Mina F. GulleyLinotype operatorMina Frances Gulley, a...


February 10, 1993

Mina F. Gulley

Linotype operator

Mina Frances Gulley, a longtime Parkville resident who worked as one of the few female Linotype typesetting machine operators in the United States in the late 1940s, died of leukemia Jan. 12 in Tampa, Fla. She was 68.

Mrs. Gulley was born in Piedmont, W.Va., and moved to Baltimore in 1948. She went to work as a Linotype operator for the old Baltimore News-Post and stayed with the newspaper for two years.

She then was employed by the Fleet-McKinley Co., a Baltimore printing firm, where she worked until the mid-1960s.

She left Baltimore in 1978, moving to Florida with her husband, but she returned many times to her former neighborhood to visit with relatives and friends.

Mrs. Gulley was a bowler and embroiderer.

Services were conducted in Tampa.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas F. Gulley Sr. of Tampa; a son, Thomas Jr. of Fort Worth, Texas; her mother, Concettina Domenick of Tampa; two brothers, Lewis Domenick of Oakland, Md., and Sylvie Domenick of Naples, Fla.; a sister, Ellen M. Cubitt of Tampa; and three grandchildren.

Alvin E. Franklin

Police sergeant

Alvin E. Franklin, a retired Baltimore County police sergeant who later did industrial security work, died Sunday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of heart failure.

He was 69 and lived on Graywood Road in Dundalk.

He retired in 1973 after serving on the police force since 1952. He served a brief assignment in the Wilkens District, then spent much of his career in Dundalk, Edgemere and Fullerton, communities in which he became well known as "Sarge."

He was a motorcycle officer early in his career.

After his retirement, he worked for a short time for the Koppers Co. and then for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. He retired a second time about eight years ago because of poor health.

Born in Sayre, Pa., he served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II. He served for a time in the Maryland Air National Guard.

He came to the Baltimore area after the war and worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant until he joined the police department.

Services were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the First Lutheran Church of Gray Manor, 212 Oakwood Road.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Elise Rittenhouse; three daughters, Linda Peddicord of Elkridge, Paula Mauldin of Baltimore and Pam Simonsen of Dundalk; and five grandchildren. E. Marvin Sprecher, a retired candy broker for V. T. Sprecher Co. and lifelong resident of Catonsville, died Friday of a heart attack at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 75.

For 20 years before retiring in 1983, Mr. Sprecher worked as a candy broker for the company, located in his mother's Catonsville house. The company was a broker between manufacturers and retailers.

A salesman for his entire professional career, he previously sold greeting cards before entering the family business.

Mr. Sprecher was a member of the Confectioners' Sales Club of Baltimore Inc., the Grachur Club of Baltimore, the B and D Club and an active member of Catonsville United Methodist Church.

A 1936 graduate of Catonsville High School, he was also a graduate of the Baltimore Business College.

He served in the Army during World War II from 1941 to 1945, primarily in the Washington area. He taught business classes and was a company clerk, and left with the rank of staff sergeant.

Services were conducted Monday at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home in Catonsville.

Mr. Sprecher is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Dorothy Price; two daughters, Sharon J. Steele of Richmond, Va., and Carol J. Coberth of Catonsville; two sisters, Evelyn S. Powell and Helen S. Moss, both of Catonsville; a brother, B. Weldon Sprecher of Catonsville; three grandsons; and two stepgrandchildren.

The family suggested donations to Catonsville United Methodist Church, 6 Melvin Ave., Catonsville, Md. 21228; or the Catonsville Lions Club, P.O. Box 3155, Catonsville, 21228.

Dr. Richard Tracey

Parkton veterinarian

Dr. Richard W. Tracey, a retired Parkton veterinarian who specialized in large animals, maintained his own dairy farm and served on the Baltimore County school board from 1963 to 1980, died Saturday at a hospital in York, Pa., of complications of a stroke. He was 82.

Dr. Tracey lived and maintained a practice in Parkton between 1932 and his retirement in 1977.

For many years, he operated a dairy farm there, raising Ayrshire cattle.

Born in Parkton, he was a 1928 graduate of the Sparks High School and a 1932 graduate of the veterinary school of the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to serving on the school board, he was a member of the 7th District Democratic Club, the North Baltimore County Alliance Association, the Sparks-Hereford School Alumni Association and the 7th District and the Hereford High School parent-teacher associations.

A life member of the Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Department, he was also a charter member of the Parkton Rotary Club.

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