Joseph Howard Mcbride

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
March 19, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 360

JOSEPH HOWARD McBRIDE. The first, regular employ-
ment of Joseph Howard McBride was with an oil and gas
company, and he has been successfully identified with oil
and gas production in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and
West Virginia ever since. He is one of the well known
producers, drilling contractors and business men who have
their home at St. Marys, though his interests are widespread
over this part of West Virginia.

Mr. McBride was born at Oakdale, Allegheny County,
Pennsylvania, August 21, 1878. His father, George A.
McBride, was born near Oakdale in 1845, and spent all
his life in Allegheny County. He was a broom maker,
owning and operating a broom factory near Oakdale, and
was also a skilled violinist, for a number of years being
member of a Pittsburgh orchestra. He was a republican
and an active worker in the Presbyterian Church. His
death occurred in 1888, near Cliff Vine in Allegheny
County. His widow now lives at Coraopolis in Allegheny
County. Her maiden name was Emma Pierce, and she
wag born at Webster, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania,
in 1856. A brief record of her children is as follows:
Clarence, an oil refinery employe living at Coraopolis;
Joseph Howard; Archie, who has charge of an electric
light plant at Beaver Falls, Brighton, Beaver County;
Arthur, an executive official in an oil refinery at Muskogee,
Oklahoma; Essie J., a teacher in the public schools of
Coraopolis; Miss Clara, a stenographer and typewriter
with the Crucible Steel Company at Aliquippa, Beaver

Joseph Howard McBride acquired his early education
in the public schools of Allegheny County. His school
days were ended at the age of fourteen, and then after
two years of work on the farm he began his career as an
oil man at the age of sixteen. For seven years he was
on lease work with the Bellevue and Glenfield Gas Com-
pany, beginning in the Oakdale Oil Field, and in 1899
was sent to West Virginia by the company, with head-
quarters at St. Marys. For a year following he was in
the water and gas department of the South Penn Oil
Company at Wallace, West Virginia, and for a number
of years was foreman for the Three Joes Oil Company at
Hebron. In 1908 Mr. McBride bought the oil holdings of
the last named corporation near Hebron, and since then
has been an active producer, operating in Pleasants, Tyler
and Wood counties, West Virginia, and Washington
County, Ohio. His production at the present time is con-
fined to Pleasants, Tyler and Wood counties. Since 1912
he has also been active in the business of oil well drilling.

Mr. McBride is a man of prominence in the civic affairs
of St. Marys. He served one year as recorder and one
year as mayor. He is a republican, is affiliated with St.
Marys Lodge No. 41, A. F. and A. M., Pennsboro Chapter
No. 25, R. A. M., at Pennsboro in Ritchie County; Penns-
boro Commandery No. 20, K. T., West Virginia Consistory
No. 1, of the Scottish Rite at Wheeling, Nemesis Temple
of the Mystic Shrine at Parkersburg, and is also affiliated
with St. Marys Lodge No. 22, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, and Marietta Lodge No. 477, B. P. O. E., at.
Marietta, Ohio.

Mr. McBride owns a fine, comfortable home at George
and Third streets in St. Marys and is owner of another
dwelling on George Street. He married at St. Marys
October 15, 1901, Miss Myrtle Sooke, daughter of John
and Ella (Ruttencutter) Sooke, the latter still living in
St. Marys. Her father, now deceased, was a flour miller
and lumber dealer. Mrs. McBride finished her education
in the Fairmont State Normal School. Five children were
born to their marriage: Geraldine, born September 28,
1902, a student in the Pennsylvania College for Women at
Pittsburgh; Josephine, born May 12, 1905, a student in St.
Marys High School; George, who was born December 12,
1910, and died at the age of three days; Elizabeth, born
December 3, 1912; and Richard, born January 13, 1915.