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A. S. Bell

From “History of Wheeling City and Ohio County, West Virginia and
Representative Citizens,” by Hon. Gibson Lamb Cranmer, 1902

Typed by Carol Taylor Lanza.

Pages 843 & 844

PROF. A. S. BELL, who fills the chair of mathematics in the West
Liberty State Normal School, has had a wide experience as a teacher,
and has made a success of his vocation. He was born in West Liberty,
Ohio County, West Virginia, in 1865, and is a son of Samuel and Mary
(Basman) Bell.
Samuel Bell was born in Ohio County, Virginia, in 1827; he was a
merchant of prominence in earlier days, but finally retired to a small
grocery business in West Liberty, to pass the remainder of his life in
usefulness. His father was a farmer and pioneer of this county.
The subject of this sketch attended the common schools and then
entered the West Liberty Normal School, from which he was graduated in
1880. He then attended a state normal school in Pennsylvania one year,
and afterward returned to his native county, where he entered an
institute in Wheeling. He taught school for three years, and was then
elected county engineer, by the Republican party, and served four
years. He next worked as a civil engineer in this county, until called
to fill the unexpired term of the professor of mathematics in Linsly
Institute, of Wheeling, an institution endowed by Noah Linsly, which
has an enrollment of 150 pupils. He then returned to his work as civil
engineer. In the meantime he was a student in Mount Union College two
terms, and was graduated there. In 1889, he took his degree from
Bethlehem College, having taught school during these terms, to defray
his expenses. March 4, 1890, he accepted a position as chief clerk to
the state superintendent of schools, at Charleston, on relinquishing
which he assumed his present position.
Professor Bell was married on November 28, 1894, to Rose E.
Berkett. Her father, Robert Berkett, was born in Scotland and moved to
England on the day of Queen Victoria’s coronation. He remained there a
short time and then came to the United States. He was taken with the
gold fever in 1849, and crossed the plains to the gold fields. He
worked very hard and by close attention to business secured a
competency and came back to this state to enjoy it. He bought and
improved land, and lived upon it until his death in July, 1892. He
married Nancy Brown, who was of Scotch descent, was born in 1825, and
died in January, 1886. Prof. and Mrs. Bell have three children,
namely: Romaine Edna, born September 9, 1895; Richard B., who was born
February 5, 1898, and died March 21, 1899; and Arthur Sheridan, born
May 28, 1900. In 1895, Professor Bell purchased a tract of 30 acres of
land in the beautiful valley adjoining West Liberty, and erected a fine
two-story house, consisting of nine rooms. It is equipped with all
modern conveniences, including baths, hot and cold water, and gas for
fuel and light. He utilizes a never-failing spring to supply every
room in the house with water, and on a hill he also built a cistern,
which is piped to the bath-room and kitchen. As a location for the
home, this place is unexcelled. It is so situated that a view may be
had of all roads leading to West Liberty. In politics, Mr. Bell is a
Republican. Fraternally, he is a member of Welcome Lodge, No. 6, A. O.
U. W., of West Liberty. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal

Albert Snedeker

From “History of Wheeling City and Ohio County, West Virginia and
Representative Citizens,” by Hon. Gibson Lamb Cranmer, 1902.

Typed by E. J. Heinemann.

p. 644

ALBERT SNEDEKER stands well to the front as a general farmer and
dairyman of Ohio county, West Virginia, and has accumulated a good
competence as a result of keen foresight and industry. He is a son of
Charles H. and Mary (Pedly) Snedeker, and was born January 23, 1859, in
Marshall county, West Virginia, about half a mile from his present
Charles H. Snedeker was born in Brooke county, West Virginia, in
1836, and was twice married. In early manhood he married Mary Pedly, a
native of Wheeling, and the mother of Albert, who was their only child.
She died when the latter was about ten days old. The second marriage
was contracted with Charlotte Simpson, who is still living. Mr.
Snedeker was a farmer all his active life, but is now spending the
remainder of his years in the peace and quiet of retirement. Albert
Snedeker’s mental training was derived from the public schools, which
he attended in his early years in Marshall county. After attaining
manhood he decided to become a farmer, and has made a success of that
occupation, following it exclusively. He now owns 40 acres of the best
kind of land, and keeps 20 cows for dairy purposes. He built his
present comfortable, seven-room house in 1897, and has supplied it
with many of the latest improvements.
Mr. Snedeker was joined in marriage with Mary Belle White, who was
also born in Marshall county, in 1858. They have had six children,
namely: Beulah; Nora (deceased); Robert C.; Carl W.; Will L.; and
Lilian. Mrs. And Mrs. Snedeker are active members of the M. E. church.
Mr. Snedeker is a thorough Republican. The subject of this sketch is a
public spirited citizen, and ranks as one of the most substantial men
of his district; he is wise in judgment, and is greatly honored
throughout the community.

Anton Spaar

From “History of Wheeling City and Ohio County, West Virginia and
Representative Citizens,” by Hon. Gibson Lamb Cranmer, 1902.

Typed by E.J. Heinemann

p. 686

ANTON SPAAR is one of the many prosperous and prominent agriculturists
of Ohio county, West Virginia. He is a native of Hessen, Germany,
where he was born November 13, 1836.
When he was but an infant his father and mother came to the United
States with him and located in Wheeling, where the father found
employment at his trade as a basket-maker. In Wheeling the son
received his mental training, and afterward learned the butcher’s
trade, and still later engaged in the dairy business.
In 1861 Mr. Spaar was united in matrimony with Catherine M.
Bromer, who was born in Wheeling, May 16, 1841, and is a daughter of
Fr. and Rocina (Fulmer) Bromer. Her father came to the United States
when only nineteen years of age and made Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
his home, but later removed to Wheeling. There he was engaged at his
trade, that of a baker, and married Rocina Fulmer, a native of
Germany. They reared the following children: Margaret; Tillie; Henry;
Elizabeth; George; Catherine M.; Johannah; Philip; Fred; Amelia; Louis;
John; and Tena. Henry, Elizabeth, Philip and Amelia are deceased.
Mr Spaar and his worthy wife have had eight children, as follows:
Henry; Philip, deceased; William; Fred; Jeannette, who is the wife of
Mr. Myers; Tena, deceased; Louis; and Nellie. The family are members
of the German Evangelical Lutheran church.
Mr. Spaar cultivates 94 acres of good ground in Ohio county and
has a fine farm; the farmhouse is of brick, has six rooms, and is two
stories high. Mrs. Spaar takes particular pride in her greenhouse on
the farm, which is filled with most beautiful flowers of many different
kinds, and which is justly deserving of praise.
In politics Mr. Spaar is a Democrat, but takes little interest in
political matters. He and his wife are highly esteemed in the
surrounding country, and are among the dutiful and reliable citizens of
the county.