Today in Wheeling History: May 31—“Wheeling Register” shown a photographic model of the Zane Street Methodist Episcopal Church (1866).
The church was located at 114 17th Street. It’s now the site of the current Probation & Parole Office. (https://rb.gy/igf6t)
Today in Wheeling History: May 29—Adams Express robbers sentenced and directed to imprisonment in the Ohio County Jail in Wheeling (1865).
Abner Marks, the perpetrator who robbed the Adams Express Company safe in Grafton, West Virginia in October 1864, was recently sentenced on May 29, 1865. The Taylor County Court in Pruntytown sentenced Marks to seven years of imprisonment in the Ohio County Jail located in Wheeling. Two other individuals, Arthur Resley and Charles Meredith, were also sentenced as accessories to the robbery, receiving four years of imprisonment each. Fortunately, the stolen money, amounting to fifteen thousand dollars, had been previously recovered by Allen Pinkerton, a member of the national police agency based in Chicago, Illinois. Pinkerton successfully detected and apprehended the culprits involved. The Adams Express Company exhibited great determination in bringing these individuals to justice, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to punishing anyone who steals their property, regardless of the amount. (https://rb.gy/ldhhf)
Today in Wheeling History: May 28—Bill Rodgers and Lisa Matovicik win the men’s and women’s division in the first running of Elby’s Distance Race (1977). (https://rb.gy/t620m) (https://rb.gy/hvqzw)
Today in Wheeling History: May 28--Martha Robb tragically drowned at Steel Bridge in runaway. The horse also drowned and the buggy lost. Miss Eva Jones narrowly escaped the incident (1904). (https://rb.gy/tcgwe)
Today in Wheeling History: May 27--The "Wheeling Daily Register" announces abolitionist Wendell Phillips, temperance orator John B. Gough, Ex-Governor of Virginia Henry Wise, writer and humorist Mark Twain, and short story writer Bret Harte are engaged to lecture before the Wheeling Library Association that winter (1872). (https://rb.gy/mqvkt)
Today in Wheeling History: May 26--Harry B. Christie and Thomas Kelly found guilty of murder in first degree of Wheeling Police Officer Joseph Glenn (1888).
Patrolman Joseph Glenn died on January 17, 1888, from gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier as he investigated a possible burglary near the intersection of 22nd and Market streets. Patrolman Glenn spotted two men acting suspiciously in an alley next to a private residence. The two men appeared to be trying to steal a horse. When Glenn approached the men, they opened fire, striking Glenn three times. The two suspects fled the scene.
Mayor C.W. Seabright offered a $1,000 reward to whoever could provide information leading to the arrest and lodgment of Glenn’s assailants. J.F. Meredith, H.J. Rickenbaugh, Porter Smith, and William C. Hadlan stepped forward and provided information that led to the arrests of Harry B. Christie and Thomas Kelly.
Both Christie and Kelley were convicted of Patrolman Glenn's murder and sentenced to life in prison. Both were later pardoned by Governor George W. Atkinson February 1, 1898.
Patrolman Glenn was 26 years old and single at the time of his murder. (https://rb.gy/uwhgh) (https://rb.gy/fh3fr)
Today in Wheeling History: May 24—First time the Wheeling Nailers win the E.A. “Bud” Ginger Memorial Trophy as Eastern Conference Champions; 5-2 win against South Carolina Stingrays (2016). (https://rb.gy/c1xf9)
Today in Wheeling History: June 24-- Granville Davisson Hall, who served as the editor of the Wheeling Intelligencer and held the position of West Virginia's second secretary of state, passed away in Glencoe, Illinois (1934). (https://rb.gy/9g841) (https://rb.gy/a2fyw)
Today in Wheeling History: May 24--French Marquis de Lafayette, the last surviving major general of the American Revolutionary War, and his son, George Washington LaFayette, arrived by steamboat at the Wheeling Wharf (1825). (https://rb.gy/fc80g) (https://rb.gy/muytr)
Mike Minder was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia. He is the author of Wheeling's Gambling History to 1976.