Two From Sykesville Seek Public Office

September 19, 1946

Two men from Sykesville are candidates for public office in the November general election in Carroll County.

One of them is Nathan C. Hobbs, Democrat, pictured above, who would serve his county and state in the Maryland House of Delegates at Annapolis.

The other, Walter V. Bennett, Republican, seeks election to the Board of County Commissioners.

While they are of opposite political faiths, both local men are expected to0 poll handsome votes in this section, as home-town friendships and community associations transcend strictly political ties.

For the purpose of this story, however, the Herald will confine itself to information pertaining to Mr. Hobbs. In another issue an article on Mr. Bennett will be carried.

Candidate Nathan C. Hobbs

Nathan Calvin Hobbs was born fifty-five years ago–on August 11, 1891–at Gaither, the son of Willam H. and Rosie Cavey Hobbs. He attended the public schools of Carroll County and was graduated from Baltimore Business College.

His present candidacy represents his second try at the polls. In 1938 he missed election to the House of Delegates by a scant few hundred votes.

Active in community affairs, Mr. Hobbs is a vestryman of st. Barnabas Episcopal Church; member of Freedom Masonic Lodge; member of the executive committee of the Sykesville volunteer Fire Company; and a charter member of the Rotary Club of Sykesville, in which organization he has a record of perfect attendance since formation of the club nearly six years ago.

Purple Heart Vet of 1918

He served overseas in World War and saw action in the Avocourt Sector and the Meuse-Argonne, received multiple wounds which confined him to hospitals for months and for which was awarded the Purple Heart. He is a member of the Order of the Purple Heart, Post No. 122, Baltimore, and is active in Carroll Post No. 31, American legion, Westminster.

During World War II Mr. Hobbs was superintendent of maintenance and construction for the 3rd Service Command, Municipal Airport, Baltimore. He served as Superintendent of WPA construction work in Carroll County during the depression and for 8 or 9 years was employed in the engineering department of the state Roads Commission.

In politics he is neither extremely liberal nor ultra conservative. He is opposed to waste and extravagance in government but believes that a County or State is not employing good economy when it neglects needed school and road improvements to boast a low tax rate.

Mr. Hobbs is married, his wife being the former Miss Dona Hood. They have one son. a 17-year-old daughter, Jane (Mrs. George Cutsail), died of a streptococcus infection following the birth of a son in March 1944. Mr. Hobbs says that this grandson, now 2 1/2 years old. is his “campaign manager.”

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