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James Wentz: Gene Henry Had Business Sense


W. Gene Henry of Martinsburg has passed away. I interviewed him in 1997 for a personality profile and to respectfully ask about the source of his wealth.

Henry made news that year by buying his former high school building. It is not many people who can claim to own their former seat of secondary learning, perhaps Gary Stern in the Brownstone building qualifies, but it is unusual that someone will buy a former classroom property.He bought the former Martinsburg High School, commonly called the Benson Building, for civic reasons. He presented the property, free and clear, to the borough of M...


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