Neighbors meet at Nicholsons’ home

John and Lynn Nicholson hosted a “meet and greet” at their home, 1214 Ann St., last Sunday for residents of Julia-Ann Square Historic District in Parkersburg.

The reception, attended by 40 people, gave newcomers and established district residents an opportunity to meet and talk with each other on a warm summer afternoon.

“We wanted to welcome new people” to the historic district, John said.

“We felt welcomed when we moved here,” Lynn said.

Since moving to the historic district in May 2015, the Nicholsons have opened their home to public tours at Christmas and in the spring as events sponsored by Julia-Ann Square Historical Community Association.

The Nicholsons said the Julia-Ann district is a favorite tourism stop for visitors to Parkersburg and Wood County. Visitors to the district will stop to talk to the Nicholsons at their home.

It is nice to see an increased interest among people to restore and move into the older homes in Julia-Ann district, John said.

Standard Oil Co. Inc. is willing to sell the historic Van Winkle house, often called “The Castle,” at 1209 Ann St. in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District, said Calvin Harper, business development official with the company.

Standard Oil purchased the Van Winkle house in the fall of 2013 to provide a place for its officers, directors, shareholders and guests to stay when in the area, company officials said at the time. The three-story brick building was built around 1836.

Calling it the “crown jewel” of the neighborhood, Harper said he hopes someone will show the beautiful old house the love it needs.

“We can’t care for it,” Harper said, noting Standard Oil, with an office in Parkersburg, has spent a considerable amount of money on renovating the building. “It still needs a lot of work,” he said.

“We are an oil company. The property has nothing to do with our business,” Harper said.

The neighborhood has wonderful people, Harper said. People have stopped to inquire about the Van Winkle property, he said.

The house was built by Peter G. Van Winkle, who was a U.S. senator from Parkersburg, president of the Northwestern Virginia Railroad Co. and played a major role in writing the West Virginia Constitution.


Alan Krieg was greeted with shouts of “surprise” as he entered the Boaz Baptist Church fellowship hall last Sunday.

“They got me,” Krieg said Thursday.

Krieg, a barber in Wood County since 1974, turned 65 years old on July 2, but a surprise birthday party at the church occurred July 7.

Krieg, who was born in Sistersville and grew up on a farm across the Ohio River in Fly, Ohio, thought he was entering the Boaz Baptist Church hall to attend a party for someone entering the military service.

Krieg, of Boaz, even set up tables at the fellowship hall, unknowingly for his own surprise birthday party, after church services on Sunday.

His wife, Deborah, and their children planned the surprise party. Alan said he was shocked and overwhelmed when he entered the fellowship hall on Sunday with 60-70 people wishing him a happy birthday.

Krieg worked at hair salons in Grand Central Mall before joining Family Hair Depot, now located at 2707 Emerson Ave. in Parkersburg.

Krieg said he doesn’t plan to retire any time soon. He enjoys cutting the hair of his customers at Family Hair Depot.


Mid-Ohio Valley residents and former residents were honored last Saturday during the 11th annual West Virginia All-Sports Legends banquet at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

Tex Williams, former Kanawha County high school and University of Charleston basketball coach and Marshall University basketball player, coordinates the program that recognizes coaches, officials and athletes for their contributions in West Virginia. Williams also opened the Artie Museum of West Virginia sports photographs and memorabilia in Raleigh County, where the legends inductees’ biographies and photos are placed.

Williams said the following were recognized at Saturday’s legends day: Scott Ludwig of Ripley, Steve Hunt of Ripley, Richard Wildt of Parkersburg Catholic, Bryce Casto of Ripley, Buddy James of Parkersburg High School, Butch Powell of Vienna-Parkersburg, Mick Price of Ravenswood, Jim Hamric of Roane County, Fred Taylor of Ravenswood, Kenny Wright of Pennsboro and Ritchie County, and Gary Ray (formerly of Wood County). Also honored were father and son Jim and Jay Hamric of Roane County and Fred and Robert Taylor of Ravenswood, along with brothers Terry and Joe Crislip and Terry’s son Bryan, all of Parkersburg.

A crowd of more than 1,000 people heard guest speaker Rod Thorn, former star basketball player at West Virginia University and member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, congratulate the honorees who have helped West Virginia kids through sports programs.


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