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February 19, 1976     The Glenville Democrat
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February 19, 1976

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"The O a a YY February 19, 1976 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder 7 J The story of Auntie published in the 15 issue of tim interest more information The f llowinI is a furnished by Fleda It appeared in the 1804, one year old lady of the hills Eunice was Mrs. aunt on her Mrs. Vav ' A.H. Baker who is is the original text lnile's - by air line - in a little cove or forms the source winding runs so hills, is situated the Conrad. where woman in America. of Eunice Conrad, as to her age, within the the papers state. By some few were accepted ajority they were set "fakes." There quite a degree of artist friend and the Pathfinder. rode path which led to Unpretentious little Eunice." The and the shrill little greeted our approach. of tow headed up at one end of the watched us But it was not the or yet the grey came to meet us our attention. On in a little spot of so small and ent, whose every plainly of a great. it did not require answer to our your mother?" to Us sat the woman of trs. @ 0 0 @ O 0 @ but not ; Pension plan able to use up Year to set up nt fund : basis. e Q Q II. BEALL, IR. Q kvenue ~A~.Va, 26105 +2954561 295-5353 0 New York, N.Y. ~ IbQ II @ 0 @ 4, 0 4) Ipa From some cause there was quite a little assembly at the house, but Henry, the old lady's son - familiarly known in that section as "Uncle Bobby" - soon made room for us and we stated our mission. Your reporter said: "Mr. Conrad on account of your mother's great +age her name has appeared in many papers during the past few years, but quite a number of people are loath to accept as facts the statements as to her age. We have come to learn the truth as to the number of years she has seen, and.~e wish to the history of her life, also a photograph of her, so that our paper can make a true statement in regard to the matter." "'Well, gentlemen," said he, "'in course I'll give you all the information I can. and if Granny don't care, you can take her picture." One of the girls standing by expressed a doubt as to "Granny" being willing to sit for a picture, but another bright looking young woman assured us that she could prevail upon her to do anything; and shifting a youngster off her lap. she went over to where the old lady was sitting. Meanwhile, Granny was gazing at the distant hilltops, seemingly uncon- scious of the fact that she was the subject of an animated conversation. The reporter had learned two things, namely, the Granny was very deaf, and that she had a mind of her own and usually did as she pleased. We were not certain but that she would object to the picture taking process, but the confidence of the young woman in her powers to persuade Granny to have her "pictur' took," reassured us and we awaited the result. Oh. Granny!" said the young woman, pitching her voice very high. "these gentlemen have come to take your picture end you must look nice; won't you?" "Why, they want to put it in the paper to show the people that you are the oldest woman in the world." "Well, if that's it, I don't care." That settled it, and we were sure of Granny's picture. Quite a bevy of her grandchildren and great grand- children and some of the neighbors gathered around her, and there was quite a discussion as to whether she should be dressed in her new black dress or photographed as she was. The reporter objected to any change, but his suggestion was overruled, and in a short time they had Granny in the house and out again, dressed in the new black one and for the first time, no doubt, in the history of her life the image of her good old face was impressed upon the plate of the camera. And now for our pen picture of this lady who enjoys the distinction of so wonderfully old. She is a tittle woman, being only about four feet high. and of course, beneath the weight of years, her form is bent so that she looks very small. But. with all. her face is round and full, and though furrowed and wrinkled by age, yet the wrinkles are not deep enough to make the face as thin as one would expect. Above her face and out from beneath the grandma's cap, her hair - as white as snow - strays forth and forms a fitting contrast to the sombre hue of eSpeed O. Gibson Zenith Washers Refrigerators Televisions See the Zenith Color Sets on display. We install and service all sales. RHOADES PLUMBING Et FURNITURE 15 Pov ll St. Glenville Phone 482-73 WE SERVICE ONLY WHAT WE SELL Looking for an economical way to get an economy car? We've got the answer... our special rate auto loans. At low geared interest rates.., the lowest poslble. the cap. tier hands are thin and seem as it gloved with wrinkled parchment, and by her side there constantly rests the good stout cane, three hundred yards from the door. As she looked when she faced the camera, she indeed formed a picture, yet one's mind could scarcely grasp the fact that she had seen the sunshine of 119 summers. But it is true, and as one looked at her and caught that steady gaze, that far-away look in her eyes, one could not help thinking that if the artists could only transfer to his plates all the pictures her eyes have seen, he would indeed have an album to be treasured. The years have done much towards erasing from Mrs. Conrad's memory the collection of events, except those of her earlier years. It took some time to get her to understand our questions, but when she did so her answers were always sensible. The words she so often used, "I don't remember; it has been so long ago" express volumes. The history of her life, from the time she was born, five score and nineteen years ago, until the present time, were it fully known would read like a great romance. The following is a sketch of her life as gleaned from her narrative: Mrs. Conrad was born on the fourth day of August, 1775, in what is now Pendleton County. West Virginia. Her maiden name was Eunice Mace, her father being a farmer by the name of John Mace and her mother {as she expressed it} "a Scotch lassie by the name of Mollie". Her father moved to BuUtown, in Braxton County, when Eunice was a little girl, but she remembers distinctly how the Indians had to be driven away from the town i before the white settlers could make their clearings and erect their cabins. The settlers - John Mace among them - took possession of the town and the cleared fields on the day after the Indians were driven away. Eunice's mother used for a milkhouse a large sycamore stump, in which the Indians had stored their deer and meat, and which also showed signs of having at times been occupied as sleeping quarters. Her father lived at Bulltown for four years and then removed to what is now Randolph County. There Miss Eunice met, loved and married Jacob Conrad, who at the time was much younger than she. The newly married couple turned their faces to the wilderness to find them a home, and soon she was once again living at historic Bulltown. Her husband came through the War of 1812 unscathed, and as his widow she is today receiving a pension from the government for the life and permanency of which her husband so bravely fought. After living at Bulltown some time. where several children were born to them, they moved to Dusk Camp. in Gilmer County, where they dwelt happy and contented for many years. During these years some children were born. some died and some were married. But the greatest trial came to Aunt Eunice in 1870 when her husband passed away and left her' to stand alone amid a new generation, since the death of her husband she has lived with her youngest son, Henry, and they have moved quite often to different places in the county. During this time she has seen all her children die, one by one, until now. out of a family of fourteen, ther is but one remaining, and that is the youngest of the family, the son with whom she lives. This son is now old and gray haired, and to see him one would not think it possible for him to have a parent living. He is kind and good to his aged mother, and with great pride exhibited to us an old-fashioned pair of socks which she knitted for him in her one hundred and sixth year. These, he said, he had never worn and would not until he was carried to his last resting place Aunt Eunice is now and always has been in excellent health and her eyesight is good. As we rode away, the old lady was still sitting in the sunshine that came sifting through the roof of the old porch, and her eyes were fixed upon the hills A slender cord to be broken, a little thread to be snapped, and Aunt Eunice Conrad will drift across the silent river to the home where her loved ones are waiting. Her death is recorded in Gilmer County Court House as March 2, 1895. GILMER SHOE Et HARNESS II REPAIR We stock workingmen's soles and heels for every job. Women's top lifts still $135. Only the finest quality materials and workmanship I I I go into our repairs. Open 9 to 6 - Closed Sun. Et Wed. Jack Bolen 215 S. Levis St. At the Foot of Town Hill mmmmmm mmm mmmmm H-P Fuzzy Gloves New Shipment 3 for $2.25 of Rug Yarn 75% Rayon 25% Cotton Reg. 1.65 for SALE CONTINUES THRU SAT. FEB. 21st. Hours 12 til 6 Sunday 10 til 8 Daily Large Selection Ladies Dresses El" Slacks Mens Sport Coats Fancy Patterns Reg. $39.95 Now Large Mona Wool Assortment Shirts Double Knit Reg. 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