Elmer Paul Swartz

Male 1920 - 1988


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  • Born  20 Aug 1920  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  10 Sep 1988  Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I240  Virts
    Last Modified  8 Aug 2015 

    Family  Althea Emma Virts,   b. 25 Jun 1924, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1997, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  5 Jun 1946  Clavary Methodist Parsonage, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
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    Last Modified  22 Dec 2013 
    Family ID  F151  Group Sheet

  • Photos

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    A Virts Country Butchering
    A Virts Country Butchering
    Th hog has been scrapped clean and shaved down with a knife and ready to be hung on the gallous pole. In the foreground are Benton Stone and Theodore Roosevelt Virts, with Russell James Virts working on the hog. Behind Russell is Elmer Swartz.
    A Virts Country Butchering
    A Virts Country Butchering
    Elmer Swartz, Theodore Roosevelt Virts (orange hat), Benton Stone and James Green prepare to begin cutting up the hog.

    A Virts Country Butchering
    A Virts Country Butchering
    Elmer Swartz stirring the Poudin, Raymond Eugene Virts, Lester William Thomas Virts, Clarence Lanham, Benton Stone stirring Ponhaus (scrapple) and Daniel Fleming.



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    A Virts Country Butchering
    A Virts Country Butchering (14)
    November was the time for butchering hogs. It has been a fall tradition in the Virts family for well over 100 years. The Raymond E. Virts family on the Long Lane in Lovettsville, Virginia always butchered on Thanksgiving day. You might consider the butchering day as a family reunion held several times each November as this even would bring together siblings, cousins and friends. There was always a friendly competition amongst Raymond's brothers to see who had the largest hog. It was not uncommon to have a hog have a dressed weight of over 400 pounds. Such a hog would produce over 40 pound hams that would be sugar cured. Most local families had a butchering and would usually slaughter form 2 - 14 hogs, depending on the size of the family. Butchering is nearly extinct today. You will only find a hand full of families that still carry on the tradition. Hardly anyone even knows how to do it anymore. I would have to say it is a dying art. Just click on the picture to see it enlarged and to get a description.

  • Notes 
    • Loudoun Times Mirror, September 15, 1988

      Mr. Elmer P. Swartz, 68, of Lovettsville, Va., died Saturday, Sep. 10 at the Loudoun Hospital Center, Leesburg, Va. He was the husband of Althea E. Swartz. Born Aug. 20, 1920, in Maryland, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Mary Humerick Swartz. Surviving besides his wife are three sons, Russell Paul Swartz of Herndon, Va., William E. Swartz, James E. Swartz, both of Lovettsville; three sisters, Pauline Strevig of Frederick, Mildred Goss of Leesburg, Betty Cole of Hamilton, Va., two daughters-in-law, Terri Swartz and Debbi Swartz; and two grandchildren, Katherine Swartz and Paul Swartz. Mr. Swartz was predeceased by one sister, Margaret Kelly and one brother, John Swartz. Interment was in the Mt. Olivet Methodist Cemetery, Lovettsville.

  • Sources 
    1. [S66] The Frederick Post, June 21, 1946, Marriage announcement.