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Centennial History of Hurricane: Forrest Burdette Wellman and John Edward Wellman

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 240th installment of the Centennial History.


Submitted by John E. Wellman

Forrest Burdette Wellman was born February 20, 1925. After graduating from Hurricane High School in 1943, he entered the United States Army Paratroopers and was discharged December 20, 1945. He was employed with C&O Railroad for 5 years and then joined Union Carbide, where he is presently employed.

He married Marian Frances Tulloh at St. Albans. They are the parents of four children, Mary Katherine (deceased), Donna Jo, Jeffery Neal and Lola Ann.

Submitted by John E. Wellman

John Edward Wellman was born December 5, 1922, and graduated from Hurricane High School in 1940. He entered the United States Air Force September 15, 1942. After finishing service, he attended Marshall University, graduating with a Masters degree in 1948. He taught school and coached for over 30 years with the Florida school system. John was married to Phyllis Harbour from Milton, West Virginia, in 1948. They had one son, Johnny Jr., who after serving as a Marine Corp pilot, is now serving as a commercial pilot with Eastern Airlines.


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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