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Gov. Justice remembers Wheeling’s place in his company’s history


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice recounts memories of his father, James C. Justice, as well as a trip he made to the Friendly City during a major 1994 snowstorm. The governor spoke about them during his visit Wednesday to the City-County Building in Wheeling.
(Intelligencer photo by Scott McCloskey)

WHEELING, W.Va.  — A visit to Wheeling last week on a snowy, winter day had West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice remembering his father, a trip he made to the Friendly City nearly 25 years ago and how a business opportunity here positively changed the course of the family’s coal business.

Justice recounted Wednesday while he was at the City-County Building his trip to Wheeling during a major snowstorm in early 1994.

He described his father, James C. Justice, as his “best friend” and the best man at his wedding. The elder Justice ran the family’s coal operations, and had gained so much respect in the coal industry that the Ohio River Barge Co. named one of its boats for him — “The James C. Justice,” Justice said. The boat was dedicated in 1970, and Justice said he saw the boat six months later on the river near Huntington but hadn’t seen it again.

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