ARTHUR CLINTON SPURR, WHEELING
From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
Since 1913, Arthur Clinton Spurr, general manager of the Wheeling Traction Company, has been an executive in various important railway corporations and is among those modernly trained engineers and executives whose work is solving and keeping ahead of, through community co-operation, the increasingly difficult problems of public transportation. To him and his associates must be given a large measure of credit for the circumstance that Wheeling and surrounding communities are served by the splendid transportation they enjoy. He has been general manager of the Wheeling Traction Company since October 1, l925. Within the immediate past he has administered tbe expenditure of more than half a million dollars for the purpose of keeping its tracks in good improvement, and has had his company join hands with the different communities it serves and with state and county highway departments in development projects, having surrendered anmd traded valuable private rights of way and generally furthered the movement for better roads.
The Wheeling Traction Company, with 104 miles of track, has a daily schedule of 89 cars, all double-truck, equipped with latest safety devices, all electrically heated. With few exceptions no better cars can be found in America. The communities served in West Virginia are Wheeling, Moundsville and Weirton; in Ohio service from Wheeling terminates at Shadyside, Barton, Rayland and Steubenville, touching, of course, all intermediate points. Within the next two years Mr. Spurr will direct a program of new track construction to cost more than $500,000, and will purchase new equipment costing more than $200,000. A special service, indicative of the sort of enterprise initiated by this company, are the weekly and Sunday passes which are used by rider and family, making riding cheaper than walking. In all these progressive trends, the directing hand of Mr. Spurr is manifest.
He has an interesting past in railway activities. From 1913 to 1917 he was on the staff of third vice-president of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. From 1919 to 1920 he was traffic manager, East Coast Fisheries, Rockland, Me. In November, 1920, he became consulting engineer at Pittsburgh, for the Philadelphia Company, parent company of the Pittsburgh Railways Company. From February 1, 1924, to October 1, 1925, he was research manager of the Pittsburgh Railways Company. Since that time he has been general manager of the Wheeling Traction Company.
Mr. Spurr is a native of Valley City, N. D., born August 27, 1989, son of Arch-Deacon Benjamin M. and Isabell (Stewart) Spurr. He attended Linsly Institute, Wheeling, W. Va.; Valley City High School, Valley City, N. D.; Yale Law School and Yale College. He married, in 1926, Margaret K. Brown.
He is a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Masons, Elks, Rotary Club of Wheeling, Wheeling Country Club, Fort Henry Club, Chambers of Commerce of Wheeling, Moundsville, Steubenville, Bellaire; Martin's Ferry Board of Trade, He is vice-president of the West Virginia Public Utilities Association.
In the World War he served nineteen months on the Western Front as a First Lieutenant, 21st Engineers. He took part in the drives at St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne. He holds a First Lieutenant's commission in the Reserve Officers Corps, and is president of its Wheeling club. He is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and 40 & 8.
Home: 32 Hamilton Avenue, Woodsdale, Wheeling. Office: Wheeling Traction Company, 1 North Huron Street.