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Jacob Harp Burtner
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Birth: Nov. 1, 1878
Washington County
Maryland, USA
Death: Feb. 15, 1968
Washington County
Maryland, USA

JACOB HARP BURTNER, 88, Elm Hill Farm, Manor Church Rd., Rt.1, Boonsboro, died at Washington County Hospital on Thursday after a years illness.

Mr. Burtner was born at the Manor, Rt.1, Boonsboro, the son of the late Ezra and Sarah Harp Burtner. He was married in 1913 to Mary Julia Friend of St. James, who died in 1957.

Known throughout Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia as a successful seedman since 1944, he operated as Jacob H. Burtner and Son, specializing in hybrid seed corns.

Mr. Burtner built an electric power plant and a dam on his lan in 1932, supplying power for his home for 13 years. Potomac Edison Co. cited him in 1945 for his inventive and creative ability in electricity.

Mr. Burtner thrice was honored for his participation in and promotion of jousting tournaments in Maryland. On Oct. 3, 1948, Frank Henry of the magazine section of the Baltimore Sunday Sun devoted a two-page spread to Mr. Burtner for winning first prize in the professional class in a jousting tournament at Tilghmanton at the age of 70, in 1932, Aubrey Bodine of Baltimore honored Mr. Burtner with a photograph and article in his book, "My Maryland," citing the countian for his outstanding contributions to Maryland's state sport.

Again in 1958, the Maryland Jousting Tournament Association honored Mr. Burtner at his annual banquet in Baltimore County, presenting him a trophey as the oldest jousting rider in the state.

Mr. Burtner began jousting in 1903, at the age of 25, and was known all over the state as "Knight of Elm Hill." For 29 years, he was chairman of the Washington County Jousting Tournament in Maddox Woods on Manor Church Rd.

He was a member of the former Monroe Evangelical United Brethren Church.

He is survived by daughters, Mrs. Sally E. Cooner of White Plains, N.Y., and Rosemary J. Burtner, at home; son, Walden Harp Burtner, Elm Hill Farm, Rt.1, Boonsboro; four granddaughters, sister, Emma Burtner, Keedysville, nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Bast Funeral Home, Boonsboro, from 7 to 9 this evening.

Funeral services will be conducted at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Lappans, Sunday at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Canon Trimble officiating. Burial will be at Boonsboro Cemetery.

The family request that flowers be omitted.

Source : The Morning Herald Newspaper - Hagerstown, Washington Co., Maryland - Saturday, February 17, 1968
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  Mary Julia Friend Burtner (1882 - 1957)
Boonsboro Cemetery
Washington County
Maryland, USA
Plot: 450 A 5
Created by: Melvin L. Halterman
Record added: Nov 13, 2012
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Jacob Harp Burtner
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Jacob Harp Burtner
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- Melvin L. Halterman
 Added: Nov. 13, 2012

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