The Murchie legacy lives on

By Marty Mendenhall

The spouse and children name of Murchie is familiar to lots of who connect with Georgetown and the Divide home. With a history on The Divide dating again to the early sixties, the household is woven into the cloth of the local community.

The story of Harold Murchie has an interesting begin at age 18 when he, his mother and brother, set off on a bicycle journey throughout The usa. The 12 months was 1942 and, even although his mom dropped out of the journey following about 500 miles, Harold and his brother ongoing on to entire about 2,000 miles in California.

Harold attained a fantastic offer in the pursuing years. He was a logger, a salesman and a pilot and instructor in the Army Air Corps throughout WWII. He married Beryl Marie Oglesby in 1944 and was fortunately married until her dying in 1974. They had kids Mike, Mark and Claudia. They settled in Concord alongside the way. Harold married Gloria Almodovar and they have been partner and wife right until her passing in 2015.

The household was on a berry picking expedition in 1963 when they took a aspect trip and finished up going to Georgetown. Harold and Beryl met with a serious estate agent and seemed at some property over Georgetown in the vicinity of the ranger station. Within just 30 minutes they realized they wished to acquire it and commenced a new journey. The family members began viewing the cabin and in 1964 the challenge of building their have dream house began.

Harold was a schoolteacher at Georgetown Elementary in Georgetown until finally 1967 when he and his son Mike bought Hendershot’s Garage from Vern and Thelma Hendershot. They renamed it Murchie’s Garage. At the time Mark was in the Air Power and joined Harold and Mike in the company in 1970.  Harold retired in 1985 and Mark and Mike ran the shop for the next 20 yrs with wives Terry and Junell. The prolonged relatives was energetic in the enterprise and the garage coated a good deal of demands for the community, together with complete-service auto repair service, gasoline station, a deal station for AAA, parts house and propane income.

Murchie’s Garage was bought in 2005. Murchie’s Smog and Repair was opened in the constructing upcoming doorway, managed by Mark and his youngest son Joey. Mark retired in 2013 leaving Joey and his spouse Rhiannon to run the business enterprise. In standard Murchie design their small children have been seen helping father answer the phone, checking tire air pressure, generating smog verify appointments and serving to out as necessary.

The shop does smog inspections, repairs, tune-ups, laptop diagnostic, brakes and common repairs. It is an formal smog emissions examine station. The small business frequently gets prime reviews on the local community Facebook web site. Joey will do what he can to help patrons to get more mature vehicles smogged. 

The Murchies have generally been associated in neighborhood routines and donate time and revenue to guidance the town. They give critical support for the annual Halloween candy push and the significant Halloween party as well as the good decorations at the store.

Harold Lewis Murchie handed absent Oct. 10, 2020, at the age of 97 but his legacy life on in Georgetown. Harold leaves 4 generations of his wonderful spouse and children to continue to keep the identify and tradition alive. He and his loved ones had a aspiration and they fulfilled that dream in Georgetown. Now the desire and the name dwell on.