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Kenneth Z. Thomas
Kenneth Zell Thomas was born on April 2, 1944 to Zell Ur and Anna Edna (Eyler) Thomas in Gettysburg, PA. Thomas grew up in the Biglerville area and graduated from Biglerville High School in 1962. Encouraged by his high school woodshop teacher, Ken entered Millersville State Teachers College to obtain a degree in Industrial Arts education. While working at the Sugar Bowl, an on campus snack bar, Ken met his future wife, Eileen. Graduating in 1967, Thomas took a job as the Industrial Arts teacher at Littlestown High School the following year. That same year, he married Eileen Maus and took up residence in Littlestown. They have three children; Chad, Eric, Molly and eight grandchildren. Thomas and his wife are incredibly active in Bart's Centenary Methodist Church in Littlestown. Following a teaching career spanning thirty eight years, Ken decided to retire in 2005. Since his retirement, alongside his notable teaching career, Ken is known throughout the Littlestown Community for establishing the Littlestown Area Historical Society in 2007, as well as his vital role in planning the Littlestown Sestercentennial Celebration in 2015. Today, you can find Ken actively involved in the Littlestown Community, spending time with his growing family, and working with his hands.
A. Louise Morelock
Anna Louise Rider (Morelock) was born on December 1, 1919 to Thomas J. and Ada (Bowman) Rider in what is known to be the oldest home in Littlestown, PA. While growing up, Louise attended St. Aloysius Catholic School and graduated from Littlestown High School in 1937. Her class was the first to attend all four years in the newly built high school, currently Maple Avenue Middle School. Upon graduation, she attended St. Agnes School, a nursing school in Philadelphia, PA. Graduating in 1940, she began private nursing duties in the Gettysburg area for a short time. She married her childhood friend and neighbor boy, Monroe George Morelock in 1941. They met at one of the old-time medicine shows that used to frequent Littlestown. Louise worked as a stay at home mom during their early married life, taking care of their growing family which included; Jaquiline, Elizabeth, Terrence, and Sally; now with six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. From 1952-1957, Monroe and Louise ran the Littlestown News Stand, which changed locations three different times under their ownership. In 1956, Louise accepted a job as the school nurse at East Berlin School District. After working in several other local school districts, she took a position at Franklin Township Elementary School as a nurse and guidance counselor. During this same time, she was attending Shippensburg University where she received her Bachelor of Science in 1962 and a Masters in Guidance Counseling in 1966. Louise spent the last years of her career as a substitute nurse in the Gettysburg School District, retiring in the 1982-83 school year. Today, you can find Louise still volunteering at the Littlestown Library and Red Cross, tending to her garden, spending time with her family, and cutting a rug on the dance floor. She is a remarkable woman with an incredible drive for living and has no plans of stopping!
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In 1965, the Littlestown Chamber of Commerce led by President, Babe Breighner, began presenting the Outstanding Citizen Award to two of the community's most devoted residents each year. During the Littlestown Bicentennial Celebration, Dr. Howard A. Stonesifer and Roger Keefer were the first two recipients. Many deserving individuals have received this award over the many years since, but eventually this came to an end. Then, beginning in 2012, The Bittle Bros. & The M.L.S. King Living Legacy Guild created the Littlestown Living Legacy Award ™ in order to give recognition to two outstanding citizens each year for their countless years of service and dedication to the Littlestown Community. The Outstanding Citizen Award was inpart the inspiration for the Littlestown Living Legacy Award ™, which was ironically first presented to Marvin "Babe" Breighner and Herbert "Herbie" Sell at Myrtle Louise's "Littlestown Walk of Fame Star" Unveiling & Dedication Ceremony. After the Board of Directors have reviewed the qualified potential candidates, they then vote to select two deserving recipients. Upon receiving their award , they become Littlestown Legends, Life Members of The M.L.S. King Living Legacy Guild. Each year, on the first weekend of November, there is an amazing celebration of life which takes place in Littlestown, PA. It's something we like to call, The Littlestown Living Legacy Awards™, a great way to say thank you and preserve their living legacies for future generations of Littonians!
Marvin "Babe" Breigner was born in 1920 to Harry and Carrie (Feeser) Breighner in Littlestown, PA. Following his graduation from LHS in 1939, Breighner joined the 90th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during WWII. Once he returned to Littlestown, he purchased the former Yingling's Drug Store from the widow of pharmacist, Stanley Zercher. Here he opened Marvin's Cut Rate, a soda fountain and convenience store, which he ran from 1942-1970. He married JoAnne Mellott in 1947 and they have three children; Frank, Carolyn, Kathy, and four grandchildren. Babe's presence in the Littlestown community was felt tremendously, not only through his successful business, but through his guiding hand in multiple capacities. Beginning in 1965 with the Littlestown Bicentennial Celebration, Breighner took the reigns as Co-Chairman, making it an event to be remembered for years to come. As president of the Chamber of Commerce, he created the Outstanding Citizen Award, first presented to Dr. Howard A. Stonesifer and Roger Keefer. This award was inpart the inspiration for creating the Littlestown Living Legacy Award™, which was ironically first presented to Marvin "Babe" Breighner and Herbert "Herbie" Sell in 2012. Confirmed in 1934 at Redeemer's UCC in Littlestown, Breighner is the oldest living member of the congregation. Babe is a proud supporter of The M.L.S. King Living Legacy Guild and today can be found reminiscing about Littlestown's rich past, remaining confident in the future accomplishments of the community he loves so dearly.
Herbert John Sell was born in 1929 to John and Ada (Panabaker) Sell in Littlestown, PA. He graduated from Littlestown High School in 1947 and served in the U.S. Airforce. Following his service, he entered Shippensburg State College, graduating with a B.A. in Music Education from Western Maryland College. He then received his M.A. in Music Education in 1957 from the University of Maryland (now McDaniel College). In 1952, he married his late wife Eleanor Salter and they had two children, John and Kathy. His career took him to Westminster High School in Maryland, teaching music for thirty five years, as well as directing the Caroll County Choral Society for twenty one years. During his time there, he brought the likes of Duke Ellington, Jester Hairston, Count Bassie, and other renowned band leaders. A life member of Christ UCC in Littlestown, Sell recently became a member of Redeemer's UCC, the church where he has been the Chancel Choir director and assistant organist since the early 70s. Ever since the age of 7, Sell has tickled more ivories than one could count. Besides his musical talent which he provides for the Littlestown community, Sell is an active member of the Lions Club. Today Herbie, as he is known by many, can still be found playing piano in his famous "boogie woogie" style at local performances, restaurants, and even at church.
Mary Clabaugh (Selby) was born in 1913 to John and Anna (Sanders) Clabaugh in Carroll County, MD. She attended school up until 8th grade in the Bonneauville area. In 1933, she was married to her late husband, Bernard Selby, who passed away suddenly in 1959 as the result of a fire. They had one child, Dick, who was born in 1934. As a stitcher, Mary worked in a sewing factory in Bonneauville and Windsor Shoe Company in Littlestown for 35 years, retiring from the Littonian Shoe Company in 1981. A huge part of her life was dedicated to the Littlestown community in the following organizations: Littlestown Fire Co. Auxiliary, St. Aloysius Catholic Church, and was very influential in the 1965 Littlestown Bicentennial Celebration along with her loving son. Today, you can find Mary celebrating a life of service to the Littlestown community more than a century after her birth. Despite her age, Mary shows no signs of slowing down, continuing to volunteer with the Red Cross.
Ralph Ruggles Jr. was born in 1920 to Ralph and Mary (Sayler) Ruggles in Littlestown, PA. Graduating from LHS in 1938, Ruggles entered the U.S. Army during WWII, joining the 70th Infantry Division A Company 274th Regiment. He married his late wife, Dorothy Doel, in 1943 and have two children; Ronald Sr. and Doug, and three grandchildren. Soon, Ruggles was promoted to Sergeant, then guard duty, and in 1945 became 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. Upon returning home, he took a job as a mail carrier for the Littlestown community. In 1950, Ruggles was asked to head a new community organization, naming him the first President of the Littlestown Jaycees! For 50 years, Ruggles was a faithful member of Bart's Centenary Methodist Church in Littlestown, now attending the First United Methodist Church of Hanover. Today, Ralph can still be found supporting the Littlestown Jaycees, attending their annual banquets, and is a proud supporter of The M.L.S. King Living Legacy Guild.
Shirley Marie Hawk (Little) was born in 1931 to Edward and Ruth Ella (Heiner) Hawk in Littlestown, PA. She graduated from LHS in 1949, attended West Chester University to study Music and later majored in Spanish/English, minoring in Music at Gettysburg College, graduating in 1954. Just days later, she married her high school sweetheart, Dick Little Jr. They have two children, Lee Ann (Study) and Greg, and three grandchildren. From 1971-1972, along with her husband, they attended Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. It was 1974 when Shirley and her late husband took over Little's Funeral Home, a business which Dick's grandfather began in 1918. Shirley regularly attends her home church of Redeemer's UCC in Littlestown. Today, Shirley can still be found involved not only in the family business, but in the Littlestown community as a whole. When asked if she was retired, Shirley replied, "I'm not and don't plan to anytime soon!"
Roger Charles Gouker was born in 1935 to Charles and Dorothy (Myers) Gouker in Littlestown, PA. Following his graduation from LHS in 1953, he worked as a 911 dispatcher for the Littlestown community. In 1962, he was offered a position as a patrolman. In 1967, Gouker took on the role of Littlestown's Police Chief, later running for Sheriff of Adams County in 1981. He married Gloria (Houston) Snyder in 1990, has five children; James, John, Wendy, Holly, and Craig (deceased), nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Then in 1991, after a successful career in providing safety and security to the community, he "retired". Gouker and his wife faithfully attend Bart's Centenary Methodist Church in Littlestown. Today, alongside his wonderful wife, he can be found directing traffic and protecting our community's children, a position which he has served in since his "retirement".
Marvin "Babe" Breighner
Herbert "Herbie" Sell
Ralph Ruggles Jr.