The Big Event!
Pertinent people involved in the ceremony then stepped up to a map of the two states to apply their stamps and signatures. Stepping up to the map was Ralph Donnelly of Maryland (well, actually Ralph affixed his stamp and signature at the banquet later that night), Dennis Sheehan of Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors, Milton Denny of Alabama, Duane Weiss of Surveyors Historical Society and Don Teeter of West Virginia and Todd Babcock of the Surveying Historical Society. Todd Babcock was credited with his vast knowledge of Mason and Dixon, and for his extensive GPS work on the Mason-Dixon Line for the last 11 years. Chris Gauss stepped up next and was credited for his valuable work in gathering volunteers for the event and for putting down the three acres of grass layed down on the area. Gauss extended great appreciation to everyone for coming out and for the dedication of the stone to his father, Bob Gauss, a past president of the Maryland Society of Surveyors. Robert Frederick Gauss, Sr. died on May 21, 2000. Sr. Gauss was an avid Eagle Scout, so Chris appropriately thanked the few Boy Scouts who arrived in uniform. Edwin Danson, a Royal Chartered Surveyor, also signed and stamped the map with the Royal symbol on behalf of England after reading a letter from the Prime Minister Tony Blair, who sent his best wishes for a great ceremony. “We loaned you some surveyors to help out with your problems over here,” Danson said in jest. A passerby replied with “Yeah, but we paid them!” Much of the crowd chuckled.
Lieca and Emily, POB’s editors