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Generations have been touched by Frock's 4-H and church leadership By Kevin Dayhoff, May 3, 2012

Generations have been touched by Frock's 4-H and church leadership By Kevin Dayhoff, May 3, 2012

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Eagle Archive: Generations have been touched by Frock's 4-H and church leadership http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0506-20120502,0,7820360.story

By Kevin Dayhoff, May 3, 2012 Labels: 4H, 4H Carroll Co 4H FFA Fair, Ag Carroll Co MD Ag Center, Dayhoff Media Explore Carroll, People Frock Kathryn, People Obituaries, People Tributes

http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2012/05/generations-have-been-touched-by-frocks.html

Fourteen years ago — on April 12, 1998 — the Baltimore Sun carried an article about my neighbor and good friend, Kathryn Myers Frock, in which it was noted:

"The Westminster woman, who is believed to be the longest-serving 4-H volunteer in the country, was surprised recently to be honored for 58 years of volunteer service.

"Fifty-eight years? thought Frock. Why 58?

"'Maybe they don't think I'm going to be here for 60 years,' she said with a smile."

Well, Frock made it to 60 years. As a matter of fact, make that 74 years that she was a 4-H leader and volunteer fair judge.

That said, with Frock, it was not as much about the quantity of years, but the quality.

Frock passed away on April 26 at age 94. http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0506-20120502,0,7820360.story

4-H, agriculture, volunteers, church, community, Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland,
Eagle Archive: Generations have been touched by Frock's 4-H and church leadership http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0506-20120502,0,7820360.story

By Kevin Dayhoff, May 3, 2012 Labels: 4H, 4H Carroll Co 4H FFA Fair, Ag Carroll Co MD Ag Center, Dayhoff Media Explore Carroll, People Frock Kathryn, People Obituaries, People Tributes

http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2012/05/generations-have-been-touched-by-frocks.html

Fourteen years ago — on April 12, 1998 — the Baltimore Sun carried an article about my neighbor and good friend, Kathryn Myers Frock, in which it was noted:

"The Westminster woman, who is believed to be the longest-serving 4-H volunteer in the country, was surprised recently to be honored for 58 years of volunteer service.

"Fifty-eight years? thought Frock. Why 58?

"'Maybe they don't think I'm going to be here for 60 years,' she said with a smile."

Well, Frock made it to 60 years. As a matter of fact, make that 74 years that she was a 4-H leader and volunteer fair judge.

That said, with Frock, it was not as much about the quantity of years, but the quality.

Frock passed away on April 26 at age 94. http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0506-20120502,0,7820360.story

4-H, agriculture, volunteers, church, community, Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland,

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Eagle Archive: Frock celebrated for three-quarters of a century of 4-H and church leadership By Kevin Dayhoff,kevindayhoff@gmail.com, May 6, 2012
http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0506-20120502,0,7820360.story
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Generations have been touched by Frock's 4-H and church leadershipEagle Archive: Frock celebrated for three-quarters of a century of 4-H and churchleadershipBy Kevin Dayhoff,kevindayhoff@gmail.com May 6, 2012http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0506-20120502,0,7820360.story Fourteen years ago on April 12, 1998,the Baltimore Sun carried an articleabout my neighbor and good friend,Kathryn A. Myers Frock, in which itwas noted “The Westminster womanwho is believed to be the longest-serving 4-H volunteer in the countrywas surprised recently to be honoredfor 58 years of volunteer service.“Fifty-eight years? thought KathrynFrock. Why 58?“‘Maybe they don't think I'm going tobe here for 60 years,’ she said with asmile last week.”Well, Frock made it to 60 years. As amatter of fact, make that 74 years that Frock was a 4-H leader and volunteer fair judge… That said, with Frock, it was not as much about the quantity of years, it was thequality of the years.Much of the old traditional agricultural leadership of Carroll County gathered last Tuesday morning at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel in Westminster to celebrate the94 wonderful years of Frock, who sadly passed away on April 26 at Emeritus inWestminster.Frock was born in Mayberry on June 17, 1917. She was one of seven children, theeldest of five girls; the daughter of the late John H. Myers, a house painter, builderand barber. Her mother, Maude Maus Myers Zimmerman, worked in a canningfactory. She died in 1995 at the age of 105.Frock was married in 1946 to Russell W. Frock, who was a printer and pressman atvarious companies, including the Sunpapers. The couple moved to Melrose, then tothe house she designed, in Westminster, in 1950. He died in 1977.
 
Eagle Archive: Frock celebrated for three-quarters of a century of 4-H and church leadership By Kevin Dayhoff,kevindayhoff@gmail.com, May 6, 2012
http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0506-20120502,0,7820360.story
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She attended Taneytown High School, Class of 1934. She was a seamstress for L. Greif Brothers Clothing Company, and a homemaker. “She worked in a sewing factory onthe top two floors of the Opera House on East Main Street -- almost dropping out of school in her junior year when the National Relief Act boosted her wages to anunheard-of $14.40 a week in 1933…,” according to the 1998 Sun article by SheridanLyons.“Frock had her second paying job decades later, after her husband died, when shetaught needlepoint, rug-hooking, knitting, crocheting, and embroidery for about eight years at Frederick Community College,” wrote Lyons.Carroll Eagle writer Katie V. Jones wrote on July 26, 2006, when Frock first joined 4-H in 1934, there were girl 4-H clubs and boy 4-H clubs. If you lived on a farm andworked with animals, however, you were allowed to belong to a “co-ed club.”“If there were a grandmaster of homemaking, Frock, 80, would qualify,” noted Lyons.“Her skills range from the ‘seven-day pickles’ she puts up to the carefully centereddaisy buttons on a dress she made in 1936 that swept 4-H Club local, state andnational needlework honors.”It was said at her funeral, officiated by Rev. Gerald Hanberry and Rev. Gerald Fuss,that “Kathryn could possibly have used her talent and ability for great personal gain,”but just like so much of the community leadership of her generation, she used it tosupport the foundation of the community.Frock was a person of boundless energy and enormous accomplishment. She was alsoan integral part of Carroll County history.Steve Allgeier, Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service agent in Westminster saidlast Monday, “The thing that I will always cherish about Mrs. Frock is that she was mylink to Carroll County history… Especially Extension history… She had anencyclopedic memory of ag and extension history… And she always had a sunnydisposition.”And, as her son Neal shared Tuesday morning, she always had an open mind. Heelaborated as to how Frock ended-up in the midst of a Grateful Dead concert anumber of years ago, while on a business trip out west…Pritts Funeral Home took on the air of a museum as it was packed with newspaperclippings, awards, nostalgia, and memorabilia spanning three-quarters of a century of community leadership – all on display at her funeral service and later at a reception,most appropriately held at the Danele Shipley Arena at the Carroll County AgricultureCenter.For you see, Frock was perhaps one of the few remaining links of history that dateback to the days when the Carroll County Ag Center and annual fair was located in Taneytown…
 
Eagle Archive: Frock celebrated for three-quarters of a century of 4-H and church leadership By Kevin Dayhoff,kevindayhoff@gmail.com, May 6, 2012
http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0506-20120502,0,7820360.story
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Bob Shirley, a retired Carroll County extension agent for 4-H, recalled in the 1998newspaper article, “Frock also was a founder in the mid-1950s of Carroll CountyAgricultural Center, which honored her last year with its Pioneer Award. She serves onits board of directors…”Although the roots of the annual Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair date back to January 11, 1869, when the Carroll County Agricultural Society was organized at ameeting at the Court House in Westminster; the current faircelebrates its origins to a picnic held August 14, 1897 at theOtterdale Schoolhouse, in Taneytown. The current fair moved to Westminster in 1954, to the CarrollCounty Agriculture Center which was established as a privateorganization on March 20, 1954. Frock and a group of visionaryleaders including Charles F. Brehm, Charlotte Conway, Lester F.Stem, Walter V. Bennett, Violet M. Coshun, Landon C. Burns,Randall G. Spoerlein, and Stewart D. Young purchased the landat the end of an old dirt lane off Gist Road, way outside of town,with their own money. Jones wrote in 2006 that Frock recalled, “To build the buildings at the new site, the 4-H clubs raised money through various methods such as making moccasins and sellinghousehold ‘guidebooks.’”Dave Bollinger of Barnes – Bollinger Insurance elaborated, “it is very evident to see allthe hard work she put in to the Ag Center so that it is what is today… She inspiredmany young future leaders to enjoy their love of farming. For that matter, sheessentially taught most of the ag leadership in Carroll County today…”Andy Cashman, the current president of ag center and part of the annual fairleadership for years, was quoted in Jones’ 2006 article, “Frock's commitment to 4-H isadmirable. This day and age it is tougher and tougher to get people to volunteer… Thekids think it is pretty neat that she's been involved. It is pretty important to her…She's a wonderful lady who puts a lot of effort into the program.”In 1998, Shirley exclaimed, “This woman is phenomenal… Who knows how manythousands of young people's lives she has touched … I want to emphasize the fact thatshe spends so much time with young people.Shirley said in the 1998 article that he believed that Frock has been a 4-H volunteerlonger than anyone. At the U.S. Department of Agriculture, national 4-H programleader Allan Smith said information on length of service isn't kept for the 683,000individual volunteer leaders at the national level. “On the other hand, I never heard of a volunteer leader who had any more time than that.”Among the many history items on display was a 1995 governor's citation for 55 yearsof 4-H service; and references to her service as a member of the Carroll County 4-H

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