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Herman Greathouse Lazear>Brooke Co., WV
Posted by: Joe Applegarth Sr. Date: October 09, 1998 at 12:01:16
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I just pulled this off the Brooke County, WV web page. Does anyone have any background on him?

HERMAN GREATHOUSE LAZEAR
....Mr. Lazear was born in Brooke County in 1831 and grew into manhood on the
farm once owned by HENRY WELLS. Following the footsteps of his father, he
pursued the calling of a farmer for years. Sometime after the close of the Civil
War, he moved to Wellsburg or rather to a suburb and engaged in a different line
of business.

....he founded the town of Lazearville, now the Fourth Ward of Wellsburg. This
town was on the GEORGE COX farm which he bought, laying it out in lots at
different prices, according to location. Four of these lots sold for $21.00 each and
the highest price lot sold for $65.00.

....he was one of the principal directors in getting the P.W. & Ky. branch railroad
through Wellsburg in the 1870's, and he was one of the prime movers in the
construction of the street car line from Wellsburg to Bethany.

....in 1886, he organized a company and built the LAZEARVILLE GLASS WORKS,
which he directed for two years. He withdrew from this firm and moved to Kansas
City, Mo. where he remained for two years. Returning to Wellsburg, he built the
LAZEARVILLE CANNING WORKS, which, after one successful season, was
destroyed by fire in 1892.

....Mr. Lazear added much to the attractiveness of the city by many improvements.

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