2017-11-08 / Opinions

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia

West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301

November 8, 1936 - “It’s Wheeling Steel,” a half-hour musical variety radio program, debuted over WWVA in Wheeling. The program was an instant success with local audiences and later became a nationwide sensation.

November 9, 1874 - Matthew Mansfield Neely was born in Doddridge County. He was the 21st governor of West Virginia.

November 9, 1952 - The Huntington Museum of Art opened as Huntington Galleries. The museum is located on more than 50 acres in the Park Hills section of Huntington.

November 10, 1777 - Cornstalk, his son Elinipsico, and the subchief Red Hawk were murdered in captivity by enraged whites who blamed them for the recent killing of two white men. Cornstalk, a Shawnee leader who lived in what is today southeastern Ohio, commanded Indian forces at the Battle of Point Pleasant.

November 10, 1861 - A Confederate cavalry force of more than 700 attacked a Union recruit camp at Guyandotte in Cabell County.

November 10, 1978 - The New River Gorge National River was established by Congress. It is one of only three national rivers administered by the National Park Service.

November 10, 1979 - The last home game was played at Old Mountaineer Field at West Virginia University. More than 38,000 people attended the game.

November 11, 1929 - The Memorial Arch was dedicated on Armistice Day in Huntington. The Memorial Arch stands at the intersection of 11th Avenue and Memorial Boulevard in Huntington. The arch pays tribute to Cabell County soldiers who fought in World War I.

November 12, 1844 - Henry Schmulbach was born in Germany. Schmulbach became a leading businessman in Wheeling, buying Nail City Brewery in 1882 and becoming president of the German Bank, now WesBanco.

November 13, 1879 - Educator Elsie Clapp was born. Under her direction the community school at Arthurdale stressed education for real-life situations and revived traditional music to strengthen reading and writing skills.

November 14, 1788 - Kanawha County, named for the Kanawha River which flows through it, was created on this date.

November 14, 1939 - The Charleston Civic Orchestra gave its first concert at the Municipal Auditorium. The group changed its name to Charleston Symphony Orchestra in 1943 and in 1988 became the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

November 14, 1970 - A chartered plane slammed into a hillside just short of Huntington’s Tri-State Airport near Ceredo, killing all 75 of the passengers and crew. The victims included nearly the entire Marshall University football team, all but one of their coaches, and several fans.

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