Alta E. Schrock, 90, artisan village founder Alta E...

November 10, 2001

Alta E. Schrock, 90, artisan village founder

Alta E. Schrock, a former educator and founder of Penn Alps Craft Shop and Spruce Forest Artisan Village in Western Maryland, died Wednesday of circulatory illness at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland. She was 90.

The Grantsville resident was a community organizer in Garrett County and nearby areas in Pennsylvania. She established 16 groups, including the Springs Historical Society in Pennsylvania, Springs Museum of Casselman Valley, Council of the Alleghenies, the annual Springs Folk Festival, Christian Outreach of Maryland, and Penn Alps Summerfest.

She was perhaps best known for establishing Penn Alps Craft Shop and Spruce Forest, a sprawling complex along Interstate 68 of craft shops, cabins, a church, a restaurant and a banquet hall.

The popular stopping place and destination for regional travelers features the work of local artisans.

Miss Schrock was born in Grantsville and graduated from high school in Salisbury, Pa. She earned an associate's degree in biology from Waynesburg College, a master's from Kent State University, and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

She was a professor of biology at Frostburg State University from 1960 to 1977, and earlier had been on the faculty of American University, University of Pittsburgh and Goshen College.

Miss Schrock was inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame in 1991.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Springs Mennonite Church in Springs, Pa.

She is survived by five sisters.

James Ross Swann, 82, phone company engineer

James Ross Swann, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. engineer, died Thursday of complications from surgery at Easton Memorial Hospital. The Trappe resident was 82.

Mr. Swann spent his entire career with C&P on the Eastern Shore, beginning as a lineman in 1946. At his retirement in 1982, he was an engineer who planned and designed alignments and rights of way for telephone lines.

Born and raised in Greensboro, Caroline County, he was a 1936 graduate of Chestertown High School. During World War II, he served in the Army in an ordnance unit assigned to New Guinea. He attained the rank of sergeant.

He was a member of the Trappe Lions Club, the Telephone Pioneers of Maryland and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Easton.

Mr. Swann was an active member and volunteer at Trappe United Methodist Church. A baritone, he sang for 55 years in various Methodist choirs. He also enjoyed collecting antique tools.

He was married in 1946 to Esther Ellingsen, who died in 1999.

Services are private.

Mr. Swann is survived by a son, Robert Swann of Homeland; a daughter, Lisa E. Swann of Washington; a brother, Randall Swann of Wilmington, Del.; two sisters, Phyllis Mathews of Viera, Fla., and Beatrice Fenton of Bradenton, Fla.; and three grandsons.


Eunice Simpson, 80, the mother of former football player and murder defendant O.J. Simpson, was found dead of natural causes yesterday at her San Francisco home, the medical examiner's office said. The former hospital nurse's aide was a longtime resident of the city's Bayview District, in a home bought for her by her son, who was acquitted in 1995 of killing his ex-wife Nicole and a friend of hers.

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