NO. R-202. House concurrent resolution in memory of former Assistant Sergeant at Arms William Reginald “Dig” Rowley of Richford.
Offered by: Representatives Perry of Richford, McAllister of Highgate and Gervais of Enosburg.
Offered by: Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Starr of Essex‑Orleans District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District and Senator Collins of Franklin District.
Whereas, William “Dig” Rowley was a wonderful Vermonter who made lasting contributions to the life and society of his community, state, and nation, and
Whereas, although he called Richford home for all his 95 years, he traveled far beyond Vermont’s borders, serving as a U.S. Army Air Corps member in Australia and New Guinea during World War II, and
Whereas, Dig Rowley received his early education at the Richford Graded Schools and then studied at the Montpelier Seminary, and
Whereas, after leaving the seminary, he continued traveling to Montpelier, having accepted the post of Assistant Sergeant at Arms which he filled most ably from 1931 until 1941 when he entered the military, and
Whereas, an accomplished baseball player and lifelong fan, when not attending to his State House duties, Dig Rowley donned the uniform of the Northern League’s Richford Rabbits for which he pitched an historic 44‑inning game in its entirety, and
Whereas, his baseball exploits on the diamond were depicted in a Vermont Historical Society exhibit on baseball in the Green Mountain State, and
Whereas, according to Lola Aiken, who worked in the State House during Dig Rowley’s decade‑long tenure under the golden dome, he was a great optimist and exuded a warmth and friendliness that was infectious, and
Whereas, after his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Air Corps, he returned to Vermont, wed Marion Sargent of Burlington, to whom he was married for over the next half-century until her death, and headed home to Franklin County where he became a U.S. Customs inspector, and
Whereas, Dig Rowley was an enthusiastic amateur historian whose interests included Vermont railroads, horse racing, a topic on which he was thoroughly knowledgeable having owned, trained, and raced trotters and pacers for many years, and the history of Richford and the surrounding border country, and
Whereas, many folklorists and oral historians, as well as his neighbors, appreciated Dig Rowley’s enlightening tales of an earlier era, and a room in the Richford historical society contains his memorabilia, and
Whereas, on March 2, 1993, the town of Richford honored Dig Rowley when he was named the municipality’s honorary mayor, an event the General Assembly recognized with a resolution in the new mayor’s honor, and
Whereas, after 95 years of living life to the fullest, Dig Rowley died on April 26, 2005, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family and many friends of William “Dig” Rowley of Richford, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send copies of this resolution to his family, the town of Richford, and the Richford Historical Society.
The Vermont General Assembly
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