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The Centennial History of Hurricane: Meet Some of Hurricane’s Oldest Families

In 1988, The Centennial History of Hurricane, WV was published to commemorate the town’s 100th anniversary. Since the Centennial History is now out of print, the Breeze is reprinting articles from the book as space allows. This week’s selection will be the 194th installment of the Centennial History.


Submitted by Mrs. Glenna June Sansom

George S. Racer was born January 5, 1903, at Coal Mountain, Putnam County, West Virginia and died April 12, 1977. He married Hazel G. Henson, born on February 19, 1904 and died December 20, 1972.

George and Hazel were married January 5, 1935 and moved to Hurricane so he could be close to his job at United Fuel Gas Company in which he worked until his retirement.

They lived first on Rhoda street and adopted a little girl born on August 17, 1940, named Glenna June Oxley. They moved to a house on Second Street, which became McGees Meat Market and is now a beauty shop. The last move was to 315 High School Avenue.

Glenna met and married a wonderful man by the name of Charles Kenneth Sansom who was from Wayne, West Virginia, on December 5, 1961. They have four children: Charles Eric, born October 30, 1962; Mark Christopher, born September 4, 1967; Kimberly Lucretia, born January 23, 1977; and Glendon Patrick born November 5, 1978. Glenna and Kenneth now live on farm in Wayne.

What’s in a name like Hurricane? All the beautiful people young and old that make up all the wonderful memories of childhood. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HURRICANE.


A digital copy of the Centennial History can be obtained from the Hurricane City Hall for a small donation. For more information, call the City of Hurricane at (304) 562-5896.

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