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:3 descendants of the old lady Eunice Conrad. As was the way of the "hill people" Eunice Conrad was spoken of as "Aunt Unie" and her son Henry as "Uncle Bobby." Together they moved to Little Bull Run around the year of 1896. "Uncle Bobby" built a log cabin in which lived sixteen people for many years. Some of these people were his sons and daughters. They were Tucker, Mary, Nancy, Samuel, Sarah and Tommy. Tucker was father of Virgle Conrad who taught school for many years in Gilmer County. Mary we knew in this community as "Aunt Molhe Lynch." Nancy was called "Aunt Safe Shiflett." Samuel lived most of his life just below his boyhood home and was spoken of as "Uncle Sam". Sarah died very young and Tommy and I met in later years. He was a resident of Stumptown. There are many children and grandchildren who descended from this pioneer family. As a child I visited this home many times and I recall listening in wide eyed wonder while he told of the encounters his mother had with Indians and with Carpetbaggers during the war of 1812 in which his father fought. He loved to tell us how he built his log cabin of one huge Poplar tree. He would point to the spot and tell us the size of the tree and then how he splilt the tree in sections, hewed them square to raise the walls. He said the joist and rafters were made from the limbs and that the loft and ceiling were covered with the bark to make a warm place to sleep. There was no floor and only one window and. two doors. There was a huge fireplace which dominated one end of the cabin and a ladder led to the loft. He said he could put a log in the fireplace large enough to burn two days. I recall as a child how his granddaughter, Grace, cooked over the Open fire. She baked corn pone in a dutch oven by covering it on the hearth with hot coals from the fire. He hunted wild game and dried fruits and vegetables as food for his table. Though I was but a small child I remember the quiet peacefulness and simple comfort these people enjoyed and wonder where it has all gone today. Where I live today I look from my w dow toe the little cemetery on the hill where that aged lady Eunice Conrad, her husband, Jacob, her son, Henry and her grandson, Samuel are laid to rest. Trees grow all around their graves that still bear their markers. It is shady and quiet and peaceful there as it should be for them. Woman Who Lived to be 131 Years Old Was a Resident of Dusk Camp Community The story of a noble woman who is reputed to be the oldest person ever to live in Gilmer County, came to our attention this week by a two-column clipping from a November 29, 1894 issue of the Wheeling Weekly Intelligencer, now a thriving daily newspaper with metropolitan aspects. Taken from a Glenville paper, the story relates how C. W. Starcher, one of the oldest men now living in Glenville and Don Gyr, a representative of the Wheeling paper made a trip by horseback to Dusk Camp to get a photograph of Mrs. Eunice Conrad, who at the time, 1894, was 119 years old. She died twelve years later, at the age of 131. Mentioned throughout the state at the time as one of the oldest persons living in the U.S., Mrs. Conrad was born August 4, 1775 in what is now Pendleton County, West Virginia. At an early age she moved with her parents to Bulltown in Braxten County and lived there four years before going to Randolph County where Miss Eunice Mace the principal in this story a daughter of John and Mollie Mace, met and married Jacob Conrad. The young couple soon found themselves living at Bulltown and a few years later moved to Dusk Camp, where the husband died in 1870. Mrs. Conrad, after her husband's passing, lived mostly hith her son, Henry, and received a pension awarded her for her husband's service in the War of 1812. Mrs. Conrad is survived by a host of relatives and among those living in Gilmer County today are these great grandchildren: Mrs. F.O. Peters of Linn, Mrs. Jacob T. Herson of near Glenville, Mrs. E.S. Lowther of Sand Fork and Mrs. A.H. Baker of Camden Flats Add. GlenviLle. Pubflshed Every FrldeT, ByGILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING, INC. At 109 E. Main St. Glenville, WV 28381 Phone ~2-7309 Second-Clm postage paid at Glenville and at additional mailing offic~ Subscription prioe $5.60 tax included in Gilmer Count~, other W~t Vir~nia residems $6.00 tax irmluded. Out of sloe eUl~crtptiom $7.00. Cannot accept subscriptions for lees than 6 months. (ALL PRICES EFFECTIVE FEB. 1st, 1976.) TOM DALESlO EDITOR JOAN I~YNE ': CIRCULATION MANAGER OURANCESTORS "Made In JapLnt" Saturday - January 17 at Gilmer County Hish Scho~ Gym at 1 p.m. Triangular Wrestling Match with Harrisville, Parkersbu~ Catholic and GCHS. Monday - January 19 at 6 p.m. Gihner County Shriners Dinner at the Conrad Restaurant. Boolnmoblle Schedule: Wednesday Jan 21 from 1-3 pJL at Normantawn Grade School. Wednesday and Thursday - Jan. 21-22 from 4-7 p.m. and 11-3 p.m., Main Street, Glenville. Thursday - January 22 from 12-6 p.m. Bloodmobile S~ by GCHS. Location is Basement of let Baptist Church in Glenvi~e. Call 462-7807 for full details. Thursday - January 22 at 9-11 a. m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Blood Pressure and Diabetic Screening Clinic at GIImer County Hadt]b Dept. on Mineral Road. Wednesday - January 28 at 7:30 p.m. Fdk Festival meetin8 ha City HaIL Public Invited. Saturday - January 31, Pleesants Youth Council ud Cdlmer County CAA will sponsor the "Omega Man" starring Ci:arletom Heston at Park School Community Center. The Gilmer County Farm Bureau announced their second Citrus Fruit Order. By special arrangement with the Florida Agricultural Marketing Association, you can purchase cartons of fine pecans, peanuts, o nge juice, grapefruit and oranges. Orders may be placed with Mrs. Mildred Furr, Treasurer, at the Court House Annex until Friday, January 23, 1976. All produce must be paid for at the time the order is placed. Checks are to be made payable to: W. Va. A.M.A. Order forms may be obtained from Mrs. Furr. Delivery will be made February 9-13 at the Recreation Center. Here is a list of items available: Cartons of temple oranges, pineapple oranges and grapefruit. HDOJC orange juice in a 24-can case, shelled pecans in a one pound bag and peanuts in a 1 V: pound bag. By U,8. Robert C. Byrd Choosing a National Symbol Choosing the eagle as our national symbol was not an easy task for the early Americans. In fact, the selection process itself took six years, with every- thing from a rattlesnake to a turkey being considered before the American Bald Eagle was finally chosen. Almost immediately after the signing of the Declara- tion of Independence, a three-man committee of Thomas Jefferson, J o h n Adams, and Benjamin Franklin was assigned the responsibility of finding a symbol for the new nation. Adams and Jefferson fa- vored religious mosaics that proved impossible to reproduce as a seal; and Franklin, after his two col- leagues vetoed his nomina- tion of the rattlesnake, suggested the turkey. After all, Franklin argued, the turkey was uniquely Amer- ican and had been part of t h e country's traditions since the first pilgrims ar- rived in the New World. Adams and Jefferson out- voted Franklin, but did agree that a bird should be the central part of the Great Seat. Thus, the Bald Eagle. which Franklin corn- pained was "a bird of bad moral character," was cho- sen. Congress aged with the committee's selection. and another committee was formed to complete the overall design. The secot~l, and subsequently a third. committee failed to come up with an accept;ible pro- posal. Finally, William Bar- ton. a heraldry expert, and Charles Thomu)n, Fi].~t Secretary of the Continen- tal Congress, designed a Seal that met with the ap- proval of Congress. Using the eagle as the central figure, Barton and Thomson added a shield on the bird's heart. In the eagle's separate talons, the designers put an olive branch and 13 arrows. The number 13--symbolizing, of course, the original colo- nies--is a recurring theme throughout the Great Seal. Besides the 13 arrows in the left talon, there are 13 stripes onthe shield, and 13 stars above the eagle's head.Even the phrase the designers incor- porated in the Great Seal --'E Pluribus Unum," w~ich means "Out of Many, One'--~contains 13 letters. Another 13-letter L a t i n phrase--'Annuit Coeptis," or "He has favored our undertakings"--is part of the design, and the pyra- mid in the Great Seal is a 13-tier structure. Initially, the designers hoped that the eagle's head would be turned left to the arrows in time of war, and right to the olive branch in time of peace. The con- slant changing of the sym- bol proved impractical. and the eagle constantly gazes upon the o 1 i v e bnmeh. V/herever it appears~ on government documents, coins, or $1 bills- the Great Seal of the United States remains a cherished sym- bol of our history, and of the unity ~ed to a.~,,,~" a bright futtnx, for Amer- ica. / One of the many aspects Gilmer County that truly interests is the family structure and lineage the residents. The people here are l real "grass roots" people of and many of the large families can be traced back to beginnings in the early 1800's. Many of the family leaders to West Virginia when they were young and have fought in every fought for freedom. They came from England and other countries and have lived here since. Some of the are as as the hills and have proud heritage that is as much a of West Virginia as the trees, and valleys. Gilmer County families are different. Our families have dents not only in West Virginia spread-out across the country. family had set up their own structures and codes to live by, of which are still noticeable Our families depended on member for security and help receive their strength from other. Neighbors helped and you could always count on help when you needed it. Our decendants are American pioneers and many of large families are a part of Virginia's historic past. I bet a Gilmer residents can still the stories that their parents grandparents told to them ago about what it was like to live then. Many of those old stories being told and ere still being to by the children. A couple of ago I got a call from Oleta from Stouts Mills who told me a of storibs about some of the who l}ved in Gilmer County. She to write down the send it into the paper. I am wonderful memory of the past taking the time to information contained in the on this page. I lNn Willkm= Thia is my last week in Gilmer County for going beck to the shelter of academia to horizons thereby bedoming a more capable servant of you, The Public. Back, again, to the air is brisk, to say the least, and cheese me, OK? Since this will be my last chance for a whiis, l this opportunity to tell you some things I've bee cranial cavities to divulge. First. I've intended for some time to story about her granddanghtar. Danny. guess Danny heard a good bit about persons, and decided to get in on afternoon while her grandmother the stuffed animal domicile, prelif0rating the cuddly toys. When Mrs. Furr replied that she was going to play proceeded to do, with greet vigor. A comes the bisgie, folks!} the Great White that she'd bagged "...a ten point bunny." NoW, hunting story to match THAT one! ..... ........... ......... . . ..... .....''" I have also wanted to s re a recipe balls. These are NOT to be eaten, but sbOUW unusual sort of centerpiece. Use whatever container you wish nice), and fill it with water, to which yoO coloring to match whatever it is that you citric acid, according to the formula 1 water, and DO NOT STIR. Drop the land on the acid, then sprinkle 1 to 2 ta over the top, which should start the actiOa I have meant to tell you the of lemon juice from a lemon is to temperature, jab a fork into it, then ssve jabs. This is also an excellent way to Those of you who make dead i yeast?}, and I count myself among discovered the frozen loaves only minimal work and zilch talent. need to use them! Anyway. after using them. do try them as directed, then pinch off enough to wraP pepperoni and bake. Then go to your peruse the diet section... And the other th~ you need Clark Wolfe will need a lot of extra teasing he usually gets from. and give t~ vicinity and can't think of anything to the Gray Wolfe a hard time. For me. i