Folsom A to Z: Handy family heritage in FolsomBy: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
Editor’s note: Folsom A to Z is an intermittent series in the Telegraph where readers can learn facts and history about Folsom. Each week, the Telegraph will select a landmark, place, historical figure and major historical event that start with the next letter of the alphabet. This week we continue with “H.”
- Since the early 1930s, the Handy family has been committed to bettering the City of Folsom.
- Their contribution efforts towards parks and recreation, athletics, education and fire safety within the Folsom community have made them a well-known name in town.
- Everett (EB) Handy was a WWII veteran, a local butcher and long-standing member of the Folsom VFW, Folsom Lions Club and Folsom Rotary Club.
- Everett supported, as well as participated in, athletics within the community.
- Everett’s wife, Marge Handy, became the city’s first councilwoman and was instrumental in promoting the development of the Folsom City Lions Park.
- The couple had three sons.
- Their sons and their wives, Dean and Joanne, John and Sandi, and Tom and Debbie have been active members of the city’s Volunteer Fire Department, Folsom High Booster Club, Folsom Sea Otters Swim Team, Folsom Little League, Folsom Babe Ruth League, Folsom Soccer Club, Albertson’s Run/Walk, Folsom Men’s Softball Association and Folsom High School Alumni Association.
- John and Tom have served as presidents of the Folsom Athletic Association.
- The Handy Family Park in Folsom was named in their honor.