Legendary Locals of Wheeling pays homage to the remarkable people of the Upper Ohio Valley, celebrating the achievements of some of the region’s famous and unsung heroes, past and present.
Legendary Locals of Wheeling includes the big names readers will expect, such as Betty Zane, Lewis Wetzel, and Walter Reuther, but also includes less well-known people, whose contributions have been just as important. Featured locals come from all walks of life including music, art, sports, science, architecture, business, literature, military service, and public service. For every infamous personality like Big Bill Lias, Wheeling produced hundreds of heroic, admirable people like Augustus Pollack, Doc White, Rosemary Front, and Ann and Clyde Thomas.
|Brent with Paul McGinnis.|
Editors Seán Duffy and Brent Carney are both Wheeling natives. Duffy earned an MBA from Wheeling Jesuit University and a JD from the Washington College of Law at the American University. He has authored three books on local history and is the programming and publicity coordinator at the Ohio County Public Library. Professor Brent Carney received an MA in History from Old Dominion University. He has authored five books on local history and has served as Visiting Instructor and Adjunct Professor at Wheeling Jesuit University, Franciscan University and West Liberty State College. He is currently a Professor of Humanities at Eastern Gateway Community College.
While Duffy and Carney wrote the introductory material and some of the captions, they mostly served as editors, photograph researchers, and organizers for Legendary Locals of Wheeling. The majority of the writing was done by family members of those featured and various members of Wheeling’s heritage community.
“This is meant to be a representative sample of some of our best in many fields,” Duffy said. “But there were many hundreds if not thousands of other good people who also deserve to be remembered as legendary locals. But in the interest of space and time, difficult choices had to be made. Nevertheless, we are honored to have this opportunity to illuminate the lives of some of the well-known and unsung heroes of Wheeling. We hope the book will help people to appreciate the deep pool of accomplished people who have called Wheeling home over the years – not just celebrities, but a diverse, hard-working group of people who have been successful in a variety of professions and callings. All of these ‘legendary locals’ took away something from their Wheeling experience that helped shape their lives and accomplishments. We all have that in us. And that’s an important thing to remember and cherish.”