Hall of Honor inductees announced

SAVING lives has been the professional goal of two persons selected for induction this year in the Martins Ferry Hall of Honor while two others have directed their efforts to space travel and area financial matters.

The four inductees are:

  • Dr. Simon West,the first physician to locate in Martins Ferry and later a surgeon with the Union Army in West Virginia and Maryland during the Civil War.
  • James W. Everson, who became chairman, president and chief executive officer of United Bancorp. Inc., serving as the company’s chief executive officer since its founding in 1983.
  • Tony Spear, whose space achievements include serving as project manager for the Mars Pathfinder.
  • C. Willis “Bill” Troy, who first was involved in the Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department and later worked in public safety on the state level.

West and Troy, who is now retired, both were involved in saving lives.

Purpose of the Martins Ferry HofH is “to acknowledge those citizens whose actions or accomplishments have affected, aided or brought fame to Martins Ferry. Those eligible for the honor must have been born, lived or worked in the city.”

This year’s induction ceremony, which is open free to the public, is scheduled April 7 at 2 p.m. at Martins Ferry High School.

In 2007, Les Douglas, who was mayor of Martins Ferry at that time, appointed the HofH committee. The first induction was in 2008.

Throughout its history, The Citizens Bank has been sponsor for the HofH.

Plaques honoring past HofH inductees are displayed in the Martins Ferry Public Library. Each plaque lists the individuals’ accomplishments and a photo of each inductee, if possible. Some of the inductees date from Martins Ferry’s earliest history when photos were an item of the future.

During the ceremony, each inductee is introduced by a HofH committee member, and then is to speak briefly.

Music provided by Martins Ferry High School students also is part of the festivities.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the ceremonies and to meet with the honorees after the ceremony. Punch and a variety of cookies will be available.

More information about the honorees will be announced later.

Photographs related to the four men’s activities are on Pages B1 and B3 of today’s newspaper.

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