|Birth: ||Jun. 26, 1888|
|Death: ||Oct. 14, 1957|
"Bud" Stotler, 69, Trainer for Sagamore Farm Dies
Native of Salisbury, Pa., Father-In-Law of Johnny Bejshak
Joseph H. "Bud" Stotler, 69, a native of Salisbury, Somerset County, Pa., and trainer of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt's Discovery, died yesterday at his home near the Pimlico race track, Baltimore, following a long illness.
Stotler, who retired from racing eleven years ago, saddled 37 stake race winners in 1935, or 9.5 per cent of all the added-money races that year, for a record which still stands.
Discovery, his most notable racer, is considered the best weight-carrier in the history of North America racing.
Stotler's widow, Mrs. Effie Stotler, is a sister of Wilbur "Wib" Lichliter and Dave "Pickles" Lichliter, former independent and college basketball stars of Salisbury, Pa. Dave is now supervising principal at Forbes (Pa.) High School, Wilbur is in the insurance business at Somerset, PA.
"Bud" made his debut in horse racing in the days when runnings events were staged at the county fair tracks throughout Pennsylvania. He first trained thoroughbreds for Harvey Hay of Salisbury, PA, and later moved to the Maryland tracks. His "big break" came when he was hired by the mother of Alfred G. Vanderbilt, who founded the famed Sagamore Farm stable in Baltimore.
Johnny Bejshak, who serves as custodian of the jockeys' room at all Maryland tracks, including Fairgrounds is a son-in-law of Stotler, and rode Discovery to some of his greatest triumphs. Bejshak's wife was Katherine Stotler. Raymond "Sonny" Workman, of Washington, who recently was voted into the Jockey's Hall of Fame, also was a contract rider for the Vanderbilt stable.
The late Ben Bernie, noted orchestra leader, was a close friend of Stotler's and "Bud" appeared frequently on his radio broadcasts. The late Fred Petry, father of Jack A. Petry, principal of Valley High School, Lonaconing, and Stotler also were close friends of bygone days at Salisbury.
Cumberland Times Tuesday, October 15, 1957
Clayton W Stotler (1858 - 1915)
Annie Mary Miller Stotler (1867 - 1935)
Ada Melissa Lowry Stotler (1884 - 1926)
Effie Almira Lichliter Stotler (1897 - 1970)
Katherine Evelyn Stotler Bejshak (1912 - 1997)*
F Isabel Stotler (1917 - 2001)*
Lulu Maude Stotler (____ - 1887)**
Bessie May Stotler Statler (1885 - 1950)*
Joseph Horace Stotler (1888 - 1957)
John W Stotler (1894 - 1894)**
H Earle Stotler (1897 - 1921)**
Salisbury IOOF Cemetery
Created by: Kathie Lund
Record added: Oct 06, 2009
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