Sally C. Groff, 74, curator of Hammond-Harwood HouseSally...

July 31, 1998

Sally C. Groff, 74, curator of Hammond-Harwood House

Sally C. Groff, retired curator of the Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis, died of pneumonia Monday at the Brightwood Retirement Community in the Lutherville area, where she had lived for a year. She was 74.

The former Owings Mills resident became curator of the Hammond-Harwood House in the late 1960s and retired in the early 1980s.

The Hammond-Harwood House was built between 1774 and 1775 and is designated a Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is a museum of the decorative arts, furnished to reflect how someone of stature would have lived in the 18th century.

The former Sally Compton was a graduate of the Garrison Forest School and the Attingham School in England.

A direct descendant of Francis Scott Key, her interest in genealogy led her to active involvement with the Colonial Dames of America, the Daughters of Cincinnati and the Society of the Ark and Dove.

Mrs. Groff was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1108 Providence Road, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

She is survived by her husband, William D. Groff Jr., whom she married in 1945; three sons, William D. Groff III of Owings Mills, T. Compton Groff of Bluffton, S.C., and T. Kent R. Groff of Phoenix; a brother, John L. Swope III of West Haven, Conn.; and four grandchildren.

Edgar J. Wilhelm, 68, BGE supervisor

Edgar J. Wilhelm, a retired supervisor with the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died of cancer Sunday at Sinai Hospital. He was 68 and moved from Towson to New Freedom, Pa. in 1990.

The Baltimore native grew up in Towson and graduated from Towson High School in 1947. He joined BGE as a lineman in 1950 and retired in 1992.

He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955, and was a member of the Army Reserve until 1961.

He was a longtime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6506 in Rosedale and American Legion Post 116 in Reisterstown.

Mr. Wilhelm was an avid outdoorsman and, as a member of the Second Maryland Artillery, participated in competitions, firing authentic Civil War era black-powder firearms. He won many awards and medals for marksmanship with the weapons.

Services are scheduled for today in New Freedom, Pa.

In 1957, he married Agnes Covahey, who died in 1995.

He is survived by two daughters, Terrie L. Huebler of Baltimore and L. Louise Treherne of Bel Air; and three grandchildren.

Pub Date: 7/31/98

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