Jamison has history of community support

October 27, 1997


Staff Writer

SHARPSBURG - When it comes to serving her community, Anna Louise Jamison just doesn't know how to say "no."

Jamison first became Sharpsburg's town clerk in 1971 when former mayor Edwin Palmer asked her to take on the job.

In 1985, she joined the planning and zoning board and election board at the request of former mayor Gerard Quinn.

Now, 24 years after leaving the post, Jamison has once again become town clerk.

Mayor George Kesler needed someone to take on the post after former clerk Pat Holland resigned the part-time job on Aug. 31. Jamison began in mid-September.

"I think more people should get involved," said Jamison, 72.

Jamison said her political participation is probably due to her support for the underdog.

Town Councilman Russ Weaver says it's the nature of her family.


Jamison's late husband, Thirman, was vice mayor in the early 1970s.

Her daughter Debbie is the town tax collector.

Daughter Marjorie is a teacher and son Lynn is a member of the town's fire company.

Anna Louise Jamison became the first woman elected to the Town Council in 1974 and kept her job as town clerk.

Jamison said she enjoys serving the public.

She had to resign her council seat in 1978 because of an aneurysm. Doctors told her she would die if she didn't undergo surgery and if she did have surgery, she would have a 50 percent chance of going blind because the affected vein was by her optic nerve, according to Jamison.

She recovered with her vision, taking six months off from her job at Fairchild Industries.

"I was very, very lucky," Jamison said.

Several years later, she continued her public service at Quinn's request.

As chairwoman of the election board, Jamison meets just about everyone in town. Almost all of the town's 670 residents are registered to vote, which they do by stopping by the 211 W. Main St. house where Jamison lives with her daughters, she said.

As a member of the planning and zoning board, Jamison has seen a number of new businesses open in the small residential town in recent years.

"I can't see where the little businesses in town hurt. In fact, they kind of enhance the town," she said.

One thing that has changed since Jamison graduated from Williamsport High School in 1942 is that now she doesn't know everyone in town.

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