Owner looks for Dils Center buyer

The Dils Center is up for sale.

Owner Morgan Stubbe told me this week she wants to sell the Dils Center at 521 Market St. in Parkersburg.

The building has four floors and a basement. The second floor is home to several businesses and the first floor is an event center, perfect for weddings, concerts, parties and bingo, Stubbe said. The event center has been a great success, Stubbe said. “There is a need for that.”

Stubbe said she wants to sell the building so she can spend more time with her one-year-old son, Ben. “I want to be a mom,” she said. “My son is my first priority.”

Stubbe became the owner and manager of the Dils Center after the death of her husband, Todd, on July 4, 2018. The Dils Center LLC, with Todd Stubbe as managing partner, purchased the former Dils Brothers & Company Department Store in November 2017.

Todd spent time remodeling and renovating the building before the Dils Center played host to events and businesses began moving in.

“Todd and I were a team,” Morgan said.

Stubbe hopes to find a buyer who can build on what Todd started a little over a year ago.

The buyer should have the time and resources to market the building, she said. Now, people approach her about leasing space or using the event center, Stubbe said.

Fire code standards must be met before the basement can be used for businesses, she said. Stubbe has been seeking a matching grant to fix roof issues.

Stubbe said she also manages 17 rental units. She enjoys singing and playing guitar at local venues.

“Give the Dils the love it deserves,” she said.

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The Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame will be inducting nine players from the 1920s and earlier beginning this year.

The two inductees this year were all-state football players in 1919 and will be placed in the hall of fame 100 years after their playing careers ended. The hall of fame committee is looking for information on inductees Kenneth Ferrell and Joe Lidderdale.

The complete list of inductees and years they were named all-state are Kenneth Ferrell (1918-19), Joe Lidderdale (1919), Pete Barnum (1920), Wayne Funk (1921), Roland Hobensack (1921), George Murin (1922), Walter Gordon (1924), Jack Gilchrist (1927) and John McCuskey (1927).

Anyone knowing descendants or friends of these families can contact Ross Snyder at 740-525-1347 or Carroll Jett at 304-488-9176.

The PHS Football Hall of Fame was started in 2010 with the first class of inductees. The hall of fame was the brainchild of Don Reeves and Buddy James.

James provided much of the memorabilia that surrounds the hall of fame. The hall of fame, with pictures and biographies of the inductees, is located above the PHS locker room on the press box side of Stadium Field in the Mary Lou Hague Annex. It is open at 5:30 p.m. before each home football game.

There are 106 members in the PHS Football Hall of Fame.

“We typically induct 11-13 each season. It is our goal to first recognize all first-team all-state football players as well as notable coaches and others who have been instrumental in building the Big Reds tradition (team doctors, broadcasters, sportswriters, etc.),” Snyder said.

“Once we get through all first-team all-state players, there is still a lengthy list of deserving candidates,” Snyder said.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com

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