Memorable Members OLD

Memorable Members

This page is dedicated to MCAC life and honorary members who are no longer with us. They made significant contributions to the Fair and their memory will not be forgotten.

Jane Adams

Jane was a volunteer in the Home Arts Building. For many years she embroidered the cover of the Fair Catalog and entered them into Home Arts Department to be judge and she would later donated them to the fair.

Jays Adams

Myrtle Adams

Woodrow W. Adams, Sr.

Gordon Allison

Received Membership hours from son – Malcolm Allison


On Saturday, February 4, 2017, Gordon Allison of Potomac, Maryland, passed away peacefully at home. He was the cherished husband of Yamna Stanger-Allison, the loving father of Deborah Allison, Malcolm Allison, Karen Allison Shariati, Sandra Masino and husband Ralph, Karine Myers and husband Tyler, and Vanessa Manset and husband Jonathan, and beloved grandfather of Austin, Samantha, Bailey, Arzeen, Nicole, Cooper, Ariana, Anderson, and Graham. Gordon was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. He was a respected chemist and instrumental in founding McCormick Paints. He was an avid golfer, soccer fan, car enthusiast, and a charming, true gentleman.

Hazel Allnutt

James E. Allnutt

Mary Allnutt

Mrs. Mary Margaret Allnutt, 79, of Barnesville, died Monday, Feb. 1, at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville.


She was the wife of R. Cromwell Allnutt.


Born April 10, 1919, in Chester, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Francis Leo and Emma Carr Smith.


She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Barnesville.


Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Anne C. Cote and husband Thomas of Gaithersburg, Mary Angela Berman and husband Robert of Germantown, and Anita L. Kane and husband David of Westminster; one son, Francis J. Allnutt and wife Terese of Keedysville; and five grandchildren, Matthew, Emma and Stephen Kane, and Marcus and Ethan Allnutt.


She was preceded in death by one brother, William L. Smith.

Minnie Allnutt

R Cromwell Allnutt

Ag Center/Fair Treasure. 1981 – 1988


Mr. R. CromwelI Allnutt, 86, of Barnesville, died on Monday, March 7, 2005 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.


He was the husband of the late Mary Margaret Allnutt.


Born on Nov. 8, 1918 in Boyds, he was the son of the late R. Frank and Agnes Cromwell Allnutt.


Mr. Allnutt graduated from Gonzaga High School and Georgetown University. He served in the Army during World War II and was part of the Allied Forces that landed at Normandy and later fought at the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Allnutt retired from the First National Bank of Maryland in 1983. Between 1958 and 1960, he worked in La Paz, Bolivia as part of an international cooperation effort to assist Bolivia.


Mr. Allnutt was a lifetime member of the Montgomery County Agricultural Center and served as a longtime treasurer. He was a charter member of the Germantown Lions Club. He has been active at St. Mary’s in Barnesville since 1968 and in 2004 was the recipient of the Archdiocesan Order of Merit.


Surviving are his children, Anne Cote and husband Tom of Gaithersburg, Mary Berman and husband Bob of Germantown, Frank Allnutt and wife Terry of Keedysville, Anita Kane and husband Dave of Westminster; and five grandchildren, Matthew Kane, Emma Kane, Marcus Allnutt, Stephen Kane and Ethan Allnutt

Clarence Allnutt, Jr.

Fred Anderson

O W Anderson

Fair Pioneer

Mrs.Otto W. Anderson

Susan Smith Anderson

Volunteered in Home Arts Building

William P Anderson

Fair Pioneer


William Potter Anderson, 81, of Gaithersburg, MD, was born in Bethesda, MD on May 27, 1932 and was called home to the arms of Jesus on January 17, 2014 after a brief illness.


He was the son of the late Mary Potter Anderson, the first public health nurse in Montgomery County and the late Otto Watson Anderson, the first Montgomery County Farm Agent.He graduated from Gaithersburg High School and later from the University of Maryland.


During his service in the Army, Bill was stationed in Germany for 3 years. After an honorable discharge in 1957 he began several entrepreneurships including Anderson & Kelly, located in Boyds, MD. Bill ran for the Montgomery County Council and the House of Delegates.


As an active member in the community, Bill participated in the Farmers Club, The Farm Bureau, serving as president for 5 years, the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, the Monocacy Lion’s Club, the Tax Payers League and a former president of the Lion’s Club Eye Bank. He participated in many land use and agriculture committees and served on several bank boards. He obtained his pilots license around the age of 60 and enjoyed aviation.


He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Sue S. Anderson; his three children, Pamela and husband Ron Spadin of Poolesville, MD and their son Gavin and his wife Kathryn, daughter Mary Lu and husband Christopher Jones of Barnesville, MD and their four children, Emily and her husband Andrew Cuga, Marjory, Logan and Meredith, son Otto Anderson and his wife Kristy of NC and their three children Ava, Sophia and Farrah.Bill also leaves two sisters, Sally Hitchcock and husband Bill and Grace Beacham and husband Bob.

Zella Anderson

Edward Ardesser

Fair Pioneer

Evelyn Arnold

Miss Evelyn L. Arnold, 76, died Monday, Feb. 9 at her home in Damascus, following a 10 1/2-year battle with cancer. She was also a victim of Parkinson’s Disease.


Born Dec. 6, 1927, in Germantown, she was a daughter of the late Leroy A. and F. Irene Sibley Arnold.


Miss Arnold graduated from Damascus High School and attended Columbus University in Washington, where she received a degree in economics. For many years, she was involved with 4-H Club work, and she was a life member of the Montgomery County Agriculture Society/Fair.


She worked as an accountant at the Department of Energy and upon retirement worked for a number of years as a teller at the Farmers & Mechanics National Bank in the Damascus office.


She enjoyed traveling, and was a member of the Damascus Travel Club. She served as the first treasurer of the club — a position she held for 31 years, and a tour leader.


Miss Arnold was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Damascus.


She enjoyed needlework, ceramics and reading.


Surviving are a brother, James B. Arnold of La Plata; two sisters, Lillian A. Murphy and her husband Rockne of Ijamsville, and Mary Jane Arnold of Damascus; and nieces and nephews, Earl Nichols and his wife Betty, Roland Nichols, Alberta Epstein and her husband Michael, Barbara Murphy, Anita Evans and her husband Zachary, John Murphy and Cynthia Murphy.


She also leaves grandnieces and nephews, Jenny, Heather and Brandy Nichols, Christopher and Rachel Epstein and Brandon Evans.


Evelyn will be remembered by many good friends, especially Mary Johnson, Edna Reffit and Diane Sunday and by neighbors Ardis Watkins and Doris and Alton Shipley.


Miss Arnold was preceded in death by a brother, Leroy A. Arnold Jr.; two sisters, infant Martha Elaine Arnold and Gladys E. Nichols; a brother-in-law, Julian Nichols; and a niece, Gail E. Nichols.

Irene Arnold

William F. Arnold

Robert V Aschenbach

  • Former 4-H Member
  • Participated in Dairy Department


Son of Conrad V and Lois King Aschenbach of Gaithersburg MD


Brother of William H Aschenbach and Conrad L Aschenbach both of Gaithersburg MD, Lois Marlene Kelly of Germantown MD and Betty Anne Aschenbach of Gaithersburg MD


Survived by his grandparents Elizabeth (Fulks) and W Lawson King of Gaithersburg MD

C. M. Atchison

Helen Atchison

Horace Bailey

Horace Courtland (Bill) Bailey, 93, of Gaithersburg, Md., a direct descendant of the Bailey Family at Bailey’s Crossroads, Va., died May 9. Born July 26, 1911, he was the son of Horace Courtland Bailey Sr., of Bailey’s Crossroads, Va., and beloved husband of the late Julia J. Bailey.


Horace Bailey’s growing years were spent at the family farm “Maury” and he remembered well the area now called Seven Comers, Va. Mr. Bailey’s third great-grandfather purchased 526 acres in 1837 with the intent of storing a circus. It never happened because of his death. His son Lewis ran the farm and raised a large family there, nine boys and one girl. The family owned many circuses throughout out the years and it was later that James A. Bailey finally teamed up with P.T. Barnum and ran the “Barnum and Bailey Circus.”


Mr. Bailey worked for the Hecht Co. and Montgomery Wards for many years. He worked for APL in Howard Co., he also sold Insurance for Nationwide Insurance. He then worked for Johnson’s Flowers, Gaithersburg, Md., running the farm before it became the center it is today. He worked for Rossmoor Leisure World before retiring. He assisted with the “Old Timers” show at Montgomery County Fair until his death. Mr. Bailey was an avid and well-known gardener.


He is survived by one sister, Virginia McCalley of Kensington, Md.; and two sons, Michael C. Bailey of Germantown, Md.; and his wife, Mary Ellen; a second son, Samuel D. Bailey of Adamstown, Md. and his wife Stevie. He leaves four grandchildren, Hans and Kate Bailey of California, David Grauzlis of Adamstown, Md., Dr. Nancy Behram and her husband Dr. Steve Behram of Rockville, Md.; and one great-grandson, Cameron Drew Behram, also of Rockville, Md. He also will be missed by the girls, Billie and Dodie of Bailey’s Crossroads, Va.

Julia Bailey

Lucille Bailey

Fair Pioneer with her husband Thomas Bailey

Michael Bailey

Thomas E. Bailey

Fair Pioneer with his wife Lucille Bailey

Bartley Balser

BARTLEY R. BALSER On Wednesday, July 1, 2009 of Laytonsville, MD. Beloved husband of Patricia Balser; loving father of David and Lori Balser of Frederick, MD, Robert Balser of Damascus, MD and Michele and Al Lackner of Urbana, MD; loving grandfather of Rosie, Danny and Teddy.

Aldo Bancala

Fannie Watkins Barber

Francis H. Barber

Maude I.W. Barber

Roy W. Barber

Fair Pioneer

J M Barnsley

Fair Pioneer – 1st President in 1949

Mary Barnsley

Fair Pioneer

Mr. & Mrs. T.A. Barnsley

Claude Barrick

Fair Pioneer

Mr. & Mrs. Barry Beall

Fair Pioneer

Edward Beall

Mr. Edward W. Beall, 73, of Cedar Grove, died Sunday, Jan. 2, at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville.


He was the husband of Maxine H. Beall.


Born May 21, 1926, in Cedar Grove, he was the son of the late William E. and Celeste Watkins Beall.


Mr. Beall worked on his father’s dairy farm and sold Pioneer seed. He then went to work at the Montgomery County Detention Center, where he was a sergeant. After that he went on to be an environmental health inspector for Montgomery County.


When he retired, he spent much of his time working with his rabbits and sheep. Mr. Beall was a life member of the Montgomery County Fair, a charter member of the Agricultural Farm Park, a member of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau, the Montgomery County Agricultural Center, a member of the Montgomery County Archaeology Society, a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association and the National Capital Rabbit Breeders Association.


He also enjoyed studying the history of Montgomery County and surrounding counties. He was a former 4-H leader.


He was a member and former deacon of Upper Seneca Baptist Church. He also attended Greenridge Baptist Church.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Robin B. Keyser and husband Robert W. of Germantown; one sons, Timothy W. Beall and wife Carol of Myersville; three grandchildren, Karen W. Keyser of Germantown, and Christopher and Ashley Beall of Myersville; and one sister, Ann Schramm of Potomac.

Fred Beall

Esther Beall

Mrs.Ernest Beall

Gertrude Beall

Mrs.Irene Beall

Mr. & Mrs. Leslie G. Beall

Mrs Rudell Beall

Rudell C Beall

Fair Pioneer


Mr. Rudell C. Beall, 91, of Lewisdale, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at College View Nursing Center in Frederick. Twice married, he was the husband of the late Joyce Day Beall, who died Jan. 6, 1985, and the late Ruth Watkins Beall, who died July 8, 2002.


Born June 30, 1918, in Lewisdale, he was a son of the late Leslie G. and Bessie Lewis Beall.


Mr. Beall was a graduate of Damascus High School. He was a well-known and longtime area farmer. He was a member of the Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Association, Enterprise Farmers Club, past director of the Farmers Co-Operative, a member of the Business of Farming Club, and past director and pioneer of the Montgomery County Agricultural Center in Gaithersburg.


He was a lifetime member of Bethesda United Methodist Church, serving for many years as recording secretary of the church. He was a past director and active member of both the Beall’s Grove and Damascus Camp Meeting.


Surviving him are two sons, Robert C. Beall and wife, Mary Ann, of Clarksburg, and Clark L. Beall and wife, Diane, also of Clarksburg; four grandchildren, Kevin W. Beall and wife, Rose, of Clarksburg, Karen Skidmore and husband, Robert, of Mount Airy, Kristen Branch and husband, Trevis, also of Mount Airy, and Vicki R. Stokes and husband, Michael, of Poolesville; one sister, Betty Day of Ijamsville; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.


Mr. Beall was preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Day and Helen Linthicum.

W. Ralph Beall

Mr. & Mrs. WM. Beall

John Bean

Fair Pioneer

Mrs.John Beane

Fair Pioneer

Kathleen Beck

Henry Becraft

Fair Pioneer

Mr. & Mrs. J. Herbert Becraft

Garrison Bell

Mrs.Lawrence Best

Lawrence Best

L. A. Biggs

Roger Bogley

Fair Pioneer

William R Bogley

Fair Pioneer

William R. Bogley

James Boswell

Fair Pioneer

Albert M. Bouic

Fair Pioneer

James Boswell

Fair Pioneer

Albert M. Bouic

William V. Bouic

Fair Pioneer

G Calvert Bowie

Fair Pioneer

Helen Bowman

Fair Pioneer with her husband, Sterling

Sterling Bowman

  • Ag Center/Fair Vice President 1950 – 1953
  • Pioneer with his wife, Helen

Thomas Bowman

Robert S. Boyd

Elsie Boyer

Elsie Josephine Boyer, 88, was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to four daughters, nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was born on Dec. 21, 1927 in Darnestown, MD, lived in Frederick for the past 26 years and passed peacefully away on Nov. 26, 2016 in Mount Airy, MD. She was married to C. Douglas Boyer who passed away on Jan. 5, 1987 and she took loving care of her family and home.


Elsie loved her family and friends and enjoyed participating in many activities such as knitting, biking, dancing, horseback riding, playing pool, badminton, ping pong and cards (bridge). When her daughters were young, she started and led a girl’s 4-H club and a 4-H Horse club. Elsie had other volunteer jobs as well, including knitting hats for preemies, delivering Meals On Wheels, and being on the Hospitality Committee at Crestwood Village where she lived.


She had numerous jobs including working at Montgomery College, cooking for a nursery school, and working at the Cashbox. She will be sadly missed by her four daughters and two sons-in-law, Lois and Tim Parris, Leslie Ingram, Sharon and Don Brooks and Sandy Boyer. Also, her grandchildren, Thomas Ingram (Allea), Luke Hazard, Jesse Ingram (Susan), Colleen Parris-Jordon (Eric), Christina Mason (Chris), Sarah Ring, (Nathan), Scott Parris, Catherine Oaks (Kevin), and Ben Brooks will miss their grandma. Surviving also are her 16 great-grandchildren.

Betty Bradley

Donald Bradley

Charles D Brady

On April 18th, 2019, Charles D Brady, originally from Hearne, Texas, and a 50+ year resident of Montgomery Village, MD, went to be with his Lord surrounded by his family. Charles graduated with a BS from his beloved Baylor University and an MSEE from Rice University. Charles worked on the Apollo guidance system for NASA, and was a pioneer in telemedicine in the early 70s with the ATS-6 program providing healthcare to remote villages in Alaska. This effort was followed by work on the NASA space station program. Additionally, Charles was an Abraham Lincoln portrayer requested for events across the region.


Regardless of his professional success, Charles is best remembered for his love of his Lord, and his commitment to serving Christ’s children through service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. As an Elder he also served as moderator of the Presbytery of the East.


Charles was best known in the community as the photographer and the “Voice of the Whetstone Whales” summer MCSL swim team. He volunteered every year at the Montgomery County Fair, helping his wife with the canned goods in the Home Arts building, and his sons with their sheep–reaching back to his love for agriculture and farming.


Charles is survived by his loving wife, M. Ann Brady, his two sons, Stephan and Christian, his daughters’ in law Jennifer and Elizabeth, and his four grandchildren, Stephanie Desaulniers, Heather Brady, M Darnell Brady, and Isabel Brady. He is also survived by his three great-grandchildren, Amelia Corinne, Connor Tiberius, and Grace Rey Desaulniers. He was preceded in death by his grandson Mack Brady, his parents Edwin and Evelyn Brady, and his brother Jesse.

Merhle Brandenburg

Ruth Brandenburg

Mr. & Mrs. L.E. Brashears

J Newton Brewer

Fair Pioneer

J. Newton Brewer

Burroughs Bros.

Hatton D Brown

Fair Pioneer

Mrs.Dorothy Brosius

Irma Hubble Brown

Naomi Brown

Naomi R. Brown, 67, died Sunday at Carroll County General Hospital. She was the wife of Lee Berry Brown. A homemaker, she was active in 4-H and the American Dairy Goat Association and was on the board of directors for the Historical Society. Additional survivors include a daughter, Theresa L. Baker of here; sister, Lillian Brown of Indiana; and three grandchildren. Services are at 1:30 p.m. today at the Haight Funeral Home, Sykesville

R Dewey Brown

Fair Pioneer

Robert T. Brown

Guy Broyles, Sr.

James Budd

James Budd was born in Laytonville on December 9, 1930 to the late Essie Diggs Budd and Milton T. King. He departed this life on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at his home in Gaithersburg, Maryland.


James was born, raised, educated, and resided in Montgomery County, Maryland. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. James united in Holy Matrimony in August 1980 to Henrietta Cooper. He was employed with the Montgomery County Public Schools for 32 years, and retired from the Mill Creek Elementary School in 2001.


In his early days, he worked for the Stiles Family who he had remained friends with until his death. James was a member of the Agricultural History Farm Park “Old Timers” Group and during the Montgomery County Agriculture Fair offseason, he would volunteer as a food service worker. When younger, James loved softball and played on the Chatterbox team. Traveling was one of his favorite things to do. He also loved riding horses and was a member of the United Horsemen’s Association. James enjoyed watching westerns and football games. In fact, he was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. James adored his family and friends and loved spending time with them. He especially enjoyed his annual Labor Day cookouts, holiday dinners, and New Year’s Eve “get togethers”.


James leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife Henrietta Budd; two brothers Elwood King and Clifton Budd; two sisters Myrtle King and Rosie Templeman; two aunts Sally Armstead and Sadie Wagner; one brother-in-law Frank Beverly; two sister-in-laws Joann Budd and Irene Noland;  four step-children Linda Wells, William Twyman, Jr., Gregory Twyman, and Iva Jean Twyman; grandchildren Tina Twyman, Tony Dorsey, Bobby Twyman, Troy Dorsey, and Ricky Twyman, Jr.; and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.


James was preceded in death by his mother Essie Diggs Budd and his father Milton King; four brothers Leroy Addison, Russell Budd, Michael King, and Thomas King; three sisters Ruth Ann Cloud, Mary Dorsey, and Helen Beverly; and one step-son Ricky Twyman.


James will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Dr.Dexter Bullard

Fair Pioneer

James M. Burch

Audrey Burdette

Audrey was an active Volunteer with off season and fair food.

Audrey J. Burdette, age 80, of Germantown, MD passed away peacefully on January 31, 2016. Audrey was residing at Manor House in Seaford, DE at the time of her passing. Prior to her move to Delaware she lived in her Germantown, MD home for 56 years which she and her late husband Paul built in 1959. She cherished and loved her home where they raised their four sons.


Audrey was born on June 14, 1935 in Paeonian Springs, VA; the oldest child of the late William F. and Elsie M. (Putman) Ballenger. She graduated from Sherwood High School in 1953. She later met and married the love of her life, Paul D. Burdette, who preceded her in death in 1977. Paul’s nickname for her was “Rusty”. Audrey and Paul operated a dairy farm in Gaithersburg, MD until 1970. She then volunteered at Germantown Elementary School and was quickly hired by Montgomery County Public Schools where she worked for 27 years. Audrey spent the majority of her career at Germantown Elementary School as a library aide and later became an office secretary. She truly loved her job and working with children.


She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Gaithersburg, MD, a Lifetime Member of Montgomery County Agricultural Society; and the Maryland Retired School Personnel Association.


Audrey was also preceded in death by her two youngest brothers, Glen A. Ballenger and Dennis Mitchell Ballenger; a grandson, Paul M. Burdette and her second husband, Walter D. Hoffman, Jr. She is survived by her four sons: Steven Burdette (MaryAnn) of Oregon, IL, Ronald Burdette of Mt. Airy, MD, Paul Gregory Burdette (Sandy) of New Market, MD, and J. Scott Burdette (Scott Ennis) of Rehoboth Beach, DE. Her surviving brothers are; Nelson Ballenger and companion, Linda Riker; Douglas Ballenger; all of Hedgesville, WV, William Ballenger and companion, Cynthia Ferguson, of Germantown, MD; surviving sisters are: Sandra Clark of Cape Coral, FL and Phyllis A. Sterling (Wayne) of Bridgeville, DE. Audrey has three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren plus numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a wonderful and supportive group of friends she loved as family.

Carl Burdette

Paul D. Burdette

Wayne Burdette

  • Ag Center/Fair Board Member
  • Open Dairy Superintendent

Harry “Wayne” Burdette, 73, of New Windsor, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Carroll Hospice Dove House, Westminster, following an extended illness.


Born July 2, 1940 in Browningsville, he was the son of the late Harry C. and Myrtle I. Roderick Burdette. He was the husband of Frances “Elaine” Grogan Burdette, whom he married October 6, 1961. Wayne was a 1959 graduate of Gaithersburg High School and a former member of the Hyattstown Volunteer Fire Department.


He was a lifelong dairy farmer in Montgomery County before moving his family to Frederick County in 1980, where he continued to farm with his wife and son, Wayne. He was a longtime member of Maryland & Virginia Milk Producer Cooperative Association, a member of Frederick County Farm Bureau, and was a devoted lifetime member of Montgomery County Fair where he served as dairy superintendent for more than 20 years; had previously served as a board member, and served on other committees as well.


In addition, to his community involvement he always found time to spend with his family and friends. He especially found great pride and joy in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four sons, Wayne S. Burdette and wife Martha of New Windsor, Jeffrey A. Burdette and wife Shirley of Mt. Airy, Randolph C. Burdette and wife Michelle, and Gregory M. Burdette, all of New Windsor; five grandchildren, Ashley Clinton and husband Jay of Martinsburg, WV, Brandi Knill and husband Brian of Mt. Airy, Koty, Emma and Albert Burdette, all of New Windsor; two great-granddaughters, Breanna and Alisha Clinton of Martinsburg; a brother, Harry M. Burdette and wife, Judith of Keymar, Koty’s friend Jesse Delph, four step grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Cleveland C. Burdette

LC Burns

Fair Pioneer with her husband

Lillian Burroughs

James Bussard

Moira Cable

Ludwig Caminita

Margaret Caminita

Donald Campbell

Nancy Canby

William M. Canby

He served as the Fair Attorney for many years. He was active with his children in 4-H beef department.

Carol Capper

Long time volunteers in the Home Arts Building. Carol also worked with the Montgomery County 4-H Program.

Christopher Capper

Long time Home Arts Building Volunteer. Chris was known for keeping the building clean and fresh, especially the bake goods area.

William Carl

Shirley Carnahan

W. Douglas Carlin

Laura (Tiny) Carr

Samuel Carr

William Carroll

Henry Carter

  • Pioneer
  • Board of Director 1949

Jacob Carter

Patricia Carter

William Carter

Employee of the fair for 18 years, “Wild Bill” knowledgeable, dedicated

Eugene B Casey

Fair Pioneer


Eugene B. Casey, 82, a multimillionaire Washington area builder and investor who became one of the largest landowners in Upper Montgomery County during the years after World War II, died of cardiopulmonary arrest July 29 at his home in Potomac.

Mr. Casey was also a former aide to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He served as director of the Farm Credit Administration in 1940 and 1941, and later as a White House agricultural adviser. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Roosevelt’s New Deal during the 1930s, and at the time he called his Maryland landholdings “New Deal farms.”


As an activist in Maryland’s Democratic Party, Mr. Casey was influential in persuading the Maryland delegation to the 1944 Democratic National Convention to support Sen. Harry S Truman (D-Mo.) over the incumbent, Henry A. Wallace, for the vice presidential nomination. Earlier, he had directed Roosevelt’s unsuccessful efforts to unseat Sen. Millard D. Tydings (D-Md.) in 1938.


In 1946, Mr. Casey was indicted on charges of evading $70,000 in federal income taxes during the years 1941 through 1943. He had worked at the White House during those years. He pleaded no contest in 1947 and served five months of a six-month sentence at the federal reformatory in Petersburg, Va.


He said that he had made “mistakes not of intent or fraud,” and that his income had been underreported “because my affairs were in the hands of others.” He was pardoned by President Truman in 1951.


During the trial of former Maryland governor Marvin Mandel on political corruption charges during the late 1970s, Mr. Casey figured in news accounts as the self-described front man for a group of Mandel’s friends who had purchased the old Marlboro Race Track on Dec. 31, 1971.

Following the acquisition of the track by his friends, Mandel allowed the General Assembly to override his veto of legislation increasing the number of the track’s racing days from 18 to 36, thereby increasing its value substantially. Mr. Casey was president of the track during 1972 and played an active part in its management. He was never charged with any wrongdoing in the case.


He was a director and the largest single stockholder in the Washington-based Financial General Bankshares Inc., a bank holding company that was sold to a group of Middle Eastern investors in the early 1980s for a profit of several million dollars to each of the major shareholders.

A native Washingtonian, Mr. Casey was a graduate of the old Central High School, and he studied mechanical engineering at Pennsylvania State University and law at Georgetown University. While still at Georgetown, he formed Casey Engineering Co., which worked on such projects as the old YWCA building in Washington, the Georgetown University Medical School, Walter Reed Army Hospital and the Madeira School in Greenway, Va. He served in the Navy in the Pacific late in World War II.


Even before the war, Mr. Casey had expanded his interests from engineering into real estate and farming, and by the mid-1940s had accumulated a fortune estimated at $2.5 million, which included six farms in Montgomery County. The postwar years were a time of dramatic and substantial increases in population and land values in Montgomery County and Washington’s other suburbs, and Mr. Casey was one of several area investors who made fortunes in land dealings during that period.


He had substantial holdings in the Rockville-Gaithersburg area, where he built low-cost houses during the 1950s and 1960s, and he was one of the first to build large apartment projects in Montgomery County.


Mr. Casey was also a history enthusiast who financed the restoration of Red Hill, the last home of Virginia patriot Patrick Henry, in Brookneal, Va. He donated the Darnall Farm in Dawsonville, built in 1755, to Montgomery County. He was a benefactor of Washington College in Chestertown, Md., where the Casey Swim Center is named after him.


Survivors include his wife, Betty Brown Casey of Potomac; four daughters, Mrs. George Visnich of Coral Gables, Fla., Mrs. F.G. Kelly of Sugar Land, Tex., Mrs. David Metz of Chappaqua, N.Y., and Margaret Casey Bradd of Barto, Pa.; two sons, Eugene S. Casey of Rockville, and Douglas Casey of Washington, and 11 grandchildren.

Mary Cavanaugh

Fair Pioneer

Long Time Volunteer in the Cheese Booth

Evelyn Chase

Ridgely B. Chichester

Virginia P. Chichster

Mrs. Virginia P. Chichester, 91, of Brookeville, died Saturday, Sept. 29, at Montgomery Village Care and Rehabilitation Center in Montgomery Village.


She was the wife of Ridgely B. Chichester, to whom she had been married for 53 years. He died in 1985.


Born Dec. 30, 1909, in Lewisburg, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late James and Nelle Holden Porter.


She was a homemaker.


She was a 1928 graduate of the old Rockville High School in Rockville, where she played basketball.


She married in 1932 and moved to her husband’s family farm, “Springland” in Olney.


She was a 69-year member of the Woman’s Board of Montgomery General Hospital, Olney.


She was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Brookeville.


She was a member of the Sandy Spring Museum.


She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth C. Waters and husband Basil of Gaithersburg; a son, Ridgely B. Chichester Jr. and wife Ginny of Olney; two stepgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Amye Childs

Amye volunteered her time in Home Arts Building.

Daniel Childs

Volunteer in the Home Arts Building – Canning Department

Daniel B. Childs, 81, of Brookeville, MD passed away on March 3, 2016. Son of the late James B. and Eleanor P. Childs. Husband of the late Amye Hottel Childs. Survived by two children, Susan E. Childs of Bishopville, MD and Benjamin B. Childs of Nevada, as well as eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Also survived by four brothers, James Childs, Jr. of Maryland, Felix Childs of Florida, Rudolph Childs of Massachusetts, and Richard Childs of Maryland. Predeceased by two brothers, Herbert Childs and Philip Childs.

Albert J. Cissel

Fair Pioneer

Mrs.Lula Cissel

Chester Clagett