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Holiday man stays active at 103

Published Sep. 9, 2005

(ran PW, PS editions)

Charles Horton celebrated his 103rd birthday Jan. 15 at an open house at his home at 4814 Gaslight Ave. in Holiday. Friends and relatives attended from as far away as California, Wisconsin and Tennessee.

Horton was born Jan. 15, 1898, in Antioch, Ill., to Eldora and Isabella Horton. At 12, he and his family, including two sisters and two brothers, now deceased, moved to a farm in Bristol, Wis., in Kenosha County. Many years later, the road by their home became known as Horton Road.

He and Ione Edwards were married in 1923, and they built a home on the original Horton Farm. They had three children, Eileen Newcomer of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Bob Horton of Kenosha; and Audrey Horton, who has lived with her father in Holiday since retiring from the banking business in Illinois three years ago.

During his lifetime, Horton has been a farmer and a car salesman, cut ice in the winter and helped build U.S. 41. In 1939, he founded a trucking business and eventually became the largest hay dealer in the area.

His wife died in May 1991. The couple were married almost 68 years.

He is still very active and returns to Wisconsin every spring where he buys cattle, feeds them all summer and sells them to his grandchildren. He has 10 living grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Two grandchildren are deceased.

His hobbies are dog racing and horse racing. He and his daughter Audrey go to the races twice a week during the season at Tampa Bay Downs, where he bets on live horse racing and televised dog racing. Because he has macular degeneration, Audrey reads the statistics to him from the racing forms and he selects his dog or horse. He has favorite jockeys he follows.

His daughter said Horton's memory is very sharp and he enjoys telling stories of days gone by.

New York-based retiree group names officers

The Florida West Coast Chapter of Retired (New York) Public Employees Association has named officers for the coming year.

Charles Dvorak of Palm Harbor will serve as chairperson; Sue Juliano of New Port Richey, vice-chairperson; Doreen Dvorak, Palm Harbor, secretary; Nancy McKiernan, Palm Harbor, treasurer; and Jeanne Sterzinger of Port Richey, membership director.

The chapter is a branch of the RPEA, based in Albany, N.Y., which represents the interests and concerns of New York state, city, county and school district public retirees. The chapter provides members with information regarding the work being accomplished in Albany and is an avenue for discussion of common retiree goals, problems and potential solutions. Those interested in membership should call 863-9347.

Citizens group names

officers for coming year

CAPRI, or Citizens Association of Port Richey Inc., has announced new officers for the coming year.

William C. Faulkner Jr., will serve as president; Janet Schrecongost, vice president; Rachael Wernet, secretary; Patricia Raimond, treasurer; and Carol Drenth and Sandy Spaldi, directors.