STEAM YACHT "MADGE"
The Madge was considered the finest steam yacht
that ever plied the waters of the Great Kanawha. She was built by Mr. Ward at
his boiler works on the South Side and was fully equipped with machinery
designed, patented and manufactured by Mr. Ward.
See a much larger photo HERE
photo is one of the best I've seen. It clearly shows the Kanawha
Country Courthouse steeple and the St. Albert Hotel on what is now
Kanawha Blvd. Every single building in this|
is long gone, except for the courthouse. The boat is Charles
Wards personal boat, named after his wife Madge. There were
apparently 3 boats made: Madge I, Madge II and Madge III. The
last two possibly for his son who took over the works after
Charles's death in 1915. I believe the larger boat above is
Madge III, while the boat below is Madge I.
Below is the Charles Ward family
Below is the beautiful Ward Home in South Hills. It looks the same today.
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