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Dad, left, and his older brother Jim enjoy their new puppy on the family farm, circa 1936.
Dad’s College identification card.
Our relationship with Willow Brook, the estate assembled by my grandfather early in the 1900s, came to an end during three days in November, 1957. Dad was the last Teeter farmer. He would also be the last Teeter in the quarry business.
In the 1950s and 60s, customers would take samples of stone, for product testing, away in burlap bags like this. This particular bag, which shows the locations of all three quarries from the John S. Teeter Sons era, hangs from a beam in my kitchen. Only a handful of bags printed like this probably still exist.
Dad was a lifelong Shriner.
One of Dad’s first business cards. He went to work for John S. Teeter & Sons in 1958, after moving us from Willow Brook to a house called 'White Hall' in Wakefield Valley, between Westminster and New Windsor. The two Teeter Stone quarries, at John Hyde farm and Medford, were nearby. Dad was the bookkeeper for both locations. He drove a company panel truck to & from work each day.
The Campbell family eventually sold their firm to the Flintkote Company, becoming significant Flintkote shareholders in the process. Dad moved up with a new title, General Sales Manager - Building Materials.
Sometime late in the 1970s, the Canadian conglomerate Genstar bought Flintkote. Dad became a Vice President under President Jack West and later, Tom Nuttle. These were stressful years, filled with the corporate political intrigue Dad disliked and for which he was ill-equipped. He eventually lost a two-person race to become President when Nuttle tapped, as his successor, a rival vice president who, like Dad, had risen through the ranks of a family quarrying operation from Frederick, MD, that Genstar also owned. A coup followed. The new president (who shall remain nameless) maneuvered Dad, his rival, from the executive ranks. Genstar was sold to British conglomerate Redlands. Not long afterwards, Dad and other former Campbell executives were gone. Within a month of leaving Redlands, Dad was named assistant vice president for Redlands’ Baltimore rival, The Arundel Corporation, where he was resurgent, seeing clients again and training sales people. He loved it. His colleagues and clients loved him. He received awards for his management and sales achievements. Meanwhile, at Redlands’ Maryland operations, fortunes declined. Redlands was bought by LaFarge, of Canada, which named a new executive team. Karma exists.
Dad was President of the Westminster Kiwanis Club in 1970. Here he is posing with his Board of Directors. His very best friend in his final years, Charlie Sackett, stands immediately behind Dad and in front of the Kiwanis banner. They were lifelong members of the Church of the Brethren.
Dad graduated from Gettysburg College in 1952. The eternal farmer with chores to do, he matriculated from Meadowbrook all four years.
Dad and his neighbor, Don Honeman, try to figure out where they’re going during Fred & Priscilla’s first tour of Europe, circa 1992.
Dad baby-sits granddaughter Suzanna Herrick in his Westminster home, circa 1995. This is one of our last pictures of him.


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