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WWII veteran poised to receive high school diploma with class of 2018

By Carol McIntire


At age 92, Roy Gallatin is scheduled to receive his high school diploma from Carrollton High School Friday during commencement exercises.

When the 2018 graduating class of Carrollton High School walks across the stage May 25 to receive their diplomas they will be joined by a special guest – 92-year-old Roy Gallatin – who will also receive his diploma.

Gallatin’s story is one of bravery, survival, success and happiness.

After leaving school, he served in the military, married his sweetheart, obtained employment at a power plant in Minerva that led to a long career as an operating engineer, raised a family and served his community.

Gallatin, now a Lordstown resident, was born on a farm near Carrollton and attended Carrollton Schools through his junior year in high school. Following his junior year, at the age of 17, he quit school to get a job and help his family.

“We needed all the money we could get to help keep us alive,” he recalled during an interview last week at the Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, just after he learned he would receive his diploma. “I worked at Isaly’s, where I was an assistant manager, and also worked at the bowling alley.”

On August 13, 1943, just two days before his 18th birthday, Gallatin joined the U.S. Marines Corps. Like many others, he wanted to do his part for his country.

He completed basic training at Paris Island, NC, as a private first class, which afforded him the opportunity to choose where he went next. His selection was sea school in San Diego, CA. He didn’t realize it then, but training he would receive in sea school would save his life just over a year later.

U.S. Navy SEAL to speak at Carrollton Memorial Day observance

Adam Newbold

CARROLL COUNTY – Several Memorial Day observances are scheduled in Carroll County this weekend.

Carrollton activities begin Saturday, May 26, with Poppy Day at various locations within the village from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A Color Guard and Firing Salute will take place May 27 at the following cemeteries:

Herrington-Bethel and Mechanicstown, 10:45 a.m.; Scroggsfield, 11:30 a.m.; and Harlem Springs at 12:15 p.m.

A Veteran’s Breakfast will be held Memorial Day from 7-9 a.m. at the Carroll County Vet’s Club on Brenner Rd. Cost is by donation. The event is open to the public.

Council accepts commission recommendation, closes alley

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
FPS Reporter


CARROLLTON – After much discussion Carrollton Council closed an un-maintained alley near Carrollton High School.

Tom Konst, chair of the Village Planning Commission, explained they met prior to council meeting to discuss closing the alley that runs from Third St. NE to the alley which runs from behind the school to Park Ave. The alley borders the property of Frank and Bonnie Foit to the west and four properties to the east which abut from Park Ave.

Konst said they heard discussion from residents and were recommending council close the alley. According to residents in attendance, they have mowed the alley for several years.

High school graduation schedule

The Free Press Standard’s annual Graduation issue will be published next week – so don’t forget to pick up an extra copy!

Sandy Valley High School’s graduation exercises will be held this Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

Other upcoming graduations are listed as follows:

– Carrollton High School – Friday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in the Bell-Herron Middle School gymnasium; baccalaureate service at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Fine Arts room at CHS;

– Malvern High School – Sunday, May 27, at 2:15 p.m. in the high school gymnasium;

– Minerva High School Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m. in the high school gymnasium;

– Conotton Valley High School – Sunday, May 27, at 2 p.m. in the high school gymnasium;

– Southern Local High School – Friday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium;

– Edison Local High School – Friday, May 25, at 7 at Franciscan University.

Parke and Betty Butterfield may have passed the 55 mph speed limit, but they keep on cruising

Parke (left) and Betty Butterfield have the trailer loaded and are ready to help out on their job. The couple has no intention of slowing down from their busy lifestyle.

CARROLLTON – Like a ‘55 Chevy or a lawn mower, Parke and Betty Butterfield keep on cruising.

While the couple reached the speed limit (55) a few years ago and have passed retirement age, you would not know it. They keep a busy schedule that would leave many younger people in the dust.

Parke, 77, and Betty, 76, spend a majority of the year mowing and weed eating for the village of Carrollton. They mow the water plant, sewer plant, east tower, north reservoir, the old water tower lot, safety building, 11 water wells and Public Square.

They are responsible for mowing around 10 acres weekly.

If this isn’t enough to keep the Butterfield’s busy, they have plenty more “hobbies” to fill their time.

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