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FRED J. FOX, WHEELING

From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

     The career of Fred J. Fox, research officer of the Security Trust Company of Wheeling, is illustrious testimony to the high achievement possible when native talent is given the support of unstinting energy. His heritage as a young man included neither position nor wealth, but was distinguished, by enterprise and large capacity. One of the first reasons for the success of the strong institution he now directs, he is at the same time esteemed, for his many activities in behalf of community advancement. He is treasurer of the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce, a director of the Old Ladies Home of Wheeling, of the Home for Aged and Friendless Women, of the Salvation Army House Service Fund and of the Associated Charities, and is secretary, treasurer and director of the Market Auditorium Company. From 1923 to 1927 he served as a member of the Wheeling School Board.
     Mr. Fox is a native of Bridgeport, Ohio, born November 27, 1867, son of Jacob and Christina (Schweitzer) Fox, both natives of Germany. He attended public school, supporting himself at the same time by various work, antl after removing to Wheeling put himself through business college. From 1891 to 1897 he was teller in the Dollar Savings Bank at Bridgeport and for a time was in the employ of the Germania Half-Dollar Savings Bank (April, 1897 to January 1, 1903) as cashier. He has been associated with the Security Trust Company of Wheeling since its organization in 1903. The circumstance that today the bank is one of the strongest in West Virginia, with deposits of more than four million dollars, is conceded to be the result in great part of his able administration. He began as cashier and was elected secretary in 1916, and now is research officer.
     Mr. Fox has been twice married. In 1893 he married Mary Ziegler at Wheeling. She was deceased in 1899. In 1903 he married Amanda Jordan at Martins Ferry, Ohio. He has five children: born of his first marriage, two, Wilbur and Helena (Mrs. Mervin Stonecipher); and by his second marriage, three, Edward Jordan, Henry Nelson and Irvin Franklin (twins).
     Mr. Fox is an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Wheeling and is affiliated fraternally with the Odd Fellows. During the World War he was a Four Minute Speaker and was active in the campaigns in behalf of war loans.
     Home: 108 Fourteenth Street. Office: 1143 Market Street.