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

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

     A popular and well-respected personality in Ohio County, W. Va., Howard H. Hastings can point to a fine tradition handed down to him by his father, the late William Hastings, a tradition of sound accomplishment in practical life which he has honorably continued. William Hastings was a leader in civic affairs in Wheeling, having been for many years a member ofthe city council and president of the city water board. In many things he gave a fine devotion to the community. Howard H. Hastings was born in Wheeling, September 2, 1871, son of William and Elizabeth (Ripley) Hastings, and attended Washington primary school, Mrs. Harris' private school and the Webster School. He left school in youth and spent two years in California. On his return he entered the employ of the LaBelle Steel Mills, where he worked for nine years, learning the plate mill rolling trade. He went to Steubenville, Ohio, for a period, to work in the present LaBelle Mills there.
     His work was interrupted at the outbreak of the war with Spain, during which he served with Company M, First West Virginia Volunteer Infantry. After the war be became interested in the hotel business at Mannington, W. Va., and later was in business in Pittsburgh. Since 1905 he has been active in Wheeling's public affairs. He entered the city police department in 1905 and was made night lieutenant the same year. Later he was city sergeant, and still later made an honorable record as chief of the city police for four years. From 1913 to 1917 he was captain of detectives, and from 1917 to 1921 was sheriff of Ohio County.
     Mr. Hastings is a Republican, a Methodist, a Mason (32nd degree), and a member of the Knights of Pythias, Eagles, Shields of Honor, Modern Woodmen and A. O. U. W. On January 4, 1927, he married Miss Gertrude V., daughter of James W. and Alice Steadman. They live at 155 Fifteenth St., Wheeling.