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Raymond T. Quillin
Obituary Date: 1/8/1944
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Quillin, Raymond T. 8 Jan 1944, a theater operator and poultryman residing in Berlin, deserves mention among the representative citizens of Worcester County inasmuch as his success is the direct outcome of carefully and intelligently directed effort. He has learned many valuable lessons in the school of experience and has used his time and talents wisely and well in the development of a business that is now a lucrative one.
Mr. Quillin was born November 26, 1891, in Berlin, which was also the birthplace of his father, Samuel M. Quillin, who was born in 1851. He took up the occupation of farming and in addition engaged in the manufacture of flour and feed and in handling timber.
He and two of his sons, Jehu D. and Samuel M., Jr., organized the Berlin Milling Company, Inc., in 1907 and he continued in active connection with the business until his death, while the business is still carried on by members of the family. Samuel M. Quillin was always interested in the civic life of the community and at one time served as a member of the Board of County Commissioners of Worcester County. He married Amanda Catherine Dirickson, who was born in Sussex County, Delaware, in 1852 and died in 1892. They were parents of five children: Jehu D., Samuel M., both deceased; Katie, the widow of Harvey H. Long; Clinton E., residing in Salisbury, Maryland, where he is connected with the Berlin Milling Company; and Raymond T.
Following the death of his first wife, Samuel M. Quillin married Virginia Carey and they had one son, Jennings B. of St. Michaels, Maryland, where he owns and operates a business conducted under the name of the St. Michaels Milling Company. The father of this family died in 1935. He was a consistent member of the Methodist church and he also belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Samuel M. Quillin was a son of Thomas N. Quillin who was born in the West but came to Berlin in young manhood and here engaged in farming and cattle raising. As his financial resources increased, he made judicious investments in property and became a large land-owner, in addition to which he owned many slaves. He was a member of the Southern Methodist Church. He married Rachel Ann Jackson, a native of Virginia, and they had five children: John; Stephen; Samuel M., father of Raymond T. Quillin; Sallie Mary, the wife of James P. Cropper; and Anne, the wife of Clay Connaway.
After attending the public schools in Berlin, Raymond T. Quillin pursued commercial course in Goldy's Business College at Wilmington, Delaware, but left there to enlist in the United States Navy in 1907.
After serving for three years and six months, he left the Navy and devoted three years to farming near Berlin, after which he returned to Goldy's Business College, where he completed his course. He was next connected with the Berlin Milling Company, going on the road as a
salesman. Each change in his business has been a forward step and his opportunities have thereby increased. In 1930 he sold his stock in the Berlin Milling Company and purchased the Hamilton Hotel at Ocean City, Maryland, which he conducted until 1937, when he disposed of that property.
Mr. Quillin first became connected with the theater business in 1926 when he purchased the Globe Theater in Berlin, which he still owns and manages. In 1937 he built the Diamond Theater of Selbyville, Delaware, and has since conducted it, both places being liberally patronized, for he has met the demands of the public in the way of entertainment. It was also in 1937 that Mr. Quillin started in the poultry business, growing broilers. He built a plant to take care of forty-eight thousand chickens and he lost five thousand dollars in the first eighteen months, but there is no such word as "Fail" in his vocabulary and he has never allowed discouragement to overcome him. With renewed effort he continued the business and has increased his capacity to accommodate one hundred and two thousand chickens, while he now sells about three hundred thousand broilers annually, the business being now one of gratifying proportions, returning a
substantial yearly income. Moreover he is today the owner of three farms which he operates and all these enterprises are the visible evidence of a life of well-directed energy and thrift.
On December 2, 1911, Mr. Quillin married Lillie K. Ellis, daughter of James and Ida K. Ellis of Berlin. They are now parents of a son and two daughters; Raymond T., Jr., who married Electra Brasure and has one child Raymond T., III, lives in Berlin, where he is connected with the Berlin Milling Company. He is also associated with his father in the theater business and is likewise engaged in the poultry business. Virginia K., the elder daughter, is the wife of E. Peter Richardson of Berlin, and has two children, Patsy and Gail. June is the wife of Mitchell Parker of Berlin. Mr. Quillin belongs to the Methodist Church and to the Odd Fellows
Lodge and is a member of the Bob-o-Del Gun Club. He greatly enjoys boating and fishing, yet he has always found time for active and helpful participation in civic affairs and has served as Sec. and Treasurer of Berlin from 1920 until 1922, when he became Mayor of the city, filling that office until 1932, give Berlin a businesslike and progressive administration.
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