Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 17 History

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(By Delegate Pethtel)

Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 52-20/14- 0.80 on Main Street in Pine Grove, Wetzel County, the "Freda Bell Bridge."

Whereas, Freda Bell was born and raised in Pine Grove, West Virginia and graduated from Pine Grove High School in 1936; and
Whereas, Freda married Angell Bell in 1940 and they moved to Cleveland, Ohio during World War II, where they worked in a munitions plant for the federal government; and
Whereas, After returning from Cleveland after the war, Freda and Angel built and began operating Bell's Grocery in 1948. The building still stands today and is operated as a restaurant at the end of the Main Street bridge in Pine Grove; and
Whereas, Freda and Angell had two children, Jane and John, both of whom graduated from West Virginia University; and
Whereas, While her children were in local public schools, Freda became an active member of the PTA, a band patron, 4-H leader and an active supporter of the local FFA, where she was given an honorary membership plaque; and
Whereas, Freda was active in other civic affairs too, as she served on the Pine Grove town council for many years, was a member of the Wetzel County Democrat Committee, the Wetzel County Hospital Board, the 911 Emergency Services Board, the Wetzel County Democratic Women Society, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1945; and
Whereas, Freda is a passionate and active advocate for women in politics, and during the 2008 presidential campaign Freda traveled, at the tender age of 90, to Fairmont, West Virginia to hear Hillary Clinton speak; and
Whereas, It is only fitting and proper that Freda Bell's many good deeds and a life-time of service to the community of Pine Grove and to Wetzel County be remembered and acknowledged; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 52-20/14-0.80 on Main Street in Pine Grove, Wetzel County, the "Freda Bell Bridge"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is requested to have made and be placed, signs identifying the bridge as the "Freda Bell Bridge"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a copy of this resolution to the family of Freda Bell and the Secretary of the Department of Transportation
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