About our Orginization

– Background and Purpose

We are a Men’s Greek Letter Fraternity Alumni Association affiliated with Fairmont State University, and Pierpont Community & Technical College collocated in Fairmont, WV.  Our membership consists exclusively of alumni from Tau Beta Iota Fraternity founded on Sunday, March 7th., 1926 at Fairmont State Normal School, now Fairmont State University.  Organizationally and individually our members support these institutions of higher learning through scholarships and various other selfless efforts, such as mentorship, professional expertise, and monetary giving. 


– Campus Facilities Named after TBI Alumni

Fairmont State University Campus Facility TBI Alumni Member
– Rosier Field (1927-2000)Honorable Joseph Rosier
– Duval / Rosier Field (2000 – Present)Coach Harold S. “Deacon” Duval
– Frank and Jayne Gabor WV Folklife CenterMr. Frank R. “Pooch” Gabor
– Hunt / Haught HallProf. George Hunt
– Hunt / Haught HallProf. Cleo Haught
– Pence HallCollege President John W. Pence
– Turley Center “The Nickel”Dean of Men George H. Turley
– Wallman HallProf. Lawrence A. Wallman

– Brief History of Tau Beta Iota Fraternity

The Honorable Fraternity of Tau Beta Iota was formulated and founded in November of 1925.  A group of outstanding young men who recognized the need for a fraternal organization of this kind, adopted a constitution and by-laws; holding their first and subsequent meetings for a period of one year in the gymnasium. President Rosier, realizing the sterling qualities of this organization, asked that they become affiliated with the school. A charter was granted on March 7th., 1926.

Honorable Joseph Rosier
U.S. Senator and College President

– Charter of Tau Beta Iota Fraternity

Be it known that we, the undersigned Founders of Tau Beta Iota Fraternity by virtue of the authority vested in us as founders, do hereby empower the continuation of this Fraternity at Fairmont State Teachers College, Fairmont, West Virginia, by the members whom we select and whomever they may choose to honor for their outstanding qualities of Character, Leadership, Sportsmanship, and Friendship by election to membership in accordance with the Constitution and Ritual of this Fraternity which has been delivered into their hands.

Granted at Fairmont, West Virginia; this seventh day of March in the year of Our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and twenty six.


– Founding Members

Front Row.  Scott Homer Davis, Clyde Thomas Hickman, Charles Francis McDade,
James Ellis Simpson, Jr., Paul Moore Hefner, Jarrett Ulrich Hamilton 

Back Row. Galbraith McFadden Weaver, James Carroll Michael, Kenneth Elliot Chenowith, Victor Nay Lough, Orley Lemley Haines, Ora Cecil Mason, Insert.  John Herbert Henry

– In Memoriam

Tau Beta Iota Fraternity’s Benefactor
Honorable Joseph Rosier
US Senator and College President
Born. January 24., 1870
Died. October 7th., 1951
Place of Birth. Wilsonburg, WV
Home Town. Wilsonburg, WV
Place of Burial. I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Salem, WV

Charter Memorial Roll of the Founders of Tau Beta Iota Fraternity
1. James Ellis Simpson, Jr. – President
Born. October 27th., 1905
Died. December 3rd., 1933
Place of Birth.  Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA
Hometown.  Ingram, Allegheny County, PA
Place of Burial.  Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allegheny County, PA  
2. Orley Lemley Haines – Secretary
Born.  December 5th., 1900
Died.  July 7th., 1983
Place of Birth.  Bland’s Run, Monongalia County, WV
Hometown.  Hundred, Wetzel County, WV
Place of Burial.  Northview Cemetery, New Martinsville, Wetzel County, WV
3. John Herbert Henry – Treasurer  
Born. February 3rd., 1902
Died. January 11th., 1931
Place of Birth.  Kingwood, Preston County, WV
Hometown. Grafton, Taylor County, WV
Place of Burial. Woodsdale Memorial Park, Pruntytown, Taylor County, WV
4. James Carroll Michael – Sergeant at Arms
Born. September 6th., 1904
Died. July 16th., 1993
Place of Birth.  Barrackville, Marion County, WV
Hometown.  Barrackville, Marion County, WV
Place of Burial. Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens, Westover, WV
5. Kenneth Elliot Chenoweth
Born. May 1st., 1891
Died. November 13th., 1950
Place of Birth.  Grantsville, Calhoun County, WV
Hometown. Grantsville, Calhoun County, WV
Place of Burial. Bethlehem Cemetery, Grantsville, WV
6. Scott Homer Davis
Born. August 15., 1906
Died. November 7th., 1967
Place of Birth.  Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV
Hometown.  Grafton, Taylor County, WV
Places of Burial. 
– Nov 1967 – Dec 1973:  Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens, Westover, WV
– Reinternment Dec 1973:  East Oak Grove Cemetery, Monongalia County, WV
7. Jarrett Ulrich Hamilton
Born. September 21st., 1906
Died. January 24th., 1996
Place of Birth.  Hundred, Wetzel County, WV
Hometown.  Hundred, Wetzel County, WV
Place of Burial. Riverview Cemetery, near Moundsville, Marshall County, WV
8. Paul Moore Hefner
Born. January 26th., 1906
Died. July 9th. 1978
Place of Birth.  Grafton, Taylor County, WV
Hometown.  Grafton, Taylor County, WV
Place of Burial. Ridgelawn Memorial Park, Huntington, WV
9. Clyde Thomas Hickman
Born.  September 13th.,1905
Died.  March 26th., 1991
Place of Birth.  Grafton, Taylor County, WV
Hometown.  Grafton, Taylor County, WV
Place of Burial.  Woodsdale Memorial Park, Pruntytown, WV
10. Victor Nay Lough
Born. July 31st., 1902
Died. June 6th., 1995
Place of Birth.  Hundred, Wetzel County, WV
Hometown.  Hundred, Wetzel County, WV
Place of Burial.  Northview Cemetery, New Martinsville, WV
11. Ora Cecil Mason
Born. May 19th. 1903
Died. September 4th., 1958
Lived.  Wadestown, Monongalia County, WV
Place of Birth.  Wadestown, Monongalia County, WV
Place of Burial. Thomas Cemetery, Spring Hill Township, Greene County, PA
12. Charles Francis McDade
Born. September 16th., 1907
Died. June 5th., 1984
Place of Birth.  Grafton, Taylor County, WV
Hometown.  Grafton, Taylor County, WV
Place of Burial. Cunningham Memorial Park, Saint Albans, WV
13. Galbraith McFadden Weaver
Born. March 28th., 1905
Died. March 18th., 1997
Place of Birth.  Moundsville, Marshall County, WV
Hometown.  Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA
Place of Burial. Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Fort Worth, TX

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