777. Otto Henry9 Wallingford (Bancroft Hussey8, John7, Jonathan6, Jonathan5, Peter4, John3, John2, Nicholas1) was born in Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine 31 August 1923.(3508) Otto died unexpectedly, 2 January 2000, at home on Young's Corner Road, in Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine, at 76 years of age. According to the SSDI his last residence was in Auburn, Maine.
He married Margaret Evelyn Stackpole, 7 August 1948, in Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine.(3509) She was from Augusta and he was from Auburn, Maine when they got married. He was educated in the grammar schools of Auburn, was a 1941 graduate of Edward Little High School and a 1948 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, majoring in agricultural engineering. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho and served as president, and continued to be an active alumni. He was a veteran, SGT 1st Class, of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army as part of a salvaging team, diving for Japanese and American Ships in Okinawa. After his service period ended, he completed his college degree and married his college sweetheart, Margaret "Peg" Stackpole of Augusta in Augusta on August 7, 1948. He successfully operated B.H. Wallingford Orchards, the family business, from 1948 to 1968 where he patented an apple grading machine and built the first controlled atmosphere apple storage building. He started the Maine Dredging Company in 1959. In 1961 Otto and a boyhood friend, Dr. Camille Gardner of Lewiston, opened Lost Valley, a popular local area where thousands of skiers, including Olympians Karl Anderson and Julie Parisien, would be introduced to the sport. "Otto did most of the work developing the area because I was too busy with my practice," said Gardner, a veterinarian. "He put together the first snow-making system in the state and also made Lost Valley the first area in Maine to offer night skiing." To groom the slopes when the artificial snow became packed and icy, Wallingford developed the Powder Maker, a metal cylinder that broke up the crust when pulled behind a vehicle. "He had an engineering degree from Maine but he was also a seat- of-the-pants engineer," Gardner said. "He had a knack of taking a problem and working it over in his mind until he could make things better." Wallingford patented his grooming machine in the United States and five European countries. In 1961 he founded Valley Engineering to make and sell the equipment, then sold the company in 1975. Fern Pontbriand of Auburn became Wallingford's and Gardner's partner at Lost Valley in 1967, then bought the business from them in 1988. He also founded Valley Sports in 1973 and as a registered Maine Guide, ran a wilderness vacation business from 1969 to 1974. In addition to his business and engineering endeavors, he was probably most well known for his creative and inventive mind, sometimes even designing on the back of a napkin. In recognition of his contributions to the ski industry, he was awarded the "Thanks for Making a Difference" award in 1995 at a celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Maine Skiing Association. He served the community in many ways, such as a Boy Scout Leader for five years, opening his home as a Y.M.C.A. day camp, as director of the Eastern States Farmers Exchange, participating on the Edward Little High School Building Committee for 12 years and as a Director of Auburn Savings Bank. He was a hunter and an avid fly-fisherman, fishing everywhere from the Allagash to Ontario, N.Y., and Alaska with his wife and friends. He and his wife, Peg, enjoyed traveling in their R.V., exploring every Canadian province and most of the United States. He was a skilled woodworker, crafting furniture and toys for his six grandchildren. He also enjoyed cooking for family and friends and spending time and playing cribbage at one of his favorite spots Downeast, Cranberry Lake.(3510)
Otto Henry Wallingford and Margaret Evelyn Stackpole had the following children:
+ 856 ii. Philip Bancroft Wallingford (still alive).
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