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The Centennial History of Hurricane: Lawrence A. Steele

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 220th installment of the Centennial History.


Submitted by Rev. and Mrs. L.A. Steele

Lawrence A. and Betty J. Steele moved in their new all electric home located at 432 Brook Circle which had been built for them by the Taylor brothers on September 20, 1955.

I was a retired Methodist minister, a school principal and an insurance agent. Mrs. L.A. Steele was a school teacher and an insurance agent. Along with all the vicissitudes of life in which we were involved, even though I had my college degree and Seminary work which the church required, I resumed my studies in higher education and received my Major in education. Mrs. Steele pursued her educational work at Asbury College, Morehead University, and West Virginia State College and received her B.A. degree.

We worked many nights and years diligently caring for our various vocations, fellowshipping with students and faculty and people in their homes, mainly in Kanawha, Putnam, Cabell and Mason County.

Due to the fact that Hurricane is located midway between our Capitol City and Huntington, it affords easy access to the east and west.

It has been our privilege to have friends with many leading people in the schools, businesses, churches, etc. Our hearts ache as we miss many of them who have been translated into immortality. We have plans to meet them over there.

Hurricane has a first class bank including “The Owl,” a great convenience to collect or deposit currency twenty four hours a day. The personnel are courteous and give one a lift when one associates with them. We are fortunate to have an outstanding fire department recognized by insurance companies which reduces the premiums.

Sorrows have been ours when we had a death in our home. Mr. Allen, the funeral home director, showed exceeding kindness to us at that time. A cemetery lot here gives a consolation, showing that our departed are respected and loved.


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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