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  • The rhododendron On January 29, 1903, after a vote by schoolchildren, the rhododendron was designated West Virginia's official state flower . Read More »

  • West Virginia University February 7, 1867, the West Virginia Legislature founded the Agricultural College of West Virginia, now West Virginia University. Read More »

  • Tygart Valley Homesteads On February 11, 1935, the first houses in the Tygart Valley Homesteads were ready for occupancy. It was one of three projects was intended to provide a new start for unemployed farmers, miners and timber workers. Read More »

  • "Uncle Homer" Walker John Homer "Uncle Homer" Walker was born February 15, 1989, in Mercer County. Among the last in a tradition of black Appalachian banjo players, he played the five-string banjo in the clawhammer style. Read More »

  • Buffalo Creek Disaster On February 26, 1972, the Buffalo Creek Flood killed 125 people and left thousands homeless. Whole communities were destroyed and never rebuilt. Read More »

  • Marshall University February 27, 1867, Marshall College was established as a normal school for training teachers Read More »

This Date in History

February 24, 1947: Jack Glasscock died in Wheeling

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Athlete John Wesley ‘‘Jack’’ Glasscock (July 22, 1859-February 24, 1947) was one of 19th-century baseball’s premier shortstops. Born in Wheeling, Glasscock was called ‘‘Pebbly Jack’’ because of his habit of ‘‘grounds keeping’’ at his position, picking up and tossing away pebbles, which some baseball historians claim were imaginary.

Glasscock, who played bare-handed, was one of the first to use a signal to inform his catcher which middle infielder would cover second on a steal and wa...

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