ALFRED D. WORK, Company "C"

     Alfred D. Work, of Wheeling, prominent among the retail grocers of that city, was born in Perry county, Penn., October 27,1842. He is a son of Washington and Sarah Work, both natives of Pennsylvania, the latter of whom died when Alfred was about twelve years old. The father died in 1863 from disease contracted in the service of the Union army. Mr. Work was reared on the farm home of his parents until 1860, when at the age of eighteen years he went to Pittsburgh and worked for six months in a rolling mill. He then came to Wheeling, which has been his home since March 20, 1861. He found employment in the LaBelle Iron works for a time, but on May 11, 1861, enlisted in Company B, First Virginia infantry, U. S. A., with which he served three months. At the battle of Phillippi he was wounded by a ball just above the right knee, and this confined him in the hospital one month. This wound was the first received by a private soldier in battle in the war of the rebellion. After his recovery Mr. Work returned to Wheeling, and soon re-entered the LaBelle Iron works, and there and in the Belmont works was engaged until March 13, 1865, when he re-enlisted in the Union army as a private in Company C, First West Virginia cavalry, with which he served until the close of the war. Subsequently he was engaged as a huckster a few months, and he then again became associated with the LaBelle mills, where he has ever since been employed. By continuous industry he amassed considerable means, and in 1889 he erected a handsome brick business block at NO. 3114 Eoff street, in which he now conducts a completely equipped grocery store, owned by Mr. Work and his son, H. H. Mr. Work is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and of the G. A. R. and the A. O. U. W., and politically is a republican. He has sat upon the city council one term and has served as a member of the board of education six years. October 27, 1861, he was married to Mrs. Margaret Culp, by whom he had six children: Ida M., Francis M., Harry H., Edward W., George E., and Minnie E., the latter deceased. Mrs. Work, whose maiden name was Malia, by her first husband, Joseph Culp, who died in 1859, had two children, Mary A. and Anna L.

Source: From History of the Upper Ohio Valley, Vol. I, page 486. Brant & Fuller, 1890.

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.