NO. R-39.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Blanche E. Maxham on her centennial birthday.

(H.C.R.18)

Offered by:  Representatives Sweetser of Essex, Amidon of Charlotte, Brooks of Montpelier, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Larocque of Barnet, Marron of Stowe, Miller of Elmore, Monti of Barre City, Morrissey of Bennington, Otterman of Topsham, Pelham of Calais, Peterson of Williston, Reese of Pomfret, Smith of Morristown, Towne of Berlin, Waite of Pawlet and Webster of Randolph, and Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Doyle of Washington County and Senator Scott of Washington County.

Whereas, Blanche Maxham was born in Vermont’s capital city on April 18, 1903, and she graduated from Spaulding High School in 1922, and

Whereas, she worked for her uncles who owned Perry Automobile Company, taking the train to Somerville, Massachusetts and driving new Fords back to the Barre dealership, and

Whereas, in 1925, she married Earl Maxham, and, in 1935, they relocated to Worcester where Blanche assisted her husband in his business, and

Whereas, for six years she diligently served the citizens of Worcester as a school director in which capacity she sought to promote the best interests of both the town’s students and property taxpayers, and 

Whereas, over her long life, she has participated in the civic and religious affairs of her community, serving as President of the Barre Business and Professional Women’s Club, actively working in the Barre Christian Endeavor, and establishing the Worcester Girls Club, and

Whereas, Blanche Maxham has many historic family ties to the General Assembly, the first of which dates back to the 19th century when her great-grandfather Daniel Perry was elected to the House of Representatives, initially as a member of the Free Soil Party and later as a Republican, and

Whereas, more recently, her father-in-law, Myron Maxham, represented the town of Worcester in the 1930s, her husband, Earl, continued his family’s role as the legislative representative of the town in the 1940s, followed by their son, David, who represented Worcester during the 1959-1960 biennium, and, finally, her brother-in-law Donald Maxham was the House’s member from Worcester for three terms in the 1960s, and

Whereas, Blanche has a great appreciation for fine music, which she shared with her grandfather, Willoughby Corliss, and has repeatedly traveled to both the Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts and to Scotland for the Edinburgh Festival, and

Whereas, Blanche’s 100th birthday marks an historic event for the Maxham and Perry families, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its warmest congratulations and best wishes to Blanche Maxham on the occasion of her centennial birthday, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Blanche Maxham.