Marquita Hertig says she is happy to have been a Harlan citizen most of her life. She graduated from Harlan High School and Indiana University. She married her high school sweetheart, Don, and will celebrate 60 years together in September. They raised two children, Ric and Kim, in Harlan and they now have five grandsons and six great grandchildren. She is delighted to be watching a fourth generation of Hertigs play ball at the Harlan Park. She and Don bought and restored at least six Harlan homes or businesses over the years, the last and most challenging being the 1800’s IOOF building now privately owned and still standing in the middle of town. She owned Mardon Real Estate in the 1970’s and worked out of the original Standard Service Station “on the point”. She is the Harlan United Methodist Church Historian, loves family, traveling, history, flower gardening, and volunteering. Her most recent endeavor and accomplishment was writing the Harlan History Book, “Now and Then” which has sold over 600 copies and allowed her “team” to give back to Harlan Park.
Floyd Fogle was born and raised on the Fogle family farm to Raymond and Clara Fogle. The original farm house still stands on Spencerville Road across from the Harlan Christian Youth Center. Traditionally, the Fogles have always been big Harlan Days volunteers and Floyd is no exception. For many years he was the chairman of the Harlan Days car show. Old cars are still one of his hobbies, volunteering along with keeping scrapbooks and photos of old Harlan events is another. Floyd can often be found helping at the Harlan Christian Youth Center and helping around town wherever he is needed. He is a 1961 graduate of Harlan High School and has fond memories of growing up in Harlan, such as sledding down Second Street and Repp Road hills during the winter and riding his bike out to the old Fox Schoolhouse for a cool ground drink. As a child he enjoyed visiting the area general stores. He is now retired, having worked for 39 years at Dana Spicer Axel. He too is proud to have helped the park as a Harlan History book team member, and in fact, has purchased extra copies to sell with hopes of having some left for Harlan Days.
Be sure to wave at both Marquita and Floyd during the Harlan Days Parade and thank them for all they have done for Harlan!
-Harlan Days Committee