by Lisa Tome
Dorothy Logan doesn't mince words.
Only a select few call her by her given name. "Only my family calls me Dorothy," said Logan.
Dot Logan, who will celebrate her 95th birthday on February 16, was born Dorothy Hope Montgomery. She laughs that her mother said the "Hope" was "we hope it's the last one."
There were nine brothers and four sisters in the family. She is the last surviving sibling and for the last three years or so has lived in an Elkton area care facility. "They tell me I'm ornery, but I'm not," laughed Logan.
She was born in Colora and grew up on a farm. She attended Cherry Grove School on Wilson Road. In 1938, she married John W. Logan. They had seven children, two now deceased. Over the years she lived in Pleasant Hill and near Little Elk Creek. She's Cecil County from the top of her head to the tips of her toes.
Don't even mispronounce Cecil County in her presence. "It's Cissel," she said.
To say she was active in the community is an understatement. Through the years she belonged to the Cecil Democrat Club, Women's Democrat Club, Woman's Club of Cecil County, Upper North East Lions Club, Cecil Historical Society, Upper Eastern Shoe Parliamentary Unit, was a Board of Director for the Elks Creeks Preservation Society, Haztrak Coalition, CAPP, Kenmore Homemakers, and the FCE National Association for Family and Community Education.
For 15 years she was a volunteer with the Cecil County Public Library. Her main job was repairing and mending damaged books. "I saved the library hundreds of dollars," she said.
She was also elected to the Democratic Central Committee and served for four years. She drove a school bus for a short time, and at one point, lived in an historic home which was built by a Union Army Colonel during the Civil War.
"Cecil was a good place to raise a family. My kids can tell you. They could skate, they could fish, they could swim, they could trap," said Logan. She has many fond memories of the county and is a proud native.
She said the secret to her longevity could be attributed to her focus on fitness. For years, she went to the Healthy Lifestyles Fitness Center. "I never drank or smoked. I still drink a lot of milk- good, cold milk. None of my kids ever had a broken bone," she said. She also said that she attends church regularly and remained busy and active all throughout her life. She takes weekly Communion at the care center.
She also volunteered at a blood bank. "It's important to be involved. Parents aren't teaching their children and setting good examples for them either," she said.
She's still incredibly active. Her room is filled with crafts she has created. She also loves Bingo. She dearly loves her Baltimore Ravens. "I have been rooting them them as long as I can remember. I love to see Flacco throw that ball. I have sat up until midnight watching him play," she said.
Logan continues to keep balance in her life and makes family a priority. Her room is packed with photos of family. She is the proud grandmother of 10 and has an assortment of great grandchildren including quadruplets.