Caleb Winslow Sr., 107, manufacturer's representative

December 22, 1996|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Caleb Winslow Sr., a retired manufacturer's representative and former educator, died Monday of pneumonia at Broadmead Retirement Community in Cockeysville. He was 107.

Before moving to Broadmead in 1980, Mr. Winslow had spent his married life in the Mount Royal Terrace rowhouse where he was born and raised.

He was born in 1889, the year that Benjamin Harrison became the nation's 23rd president, the Johnstown, Pa., flood killed 2,295 people, and the Singer Sewing Manufacturing Co. of Elizabeth, N.J., produced and sold the first electric sewing machine.

The Baltimore of his youth was filled with gaslighted streets, horse-drawn carriages and clanging streetcars. Bay steamers filled the harbor with aromatic anthracite coal smoke while dray wagons clattered over Pratt and Lombard streets. Automobiles were a rarity.

Mr. Winslow, despite being in a wheelchair for the last few years, remained active, enjoyed reading and liked to occasionally dine at Marconi's or the Valley Inn.

"He didn't smoke or drink and stressed that his longevity was due to good genes and the ability to relax," said a daughter, Louise Winslow Williams of Guilford.

He graduated in 1907 from the Westtown Boarding School, a Quaker school near Philadelphia, and earned his bachelor's degree in 1911 and a master's degree in 1912 from Haverford College.

He had intended to become a physician, but as a senior at the Pennsylvania college he became enamored of the classical literature of Greece and Rome.

He was chief medical clerk at the University of Maryland Medical School, a teacher, and for many years until he retired a representative for the Cleveland-based Pioneer Manufacturing Co., which makes paints, waxes and sanitary products.

"There were periods of time when he was hard pressed to earn a living for himself and his family during the Depression," said his son, Caleb Winslow Jr. of Madon- na in Harford County.

"He extended a helping hand to others in desperate need and gave them clothing, employment and money to tide them over. Generosity could have been his middle name," the son said.

A lover of the outdoors, Mr. Winslow was one of the early settlers at Garrett County's Deep Creek Lake, where he built a lodge out of hickory and chestnut lumber from his property.

He was interested in conservation and planted 5,000 trees in the 1940s, observing that he would never live to see them mature.

"He lived to see those trees get 60 or 70 feet tall," said another daughter, Elizabeth Winslow Stewart of Glen Burnie.

At Broadmead, he was something of an institution. Unable to sit silently during silent prayer meetings, he would rise and quote Scripture from memory.

"For me," he would explain, "once a passage of Scripture is absorbed, it is always there in the mind and will come out when needed. That is why a person should always have good thoughts rather than evil ones."

He was married in 1916 to Lena Rebecca Garey, who died in 1971. They were longtime members of the Homewood Friends Meeting.

He was also a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, Society of the War of 1812, Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Huguenot Society, St. Andrews Society, the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion and the Maryland Historical Society.

In July when he turned 107, he attended a ceremony at Broadmead to watch a holly tree being planted in tribute to his long life and his interest in gardening.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Broadmead, 13801 York Road.

Other survivors include seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Homewood Friends Meeting, Capital Campaign, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.

Pub Date: 12/22/96

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