Award recognizes family operation
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.