Alice B. CarperCatonsville teacherAlice Brinker Carper, a...


February 15, 1993

Alice B. Carper

Catonsville teacher

Alice Brinker Carper, a former teacher at the St. Mark parochial school in Catonsville, died Friday of cancer at her Catonsville home.

Mrs. Carper, who was 83, taught third grade at St. Mark from 1968 until her retirement in the mid-1970s. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, she was a substitute teacher at Baltimore public schools.

She grew up in Cumberland, where she was the second youngest of 11 children. Her siblings all are deceased. Her husband, Louis George Carper, died in 1967.

A Mass was scheduled for 10 a.m. today at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, on Melvin Avenue.

Mrs. Carper is survived by two sons, Louis and John Carper, both of Catonsville; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Milton Louis Gover

Farmer, mechanic

Milton Louis Gover, a retired farmer and mechanic, died of a heart attack on Feb. 4 at his daughter's home in Leonardtown. He was 84.

Mr. Gover was born in the old Baltimore County community of Mantau Mill and ran a livestock farm in Chestnut Ridge before coverting it to a pick-your-own fruit farm in the late 1970s.

In the late 1970s, he retired as a mechanic for S. M. Christhilf & Son Inc., a construction equipment business.

For the last 15 years, Mr. Gover attended sheep and wool festivals and craft shows in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia, demonstrating an electric wool-carding machine he had invented. The device straightens and cleans wool in preparation for spinning.

When asked if he would develop another carding machine -- he built only one -- Mr. Gover replied, "No, I don't want to do it again."

For the last six years he attended recreation vehicle conventions with his daughter, Lorraine Gover, and would help her distribute copies of R.V. Times magazine. His red suspenders and cedar tree cane made him a colorful fixture at these events.

He was married for 46 years to the former Ruth Crue, who died in 1977.

Mr. Gover was active in the Baltimore County 4-H tractor program for more than 30 years and belonged to the Baltimore County Farm Bureau and the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company.

He was a lifetime member of the Dover United Methodist Church.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills.

Mr. Gover is survived by two daughters, Ms. Gover of Lutherville and Ann Richards of Leonardtown; a son, Milton L. Gover Jr. of Lutherville; a sister, Elizabeth Leaf of Randallstown; a brother, Homer Gover of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Ella Laird Smith


Ella Laird Smith, who with her husband owned and operated Smitty's Restaurant and Bar in Conowingo for 55 years, died of heart failure Friday at the Laurelwood Nursing Home in Elkton. She was 81.

Mrs. Smith was born in Harford County and lived most of her life in Street. She graduated in 1929 from Highland High School and attended what is now Towson State University.

She and her husband, the late Stephen D. Smith, were known to many residents of Harford and Cecil counties, and to Pennsylvanians who frequented Smitty's, which was on the hill above Conowingo Dam.

Many people bought Maryland hunting and fishing licenses there.

After her husband died in 1970, Mrs. Smith continued to tend bar until three years ago, when she fell and broke her hip. The place was sold and now operates as Sweeney's Pub.

Mrs. Smith and her husband also owned thoroughbred horses and raced them at tracks in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia.

A Mass of Christian burial was scheduled for 10 a.m. today at St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Port Deposit.

She is survived by a son, Edward Michael Smith Jr. of Rising Sun; two daughters, Frances Mary Woll of Port Deposit and Colleen S. Crigler of Rising Sun; six grandsons; and seven great-grandchildren.

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