People We Remember

Those who contributed much to our community.


We take some space here to remember people who have been an important part of our County history in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. It is not everyone, but just some we think were particularly special.


William H. "Bill" Rice

Bill Rice at a book signing
In November 2016 Hampshire County lost a very fruitful friend. William H. "Bill" Rice passed away in Elkins. Bill Rice selling his booksHe had Romney roots and a great love for the Upper Potomac region. He produced a six volume series on Colonial Papers of the Upper Potomac which is the single most comprehensive compilation of contemporary documentary information on our region. He spent years in libraries, archives and even in England researching the colonial history of our area. We have included a short audio file of Bill talking about James Genn, the surveyor of the South Branch and Pattersons Creek lots.

You can find information on the series of books on our Bibliography page.



Charles Henry Ploss

Charles Henry Ploss, 79, of Romney, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Missouri City, Texas. Born Feb. 26, 1934, in War, he was the son of the late Ansel and Adeline Rose Ploss.

We just want to say good-bye to a fixture around Romney and the School for the Blind. When will we ever see again a blind man riding his horse around Romney on U.S. Rt. 50 and our side streets? We will not forget his gentleness and the way he shared so much with so many people.

Read his obiturary on the Shaffer Funeral Home web site.

Charlie introducing his horse to children during a Library summer program.


Charlie Ploss riding his horse on Main Street to the library in Romney.



Edward Washington "Ned" Miller

Ned Miller Thank you notice in Review
Placed in the Hampshire Review, Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Annals Of A Country Bank: The First 100 Years of the Bank Of Romney 1888-1988 by Ned Miller(1993).



This page is about people we remember as closely associated with history or everyday life in our county. Not all of them are leaders of the community or people who have made a great contribution to the community. Here we have someone whom few people may have personally spoken to, but who was a "fixture" in Romney.

We remember Marshall Taylor

Marshall Taylor on the Courthouse bench.