by Reggie Houghwot
March 9, 2009
Native Son Honored
FREWSBURG - Lifelong Frewsburg resident Lloyd Moore was honored by the Carroll Town Board when it approved the renaming of Myers Street in the village as Lloyd Moore Drive.Moore, who died in May 2008, was a resident of Frew Run Road for nearly 96 years. He was also a lifelong member of his beloved Wheeler Hill United Methodist Church where he served as trustee, treasurer and Sunday school teacher.
Moore was known to thousands of Frewsburg school children as their bus driver. He first began, as he described it, ''hauling kids'' in his '28 Chevrolet automobile in 1933.
Later, he bought a school bus to fulfill the contract he had with the Frewsburg school to transport children. In 1946, the Frewsburg schools were centralized and Moore became a district bus driver, a position he held until 1950 when he had to quit because of his burgeoning stock car racing career.
After his retirement from racing in 1955 and a short stint working for his former race car owner at Julian Buesink's Corry, Pa. auto dealership, Moore once again returned to the Frewsburg Central School in 1957 as a bus driver and mechanic. He retired from FCS in 1974. In total, Moore served the schoolchildren of Frewsburg for 46 years.
Appropriately, the newly renamed Lloyd Moore Drive connects Falconer Street to the bus garage at Frewsburg Central School where Moore devotedly worked for so many years.
To many residents of Frewsburg, Lloyd Moore was known as a race car driver. Moore honed his racing talents at Satan's Bowl of Death on the Busti-Sugar Grove Road and Penny Royal Speedway in Leon, N.Y.
In 1949, Julian Buesink hired him as a teammate to Bill Rexford on Buesink's NASCAR stock car auto racing team. Moore competed in 49 NASCAR races for Buesink scoring 23 top-10 finishes and a victory at Winchester, Ind. on Oct. 15, 1950.Moore and Buesink also competed on the Midwest Association for Race Cars circuit scoring many top finishes and a win at Dayton, Ohio, on June 6, 1954.
Moore's contributions to the sport of stock car racing as a pioneer driver in NASCAR and MARC received nationwide recognition. He was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
With the dedication of Lloyd Moore Drive, the town of Carroll commemorates the life of a man who ''never outgrew his raisings'' and who always was proud to call Frewsburg home.