr. and Mrs. John Harris, Mamie Cummins, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hill, Arthur King, William Miles, Mrs. L. Coleman, Mrs. Henry Nickson, Mrs. Halpin, Mrs. Peyton, Laverne Savage, Thelma Savage, Helen Savage, Freddie []yles, Harold Green, Chukky Green, Mrs. Lavage.

HELPERS: Mrs. Eula Miller, Mrs. Sarah Monroe, Mr. and Mrs. McKinney, Mrs. Rabb, Mr. and Mrs. Scott, Elder Johnson.

HELPERS: George Hughes, Fred Nelson, Sybl Coombs, Bobby Coombs, James Hill, marshal; Bobby Singletary, secretary. Will Powell, Wiley Davis, Mrs. Gwendolyn Lett, Dr. J.S. White, J.A. Kent, Irene Johnson, Edna Kelley, A.B. Thinn, Henry Wright, Mrs. Bessie Strickland, president; Mrs. Lucy Taylor, Mrs. Mary Taylor, Juanita Barton, inspector; Barbara Kent, Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Marjorie Moore, John Kent.

-from The Afro-American, July 24, 1943, p.3

Orlando Robeson is Private at Huachuca

HUACHUCA, Ariz.--- Pvt. Orlando Roberson, former featured singer with Claude Hopkins's orchestra, and more recently of the night spots of New York, is stationed here with the 1922nd Service Command.

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Heads Baseball Team

First Lieut. James T. Chambers of Washington and Wheeling, W. Va., is assistant special service officer, and in charge of the Service Command baseball team, which has won 19 games without a loss. Lieut. Chambers attended Howard and Pittsburgh Universities and coached 17 years before entering the army and was a four-letter man during his college days.

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-from The Afro-American, April 12, 1947, p. 18

Mrs. Banks Given Rites in Wheeling

Funeral rites were held Tuesday, at Grace Presbyterian Church, for Mrs. Mary M. Key Banks, former Baltimorean, who died at her home in Wheeling, Va., where she as resided for the past 30 years. Burial was in Arbutus Memorial Park.

Mrs. Banks, who once taught here, was affiliated with civic and religious circles in Wheeling.

She was the founder of the YWCA Blue Triangle Club, a teacher in the Midweek Bible School, a teacher in Macedonia Baptist Church Sunday school and organizer of the Banneker Recreation Association.

She is survived by her husband Dr. George A. Banks of Wheeling; a sister, Mrs. Katherine Key Shorts of Baltimore; a niece, Mrs. Katharine Burkett of Washington; and a nephew, Clifton Burkett, also of this city.

-from The Afro-American, Aug. 9, 1947, p. 4


Wheeling, W. Va. -- I should like to call your attention to Robert Merril, who sings for RCA on Sundays. I have written him and his sponsor, asking that they change the objectionable word "darkies" in his broadcasts.

This past Sunday he sang "Old Man River" and used the term again. Isn't there something the AFRO can do about this?

I admire the stand the AFRO takes concerning this matter of cleaning up the air and hope an apology will be forthcoming from both the artist and his sponsor. --ELLEN G. PARKS.

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