W. Shad Peck

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
July 23, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 597

W. SHAD PECK, has been for the past ten years the
progressive and successful local agent for the Ford auto-
mobiles at Hinton, the judicial center of Summers County,
and here, in 1918, he erected his modern garage, with an
attractive sales and display room and well equipped repair
department, this building occupying the site of the home
in which Mr. Peck was born, the date of his nativity having
been June 1, 1892. He is a son of Dewitt Harry and
Emma (Morefield) Peck, who still maintain their residence
in this place, the father being sixty-two and the mother
fifty-eight years of age at the time of this writing, in
the spring of 1922. The Peek family name has been long
and worthily identified with the history of this part of
West Virginia, and the late Dr. Shannon Peck, brother
of Dewitt H., built the first water and electric-light plants
at Hinton. Dewitt H. Peck was formerly, and for a long
period of years, in service as an engineer on the Chesapeake
& Ohio Railroad, and he is now living virtually retired.

The public schools of Hinton afforded W. Shad Peck
his youthful education, and at the age of eighteen years
he here engaged in business, as a dealer in electrical sup-
plies. He owned the first bicycle in Hinton, later the first-
motorcycle in the town, and finally the second automobile
and the first and only aeroplane. His progressiveness has
been shown not only in this line but also in his business
activities, the scope and importance of which now mark him
as one of the substantial and representative young busi-
ness men of his native city and county. Four of his
brothers were in the nation’s service in connection with
the World war: Dr. Robert S., of Hinton, was a member of
the medical corps of the United States Army; Leo M. was
in the motor-transport service, as a member of Company B,
One Hundred and Sixteenth Supply Train; Dr. Clemmer
M. was in the dental corps; and Oliver L. received his
military training at Morgantown, this state.

Mr. Peck circulated the subscription list through the
medium of which was purchased and paid for the first
fire-department truck at Hinton, and he served as chief of
the fire department for some time. He is affiliated with the
Masonic fraternity, the Knights of Pythias and the Benevo-
lent and Protective Order of Elks, is one of the vital members
of the local Rotary Club and he is a member of the Presby-
terian Church, while his wife belongs to the Baptist

In 1915 Mr. Peck wedded Miss Lucile Settle, whose father
was one of the leading members of the bar of Fayette
County, where he had given service as prosecuting attorney.
Mr. and Mrs. Peck have a fine little son, Billy Shad.