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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 29 - September 4, 1997 - 7 4 lent 672. Dennis Forney ,000. 227- pas- 31ue, .=built =kes. :,900. ,,oupe ather mbar hing. 8/15- NET. 945 - .9/5) iLER. I top. I. CD 3ood (8/8- ,VEL ;et up 226- L size 1,200 (800) 8-9/5) ix 6 t con- auto- ,000. :. GT. ctrical 645- Lt, one miles, 0 will early equal ) IGER. $8O0 q5) g 103 In a Labor Day mode, thoughts on a few industrious, eclectic, inventive souls Ward Tanzer died recently at his home in San Francisco. He moved there a number of years ago with his wife, Virginia, after steady efforts at perfecting a voca- tional English program for Del Tech's Georgetown campus. San Francisco, that beautiful hilly city perched above the cold San Francisco Bay, offered about the only acceptable alternative to Sussex County for Ward and Vir- ginia. Prior to leaving Sussex, they lived in a house fronting on Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach. A picture window looking out from a study on the second floor of their home provided a view across Silver Lake to the Atlantic Ocean beyond. No doubt Ward spent many hours there writing a book for Del Tech students who needed to perfect their mechan- ical knowl- edge of Eng- lish as a lan- guage - not the literary side of Eng- lish where TANZER more focus is placed in traditional academic set- tings. As a former intelligence of- ricer for the United States govern- ment, Tanzer brought a secure grasp of the English language to Del Tech as well as a certain ur- banity which further spiced the eclecticism of the evolving insti- tution. Cape Gazette readers also prof- ited from Tanzer's knowledge and desire to continue producing. In his 80s, Tanzer began writing sim- ple but effective Grammar Guides. The guides amounted to agreeable exercises designed to take the mystery out of proper use of grammar. Ward offered them to the Cape Gazette at no cost to run as a feature in the paper's School and Education pages. They continue to receive favor- able reviews from readers. Ward collaborated with his daughter, Catherine, who worked at the Gazette at the time, to pro- duce the features. In 1996 they published the collection in a com- pact book. At the time of his death, now in BAREF00TIN his late 80s,Ward was working on another set of language guides. His wife, Virginia, has long been fond of saying that "old age is not for sissies." Ward personified the spirit of that saying. He honored the Cape Gazette by adding some of his own eclecticism to these pages. MEMBERS OF THE Hocker family have been manufacturing small industrial brushes in Lewes for more than a century. J. William Hocker moved to Lewes in the mid-1890s and opened the Henlopen Manufacturing Compa- ny on Schley Avenue. Since that time, one segment or another of his family has remained in the brush business. Hocker Manufac- turing Company on Kings High- way turns out 400 to 800 gross per day of disposable brushes used by plumbers to apply glues and sol- vents for the joining of plastic pipe. Greg Wood, who married Kathie Hocker, said Hocker Man- ufacturing continues to use the same machines designed and built by Kathie's father, Tom Hocker, to make brushes. That brand of inventiveness also runs in the family. J. William Hocker's son Harold, a relative of Tom's, turned 65 in 1957. He was searching at the time for a machine to form metal handles for disposable brushes. Not finding one on the market, Hocker drew his own plans, had a Pennsylvania machinest build the item, and used the custom ma- chine for the next twenty years in his Pilottown Road shop to manu- facture millions of brushes. Hap- py Labor Day? Dennis Fomey photo The former brush manufacturing facility of Harold Hocker fronting on Pilottown Rd..is nearing the end of its existence. 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