- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - A team of auctioneers is selling personal items and historical pieces belonging to three-term West Virginia Gov. Arch A. Moore. Jr.

Behm’s Auction and Real Estate Services held the first in a series of auctions at the Marshall County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, the Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register (https://bit.ly/1G4rYNK) reports.

Some of the collectables up for sale included items from Moore’s estate such as glassware from Moore’s meeting with Ronald Regan, Christmas decorations, original blueprint of the Grave Creek Mound and Archaeological Complex, paintings from local artist and the governor’s suits and ties.

“There’s only one Governor Arch,” Jim Behm, owner of Behm’s Auction and Real Estate Services, said. “He was one of the backbones of Marshall County and the Northern Panhandle for years not only in West Virgnia but in D.C. He is very well recognized even to this day.”

Behm said the proceeds of the auction are in the possession of Moore’s daughter and U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, but much of the funding will go to West Virginia University.

Moundsville resident Dean Pettit said he went to the auction to bid on the governor’s Fostoria glass ash tray, which he won.

“I worked at Fostoria as a young boy cutting glass,” Pettit said. “Not only is this an important piece in my history, but in the state’s as well.”

Moore died at age 91 on Jan. 7, 2015. He served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before he won gubernatorial elections in 1968, 1972 and 1984.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, https://www.theintelligencer.net

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