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Moses Sonneborn

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Businessman, Owner of The Hub Department Store

March 22, 1855-March 14, 1929

- from "Progressive West Virginians," 1923.

There is no more prominent merchant or better esteemed man, with all classes, in the City of Wheeling than Moses Sonneborn, president of the Hub department store, which institution he started in May, 1891, and which has grown from a small institution to one of the largest department stores in the State. Mr. Sonneborn was born in Cumberland, Md., March 22, 1855 and was the son of Abram and Bertha Bauer Sonneborn. He was educated in the public schools of Wheeling and sold papers in his early youth. Later he went to work tor his father in his store and by industry and thrift, he was able to start a business of his own in Bellaire in 1877, continuing until 1889. Two years later fie started the Hub and is still the active head of that institution.

After the City of Wheeling purchased Wheeling Park in 1924, prominent citizens were asked to purchase facilities for the park. Moses Sonneborn funded the entrance gate to Wheeling Park which was constructed in 1928. Today it is known as the Sonneborn Gate. 


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West Virginia Division of Culture and History Vital Research Records (
▶ Death certificate: March 14, 1929

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