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February 27, 1976

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2 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder February ~, 1976 ALL parents interested in enrolling their imam ia the cmm~ scouting program, PLEASE attend a meeting ou March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the basement of .the First Bapthd Church in Glenville. by Ten= Dalesie Wednesday - Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. GlenviUe nranch of American Association of University Women will meet at the Wesley Building on GSC campus. Wednesday - Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m.W. Va. State Folk Festival meeting in Town Hall, Glenvtlle. O Bookmobile Schedule: Main Street, Glenvfl_le, Wednesday, March 17 from 4-7 p.m. and Thursday, March 18 from 11-3 p.m. At Normantown Elementary School, March 17 from 1-3 p.m. Saturday - Feb. 28 the GSC Alumni Asmciatioa will spmmor a hospitality ~ from 4-6 p.m. in the Nm~ GallmT of the Charleston Civic Center during tim WVLAtC Tmammy hi Charleston. Please feel free to dr~ In. The 1~1 GSC Champions will be honored on Saturday ~ at tlm game - it's their 25th anniverasry. Sunday - February 29 t 1:30 p.m. The CAeaville Gelf Club will hold a meeting at the clubhouse. Election of oflkers and a discussion of finances will be held. All members are asked to attend. Thursday - March 4 at 1:15 p.m. There will be a work ~mtflea of members of the CAlmer Coua H torill Sedety. All members are urged to come to the Anaex mmm to h,dex materials. Yearly dues will also be due at this time. Saturday - March 6 at 7:30 p.m. Stouts Chalml Ckurch ou Hym's Run will sponsor a sing featuring the Harmeaairs f em Webeter Springs. Public invited. Saturday - March 6 from 9-12 a.m. G(3IS dance featuring Parkersburg WXIL Disc Jockey "Duuer". Saturday - March 6 from 7:30 p~m. to 11 p.m., the Smithvtile eighth grade will sponsor a square dance at the School Gym. Lots of music and refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome. Wednesday - Feb. 28 from 5-7 p.m. "Hee Haw" program mui square dance and spaghetti dinner at the Calhoun High f houl Gym. Proceeds to help =end the Calhoun High Band to Disney World. Everyone Welcome. The "legend" of Aunt Eurfice Conrad goes on. Since our first mention of Eunice in a January edition of the Democrat, more arid more interesting facts about the "'grand old lady" have been brought to my attention. The big question is: At what age did Eunice Conrad pass-away? Some say she was 131 years old when she died, and still others firmly believe she was 119. Recently, however,, I received word that according to a census taken July 31, 1850, Aunt Eunice was listed as being 58 years old. This means that she was 103 when she died in 1895. A host of relatives are still present in West Virginia. Oneta Singleton listed many of them and described how they lived in a feature she wrote not too long ago. I got a note the other day which listed the great grandchildren who now live in Gilmer County: Mable Hardman, Steer Creek: Mancel "Fat" Conrad, Stumptown and Macel Jarvis. Steer Creek. Some great-great grandchildren still living here are Dollie McHenry, Linn; Eula Brown and Leonard Conrad, both of Glenville. All the interest in Finding the truth about Eunice Conrad's age and what she was like shows that Gilmer Countians are still very proud of their past and the people who first settled here. Eunice Conrad's story is an important link to the past as she represents one of the true "'pioneers" of this area. Her contribution to the county was her family and, her practice of basic American values and way of life. According to a U.S. Census of Gilmer County, the names, ages and occupation of the Conrad family was listed in a book entitled "The Census Returns of Doddridge, Ritchie and Gilmer County, West Virginia for 1850". The census, taken July 31, 1850, lists the Conrad family as residents of Virginia since West Virginia did not become a state until 1863 - thirteen years after the census was taken. Eunice was born in what is now Pend]eton County, WV. Eunice and her husband, Jacob Conrad were both listed as beins 58 years old. The ages of their children are as follows: Powell 27, Jacob Jr. 26, Benjamin 23, Ann 21, Barbara 17 and Henry 13. If the date of the census is accurate. Eunice Conrad was 103 years old when she died in 1895, and not 119 or 131. It seems to me that there is something else about Eunice that attracted the attentions of so many people - not just her age. After I read the story published in last week's paper written the year before Eunice died. I realized that she was a very remarkable woman. She must have been a strong, earthy woman - the head of a household with six children. She lived during the hard times our own grandfathers and great-grand- fathers told us about. Eunice Conrad's life story is truly a part of Gilmer County. This, unfortunately, last column I will write as GlenviUe Democrat. The of the paper will be out, day of work in Gilmer truly sorry to be spending such a short will miss Gilmer County time I have been here. have made many Gilmer Graphics and county. I considerd GilmeJ home and was made to and that I belonged here. important to me and sa, them is not an easy As editor, I met and many people who were willing to take the information honestly and when interviewed. I important, professional from my co-workers exchanged stories, experiences with many Both gave me valuable offered me their grateful for what I There are many things I for during my stay here though I hate to admit words cannot express and appreciation. To all Gilmer County: goodbye You. ~ ~ i~;~ ~i~i i,i Dear Editor: The problem of mass transportation is hitt~g not only cities but hamlets and villages all over America. There was a t~me when our dependency on the rail and bus systems were almost complete. Then affluent America began travelling by au~ on the land...plane in the air and ship by sea. This system of navigation seemed to be working a few years ago. And then the recession hit and more and more vast lines were forced to cease operation leaving stranded those that had come over time to depend on them. The coat of maintaining and operating a vehicle became so exorbitant we turned, indeed, back to a raft system that has since become for the most part a government concern. Busses today are a sinking part of the country's history. The entangled mass of controversy over who is the loser goes on. Myriad suggestions continually crop up as to a workable solution. What seems to be necessary is for the operators of the lines to make it pay without burdening the passenger with high tariffs and inconvenient time schedules. In some parts of the country mass transit systems have been cut to the bone...ff they are not extinct. We know of parson crises that could have been avoided. We know of a great deal of hardship that has been caused by it. We think the problems should be tackled and solved by experts whether at a state local or other levels. We don't feel that it should be something we look back on in longing...but rather something better the future has in store. Dr, Donald S. Pritt Parkersbura, WV To the Editor: In a world of natural law that gives only for re-giving equally, where we have a government based on freedom of religion, education and science, it is a little difficult to determine the future needs of education when the educated are unaware of the time in which we are now living. Should we have to go back to some 500 years B.C. to the one who survived the Lion's Den, or to a Priest "'who went to Heaven in a whirlwind" to find what period we are now living in? We need to plan a future based on a balanced economy. We should develop our physical and spiritual needs in our present waning economy so they will lead us through the 21st century to end of our present Christian era and into the beginning of a new age. As to the near future, however, we may expect little change in our economy until the last 10 years of our present Century. Then we will feel the pinch of our energy costs. There will be a shortage of all materials needed by our manufacturers of machinery and the costs of the bare necessities of life burden the people. To treat our educational, economical and political future however, would require more space than I have. so I must be brief. Through the rest of the Century. we may expect longer periods of dry weather, and in return longer periods of overflowing rain. Since the Little Kanawha River is the main artery that drains 2.321 sq. miles and 29 counties of the state, more attention should be given to the river's channel above and below Glanvilla. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, in 1970 estimated that if the Burnsville Dam had been in operation, the flood level of the L.K. River at GlenviUe would have been reduced by 5 feet. As the condition of the river has grown much worse in the 10 years since the last flood, we may'expect similar damage in the next flood early in 1977. unless the river banks and channel are cleared and made ready to carry the flood waters. With the river draining its 55 sq. miles above BurnsviUe, and with the river having an average fall of 25 feet per mile to Burnsville and below: and with the rapid flow from above, and the river being lined with trees and brush on both sides forming bottle necks in places, the people may suffer a loss in early 1977 as they did in 1967 unless the hanks are cleared at Glenville and below. When the dam is closed to preserve the fish in periods of dry weather, there will be no flow of water in river at Glenville and the people will suffer from a lack of water suitable for human use. and it may be necessary to drill wells to get water fit to drink. Clay Whiting Glenville Dear Editor: I am a parent of two children who attended Gilmer County High School and l do not like the new laws "they have at the school, Our son was in school the first semester, but he missed because of illness and surgery and his credits were taken away. Also, our home burned the first day of February 1976. burning everything we owned and he had to miss more than 12 days of school. He would not get any credits for the second semester, so I had to withdraw him. [ believe that because the children in this city, who want to go to school but ~mcause of this law go for nothin~ or drop out. are being deprived of their right as a citizen of this (:aunty to get the education they need to get along in this country, "withou! the help of Welfare.'" i}ainies Skidnmre Cox's Mills by Nochrs AUtop Mrs. Lulu Gregory and daugher, Mrs. Gwendolyn Sumpter and Fleda Wildman, visited relatives in daughter. Peggy Whyte and Stacy.~ Parkersburg this weekend. Also ~hey traveled to Canton. Ohio, Saturday to visited Mrs. Gregory's brother. Mr., v"isit another of Mrs. Sumpter's Green Marks, el" Little Hocking, Ohio. Mr. Bud Curry of Normantown visited his son, John Curry, of Milton, West Virginia this past weekend. Paul Whyte. who formerly worked at the shoe factory in GlenviUe, has secured a job in Texas. His work will require changing working areas from state to state. Presently he is in New Mexico. daughters, Joan Fluharty and family. Mrs. Olive James will enter a hospital in Charleston within the next week or so to have cataracts removed from her eves. Mr. ana Mrs. Graver Smith, Jr, and family visited the Hill James family over the weekend. by The News Mr. and Mrs. Donald Sleeth and family of Belpre, Ohio were weekend guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Sleeth. Mr. Bernard Smith has been confined to his home because of the flu. Mrs. Annie Heister and son Bob and his children were visiting Estella and Tom Brannon on Sunday. Fleda Chancy, former resident of this community, has been a patient in the Stonewall Jackson Hospital. She was visited on Monday by her niece, Mrs. Betty Cole, and daughter Connie. Mrs. Mary Burton. local area manager for the World Book Encyclopedia Co.. attended a breal~ast at the Sheraton in Clarksbur8 last Saturday and also visited her brother-in-law, Mr. lewell Ware, who is seriously ill in the Downtown Division Hospital. Mrs. Nannie Lowther is staying in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gall Greenlief on Rush Fork. Mr. and Mrs. Carolton Matheny and children. Sandra and Berry of Pinch, visited their parents. Mrs. Amy Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Meighs Matheney over the weekend. Recent guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Beard were Mrs. Vada Willis and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Morgan and children all of Parkersburg. Mr. and Mrs. Archie Langford hosted a birthday dinner Sunday for his sister. Rev. Rita Emmerson of Auburn. Mr. Racy Emmerson. Karen Sponaugle and son Sonny also attended. Mrs. L.K, Matheney visited Mrs. Shoda Radcliff one day last week. by LIUie Kimble Mrs. Della Bennett was a house guest of Mr. and Mrs. Ashy Minney for several days. Mrs. Bennett is recuperating from an operation, she is much stronger and has returned to her home in Grantsville. The Steer Creek Senior Citizens met Feb. 18 for their regular covered dish dinner. Mrs. Virginia Harvey and the new Vista worker, Mrs. Ruby Bush were present. There was a drawing for the quilt that was donated by Mrs. Velma Clowser and Vergie Sands of Rosedale. Mr. Bern Collins drew the name out and Mr. Harry Collins was the lucky winner. The donations amounted to $57.25. Thanks to everyone that helped. The Senior Citizens are going wwiw wwlws to play Bingo after the next business meeting March 3. There were 75 at Sunday School at the Stumpto~n Church and afterward the pastor Rev. Rodney Minney, gave a sermon. Those shopping and attending to business Saturday in Grantsville were Mrs. Lennie Stump and daughter Pearl. Mrs. Nora Vannoy, Mrs. Daisy Shiflet, Mrs. Pearl Pearcy. from Lockney and Harold Gaston tram Normantown. Mr. lack Shifiet went to Virginia Wednesday to bring t~is father home. He had been visiting relatives and got sick. Gary Gainer's little boy is a guest of his grandparents for a few days because his mother is ill. pfam extre Hazel Moore and Ruby lean Bush, the two Vista Volunteers for Gilmer County. will be in Parkersburg Tuesday. February 24th for additional training.. Mrs. Bush has previous training in Pittsburgh. This is Mrs. Moore's 2nd year with vista. The Gilmer County I-Iistorical Society presented a list of 28 persons which was approved by the Coanty Commission as the Gi]mer Cm~nty Bicentennial Committee. County Commission approval was neededso that the" Bicentennial Committee can now apply for state funds for plans and projects. More names "'may be added" to the list in the near future. Members of the Gilmer County Bicentennial Committee are: Boyd Collins, of the County Court: County Clerk Mary R. Davidson; Superinten- dent Ronald J. Welty. Principals William J. Piercy. James Shock, Thomas Dooley. Roger Brady and lames Pharos; Editor Thomas A. Dalesio; Newspaper D. A~nold; Executive Messeroll; Mayors and Carl Carr; President Bayard Mick: Hazel F. Gerwig; l County Agricultural Mason: Home Barbara Williams; President Deimar K. Club President Willis President Mike Club President Bertha Master Clark C. Wolfe; D. Banks Wilburm Chairperson Fern Bureau Representative ney and Kanawha Representative Jack Formers my kve to fib Farmers may have to file their Federal Income Tax return and pay that tax by Monday, March 1. T. Blair Evans, IRS Director for West Virginia, said that farmers who did nol file a declaration of estimated Federal individual income tax by lanuary 15 should file their 1975 tax return and pay all tax due by March 1 to avoid a penalty. Farmers are defined as those persons who earned at least two-tl-drds of their 1975 gross income from farming. ffmom's to C/ r/est The Gilmer County Democrat Woman's Club is planning a trip to Charleston on March 5. They will tour the Capitol Building and visit the Legislature and be guests of [}el. Billy Burke and Del. Harold Long, who represent the 23rd Del. District. There are still a few seats available on their bus and will be filled on a first come basis. If you're interested call 462-7407 or 462-8033. You do not have to be a club member to go on this tour. Heert Feed collect A total of : Glenville last Sunday Heart Sunday girls from the collected for the Fund, according to publicity director. Totals from reported at press Tanner area, Tanner United collected $100. Because of there were some v nsolicited. An collect in these areas 29: Northview, Street. Grassy Run canvassed. If you any contributions Taylor, Mineral Fund care of the Those who loved one may by sending your Memorials Fund. 71. Box 21, Glenville. received on sunday honor of Claude All County Heart appreciated Published Ev y IMd , IdG ByGILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING,t " At E. Main St Gienvtlle, WV 26361 Phone 462-730S Second-Class postage paid at and at additional mailing offices ..... 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