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 William Joseph Vernon, Jr

William Joseph Vernon, Jr

West Virginia, USA
Death 13 Nov 2002 (aged 90)
Ohio, USA
Burial Devola, Washington County, Ohio, USA
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William J. Vernon

William Joseph Vernon Jr., 90, of 109 Milton Road, Devola, Marietta died 9:25 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born Dec. 6, 1911, in Glen Ferris, W.Va., the third of nine children, to William Joseph Sr. and Victoria Taylor Vernon.

He began his career with Union Carbide Corporation as a part-time employee at the company store in Glen Ferris, W.Va., at the age of 16 while attending Gauley Bridge High School. He joined Union Carbide as an electrician's helper in November 1933, during the construction of the Hawks Nest Tunnel, which would provide water to the new Hawks Nest Hydro Electric Power Plant. In February 1934 he transferred to the Alloy, W.Va., UCC Ferroalloys plant location where he assisted in the construction of their captive power plant and was a member of the start-up team. He began work in the power plant as an assistant fireman. Later in 1934, he was promoted to fireman. That same year he assisted in bringing the power plant on line. In July 1935, he became a turbine engineer. In August 1941, he was promoted to production engineer. In 1941, he lit the fire of the newly installed no. 3 boiler to bring it on line and in 1950 introduced the first steam into no. 4 turbine. In 1951 he was promoted to assistant superintendent of power at the Alloy, W.Va., plant.

In 1954 he transferred to Union Carbide Metals new Marietta plant (now Eramet) as assistant superintendent of power and in 1956 was promoted to superintendent of power. At that time, the UCC Marietta power plant was believed to be the largest captive steam electric generating power plant of its type in the world, with the capacity to supply enough electricity to handle a city the size of Philadelphia, Pa. Its mission was to supply all steam, power and water to the Union Carbide Marietta complex which consisted of UCC Plastics and Metals. He retired from Union Carbide Corporation in 1972 after 37 and-a-half years of service.

He attended Glen Ferris Elementary School and graduated from Gauley Bridge High School in 1930. He was a graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery, W.Va. He studied for one year at the American School of Law, studied accounting with LaSalle Extension University and extensively studied steam engineering with Internal Correspondence Schools.

Following his retirement from UCC, he attended classes at Marietta College and earned his graduate Realtors Institute certificate. He then worked as a realtor for Logue and Schwartz Real Estate for several years. At age 69 he received his master of arts degree from Marietta College as a member of the second graduating class of the Master of Arts in Liberal Learning program.

He was past master (1945) and current member of Masonic Lodge 64 AF & AM, Gauley Bridge, W.Va. He was past high priest of Chapter 47, Montgomery, W.Va., and was a generalissamo of Mount Hope Commandry 22 at the time of his transfer to Marietta. He was originally a member of Beni Kedam Shrine in Charleston, W.Va., and was a current member of Aladdin Temple in Columbus, Ohio, and the Marietta Shrine Club.

He had been a member of Glen Ferris Methodist Church and attended Putnam Congregational Church in Devola. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, reading, dancing and piano music; the study of American history, especially the Civil War, World War II and political history. He had served on the Board of Directors of local Troop 201 of the Boy Scouts of America.

He is survived by two sons, William J. Vernon III and his wife, Mary, and Robert H. Vernon and his wife, Barbara, three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, all of Marietta; three sisters, Mrs. George (Mary) Carson of Glen Ferris, W.Va., Mrs John (Laura) Quinn of Wheaton, Md., Mrs. Raymond (Katie) Martin of Kanawha City, W.Va., and one brother, Mr. John T. Vernon of Fayetteville, W.Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 56 years, Katherine Elizabeth Vickers Vernon; his daughter, Betty Jo Schob; four sisters, Mrs. Oscar (Christine) Webb, Mrs. Mead (Virginia) Lancaster, and Mildred Vernon and Victoria Vernon, both of whom died as children.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Hadley Funeral Home, Reno Chapel, Route 7 North, Marietta. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today. Burial will be in Putnam Cemetery in Devola.

Masonic services by Harmar Lodge 390 will be held 8 p.m. today at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
14 Nov 2002

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