Sunday, June 17, 2018

Roland and Susie Marsh

Our town was shocked by the sudden passing of Mr. Roland H. Marsh, which occurred at 1:30 A. M. Thursday.  While he had not been in good health for the past five years, he had been working for several months, being in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Co. as brakeman, and had worked on Wednesday.  Some time after he had come off his run, he went up-town for a while returning home around 10:30 and was listening in on his radio when he was stricken, and before his physician could arrive he succumbed.  Mr. Marsh was forty years old and a member of Delmar lodge, No 201, Shore Forest of Tall Cedars, and a member of the Delmar Fire Co.   Funeral services were held from his late home 2:30 Sunday afternoon, with Dr. E. H. Dashiell, pastor of M. E. Church, of which the deceased was a member, officiating. Mr. Marsh is survived by his widow, his mother, Mrs. Sallie Marsh, of Crisfield; a sister and a brother.  Floral tributes were numerous and beautiful.

Above from Delmar Items September 19, 1930 The Laurel Register

Roland Hull Marsh (1889-1930) was the son of William Wesly Marsh and Sallie Ann Fitchett.   He was born of Smith Island, Maryland and started out his work career as an oysterman.  He married Susie J. Spriggs (1885 -1959) born in Fairmount but working on Smith Island.  She was the daughter of John and Frances Lankford Spriggs.  She was a teacher on Smith Island.  They moved to Crisfield and he started work with the Railroad.  He was transferred to Delmar by 1920.  Roland and Susie lived at 102 East Chestnut Street.  Susie ran a beauty shop from her home. As was a common accident with the job of brakeman he had fallen off a boxcar a few months before his death.  They had no children but Susie kept a constant stream of nieces living with them.  Susie Lee Spriggs lived with them so much she even graduated Delmar High School in 1930.  He enjoyed fishing which comes as no surprise given he was Smith Island.  He and other Delmar men took frequent fishing trips. Susie Marsh was a charter member of the Adah Chapter, No 5, Order of the Easter Star organized Sept 3, 1918.  Her brother John E. Spriggs was a postmaster and business man of Ewell Island, Md.  Both are buried in St Stephens cemetery.

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