Jules A. Viquesney

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
July 9, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 490-491

JULES A. VIQUESNEY, president of the Citizens National
Bank at Belington, Barbour County, is one of the influential
men who have played a prominent part in the development
and upbuilding of this vital little city, and his influence
has extended also far outside the boundaries of this, his
native county, where he stands as a scion of one of the
sterling pioneer families of this section of the state. He
was born on a farm near Junior, this county, April 7, 1869,
and is a son of Charles E. and Mary A. (Row) Viquesney,
the former of whom was born in a suburb of the City
of Paris, France, and the latter of whom was born at
Newmarket, Virginia, a daughter of Benjamin Row, who
came to the present Barbour County, West Virginia, prior
to the Civil war and who operated a grist mill near Junior,
in which neighborhood he passed the remainder of his life.
Charles E. Viquesney was a boy when he accompanied his
parents to the United States, and the family home was
established in the vicinity of the present City of Belington,
Barbour County, his father, Charles E., Sr., having here
become a farmer, though he and his wife eventually re-
turned to France and passed the remainder of their lives
in their native land. Charles E., Jr., wag reared to
manhood on the pioneer farm, and here he maintained
his home until the close of his long and useful life.
His brother, Jules A., removed to Indiana, where he died,
as did also the brother Alfred. G. A., the next younger
brother, settled at Little Rock, Arkansas, but made many
trips back and forth to France, in which country he now
resides, at the age of eighty-four years (1922). Eugene,
youngest of the brothers, returned to France with his

In the Civil war period Charles E. Visquesney, Jr.,
was conducting a blacksmith shop in the present Belington
neighborhood, and he was also identified with farm en-
terprise in this county for many years. During the last
fifteen years of his life he was a traveling salesman for
the monument establishment of Fred A. Lang & Company
of Clarksburg, and in this connection he became well
known throughout the state. He was a stanch Union
man in the Civil war period and was a republican in
politics. He died in 1896, at the age of seventy-two years,
and his widow passed away in May, 1919, at the ven-
erable age of eighty-four years. They became the parents
of ten children: Virginia (Mrs. Shomo), of Junior, Bar-
bour County; Benjamin F., a truck gardener at Elkins,
Randolph County; Sarah R., wife of Dr. U. S. Simon, a
chiropractic physician at Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Polly
A., wife of George Hayes, of Junior; Lewis N., a resident
of Junior and serving as deputy sheriff of Barbour County;
Julia F., wife of Edward W. Lee, of Junior; Laura B.,
the wife of William A. Simon, residing near Junior; Jules
August, the immediate subject of this review; Lillie
Bird, who died at Junior, she having been the wife of
Charles Wilson, Jr.; and Charles E. Viquesney, who was
the second in order of birth and died at the age of eighteen

Jules A. Viquesney gained his early education in the
public schools of Barbour County and later took a busi-
ness course in the Methodist Episcopal Seminary at Buck-
hannon. He made a record not only as a successful teacher
in the rural schools but also as a specially skilled teacher of
penmanship. For a period of about five years he was
telegraph operator and assistant station agent for the
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and after leaving this service
at Belington he here engaged in the real estate business,
besides serving as justice of the peace. He read law with
J. Blackburn Ware, his present law partner, and also
spent a term in the law department of the State University.
He was admitted to the bar in 1905, and has since been
associated with his former preceptor, Mr. Ware, in the
practice of his profession at Belington, though his law
service is now principally in an advisory capacity, as a
well fortified counselor. He cast his first presidential
vote for Gen. Benjamin Harrison, and has since continued
a leader in the local councils of the republican party in
Barbour County. He has served as a member of the
republican county and congressional committees and has
attended practically every state convention of his party in
West Virginia from the time of his majority to the
present. Governor Dawson appointed him a member of
the Board of Directors of the State Hospital for the
Insane at Spencer, and later appointed him forest, game
and fish warden of the state, an office of which, by ap-
pointment under the administrations of Governors Glass-
cock and Hatfield, he continued the incumbent nearly ten
years. Within this- period he organized the Allegany and
Cheat Mountain clubs, and instituted the lockout stations
and patrols for the protection of West Virginia forests
from damage by fire.

Mr. Viquesney was prominently identified with the
founding of the now vital little city of Belington, and he
was elected the second mayor of the place, he having there-
after been elected to this office six times, though his terms
were not consecutive, and his seventh term as mayor having
resulted from his election in March, 1922, so that he is
the present incumbent of this office. He was one of the
organizers and is president of the Citizens National Bank
of Belington, is associated with many corporations con-
tributing to the industrial and commercial advancement
of Belington and other points in this section of the state,
and for many years he has been actively identified with the
timber and lumber industry. He is a director of the Tygart
Valley Orchard Company, representing one of the largest
commercial orchard enterprises in the state, and at Junior
he is the owner of a fine individual orchard. On his farm
in that locality he specializes in the raising of potatoes,
and in 1915 he sent forth the first carload of potatoes
ever shipped from Barbour County. He has since shipped
in a single year as many as eleven carloads, representing
the product on his own farm and those of neighbors.

Mr. Viquesney is a charter member of the Belington
Lodge of the Knights of Pythias, and is affiliated also
with the Woodmen of the World, the Modern Woodmen
of America, the Loyal Order of Moose and the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks, besides which he is a lead-
ing member of the Business Men’s Club (if Belington.

In December, 1892, occurred the marriage of Mr.
Viquesney and Miss Dora J. Yeager, daughter of William
and Martha (Arbogast) Yeager, of Barbour County. Mr.
Yeager is now a resident of Belington and is eighty-eight
years of age in 1922, and his wife is now in her eighty-
fourth year. Mr. and Mrs. Viquesney have two children:
Herman V., of Belington, married Miss Hazel, a daughter
of M. L. Haller, and the one child of this union is a
daughter, Joan Yvonne. Herman V. Viquesney volunteered
in the Signal Corps of the United States Army when the
nation became involved in the World war, and was in
charge of Government telephones and other equipment at
Tours, France, at the time when the armistice brought the
war to a close and enabled him to leave the land of his
paternal ancestors and return to that of his birth. Miss
Winnie Marie Viquesney, the younger of the two children,
was graduated in the Belington High School and in 1920-
21 was a successful and popular teacher in the public
schools of this city, where she is now serving as stenographer
in her father’s office.