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August 31, 2011
The Jefferson County Historical Society is working in partnership with local author Bob O'Connor to establish an author competition to honor O'Connor's parents. O'Connor has published six books and is a board member of the Jefferson County Historical Society. His parents, the late Charles and Wilhelmina O'Connor were supportive in his dream to become a published author.  The annual competition, called the Charles and Wilhelmina O'Connor Author Competition, is open to anyone who resides in Jefferson County, W.Va., or is a member in good standing of the Jefferson County Historical Society; who has written about primarily about Jefferson County history (fiction, nonfiction or a children's book)
NEWS
May 17, 2002
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Federal Highway Administration announced Thursday that two grants have been awarded for the Washington Heritage Trail National Scenic Byway in Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties. The grants, totaling almost $134,000, were awarded to the West Virginia Division of Highway as part of the fiscal year 2002 Scenic Byways Grant Program. According to Bob O'Connor, Washington Heritage Trail incoming president, the grants represent 80 percent federal reimbursements with the remaining 20 percent to be matched locally with cash or in-kind services.
NEWS
May 17, 2002
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Federal Highway Administration announced Thursday that two grants have been awarded for the Washington Heritage Trail National Scenic Byway in Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties. The grants, totaling almost $134,000, were awarded to the West Virginia Division of Highway as part of the fiscal year 2002 Scenic Byways Grant Program. According to Bob O'Connor, Washington Heritage Trail incoming President, the grants represent 80 percent federal reimbursements with the remaining 20 percent to be matched locally with cash or in-kind services.
NEWS
By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 17, 2011
Abraham Lincoln's bodyguard is getting some fresh attention these days thanks to local author Bob O'Connor. O'Connor, who also wrote about Ward Hill Lamon in his book “The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln,” edited a new book that Lamon wrote about Lincoln. “The Life of Abraham Lincoln as President” was written by Lamon, but O'Connor edited the book to define 19th- century legal terms used in the book. O'Connor also added footnotes for further clarification of parts of the book, according to www.montclairpress.com.
NEWS
January 2, 1997
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY Staff Writer Bob O'Connor got a lot of ribbing from his friends when he started his Rent-A-Husband business about a month ago. He's also gotten kidded by callers responding to his whimsical newspaper ads, aimed at wives tired of nagging their husbands to do odd jobs around the house. But those ads have brought him quite a bit of work as well, he said. "It's unbelievable how well it took off," said O'Connor, 49, of Hagerstown. "It's just something I dreamed up so I could keep myself busy.
NEWS
February 24, 2001
New tourism exec aims to unite efforts By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Every community makes its own efforts to lure tourists, and that has never made a lot of sense to Bob O'Connor. Counties often have their own visitors bureau, and efforts to promote communities individually are undermined by politics or by too narrow a focus on that community, said O'Connor, the new executive director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | July 29, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - There are more than 40,000 book titles about Abraham Lincoln on www.amazon.com alone, but author Bob O'Connor is hoping that what piqued his curiosity to write a Lincoln-related book will be contagious. O'Connor's historical fiction novel, "The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln," is based on a real person, Ward Hill Lamon, who grew up in what is now Jefferson County, W.Va., and became Lincoln's friend, law partner and bodyguard. Yet Lamon was not with President Lincoln on that infamous night, April 14, 1865, when he was shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | August 23, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com The space may be more than 150 years old, but Bob O'Connor is excited about the future site of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The visitors center is currently in the Boarman House, built in 1803. O'Connor, executive director of the visitors bureau, said he hopes the office will open in its new site in the old Berkeley Hotel, across from the Roundhouse, by this time next year. Since the nearby Blue Ridge Outlets closed several years ago, O'Connor said the center's site at the Boarman, at the intersection of Queen and King streets, is no longer the best place from which to assist visitors.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | June 22, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Bob O'Connor is at it again. The Charles Town resident has published his third Civil War-related historical novel in as many years. This one, "Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War," is about a real-life slave who was one of the hostages held by John Brown during the 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry and his quest to be a free man, O'Connor said. O'Connor takes Catesby's basic story but places him in well-known events of the Civil War. Catesby didn't actually do all the things he does in the book; O'Connor is not aware of anyone who was at all the Civil War sites he mentions in the story.
NEWS
January 11, 1998
by Kevin G. Gilbert / staff photographer For Rent-A-Husband, odd jobs are no problem By KERRY LYNN FRALEY Staff Writer Bob O'Connor started running whimsical newspaper ads for his new Rent-A-Husband business in December 1995. The hope was that the ads - aimed at wives tired of nagging their husbands to do odd jobs around the house - would bring in enough work to keep him and one employee busy in the winter months when his main business, REO Enterprises Inc., got slow.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | March 31, 2013
Many who have not studied West Virginia history believe it became a state in the middle of the Civil War because the people who lived in western Virginia objected to Virginia's vote to secede from the Union. True for some, but the schism between eastern and western Virginia at the time ran much deeper and had its beginnings around the time of the American Revolution, according to “Countdown to West Virginia Statehood,” Charles Town author Bob O'Connor's latest book. Seven of O'Connor's works are centered on the Civil War, including some local events and characters.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | December 26, 2012
The American Civil War has been very good for a Charles Town author who, in the last six years, has been researching the area's history for material for historical novels based on real people and real situations connected with that conflict. Bob O'Connor has just finished his fifth novel, “The Return of Catesby,” the story of a slave who was born in Jefferson County. The latest is a sequel to “Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War,” which O'Connor published in 2008. The new book comes out in January.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012
Author and historian Bob O'Connor will sign copies of his new book, "A House Divided Against Itself" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Downtown Visitor Welcome Center in downtown Hagerstown. For more information, go to www.boboconnorbooks.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2011
The Jefferson County Historical Society is working in partnership with local author Bob O'Connor to establish an author competition to honor O'Connor's parents. O'Connor has published six books and is a board member of the Jefferson County Historical Society. His parents, the late Charles and Wilhelmina O'Connor were supportive in his dream to become a published author.  The annual competition, called the Charles and Wilhelmina O'Connor Author Competition, is open to anyone who resides in Jefferson County, W.Va., or is a member in good standing of the Jefferson County Historical Society; who has written about primarily about Jefferson County history (fiction, nonfiction or a children's book)
NEWS
By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 17, 2011
Abraham Lincoln's bodyguard is getting some fresh attention these days thanks to local author Bob O'Connor. O'Connor, who also wrote about Ward Hill Lamon in his book “The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln,” edited a new book that Lamon wrote about Lincoln. “The Life of Abraham Lincoln as President” was written by Lamon, but O'Connor edited the book to define 19th- century legal terms used in the book. O'Connor also added footnotes for further clarification of parts of the book, according to www.montclairpress.com.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | December 22, 2010
Author Bob O'Connor has written four books with Civil War themes and one on the history of Ranson, W.Va., but the Charles Town resident is editor instead of writer for his sixth and newest book that comes out this week. "The Life of Abraham Lincoln as President," a 520-page autobiography, was written in the 1880s by Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln's friend, law partner in Illinois, and later his presidential bodyguard. Lamon, who was born in Summit Point, W.Va., died in 1893 and is buried in Gerrardstown, W.Va.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | June 22, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Bob O'Connor is at it again. The Charles Town resident has published his third Civil War-related historical novel in as many years. This one, "Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War," is about a real-life slave who was one of the hostages held by John Brown during the 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry and his quest to be a free man, O'Connor said. O'Connor takes Catesby's basic story but places him in well-known events of the Civil War. Catesby didn't actually do all the things he does in the book; O'Connor is not aware of anyone who was at all the Civil War sites he mentions in the story.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | July 29, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - There are more than 40,000 book titles about Abraham Lincoln on www.amazon.com alone, but author Bob O'Connor is hoping that what piqued his curiosity to write a Lincoln-related book will be contagious. O'Connor's historical fiction novel, "The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln," is based on a real person, Ward Hill Lamon, who grew up in what is now Jefferson County, W.Va., and became Lincoln's friend, law partner and bodyguard. Yet Lamon was not with President Lincoln on that infamous night, April 14, 1865, when he was shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | August 23, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com The space may be more than 150 years old, but Bob O'Connor is excited about the future site of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The visitors center is currently in the Boarman House, built in 1803. O'Connor, executive director of the visitors bureau, said he hopes the office will open in its new site in the old Berkeley Hotel, across from the Roundhouse, by this time next year. Since the nearby Blue Ridge Outlets closed several years ago, O'Connor said the center's site at the Boarman, at the intersection of Queen and King streets, is no longer the best place from which to assist visitors.
NEWS
May 17, 2002
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Federal Highway Administration announced Thursday that two grants have been awarded for the Washington Heritage Trail National Scenic Byway in Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties. The grants, totaling almost $134,000, were awarded to the West Virginia Division of Highway as part of the fiscal year 2002 Scenic Byways Grant Program. According to Bob O'Connor, Washington Heritage Trail incoming President, the grants represent 80 percent federal reimbursements with the remaining 20 percent to be matched locally with cash or in-kind services.
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