MILESBURG — Harry Oscar McMullen was born on June 2, 1930, in Milesburg and was the oldest of eleven children. He grew up in Milesburg, but spent most of his life in Lancaster County as a teacher and counselor in the school system. He returned to Milesburg two years ago and lives at Eagle Valley Personal Care Home.
His great niece, Sandy Dieterle, was upset that they couldn’t plan a big party for McMullen’s birthday, so she brainstormed ideas for ways to celebrate the 90-year-old’s special day. The result was a wonderful experience, complete with a parade of four fire trucks. McMullen watched from a rocking chair on his porch as eight cars with well-wishers passed by and cheered.
Dieterle had fastened 90 balloons in the parking lot for atmosphere. The Milesburg Citizens Hook and Ladder Fire Company led the parade, along with the Milesburg American Legion’s Honor Guard. The honor guard saluted McMullen for his years of service in the Navy. The “Anchors Away” theme song provided the music for the party.
Milesburg’s Mayor Brandon Schadle offered a proclamation from Milesburg Borough, wishing him a very happy birthday.
Guests for the 90th birthday parade included family from Florida, Colorado and Harrisburg. His four living brothers were with him to celebrate, but his sister Eloise (at Centre Crest) and sister Sally (Ohio) were unable to make the trip.
“When I started planning, I asked if we could get a fire truck,” said Dieterle. “We got four, so I was very pleased.”
The trucks were all from Milesburg’s Citizens Hook and Ladder Fire Company.