Tom and Elaine Mohr are Hancock July 4th Grand Marshals.
The 2010 Hancock July 4th parade grand marshals will be getting a different perspective of the parade this year. After watching on the sidelines for nearly 50 years, Tom and Elaine Mohr will be leading the parade as the honored guests of the Hancock Lions Club.
While each of them have had the opportunity at times to participate in the parade, (driving tractors, on floats or even dressed as a California raisin), for most of those years they watched and later entertained family and friends who came to visit and enjoy the events.
Tom and Elaine are very familiar faces to most in the area. They have lived here for nearly all of their married life and for Elaine, Hancock has been her home all her life. She grew up in Hancock with her three brothers and seven sisters in the Westphal family and graduated from Hancock High School.
Tom was not far away either. His family including two brother and two sisters lived in Donnelly and he graduated from Morris High School. However, with other relatives in the Hancock area he also spent time here. The couple met in 1958 and were married in 1960. They will celebrate 50 years of marriage this fall.
After high school Tom spent some time in the Air Force before returning here and working at Steinbrings in Hancock. He tried working in the Cities for a brief time but quickly found out that a small town was what he preferred. He returned to Hancock working at Steinbrings and Cargill. In 1968 he started working at Hancock Co-op where he remained for 36 years. Even though he retired a few years ago Tom still helps out at Co-op during the busy seasons. He also fills his days working part time for the City of Hancock and as a fill-in school van driver.
Elaine has also had a busy life working in Clontarf at an egg candling business, then at Fingerhut and Future Products in Benson and most recently at By Lo and as a school van driver. She and Tom have two daughters, Dawn and Julie who both graduated from Hancock High School.
While raising the girls, you could often find Tom and Elaine attending concerts, sporting events, providing food or working at fundraisers for the many activities the girls were involved with or simply to support the school. Later when the girls were married and had children of their own, Tom and Elaine enjoyed many hours watching their four grandchildren in sports and other extra-curricular activities in Hancock and Morris. They also kept busy at St. John's Lutheran Church where Tom served on the board and Elaine sang in the choir.
Tom was busy with his Hancock Fire Department duties serving for 21 years. He was a member of the Hancock VFW and Hancock Sportsmen's Club. Both Tom and Elaine enjoyed time with friends on bowling teams over the years.
Throughout those busy years they also took some time to travel often visiting family members in other states and taking the family to Disneyland and DisneyWorld. They enjoyed visiting Branson, Mo. and Lake Tahoe, Nev., along with Washington and California.
With much deserved retirement upon them they can now spend time doing some of their favorite past times. This free time is spent at the lake, fishing, playing cards or just visiting with friends and family. However, Tom likes to take time for one of his favorite hobbies, fixing up and driving antique tractors. In fact he has driven some of his collection in the local parade and at area plowing bees. One of his favorite July 4th activities has changed from parade watching to attending the annual tractor pull.
Tom and Elaine are honored to have been selected as the 2010 Grand Marshals. However, this honor goes one step further for them as they feel honored to simply live in a small town and be surrounded by people they know and enjoy spending time with.