W. A. G. S. History & Wheeling Room
From Our First President, CHARLES FORTNEY (1999)
The History of the Society as I remember it...
Sometime in the year of 1970, Oglebay Institute had a genealogical class led by Monroe Worthington. It was held for about six weeks and it was at the center on National Road across from the AAA office. I do not remember who all was there but I know Ruth Moss, Lib Woods,...Nation, Helen Knierim, Harry Parshall, I think Evelyn Renshaw was there also and of course me. I think there were a few more but don't remember who. At the class we discussed continuing as a group. I went to Robert Ferguson, President of WTRF-TV and got permission for the group to meet there each month. I guess that is why they elected me President.
I don't remember whether Audra Wayne was in the class but she was there at the beginning of the Society. Ruth Moss knew Irene Ochenbein and we invited her to the meetings and she came to all of them as I was her transportation. I was elected President every year until I resigned in June 1978 when I retired and moved to Florida. I believe Harry Parshall became President for a few years cause I think he was Vice President under me for a few years. I know Harry was President in Aug. 1979 as I have a newsletter put out by him. Evelyn Renshaw was Secretary at that time. After I left, the group stopped meeting at the TV station.....
According to an article in the LOOKOUT, June 2000, by Evelyn Renshaw, the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society was founded on September 22, 1970. The following were the CHARTER MEMBERS:
Charles Fortney, First President
Evelyn Renshaw - First Secretary
The Charter Members were memorialized on this plaque,
presented by Linda Cunningham Fluharty to the society
at the 35th anniversary celebration, September 2005.
THE NEW WHEELING ROOM, 2009
The Wheeling Area Genealogical Society founded and maintains the WHEELING ROOM, in the Ohio County Public Library. A beautiful new room was built on the main floor of the library and opened in June 2009. A wealth of information about the Wheeling Area, as well as West Virginia and beyond, are contained in the thousands of books on the shelves. Volunteers from the society are on hand to assist with genealogical and historical research.
Photos by Linda Cunningham Fluharty.
Phyllis Dye Slater in one part of the new Wheeling Room.
THE OLD WHEELING ROOM
Phyllis Dye Slater & Dorothy Albasin
Wheeling Room Volunteers
Intelligencer - March 2005
Examining books containing naturalization records from 1854-1907, compiled by the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society, are society members, seated from left, Mary Staley, Phyllis Slater and President Adda Thornton; standing from left, Glenna Dillon, Treasurer Bill Maxwell and Dorothy Albasin.
[Photo by Linda Comins.]