Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Garland, Mary Roach Recognized at Allendale Breakfast

Garland and Mary Roach of Grant City were recognized at the Allendale Fourth of July Breakfast last Tuesday. They were the oldest man and woman present at the gathering. They have been married for 71 years, making them one of the longest-married couples in Worth County. Garland fought in World War II, making him one of the last surviving veterans of that conflict. He served in the Navy with his three brothers on the same ship.

Harold Fletchall, another veteran, was another candidate for the oldest man at 89 years young. “I’m still a farm boy in good health,” said the long-time custodian at Worth County.

The contest for farthest away was closer this time. Jewell Marcum, from Monahans (TX), was back for her family reunion. She is the sister of long-time Worth County teacher Evelyn Groom-Ruby; all six sisters and one brother got together for the first time in six years earlier, on July 1st. She lives in western Texas.

Charles Popelka, from Venice (FL) came slightly farther, from Venice (FL). But the farthest away was John Carr, from San Francisco, who came back and visited with family and friends as well as take pictures.

The youngest girl was Malea Ridge, daughter of Logan and Alissa (Miller) Ridge. The youngest boy was Sam Clarkson, son of Ben and Abbey (Harding) Clarkson.

Over 800 people once again showed up for the breakfast, running continuously since the 1950’s. The Family Circle Singers and Richard Williams entertained with patriotic music.

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