, 2022-08-17 23:48:59,
EATON — The 2022 Preble County Historical Society Hall of Honor recipients have been selected and were announced last week.
In celebration of its 40th anniversary in 2011, the Preble County Historical Society (PCHS) created a Hall of Honor. The PCHS Board of Trustees designated that the Hall of Honor be named the Sara Swartsel Hall of Honor in recognition of the heritage and philanthropy of the Swartsel Family as demonstrated by Sara’s enduring gift to the Preble County Historical Society and the Preble County community of her family farm in southeast Preble County.
The Register-Herald joined the PCHS as a partner in the Hall of Honor in recognition of the natural partnership of the two organizations in recording the history of Preble County.
The Hall of Honor recognizes deceased former Preble Countians who have contributed to the community and world in valuable ways.
Several individuals were nominated and three new members were chosen this year.
The 2022 Hall of Honor ceremony is currently scheduled to be held during the Fall Gathering on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2:30 p.m., in the PCHS Amphitheater.
The three newest inductees are William “Bill” D. Ross, Audrey S. Gilbert, and Myron E. Scott.
Ross was well-respected in his career. He was honored to be one of the research chemists chosen to analyze Apollo 17’s moon soil samples. He published 40 scientific papers and holds two U.S. patents. He presented one of his scientific papers at an international symposium in Rome in 1966, and founded two regional annual scientific seminars for chemical and biological scientists.
Ross attended Concord Church. He served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He also enjoyed serving with his church in supporting local missions, both locally and regionally. He held Concord Church and its congregation very close to his heart. He also served as a Board of Education member for Eaton City Schools. He enjoyed volunteering for many years at McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford after his retirement.
Ross was a humble soul. His family meant the world to him; he was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Next to his family, he loved his farm, land that has been in his family for over 200 years; it was his life’s-blood. He was blessed to be born on his farm, and he lived there for 90 years.
One could find him at the end of his lane during the warmer months watching the sun set, not missing a one. He loved writing poetry and putting…
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