September 4, 1957: Engineer Frank Duff McEnteer Dies in Clarksburg
Engineer Frank Duff McEnteer died on September 4, 1957, at age 74. The Pennsylvania native and graduate of Harvard’s engineering school moved to Clarksburg in 1911 to supervise construction of the Palace Furniture Company building, which is still in use. It was one of West Virginia’s first reinforced concrete buildings and launched McEnteer’s career in that fledgling field.
In 1914, McEnteer superintended the multi-span concrete arch bridge on Clarksburg’s Fourth Street. That same year, he co-founded the Concrete Steel Bridge Company, which, soon had 52 teams in the field, building short- to medium-span bridges. The company also built a few larger bridges, including the one across the Greenbrier River at Alderson. The company was forced into bankruptcy during the Great Depression.
McEnteer then joined the State Road Commission. During World War II, he served as chief engineer over the U.S. armed forces’ construction division for the entire Middle East. Returning to Clarksburg following the war, he operated a consulting firm the rest of his life.
Frank Duff McEnteer’s work can still be seen in many bridges throughout West Virginia and surrounding states.