News from the Silerton Community of Chester County

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with Mary Lynn Lambert

Continue prayers for Gary Siler as he continues his recovery at home. Mike Murley would appreciate prayers for his health issues.
Friends and family gathered at the home of Judy Dillard to celebrate Sarah Chandler’s 97th birthday on Thursday, Dec. 19. Granddaughter Sarah had baked and decorated a birthday cake. There was a vast assortment of delicious finger foods and snacks. Mrs. Sarah was quoted as saying, “This is the best birthday I have ever had.” Santa Claus (aka Larry Lambert) even showed up with a supply of chocolate candies.
A big shout out to two of Silerton’s very own Santas. Larry Lambert and David Cupples seem to never tire of sharing Christmas cheer.
Frankie Lambert enjoyed his visit to Toledo, Ohio, to visit his two daughters and their families.
Thanks to Bill Siler for sharing the following information. He was browsing on and saw the name Fritz Siler. He emailed him, and Fritz gave him a call. During the conversation, Fritz referred him to a website regarding the Auburn University logo. Fritz Siler, a great-grandson of Jessie Siler, one of the original settlers in Silerton, was a sophomore band student at Auburn and wanted his bass drum to look a little cooler. The article reads, “Siler created a symmetrical stencil of an ‘A’ overlapping a ‘U.’ He showed it to his roommate who was working on a graphic for an industrial design project. The logo made its debut on Siler’s drum at the 1966 A-Day game. A navy-blue interlocking AU with orange trim. He painted the logo on the $20 head of his bass drum before running the idea by the band director. He thought it would be easier to ask forgiveness than permission. He never expected the design would be so popular. Siler is stated as saying, ‘It wasn’t really that big of a deal. I just wanted a unique logo. It all had to do with being able to be seen and recognized and specifically Auburn.’ Today, Siler’s ‘AU’ covers T-shirts, hats, boots, buses and bodies. It’s everywhere. You have to try not to see it.” After graduating from Auburn, he taught music in Georgia public schools for 20 years. Fritz is now retired and living in the Atlanta, Ga., area.
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