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Businesses have stood the test of time

There’s a lot to be said for longevity in business.

The Ohio Valley long has prided itself for housing family owned and operated businesses that have stood the test of time, evolving over more than a century to continue serving area residents. West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner last week traveled here to honor nine such businesses that have called Brooke County home since the mid-1800s. He also recognized 23 businesses in the Wheeling area.

Imagine the ups-and-downs these businesses have experienced over more than a century.

As Warner noted, they’ve lasted through two world wars, the Great Depression, the Great Recession, at least one global pandemic and periods of social unrest, not to mention the massive transition is how businesses operate during the technological age.

The oldest Brooke County institution honored was Bethany College, founded in 1840. Regionally, two others are older, The Linsly School, opened in 1814, and West Liberty University, which began in 1837.

Joining representatives of the Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce, Warner also recognized Chambers General Store in Bethany (1917), Eagle Manufacturing Co. in Wellsburg (1894), James Funeral Home in Follansbee (1916), Municipal Mutual Insurance Co. in Wellsburg (1910), Municipal Mutual Insurance Co. of West Virginia in Wellsburg (1910), The Brooke Review in Wellsburg (1911), the Chester Lumber Co. in Weirton (1903) and the Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce (1916).

Here’s to all of those honored businesses, schools or associations that have stood the test of time. We wish them continued success in the future.

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