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Wheeling in Ohio County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Augustus Pollack

 
 
Augustus Pollack Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., January 31, 2009
1. Augustus Pollack Memorial
Inscription.  Erected by Trade Union Members of United States in memory of Augustus Pollack whose business life and actions were always in sympathy with organized labor.
 
Erected 1916 by Trade Union Members of United States.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceLabor Unions.
 
Location. 40° 3.963′ N, 80° 43.483′ W. Marker is in Wheeling, West Virginia, in Ohio County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and 14th Street, on the right when traveling south on Water Street. Marker is near the Main Street on-ramp to I-70 westbound, about 200 feet east of the Ohio River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wheeling WV 26003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Augustus Pollack (here, next to this marker); Pittsburgh, Wheeling & Kentucky Railway (here, next to this marker); Pittsburgh, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railway (a few steps from this marker); Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad (a few steps from this marker); Ohio River Railroad
Augustus Pollack Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., January 31, 2009
2. Augustus Pollack Memorial
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Wheeling Bridge & Terminal Railway (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Central Ohio Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wheeling.
 
Regarding Augustus Pollack. The monument commemorates Augustus Pollack. Born in Germany in 1830, Pollack immigrated to Baltimore in 1849, and moved to West Virginia in 1854. After the Civil War, he founded the Cigar and Tobacco Factory and the Crown Stogie Company in East Wheeling. Pollack was one of the city's leading businessmen and civic leaders, and was especially active in affairs of the communities' large German speaking population. He was known as a model employer and was a friend of organized labor, often called upon to settle disputes. In his will, he bequested scholarship funds to support a student from the "industrial" population. He died in April 1906.
 
Additional commentary.
1. About the memorial
In 2013, the memorial was moved to along Water Street, north of 14th Street.
2013 Re-dedication plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2022
3. 2013 Re-dedication plaque
The Ohio Valley Trades and Labor Assembly of West Virginia is the nations oldest labor council organization

Dedicated in 1916 by Trade Union Members of United States in memory of Augustus Pollack whose business life and actions were always in sympathy with organized labor. Once again in 2013 labor came together to move this monument to this location with the help of the Wheeling National Heritage Corporation and Ohio Valley Trades and Labor Assembly
    — Submitted April 24, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
 
Augustus Pollack Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2022
4. Augustus Pollack Memorial
Note the 2013 rededication plaque on the memorial.
Augustus Pollack Memorial </b>(looking northwest) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., January 31, 2009
5. Augustus Pollack Memorial (looking northwest)
The memorial was sculpted by Sigvald Asbjornsen, designed by Fred F. Faris, and erected by the Edward C. Kreutzer firm. Dedicated May 28, 1916, it was relocated to its then-present site in 1956. It was relocated again in 2013.
Augustus Pollack Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., January 31, 2009
6. Augustus Pollack Memorial
Until 2013, the memorial stood south near Main Street, with the I-70 Bridge over the Ohio River in background; looking west toward Ohio.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,700 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 18, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on April 24, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   5, 6. submitted on February 18, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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May. 27, 2022