Dale Fertig, a resident of Belington for the past 46 years, celebrated his 100th birthday on Jan. 17 with a dinner at Ryan's in Bridgeport hosted by his son, Newman "Butch" Fertig and wife, Barbara, and their daughters, Michele "Mike" Farley and Sharon Fertig Toth and husband Rudy. Also attending were granddaughter, Charity Farley Harris and husband, Donnie, and their children, Arien and Blaise; grandson, Alley Farley and wife, Missy; granddaughter, Shannon Farley; and granddaughter, Laura Kennedy and husband, Kyle. Mr. Fertig has 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Born at Fairview near Marlinton in Pocahontas County, he was the oldest child of seven children born to the late Newman R. and Nola F. Sharp Fertig. He has one surviving brother, Stanford Fertig and wife, Tillie, of New Castle, Pa.
In June 1940, he married the late Mildred Quick Fertig.
Fertig served with the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war, he worked for 27 years with the Great American Tea Co. starting as a route salesman before being promoted to route supervisor and then to manager of the Cumberland, Md., branch. He remained with the company until it closed its doors. He then bought routes from the company, and for the next 20 years, he ran the Fertig Coffee Service, delivering to customers in Randolph, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster counties.
At 100, he still drives, does his own shopping and cooks for himself. Last year, he plowed, and with some help, planted his own garden. He enjoys sharing his garden produce with his neighbors and family. If he is still able, he will probably do it again this summer.