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Thursday March 19th, 1953

W. T. Comer, resident of Page County, particularly Shenandoah, will find much interest in the career of one of her native sons. William T. Comer, of Paoli, PA., who on last January 5th, was reelected chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Tredyffrin township, the governing body of that political subdivision.

Mr. Comer had served the township as supervisor since 1944, and since 1949 as chairman of the board. Because he has for sometime been the oldest member of the board in point of service, he has carried the major load of administration, dealing with the township. Its rapid growth since the end of World War II, together with the many problems connected with zoning, police administration, sanitation and road construction have created much detailed work he is required to decide and and in large measure outline to his associates and residents of the community.

An unfailing good humor and patience have served Mr. Comer well in his chosen work and his many friends feel that great strides have been made since he took office.

A native of Shenandoah, Page County, Virginia, William T. Comer went north in 1909, and moved to Paoli in 1924. He was employed by Libby, McNeill & Libby in Washington D.C. from 1909 to 1914, and a field office manager and paymaster for Bethlehem Steel Bridge Corporation from 1914 to 1924.

In the latter year, following his establishment in Paoli, he became office manager of the Howellville Quarries, in the Chester Valley. He served as treasurer of this firm from 1927 to 1932. On January 18, 1932 he opened his own haberdashery business in Paoli which he still operates today.

His entrance to politics came in 1943 when he was approached to serve as township supervisor. His election in November followed and his service has been continuous and note worthy.

He was married in 1911 to Miss Bessie Huffman, of Staunton, Virginia. They have one daughter, Mrs. George W. Pyle of Paoli, and two grandsons: George W. Pyle, jr., and William T. Pyle. In addition Mr. Comer has five brothers and two sisters. The brothers are Kirby E. Elkton, Virginia; T. O. Comer, Baltimore, Md.; and C. E., M. S., and G.T. Comer, all of Washington D. C. The sisters are: Mrs. M. A. Dofflemeyer, of Elkton, Virginia, and Mrs. J. M. Harris, of Waynesborough, Va.

It is easy to see that men of Mr. W. T. Comer's calibre goes places in this mixed-up world. How unfortunate there aren’t a great many like him.