'Aunt Polly' Pauline Carico celebrates a century

  • Pauline Duncan Carico turned 100 July 8.
Pauline Duncan Carico turned 100 July 8.

Pauline Duncan Carico was born on July 8, 1913. She was the middle child of Robert and Hannah Dunlap Duncan. There was an older brother, Everett, and a younger brother, Roy, who are deceased.

A party to celebrate her 100th birthday was held in her honor recently at Pond View Farm. She arrived in a horse drawn carriage where she was greeted by more than 200 of her family and friends.

"Aunt Polly," as she is known to many, attended a two-room school called Carea and later graduated from Jarrettsville High School in 1931. In 1935, she graduated from Towson State Teachers College, then began her teaching career at Carea, the school where she had been a student.

In 1937, Aunt Polly married Talmadge Carico and moved to the Carico family farm on Carico Land near Shawsville. She was the perfect farmer's wife. She helped milk the "golden Guernsey" cows, canned vegetables, churned butter and made soap, among many other tasks. Aunt Polly was known for serving wonderful meals to the harvest men and the Fallston Farmers Club. During these years Aunt Polly was still teaching at Carea.

In 1950, the one room schools closed and Aunt Polly continued teaching first grade at Highland Elementary School in Street for another 21 years. She retired in 1971 with 36 years service.

She has memories of the U.S. mail being delivered by Mr. Herbert on horseback, going to the spring to get water and bringing in wood to keep Carea School warm. Lots of fun "coasting" at Carea and bringing students home with her to spend the night. Her father had a Model T Ford, one of the first in the area. She also remembers the two-mile walks from her childhood home to Norrisville to meet the bus going to Jarrettsville High School.

Aunt Polly has been a lifetime member of Norrisville UM Church, serving on many committees and making her special "pecan tarts" for all occasions. She was a member of The Grange, Eastern Star, Madonna AARP, Delta Kappa Gamma Tau Chapter and was honored as a Harford Living Legend.

She has guided, loved and inspired many of "her kids." Aunt Polly is also an inspiration to 11 nieces and nephews, 15 great-nieces and great-nephews and 23 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

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