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Wilfong, James Chester



  • Existence: December 17, 1909- April 2, 1987

James Chester Wilfong was born in Washington, D.C. in 1910. After attending George Washington University, Mr. Wilfong began working for C & P Telephone Company in 1935. He rose through the company and became a supervisor with the Telephone Security Section before retiring in 1974.

His writing career began in the early 1950’s with the publication of his first article “Seeing Maryland in a New Light” which appeared in the New York Times. Mr. Wilfong’s articles on historic architecture have appeared in the Sunday real estate section of the Washington Post. Other articles about the history of different places and about his beloved cats have appeared in The Baltimore Sun; Eastern Shore Times; Fredericksburg Times; Laurel News Leader; Richmond Times Dispatch; Washington Star; Washington Daily News; The Calvert Independent and the Times-Crescent.

As a resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland, James Wilfong became a member of the Prince George’s County Historical Society in which he later served as President for two years. In 1974 he became the first recipient of the St. George’s Day Award. This award was established to recognize individuals or groups who made a significant contribution to the preservation of Prince George’s County’s heritage.

Mr. Wilfong moved to Calvert County, Maryland in 1975. He was very active in the Calvert County Historical Society during his membership from July 1976 to April 1987. His activities include: member, Road Side Marker Committee; and member, Chesapeake Beach Railway Station Museum Restoration Committee. He was Chairman of the Calvert County Historic District Commission from 1979 to 1982 and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Prince Frederick Library from 1980 to 1987.

Mr. Wilfong was a member of the Alexander Grahm Bell Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Governor Hughes appointed him to the Commission on State Publications Depository and Distribution Program in 1983.

A resident of Prince Frederick, Calvert County, James Wilfong died on April 2, 1987.