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Augustus Pollack Monument

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1916. 1956. Northwest corner of the intersection of Main St. and the approach ramp to Fort Henry Bridge (I-70), in side yard of Henry K. List House

This 37-foot granite Corinthian column topped by an American eagle rises above and behind a tall base on which two men are shown shaking hands. A carved inscription on a scroll between them explains the depiction: “Erected by Trade Union members of United States in memory of AUGUSTUS POLLACK whose business life and actions were always in sympathy with organized labor.” Pollack, a German immigrant, came to Wheeling in 1854 and established the Crown Stogie Company. His firm was one of several manufacturers of the city's famous narrow cigars, named after Conestoga wagons. Pollack offered fair wages, provided exemplary working conditions, and even encouraged the formation of unions. His workers never went on strike, and—as the monument so obviously proves—thought highly of him. The monument was erected in 1916 on the grounds of the City-County Building, but was moved here in 1956 when the present Ohio County Courthouse and Wheeling City Hall replaced that building.

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S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Augustus Pollack Monument", [Wheeling, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-WH35.

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