Harriet S. RogersJoppa farmerHarriet Shriver Rogers, who...

OBITUARIES

August 10, 1993

Harriet S. Rogers

Joppa farmer

Harriet Shriver Rogers, who operated a pony, horse and cattle farm for many years, died Friday of pneumonia at Olney, the family farm in Joppa. She was 84.

Mrs. Rogers began raising Shetland ponies in 1921 and later added Welsh ponies to the cattle and horses that she raised on the farm.

She was nominated this year for inclusion in the Shetland Hall of Fame. Earlier, she had been designated by the Harford County Council as a Harford Living Treasure, an honor she said made her feel "like a cross between Cal Ripken and the Rocks State Park."

The former Harriet Shriver was born at Olney and lived there all of her life, with the exception of a short period in the 1930s when she lived in Baltimore and worked as a clerk at Hutzler's department store.

A 1926 graduate of the Garrison Forest School, she married William H. B. Howard in 1930. After his death in 1967, she married C. Holden Rogers. Both men were active in the operation of the farm.

The 225-acre farm was worked for many years with a few farm hands and a team of Clydesdale horses. A tractor was not added until 1940.

A conservationist who used no pesticides or herbicides in her farming, Mrs. Rogers allowed no hunting on the property and would prosecute trespassing hunters.

She took in stray cats and dogs, including some found tied to her gate post with a day's supply of food.

She was the author of "If You Had a Pony," a book for children on how to care for a pony, that was published in the 1960s. She also provided ponies for the Special Olympics in Maryland.

A Democrat who voted a straight party ticket for most of her life, she was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to the President's Commission on Children and Youth in the 1960s. She also played the piano and cello and served as organist for several churches.

She participated in the Senior Olympics at the state and national levels, winning gold and other medals in track and field events including the mile run, the obstacle course, the 100-yard -- and the shot put.

Becoming interested in the Anglican Church of America, but discovering that its nearest parish was over 100 miles away, she donated 2 acres of her farmland and moved a wooden church building to the site for the establishment in 1983 of St. Alban's Anglican Church.

Services were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Emmorton.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Rogers' survivors include a son, Dr. William H. B. Howard, and a daughter, Frances H. Flatau; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. All are of Joppa.

The family suggested that memorial contributions might be made to St. Alban's Anglican Church, 1011 Old Joppa Road in Joppa.

Arthur S. Bennett

Investigator

Arthur S. Bennett, a retired FBI agent and chief investigator for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, died Friday after a heart attack at his home in the Versailles Apartments in Towson.

Mr. Bennett, 75, retired in 1983 as chief of the Division of Field Investigation at HMH, investigating Medicaid fraud. He did that work from 1970 until 1973 and again from 1975 until his retirement. In between, he served as Florida's chief welfare fraud investigator.

Before working for the state, he retired after 22 years of service with the FBI in Norfolk, New York City and finally in Baltimore.

The Catonsville native was reared in Timonium and was a graduate of Towson High School and of what is now Towson State University.

Called into the Army in 1941 as a member of Maryland's National Guard, he served in World War II with other units in Germany, winning the Silver Star for leading his rifle company into -- and clearing -- an enemy-held town.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his wife, the former Minnie Barnhart; a daughter, Suzanne B. Rogers of Vienna, Va.; a son, Arthur S. Bennett Jr. of Oriole; a stepson, Joseph H. Franz of Lutherville; a stepdaughter, Deborah Ann Franz-Archimbaud of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; a sister, Esther Frantz of Towson; a brother, Jackson Bennett of Clinton, Mich.; a granddaughter; and three step-grandchildren.

Edward Ambrose Jr.

Millwork sales manager

Edward E. Ambrose Jr., a retired sales manager for a millwork company, died Thursday of heart failure at St. Joseph Hospital.

The 73-year-old Stoneleigh area resident retired nearly 10 years ago from CARADCO, where he worked for 25 years.

Since his retirement, he worked part time as cashier and reservations clerk at the Mount Pleasant Golf Course.

Born in Baltimore but reared in New York City, he was a 1943 graduate of Mount St. Mary's College.

He served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Pius X. Roman Catholic Church, 6428 York Road, Rodgers Forge.

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