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Carl "Cap" Hartzell
1891 - 1965

Herbet Pickett, Jr Writing:Cap Hartzell

      Somehow, Dad engaged a man named Carl Hartzell to teach French in the tutoring school. I suspect he came through Ed Dunning. Anyway, he left prep school and was an instructor of French in Franklin and Marshall College. I don't remember what his rank there might have been. He had a sort of irascible personality and his considerable temper had a short fuse. He controlled it well, but it was known. He was as dedicated bridge player, and Dad fixed up a place in the corner off the dining room labeled, "Hartzell's Bridge Nook."Cap Hartzell

      In the last two weeks of camp, he collected all manner of dead wood, and by himself built the final bonfire. One year he turned up with a small sailboat on trailer behind his car. It was a sort of dinghy, 12 or 14 feet in length. Dad eventually bought it, and it may have been in the Hyde Bay Navy when you were there. He fooled with it, painted, caulked, did this and that, but I don't recall his sailing it very much.Carl Hartzell

      Dad soon called him Captain of his ship, and forever afterwards, he was Cap Hartzell. Politically, he was very liberal, and on a small shelf by his desk kept his favorite books, Thorstein Veblen and Karl Marx, "Das Kapital." As a result, political discussions at the head table were often lively. He was one of the great personalities that made Hyde Bay unique.


Cap Hartzell's boat

      (Herb Pickett writing): I'm attaching a print of the Hyde Bay sailing fleet, taken some time in the 40's I think. The leading boat is Cap's dinghy.

Cap Hartzell's boat      I think it may have been called the "African Queen" after Hepburn's movie came out. The next craft, (566 on the sail,) is the Comet Larry and I brought new from the factory about '36 or '37 (Cost, $225.00). When I was sailing Councilor, a couple of lads from across the lake had Comets,and we organized the Hyde Bay Comet Club and had races week-ends. After the guys got involved in military service, marriage and all that, Dad bought their boats. The third craft is one of those and I am on the fourth taking the picture.

      I happened to be there when the Star sank. I was visiting on vacation, and Dad asked me to tutor a kid for a speech problem. (He figured in ministerial school I had had some speech training.) It was a very breezy day, and I kept one eye on the boat. I looked down for a moment, then looked up again and there was nothing there except eight heads bobbing in the waves. I took off as fast as I could go and Dad and I hopped into a row boat, out to the Hacker and ran out to rescue the floating crew. So the "Kitten" rests to this day in about 80 feet of water, all sails still set, thoroughly tangled in Lake Trout trolling gear snarled there.



CARL HARTZELL, 74, DIES; Former F&M Professor

      Carl Hartzell, seventy-four, professor of French at Franklin and Marshall College for 27 years before his retirement 1956, died at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday in Muncy Valley Hospital, Muncy, after an illness of two months.

      Hartzel1, who had resided Muncy since his retirement, had been a patient at the hospital for 10 days prior to his death. Death was attributed to a brain tumor.

      Born In Petersburg, Huntington County, Oct. 25, 1890, he was the son of the late Charles and Mary Tomlinson Hartzell. The younger Hartzell resided most of his life in Harrisburg and Lancaster.


      He graduated from high of school in Harrisburg and received a bachelor of philology degree from Dickinson College in 1913. He studied at the Universite de Grenoble, France, and received a masters degree in French from the University of Pennsylvania in 1926. He was awarded a doctorate in French and comparative philology from the university sometime thereafter.

      Prior to coming to F&M in 1929, Hartzell taught modern languages at a number of eastern prep schools and Universities, including the Pennington School, St. Albans, the University of Maine, and Penn State University.

      He joined the F&M faculty as an instructor and thereafter served as assistant professor associate professor, and from 1949 until his retirement, as full professor.


      In recognition of his service the college established the Carl E. Hartzell Prize in French, awarded annually to the outstanding student of French at the school.

      He was a member of the Modern Language Assn.; the American Assn. of Teachers of French; the Pennsylvania German Society, the Pennsylvania Forestry Assn. and Community Forest Council, the Muncy Historical Society, Beta Theta Pi, and the American Assn. of University Professors, having served for a time as president of the local AAUP chapter.

      Hartzell is survived by a sister Miss Helen Hartzell, Muncy; and three brothers, Ralph and Paul, also of Muncy, and, Max, of Lewisburg.

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