Today in Wheeling History: April 12--Famed portrait photographer George James Kossuth was born in Clifton, West Virginia (1886). He and his family moved to South Wheeling soon after. In 1909, Kossuth opened his Wheeling studio and achieved broad fame for his photos of the city and insightful portraits of world celebrities, including Richard Strauss, Jascha Heifetz, Leopold Stokowski, Clarence Darrow and Richard Nixon. Despite his limited formal education, he had a diverse range of interests in various fields, such as music, art, theater, gardening, and woodworking. Kossuth was recognized with prominent positions in different organizations. In 1941, he purchased and began restoring the Stifel Mansion at 807 North Main Street as his residence and studio. Kossuth passed away in 1960. (https://rb.gy/njoc9)
Mike Minder was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia. He is the author of Wheeling's Gambling History to 1976.