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Walter Reuther

Leader in the Making

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2013
1. Walter Reuther Marker
Inscription. Born in Wheeling on September 1, 1907, fittingly just one day before Labor Day. Walter P. Reuther (1907-1970), went on to become one of the most innovative, influential, and charismatic labor leaders of the 20th Century. Walter Reuther's father, Valentine Reuther, was influential in developing a sense of social justice, leadership, and activism in his four sons and daughter from an early age.
 
Location. 40° 3.928′ N, 80° 43.498′ W. Marker is in Wheeling, West Virginia, in Ohio County. Marker can be reached from Wheeling Heritage Trail. Touch for map. Marker is on the south end of the Wheeling Heritage Trail near the Westbanco Arena at 14th and Water Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Wheeling WV 26003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Walter Reuther (here, next to this marker); Lewis and Clark (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wheeling -- "a pretty considerable Village" (about 700 feet away); Wheeling Wharf (about 800 feet away); Congressional Medal of Honor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington Hall
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By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2013
2. Walter Reuther Markers
Flanking the United Auto Workers' 2007 Walter Reuther Monument.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Wheeling Post No. 1 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Custom House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wheeling.
 
Categories. Labor Unions
 
Walter Reuther Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2013
3. Walter Reuther Marker
Like Father Like Sons image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2013
4. Like Father Like Sons
❶ Walter Reuther's Father, Valentine Reuther, as teamster and iron-worker, fought to secure the rights of workers. As a leader of the Ohio Valley Trades and Labor Assembly (OVTLA), the largest labor organization in Wheeling, Valentine ardently supported Wheeling's blue-collar workers. He called for an end to inhumane child labor practices, and in 1898, West Virginia enacted new labor laws prohibiting children under the age of 12 to be employed in any industry.
Close-up of photo on marker
Walter P. Reuther Memorial Library
Reuther vs. Carnegie image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2013
5. Reuther vs. Carnegie
❷ Valentine Reuther gained a reputation as a great organizer when he and other local labor officials successfully blocked the city's acceptance of money from the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie for a new library in Wheeling. Reuther and local unions raised funds for the new Wheeling Public Library, which was stocked with many pro-labor books. The library opened on January 11,1911, and today it serves a the Georgian Center.
Close-up of photo on marker
Walter P. Reuther Memorial Library
Kitchen Table Debates image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2013
6. Kitchen Table Debates
❸ While other kids were sent outside to play, the Reuther children were sent to the library to do research fro an upcoming kitchen table debate on the issues of the day including women's suffrage, child labor laws, capital punishment, partisan politics, and most importantly -- labor rights.
Close-up of photo on marker
Walter P. Reuther Memorial Library
Young Worker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2013
7. Young Worker
❹ Walter Reuther worked from a very young age -- including a paper route and work in a bakery, a glass factory, and a stove shop. He dropped out of school at fifteen and began working at Wheeling Corrugating for $.11 per hour.
Close-up of photo on marker
Walter P. Reuther Memorial Library
Walter Reuther Statue image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2013
8. Walter Reuther Statue
by Alan Cottrill
Solidarity, June 1970 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2013
9. Solidarity, June 1970
Walter Philip Reuther
-1907-1970--
"Whose memory is enshrined in the hearts of all of us"
magazine cover framed on the library wall
at Cassidy, Myers, Cogan & Voegelin, L.C.
Walter Reuther image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2013
10. Walter Reuther
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on January 12, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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