(The second in a two-part series on C.A. Witt.)
Witt entered the passenger steamer business in 1919 with
Foster Johnson and William Deems to provide service between Grantsville
and Creston. He was also elected mayor of Grantsville.
Dexter, Helen, and Mannard Ball.
Photos above are from the flood of 1939
He added a livery and feed barn to the mill and became
the International Harvester truck dealer for the Grantsville area. Witt
was also president of the newly formed Grantsville Hotel Co.
In 1921, he
added a freight boat to his business. It was at this time that the Witts
purchased a home in Parkersburg for use only during the school year so
that their children could be “properly educated.”
The flour mill was sold around 1923, and he became an
authorized dealer for Dodge Brothers cars, McCormick-Deering and
International Harvester farm machinery, Graham trucks, and Maytag
washing machines. He was also president of Grantsville Automobile Club.
In 1927, he bought the property at Main and Bridge
streets for a building to house all of his dealerships. This later
housed Francis Hardware Store, Consolidated Supply, and Pursley’s
In 1928, he was elected to the town council and was
appointed a director of the Bank of Grantsville. In 1929, he acquired
the Chevrolet dealership.
In the late 1930s, he served on the State Road
Commission and in the late 1940s, he was as a justice of the peace.
In 1955, Consolidated Supply was organized from portions
of his previous business interests, in partnership with John, Roxie and
George Ball. They later purchased his interest in the business.
His grandson, John Holliday, remembers his Grandpa in
this way: “He was always friendly, even tempered, non-critical,
encouraging, interested in me, busy, and a man of many skills and
talents. When I entered the WVU College of Engineering, he presented me
with a brand new K&E slide rule for doing computation. This was the
1950’s version of the pocket computer. He kept up to date with
technology and knew what I needed.”
C. A. Witt listening to music with headphones.
When the new Grantsville bridge was opened in 1963, Witt
cut the ribbon to open the structure.
He was a well-known cabinetmaker in the area, served as
deacon of First Baptist Church, and served one term on the Calhoun
He and wife Emma were members and active participants in
the affairs of First Baptist Church and involved in the civic
improvement efforts of Grants-ville and the surrounding area.
Grantsville and Calhoun County benefited from the life
and works of Cary Albert Witt and many other members of the community
that have been forgotten in the mists of time.
To read part one of this 2-part series click here