William Russell Showacre

MARSHALL COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: SHOWACRE, William Russell
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Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
vfcrook@trellis.net
September 24, 1999
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 275
Marshall County

WILLIAM RUSSELL SHOWACRE. Lumberport is one of the
prominent small towns of West Virginia, long the center
of a rich agricultural region, and with ample coal re-
sources considerable manufacturing has been done there.
The natural gas field adjacent has brought renewed activity
to industry. Perhaps the largest, and most important in-
dustrial plant is the Mound City Glass Company, of which
William Russell Showacre is secretary and general manager.

Mr. Showacre who has had a long and extensive ex-
perience in the glass industry, was born March 11, 1881,
at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, son of
William H. H. and Christina Isabelle (Jackson) Showacre.
His father, a native of Maryland, early entered the rail-
road service as a railway station agent, and subsequently
was a well known banker at Moundsville. He served a
term of sheriff of Marshall County.

W. R. Showacre was reared in Moundsville, completed
a common school education there and spent one year in
West Virginia University. His first regular employment
was in a glass factory, the Fostoria Glass Company at
Moundsville. For five years he was with the Consolidation
Coal Company. He became secretary of the Mound City
Glass Company at Lumberport in 1916. Since 1919 he
has also performed the duties of general manager. The
Mound City Glass Company was organized in 1915, and
the importance of the industry to the population living
in and around Lumberport is evidenced by the fact that
approximately 125 people are carried on the pay roll.
The output of this factory is punch tumblers, vases and
etched ware.

Mr. Showacre is a democrat. He is serving as recorder
of the City of Lumberport. He is a member of the Pres-
byterian Church. In 1909 he married Miss Genevieve
Farnsworth. They have one son, William Miller Showacre.