WHEELING - "Legendary Locals of Wheeling," complied by Sean Duffy and Brent Carney in collaboration with several area residents, published Arcadia Publishing, will have a book launch event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Wheeling Artisan Center.
The book celebrates the achievements of Wheeling natives. The book includes well-known figures, including Betty Zane, Lewis Wetzel and Walter Reuther, but also includes unsung heroes. Featured locals come from disciplines including music, art, sports, science, architecture, business, literature, military service and public service.
It includes war heroes like General William S. Rosecrans, who developed a successful battlefield ambulance during the Civil War while headquartered in Wheeling; Louis Bennett Jr., honored for his World War I service in the British Royal Flying Corps with a stained glass window in London's Westminster Abbey; and Paul McGinnis, USS Indianapolis sinking survivor.
Also included are literary legends like Rebecca Harding Davis, Keite Maillard, and West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman, music legends such as jazz great Chu Berry and country music stars Doc and Chickie Williams, as well as sports legends such as South Wheeling's Rosie Gacioch, John Glasscock, Jesse Burkett and football legend Chuck Howley.
Duffy has authored three books on local history and is the programming and publicity coordinator at the Ohio County Public Library. Carney 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 a Eastern Gateway Community College humanities professor.
The book can be purchased online at arcadiapublishng.com or at amazon.com. It will also be available at most local and regional bookstores. All of the author royalties from sales of the book are being donated to the Ohio County Public Library.