GEE

HARRY W. GEE, WHEELING

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

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

     Harry W. Gee, president and general manager of the Gee Electric Company (incorporated) of Wheeling, organized that business in 1899, at the age of 19. The business occupies a place of prominence in Wheeling; and today it is one of the largest wholesale electrical houses in West Virginia. Further, this firm has for a number of years maintained a branch at Huntington, W. Va., specializing in the installation of mine lighting and power systems, which has so equipped some of the largest coal properties in the tri-state district. The business of the Gee Electric Company embraces Eastern Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.
     Mr. Gee is also director and vice-president of the Industrial Relations Association and is director of the West Virginia State Fair.
     He was born in Johnstown, Pa., April 12, 1880, son of Charles E. and Lueida A. (McFarland) Gee. He has lived in Wheeling since boyhood and attended this city's public schools.
     For ten years after founding his electrical business, he operated it as a personal enterprise. He incorporated in 1909 and was secretary and general manager until 1920. Since that time he has been president and general manager.
     Mr. Gee is a member of the Fort Henry Club of Wheeling and the Wheeling Country Club. He is noted as a horseman, his mounts having won awards in some of the largest exhibitions. During the World War he was active in the various drives and campaigns. He is Republican in politics.
     He married, June 29, 1907, Elizabeth A. Stifel, daughter of L. C. and Elizabeth (Stamm) Stifel. Their children are Eleanor, William Stifel and Harry W., Jr.
     Home: Stamni's Lane. Office: 1408 Main Street.