Award rec­og­nizes fam­ily op­er­a­tion

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

FROM: NANCY ROTH­WELL SIMPERS ELK­TON

In the April 4 Ce­cil Whig, there was an ar­ti­cle ti­tled “Long wait fi­nally over for the Roth­well farm.”

I think some clar­i­fi­ca­tion to this ti­tle is needed, as it ap­pears the writer thought it was an award for Thelma Roth­well, how­ever, this award is the an­nual Ce­cil County Farm Bureau award to a farm fam­ily or farm op­er­a­tion of the year. This award, for­merly the Wil­liam D. Cis­sel Award, as in­scribed on the Sil­ver Bowl, was pre­sented to “The Ho­race Roth­well Jr. Farm Fam­ily Op­er­a­tion.”

Not Maple Hill Farm, even though the name of the farm is Maple Hill Farm. A farmer or farm fam­ily does not wait for this award as this is an ap­pre­ci­a­tion shown by your fel­low farm­ers for years of hard work and la­bor by the en­tire fam­ily. The Ho­race Roth­well Jr. fam­ily con­sists of Ho­race’s wife, Thelma Roth­well; daugh­ter, Jean Ash; son, Jim Rea; daugh­ter, Nancy Simpers; and daugh­ters Anita Simpers and Amy Ci­urzyn­ski.

It was an honor and to­tal sur­prise for Mrs. Roth­well who at­tends the Farm Bureau Ban­quet every year. This year she at­tended in a wheel­chair as she had fallen in early Fe­bru­ary and could not walk at the time. Ho­race Roth­well Jr. was a ma­jor part of this farm op­er­a­tion un­til his un­timely death on this farm in Au­gust 1974.

It was an honor for Mrs. Roth­well and the farm fam­ily op­er­a­tion to win this award.

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