Meet The Family

Dick and Sally were married in 1956 and just celebrated their 57thth anniversary in November of 2013. Dick graduated from the Wharton School and was a pilot in the Strategic Air Command after college. Sally graduated from Beaver College. They purchased the small 7 acre farmette and planted their first seedlings in 1963. Dick began teaching English and Social Studies at Owen J. Roberts High School, and Sally began substitute teaching in area schools during those early years..


Tom, Howie, Bruce, Rich, Dave
Between 1957 and 1967, 5 sons were born into the family. To help finance the expected costs of college for the boys, Dick started a small personal lines insurance agency, which he operated for 20 years. , In addition, all the boys helped with the tree business and worked at various outside jobs as they grew up. The boys all graduated from college, which included: Penn State, Lehigh, Indiana Univ. of Pa. (2), and Baker College in Michigan.

Dick retired from teaching in 1988, and joined his sister in building and running Longstreth Women’s Sports. The company started with 1 employee and was sold in 2007 with over 100 employees. Sally has continued to devote her full time to the farm.

Cobra Ball aircraft – son, Bruce was plane’s Squadron Commander. The Squadron had a variety of world wide surveillance responsibilities. Look it up on Google – interesting stuff !

The boys have had varied careers. Tom is an Aircraft Engineer, with Agilis Engineering, designing jet engines for small gas fired power plants in Jupiter, Fla. Howie is Key Accts. Manager for National Tobbaco Co. Has 3 children. Bruce is a retired Air Force Lt. Col. whose last responsibility was Squadon Commander for the Cobra Ball Squadron. He curently lives in Beaver Lake, Nebraska, and has 3 children. Bruce now flies the executives of Werner Trucking around the country in the firm’s corporate jets. Dave is recently retired from Verizon. He and his wife operate a Day Care in Muskegon, Mich. He has 4 children.

And, finally, Rich and Judy, still on Lords Point, CT, Grand daughter Nicole is is in the Macy’s Executive Training Program in Washington, DC. Son, Rich, is still a marketing manager for G.E. Healthcare.

Since Dick has been involved in so many outside activities over the years, Sally has really managed the Christmas Tree Farm. Even though she is approaching 80. She still trims the trees by hand, and hand mows around the trees numerous times during the year. (with help from some neighbors!) She takes pride in keeping the fields like a lawn. This is our 51st year in the tree business, and we continue to plant seedlings. The seedlings planted this year won’t be ready for sale until Sally is in her mid/late 80s and Dick will be approaching 90. Having struggled financially like most young families, Sally has always tried to keep her tree prices down. The base price of trees in the field of $25 hasn’t changed in 22 yrs. (however some trees are now individually priced higher) We hope to continue to provide Christmas Trees for our friends and neighbors for many years to come.

-The Heylmuns

Sally Heylmun…hard at work!

Lindsey helping on the Tree Farm