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NO. R-162. JOINT RESOLUTION congratulating Rollin "Jack" Grace on his centennial plus one birthday.

(J.R.H. 119)

Offered by: Representatives Krawczyk of Bennington and Morrissey of Bennington.

Whereas, Rollin "Jack" Grace was a pioneer trucker on Vermontís first modern highways, and

Whereas, he was born in the Addison County town of Salisbury on the late winter morning of March 11, 1900, at a time when those mysterious new horseless carriages were still a rarity on the stateís byways, and

Whereas, when the United States entered World War I, Jack Grace proudly served his nation as a member of the United States Army Cavalry and was stationed along the militarily critical United States-Mexican border, and

Whereas, following his honorable discharge from the United States Army, this daring young 19-year-old lad, while an employee of the Vermont Marble Company, became the first Vermonter to drive a strange and large vehicle known as an "A.C. Mack Truck" into the Green Mountain State, and

Whereas, in recognition of his historic role in Vermontís transportation history, Jack Grace was presented with a Founder Award by the Green Mountain Bull Dawg Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society, and

Whereas, motor vehicles, be they small or large, were the primary source of Jack Graceís livelihood, as he worked as a chauffeur, both for the Vermont Department of Liquor Control and on a private basis, and

Whereas, his other employment included service as a policeman in Rutland, and

Whereas, Jack Graceís favorite recreational activities are gardening, fishing, hunting, and working on his home, and

Whereas, Jack Grace is an avid sports enthusiast, and

Whereas, this longtime Woodstock resident relocated to the Vermont Veteransí Home in June 2000, and

Whereas, his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren deeply cherish him, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends very special birthday wishes to Rollin "Jack" Grace who is a very young 101 years old, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Rollin "Jack" Grace at the Vermont Veteransí Home in Bennington and to his daughter Gerry Hasbruck in Pittsford.