On Feb. 24, Robert Gorsuch Murray, from Hampstead, celebrated his 100th birthday at Long View Healthcare Center in Manchester.
Murray was born in 1917, when Woodrow Wilson was the president, and America was just about to enter World War I.
He grew up in Hampstead and remembers going to the movie theater in town every weekend to watch Shirley Temple movies for 25 cents.
After graduating from Hampstead High School, Murray worked at Hyson's Meat Market making grocery deliveries to homes in the area.
During the war years, Murray worked for the Davidson Chemical Company in Maryland at the Curtis Bay Facility. He worked 12-hour days, seven days a week. The Davidson Chemical Company introduced silica gel products that were used for defense.
Murray later worked for Nevamar Kitchens and then Stylewood Cabinet and Kitchen Designs, designing and building kitchens all along the East Coast from Florida to New York, including many in the Hampstead area. Then, at 65 years of age, he went to work for Fox Chevrolet making auto part deliveries.
Murray is a member of the Hampstead Rotary Club, and a charter member of Piney Branch Golf Club in Upperco.
Murray had a passion for horses. He enjoyed riding, jumping, and racing. He was a member of the Hampstead Hunt Club and the Green Spring Valley Country Club where he entered horse competitions.
He spent many weekends at Pimlico race track. He remembers watching the famous horse, Seabiscuit, in the 1938 Pimlico Special, one of the greatest horse races of all time, where Seabiscuit defeated the younger War Admiral (the reigning Triple Crown winner) in a stunning upset. At this same Pimlico event, Murray recalled seeing Elizabeth Taylor walk right in front of him as she entered the stands before the race.
Murray and his wife Martha have four children: sons Bob and Keith Murray and daughters Bonnie Cornell and Robin Trueblood. He has 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Murray said being content and loving others is the secret to longevity.
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