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Harry Houston Prentice of Canada and MD

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Harry Houston Prentice of Canada and MD
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2016 and Revised 4 Jul 2016

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Update of 4 Jul 2016: This article is replaced by our Fall 2001 article entitled James Prentice of Huntingdon, Ontario, Canada,


1. Harry Houston Prentice was b. 20 Oct 1911, Canada, and d. 14 Aug 1996, Abingdon, Harford Co., MD, per the SSDI and his obituary. He emigrated to the U.S. prior to 1934 when he went to work in Detroit, MI. His obituary reads as follows:

    Sun, The (Baltimore, MD) — Friday, August 16, 1996: Mr Harry Houston Prentice, 84

    Harry Houston Prentice, 84, managed GM plant, retired general manager of the General Motors Broening Highway plant and breeder of thoroughbred horses, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at the Bel Air Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 84 and lived in Jarrettsville.

    He went to work in the automaker's Detroit mailroom in 1934 and rose to manage GM facilities in Cincinnati and in Van Nuys and Oakland, Calif. He retired from the Baltimore plant in 1974. "He was always known as a firm but fair arbiter between labor and management,'' said his wife of eight years, the former Doris Mason Mott. According to his family, Mr. Prentice helped develop shipping new automobiles on rail flatcars in answer to a trucking strike.

    After he retired, his enthusiasm for horses led him to breed thoroughbred at Penrage, his 100-acre farm in Jarrettsville. An avid fox hunter who rode until he was 79, he was a former master of foxhounds of the West Hills Hunt in Los Angeles in the early 1960s and later the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club hounds after moving to Maryland. He also was a member of the Mount Carmel Hounds in Parkton and the Hillendale Country Club.

    He served on the advisory board of the National Alliance of Businessmen and was a former director of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Baltimore. He also served on the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was an executive board member of the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts.

    In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Jon R. Prentice of Florida; a daughter, Penelope P. Hopkins of Abingdon; a sister, Margaret P. Flaherty of San Diego; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

    Services will be held at 11 a.m. today t St. James Episcopal Church in Monkton, where he was a member.

He m. 1st Margaret, b. c. 1914, Canada

. Children:

  1. Jon R. Prentice. 1996 in FL.
  2. Penelope P. Prentice. She m. Mr. Hopkins and in 1996 lived in Abingdon, MD.

He m. 2nd Doris Mason Mott c. 1988

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