Austin N. Rowan, 91, Harford County farmerAustin N. Rowan...

June 30, 1999

Austin N. Rowan, 91, Harford County farmer

Austin N. Rowan, a retired Harford County farmer and maintenance engineer, died Thursday from complications of a stroke at Lorien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Belcamp. He was 91.

Mr. Rowan spent his entire life on a 120-acre farm in Whiteford that has been in his family for more than 100 years. He raised beef cattle and grew crops.

He was a graduate of Slate Ridge High School in Cardiff, and joined the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground as a foreman-carpenter in the ordnance depot in 1940. He retired as chief facilities maintenance engineer in 1970.

In retirement, he served as zoning and sewage inspector for Peach Bottom Township, Fawn Township and Delta Borough, all in Pennsylvania.

He was a member of several Masonic groups, including Esdraelon Lodge No. 176 A.F. & A.M., where he had been master, junior grand warden and secretary; and the Grand Lodge of Maryland, where he had been Grand Inspector and Right Worshipful Past Junior Grand Warden.

He was married for 60 years to the former Verba Snodgrass, who died in 1996.

He was a 75-year member and elder for 29 years of Slateville Presbyterian Church in Delta, Pa., where services were held yesterday.

He is survived by a son, A. Nelson Rowan Jr. of Whiteford; a daughter, Sherrilyn R. Martin of Rockford, Ill.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

William H. Barber, 83, railroad engineer

William Hugh Barber, a retired locomotive engineer, died Saturday of cardiac arrest at Knollwood Manor Nursing Home in Millersville. He was 83 and lived in Severn.

He joined the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1941 and retired from the Chessie System in 1976. He later served as a judge of the Anne Arundel County Orphan's Court and a county deputy sheriff.

The Atlanta native graduated from high school there and served in the Marine Corps from 1932 until 1936, when he joined the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington.

He was active in American Legion Post No. 276, Masonic Lodge No. 7, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Boumi Temple, Scottish Rite, York Rite and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 33 and Moose Lodge No. 1456. He was also a past master of Boy Scout Troop No. 662.

He sang with the Chanters of Boumi Temple, drove floats in Glen Burnie parades and collected railroad books and pictures.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave., S.W., Glen Burnie.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Lillian C. Stricker; two daughters, Beverly A. Wilhelm of Millersville and Betty J. Stickell of Woodbridge, N.J.; two brothers, Fred L. Barber of Round Hill, Va., and Karl G. Barbour of Marietta, Ga.; and four grandchildren.

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