Submitted by Mary Staley.
Wheeling German singing Societies played a major role in supporting the City’s theaters and concert life.
From 1895-1917 the Arion, Mozart, and Beethoven were Wheeling three active singing Societies, and all three were quite strong. During this period old animosities were forgotten, and the Societies often cooperated in such events as the 1906 Central Saengerfest, which was held in the Court Theatre. Social distinctions determined society memberships. Prosperous businessmen, bankers, and professionals joined the Arion, working men and craftsmen joined the Beethoven: South Wheeling employees of the Schmulbach Brewery and their associates joined the Mozart. World War 1 brought an abrupt end to the German emphasis in Wheeling cultural and social life, and the only the Beethoven managed to survive the effects of the War.
President- Jacob Korn
Director- Edward Blumenberg