RIP kick-ass neighbor Elsie! trimmed from the 4/10/10 Banner:
Elsie L. Sprague
1916-2010 ARLINGTON, VT
Born in Sandgate, Vt., on June 5, 1916… She worked with her parents on their farm in Sandgate, farming cows, sheep and turkeys and assisted in running the family boarding house in Sandgate.
Mrs. Sprague worked at the Battenkill Handle Company in West Arlington, making paint brush handles from 1936-1949. In 1950 she began working with her husband in his construction business helping build driveways and roads, bulldozing cellar holes and doing light trucking and selling top soil. She drove a dump truck, which was red with an air horn and white lettering and the name “ELSIE” on the cab, and was able to operate a Michigan Loader.
They retired from business in the 1970s. Elsie was a member of the Battenkill and Vermont State Granges. She served as a member and officer of the Degree Team. Elsie was also a member of the “Battenkill Dodgers”, an all girls softball team and played on the team until she was 36 years old.
She was an avid fisherwoman and hunter. She enjoyed turkey, bird and deer hunting and shot a total of 78 deer (bucks only), bagging her first deer at age 13 and last deer at the age of 86. Elsie was an avid vegetable and flower gardener, winning prizes for her flowers.
She was a supporter and avid fan of the Arlington Memorial High School sports teams, loved watching hockey games, especially the Adirondack Red Wings, and an avid baseball fan, especially the Boston Red Sox.