Alexander Groves

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 286
Nicholas County

ALEXANDER GROVES. Long and varied experience with
the mercantile business has contributed to the equipment
of Alexander Groves and has fitted him particularly for the
position which he holds as manager and part owner of the
Standard & Company store at Gassaway. Like many who
have made a success in business life, he entered upon his
career as a teacher, but the greater part of his life has
been passed behind the counter and in the office, in which
locations the people of Gassaway have seen him for the
past sixteen years.

Mr. Groves is a native of Nicholas County, West Vir-
ginia, and was born July 2, 1873, a son of Harrison and
Sallie (Davis) Groves, the former a native of Nicholas
County, West Virginia, and the latter of Virginia. Harri-
son Groves was reared in the county of his birth and was
a son of John Groves, a pioneer of Nicholas County, who
came to that part of West Virginia at a very early day
and was engaged in farming. Harrison Groves was reared
on a farm and received a country school education, the
same as acquired by his wife, and after their marriage they
started housekeeping on a farm in Nicholas County, which
they cultivated as long as they remained active. In the
evening of life they retired and lived quietly in their com-
fortable home. They were the parents of three children:
Alexander, of this review; Harrison, of Summersville, West
Virginia; and Alfred, also of Summersville, West Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Groves were members of the Methodist Epis-
copal Church, and Mr. Groves was a democrat in his po-
litical affiliation. The father of Mrs. Groves, David N.
Davis, was a Confederate soldier in a Virginia infantry
regiment during the war between the states, and was pres-
ent at the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee at Appomattox
Court House.

Alexander Groves, or Alex Groves as he is better known
to his many friends, was given his primary education in
the country schools of Nicholas County, and this was sup-
plemented by a course at the county normal school. When
he left the latter he engaged in teaching, and for eight
years had classes in the country districts, where he gained
a reputation as an efficient and popular educator. His
first experience in the dry goods business was acquired in
Nicholas County, where he was engaged until 1906, in the
latter year coming to Gassaway, where he became identified
with the business of Standard & Company in the capacity
of manager, and since that time has also become part
owner. This business is now incorporated and has the fol-
lowing officials: Oscar I. Standard, president; C. W.
King, vice president; and Alex Groves, secretary-treasurer
and manager. Under his direction this has been built into
a very successful enterprise and does a flourishing business
over a wide expanse of territory. Mr. Groves has other
interests, and is vice president and a director of the Bank
of Gassaway. His reputation is that of a thoroughly ca-
pable and reliable business man.

In 1906 Mr, Groves was united in marriage with Miss
Cora Criss, a native of Braxton County, and to this union
there have been born two children: Forest H., born July
5, 1907, who is attending high school; and Alex, Jr., born
December 23, 1920. Mrs. Groves is a member of the Chris-
tian Church. Mr. Groves is a democrat in his political
affiliation, but has not cared for public office, although
never neglecting the responsibilities of good citizenship.
As a fraternalist he is affiliated with Gassaway Lodge No.
133, A. F. and A. M.; Sutton Chapter, R. A. M.; Sutton
Commandery, K. T.; and Beni-Kedem Temple, A. A. O. N.
M. S., of Charleston.