- Maurice Orme [1868-1949]
- Bertha R. (Smith) Orme [1874-1950]
Married (1) Irene Vivian Bosley Orme (1898 - 1985)*
- Edythe Rotruck [1921-2016]
- Mary Louise Crown
- Lorraine Sekula - Koonce [1925-2019]
- Charles Lindburgh [1927-1995]
Married (2) Ethel L. Poole
MD PFC Co. A, 304 Supply TN, WWI
Montgomery County, MD, Chief of Police - 1939-1940 and 1946-1955.
The Frederick Post - July 16, 1970
Charles M. Orme, 78, Damascus, a well-known law enforcement officer of Montgomery County died Tuesday at Frederick Memorial Hospital.
Born at Barnesville, a son of the late Maurice and Bertha Smith Orme, he started his law enforcement career as a policeman on the Montgomery County force. In 1925 he was appointed to the sheriff's office where he served as deputy and chief deputy for a period of 15 years, serving under four sheriffs.
He resigned in 1939 to accept an appointment as chief of the Montgomery County Police Department.
Under his administration, the police force grew from a total of 35 men in 1939 to 177 men in 1955, when he retired at the age of 62.
He served overseas in the 79th Division in World War I and was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife, Irene V. Orme; three daughters, Mrs. Edythe Rotruck and Mrs. Mary Louise Crown, both of Gaithersburg, and Mrs. Lorraine Sekula, Silver Spring; and one son, Charles L. Orme, Gaithersburg.
Three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a niece, Mrs. Vivian Weller, Beallsville, also survive.
Friends may call at the Olin L. Molesworth Funeral Home in Damascus Thursday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Frank Depro, pastor of Damascus United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will be in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville.
Charles M. Orme, Ex-Chief Of Police in Montgomery
The Evening Star, Jul 16, 1970
Charles M, Orme, 78, who retired in 1955 as chief of th Montgomery County Police Department, died in Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital Tuesday after a brief illness. He lived at 10312 Sunset Drive, Damascus.
He was born in Barnesville, Md., and was a life-long resident of Montgomery County. He became a policeman in 1925 and nine months later was transferred to the sheriff’s office as chief deputy, a post he held 14 years.
Mr. Orme was appointed police chief in 1939. In June 1940 he was dismissed by the them county commissioners for an alleged failure to prevent a Rockville crowd from trying to make members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses salute the flag and wrecking the sect’s headquarters there.
He was appointed chief again in 1945, succeeding H. Leslie Carlin. He was suspended in 1949 because of an article in The Star which quoted him criticizing the use of one-man police cars in the county. He resumed the post a week later.
The police department force grew from 35 uniformed men in 1939 to 177 when Mr. Orme retired.
A Democrat, Mr. Orme ran for the sheriff’s post as an independent in the 1942 and 1946 elections, but lost both times by narrow margins.
He leaves his wife, Irene V., three daughters, Mrs. Edythe Rotruck and Mrs. Mary Louise Crown, both of Gaithersburg, and Mrs. Lorraine Sekula of Silver Spring; a son, Charles L., of Gaithersburg, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Molesworth Funeral Home in Damascus, with burial in Beallsville (Md.) Cemetery.
Irene Vivian Bosley Orme
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