RALPH ROSS KITCHEN, WHEELING
From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
A native of Bangor, Maine, Ralph Ross Kitchen has lived in Wheeling for many years, identifying himself with numerous important enterprises and aiding in the development and direction of some of Wheeling's largest financial and industrial institutions. For thirty-one years he has been a leading building contractor. He is the sole owner of R. R. Kitchen & Company, general contractors; president of R. R. Kitchen Lumber Company, dealers in lumber and contractors of mill work; vice-president of the American Spiral Spring and Manufacturing Company, Pittsburgh; vice-president of J. E. Moss Iron Works, Wheeling; director of the Dollar Savings & Trust Company, Wheeling's largest financial institution; and director of the Community Savings & Loan Company.
Mr. Kitchen has been a forceful figure in Wheeling's various civic and communal undertakings. For a number of years he was a director and chairman of the Finance Committee of the Wheeling Chamber of Comnierce and a director of the Ohio Valley General Hospital. His share in all estimable public works has been active and valuable.
Among contracts executed by his organization are included these well-known buildings: Agricultural Building, the Woman's Dormitory and other buildings at the State University; the Steubenville Bank & Trust Company, Steubenville, Ohio; People's National Bank, Steubenville, Ohio; Grand Theatre, Steubenville; the Follansbee, Mingo junction and Triadelphia High School buildings; numerous buildings for the Weirton Steel Company, Weirton, W. Va.; Masonic Home, Parkersburg, W. Va.; Central Union Trust Building, Wheeling; National Bank of West Virginia, Wheeling; Scottish Rite Cathedral, Wheeling; Twelfth Street Garage, Wheeling; Riley Law Building, Wheeling; Nurses Home, Ohio Valley General Hospital, Capital Theatre, Wheeling; Citizens Mutual Trust Building, Wheeling; St. Joseph's Cathedral,Wheeling; Rex Theatre, Wheeling; Quarter Savings Bank, Wheeling; Half Dollar Savings Bank, Wheeling; Stone & Thomas Building, the largest department store in Wheeling; Hazel Atlas Building and others.
Mr. Kitchen was born in Bangor, Maine, July 29, 1881, son of Samuel Smith and Marada (Jackson) Kitchen. He married Miss May Rebecca Van Graveness, Oct. 5th, 1905. Their children are Flora May and Ralph Ross, Jr.
Mr. Kitchen is a member of the Masonic Orders (32nd degree), including the Shrine and Royal Order of Jesters; is an Elk; a member of the Fort Henry Club, of which he is chairman of the House Committee of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association; and is director of the Wheeling Country Club. He is also a member of the Associated General Contractor's of America.
Mr. Kitchen's home is in Oak Park, and his offices are at 37 Nineteenth Street.