STEUBENVILLE - Retired area businessman Jody Glaub recited a history of Steubenville and asked a large crowd attending the eighth-annual Faith in the Future annual breakfast if, "our faith in God will remain?"
Glaub was the keynote speaker Friday morning at the annual event that was held this year at the Starkdale Presbyterian Church.
"First I would like to tell you about a man born here in Steubenville 200 years ago. His name was Stephen Return Riggs. He and his wife went out west to do mission work among the Indians and he inspired later missionaries who traveled to Africa to do mission work," cited Glaub.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS — Retired area businessman Jody Glaub used a local history lesson to question where the community is heading as the shale oil and gas boom reaches Jefferson County. Glaub was the keynote speaker Friday morning at the eighth-annual Faith in the Future prayer breakfast held this year at the Starkdale Presbyterian Church in Steubenville. -- Dave Gossett
"Then there was Charles Clinton Beatty, who founded the female seminary in Steubenville. One of the young women there was Jessie Woodrow who married a young man named Wilson who was the son of a pastor and he became a pastor. They would have a son who went by his middle name and his mother's maiden name of Woodrow ... Woodrow Wilson.
"Today we have Franciscan University of Steubenville and all the good it is doing every day," continued Glaub.
"We had an outstanding baseball player in Steubenville who played for the local baseball team. He only agreed to play for the local team if his little brother could play, too. His name was Honus Wagner. You may have heard of him," noted Glaub.
"At one time Steubenville was known as the city of churches. St. Paul Episcopal Church was holding services here at the time of the original Fort Steuben. The Quinn A.M.E. Church was one of the first churches west of the Alleghenies. But Steubenville began to turn around," declared Glaub.
"Steubenville became known as 'Little Chicago.' The town was wide open. There was political corruption and prostitution that went on for decades. But 12 pastors in 1947 decided to take crime on. That was the turning point for the city. By the 1980s the steel industry was going down. Jobs left and then our children left town. Eight years ago Bishop (Daniel) Conlon said we needed to come together to pray about the future," related Glaub.
"That first year we had a large crowd at Lenora's Restaurant. Now, eight years later I saw ABC News talk about Steubenville boomtown. We have seen millions of dollars coming into our county. Trucks are carrying pipeline to the industrial park on a regular basis. But as men and wealth come back to the community will political corruption come back? Will our faith in God remain?" asked Glaub.
"Sometimes we forget about our history. It was great today to hear about our past and where we are going in the future," said Mike Florak prior to reading the prayer for economic development.
"We are all aware that God has blessed us. I urge everyone here to take home a prayer card and put it where you say your prayers," stated Tracey McManamon, chairman of Faith in the Future.