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Marthas and Marys Written by Judy Meads Frances Myers Schmetzer has lived a life of adventure from the time she was old enough to explore until.., well, there is no until because she continues seeking out new experiences. We are so glad her adventures led her to Gilmer County. Life started out for Fran in State College. PA. where her sister Olive and brother Bill were born as well. Their father. Charles E. Myers - originally from Wayne County, WV - taught ag- riculture and psychology at Penn State. While the children were small, their mother. Olive Spicer Myers, gradu- ated from Penn State with a specialty in home nursing. Books, education and farming were engrained in the children early o Sister Olive was too shy to go to school by herself and did not begin attending until she was seven when six-year-old Fran could go with her. Since Olive was already reading, she was entered in the second grade and her buddy, Fran, went to first grade. They still enjoy each other's company. In 1932. Fran's parents bought a farm outside Hanover. VA. She re- members that her father paid $5.00 an acre and eventually had 1800 acres. A few years before that. Patrick Henry lived about two miles down the road. Since she liked to work outside, Fnin was her dad's carpenter helper that summer when she was nine. They repaired the old farm house, put in running water and bathroom plumb- ing and electricity and moved the porch onto another side of the house. She remembers that he would let itinerate workers sleep in the barn if they pledged not to smoke on the farm. The home became habitable for the family, and they all moved in. Fran notes that it was a very active farm with many enterprises going on. They grew vegetables which they canned as well as corn and wheat that they took to the mill to be ground. They raised horses, cattle, chickens, pigs, ponies and sheep. At one point, they Helping Hands had a total of 26 dogs. Fran used to call in sales ads for dogs to the local paper. In addition, they timbered on the farm, which was so busy that they employed a farm manager, a fore- man, three hired hands and a maid in the house. The farm is still intact and currently has seven houses of family descendants plus two more houses of people who married into the family. Sister Olive lives seven or eight miles from the family farm, and this summer Fran will be moving there to live with her. Fran's son lives nearby. The Glenville connection began when Fran and her siblings came to Glenville to spend summers with their grandmother, America Frances Myers and her aunt, Ivy Lee Myers, who was hired to teach handwriting and el- ementary education at Glenville State Teachers College. They built the brick house on Court Street which is now occupied by the Glen'dlle Democrat. When Fran was seven years old, she remembers standing in a crowd in down- town Glenville outside the bank. The bank president came out, she remem- bers. and announced, "This bank will not fail, and yourmoney is safe if you do not all rush the bank and withdraw your money." Even at 7, she knew some- thing important was happening. Back in Virginia, besides regular school work, Fran's mother taught her Latin when she was twelve. Later, the family became Glenville residents. She played and marched in the Glenville" High School Band and played in the Glenville State College Orchestra at the same time. At 15, Fran had two classes at Glenville High School and also en- tered college. She studied math and science because her father told her. "You need to know. how the world works." She graduated in 1943. Her siblings also enrolled in the college. Olive Myers Wolters gradu- ated from Glenville State in 1941, Bill Myers in 1950 and Jane Myers Kee in 1953. Mary Myers Vitalli at- tended for two years and then trans- Thursday, May 3, 2012 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder -- Page llA Award Ceremony Honoring Frances Myers Schmetzer students in her home. Last week I heard Fran mention tl'rat some of the girls were makin2 candles in her kitchen. She has generously donated her home to Glenville State College when she no longer needs it. She recycles materials to be used in craft projects by county elementary children who participate in the county summer enrichment program called Energy Express. She is aregular reader for children in Energy Express as well as one who listens to them read. Fran is a caregiver. More than once. she had been a daily companion of ailing friends. She provided compan- ionship and assistance with daily liv- ing, helping to make other' s lives richer. Fran is a member of the Glenville Presbyterian Church where she teaches a class for children. She is active in Presbyterian Women, and fully participates in whatever is going on. When we arrive for Sunday School. she has the coffee going. She also participates in Marthas and Marys. She is a regular volunteer at the Red Cross Blood Drives where she registers the donors. You may have seen her m one of the Commu- mty Christmas Programs portraying a character of Biblical umes in a sketch she wrote. Writing is something she does well. She has written patriotic programs which have been performed as read- ers theater in other communiues in which she lived For several years she wrote a weekly columns for the Glenville Democrat called "Musings of an Old Timer," which later were collectively published as a book of the same name. She donates the pro- ceeds to the Folk Festival. She is still kicking up her heels, liter- Then she became interested in the WV State Folk Festival. Fran was secretary of the Folk Fes- tival Corporation. She made arrange- ments for the housing and entertain- ment of the Festival Belles. As past caretaker of the Country Store, she coordinated workers who got the store spruced up for the official Festival opening and had volunteers ready to staff the store. She carried Festival newspapers, which she had carefully proofread, far and wide, letting others know what we have to offer. In addition. Fran organized two si- lent auctions, the largest fundraisers the Festival has ever sponsored. She was the force behind Storytelling be- ing added to the Festival schedule. In 2007. the WV State Folk Festival was dedicated to Fran Schmetzer and Mossie Tygart in recognition of their years of volunteering and leadership. For eight years. Fran was a volun- teer at the Augusta Heritage Festival on the campus of Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV. Since she is very interested in local history, she is an active member of the Gilmer County Historical Society. Fran helped to save the Duck Run Swinging Bridge from demolition by contacting the governor of West Vir- ginia and various officials and agen- cies about its significance. The bridge, built in 1922. was preserved and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. In 1999. Fran was appointed to the Glenville State College Board of Ad- visors, now called the Board of Gov- ernors. She is likely the college's most loyal supporter of activnies - ballgames. Homecomings and Alumni ferred to William and Mary. At 20, Fran graduated from college, and began her first teaching job at Normantown High School where she taught math, chemistry and general science. Before long, she went to Rich- mond, VA, and enrolled in the Presby- terian School of Christian Education - now part of Union Theological Semi- nary - where she earned a Masters Degree in Christian Education. Her first job in that field was in St. Paul, MN. Her father advised her to ask for $1,500.00 a year, but she re- ceived $1,800.00. There she met Pearl Buck who came to speak to the Inter- national Club. Next she was Director of Christian Education in a very large church outside Akron, OH. In 1952, she married Bill Schmetzer in CA at a national church confer- ence. Their children are Margaret (Peggy) Schmetzer of St. Petersburg, FL; Karen Schmetzer. who died at age 26; Charles Schmetzer of Hanover, VA: and Marie Pisecki of Midlothian, VA. She has lived.and worked in CA. MN, OH, MA, VA. FL, KS, NY and WV and has traveled in all 50 states. She has had many jobs, including being youth leader in local churches, conduct- ing leadership training schools for Sun- day School teacher, working in book stores and being a sutitute teacher. Later in her working career, Fran was hired by Readers' Digest to open sweepstakes envelopes. From that temporary job, she eventually became a reference librarian for the magazine and stayed with them for thirteen and a half years until her sixty-eighth birth- day, when she retired-returning once again to Glenville. Here, Glenville State College hired her to direct the campus Elderhostel Program. She has participated in or directed over sixty Elderhostels. Of course, she also jumped right into community volunteering since she has never been one to sit on the sideline. She worked on community projects in the Women's Club of Glenville. Day. If the doors open on the Fine Arts Building, she is there for con- certs and plays, and especially for student recitals. This past week. she was participat- ing in a convocation of reading the 2012 Trillium, a collection of student and alumni writing and art. For se,- eral years, she has rented rooms to ally, as a member of the Stardust Danc- ers from the Gilmer County Senior Citi- zens and especially enjoys dancing for nursing home residents. She has craved a life of adventure and challenges, and is an example of a life well lived. Thank you. Fran. for your helping hands. U.S. Senator Manchin & WV Senator Facemire to Be Honored at GSC Commencement The 138th Glenville State College Commencement is scheduled to take place on Sat.. May 5, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in the Jesse R. Lilly, Jr. Gymna- sium. GSC's 'Class of 2012' includes nearly 200 graduates from through- out West Virginia and ten other states (Alabama, California. Florida, Geor- gia, Maryland, Michigan. New York. Ohio, Texas and Virginia) as well as Washington. D.C. Most of the graduates completed their degree requirements this semes- ter. while some of the students com- pleted their courses in July or Decem- ber of last year. Fourteen members of the Glenville State College 'Class of 1962' are expected to participate in the ceremony and be recognized as 50-year graduates. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV/ will be the event's keynote speaker. GSC President Dr. Peter Barr will present Honorary Doctorate Degrees to both Senator Manchin and WV Senator Doug Facemire (D-Braxton I. Dr. Barr will also present annual awards to three people receiving the Faculty Award of Excellence, the Classified Employee of the Year Award and the Student Leadership Award. The ceremony is open to the public. Farmers' Market The Gilmer County Economic De- velopment Association (GCEDA) is pleased to announce the new season of the Farmers' Market. The Gilmer County Farmers' Mar- ket will open for the 5th Season on Sat., May 12, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Come Horseshoe Announces Summer Youth Programs Unplug and Connect with Nature Teenagers and children looking for a special summer week will want to check out YMCA Camp Horseshoe's summer schedule. Horseshoe camps are interactive. hands-on and fun with a purpose. Youth are enabled to "'unplug" from the daily distractions and re-focus on the essentials of leadership, teamwork and commumty. Teen icamps tnctude the,Te0n: lnL trepreneurship Summit. Sun.-Sat.. June 10- 16: a high school Leadership Summit on Sun.-Sat.. June 17 - 23. and a middle school Leadership Sum- mlt on Sum-Sat.. June 24 - 30. Teens will learn how to lead "'on P.U.R.P.O.S.E." and will return home with skills to improve their schools and community. Camps for boys and girls ages 7 12 include Adventure Camp from Sun.-Sat.. July I - 7 and the Governor's Youth Opportunity Camps onSun.- Sat., July 8 14,Sun.-Sat.. July 15- 21 and Sun.-Sat.. July 22 - 28. For more information about any of these programs, please contact Sharon at YMCA Camp Horseshoe. 304-478- 2481 or e-mail [Play on Words] Figure Out What this Curtis Elam Athletic Hal! of Fame Banquet & Inductmn Ceremony Saturday, May 19th - 6:00 p.m. e' M6II-kShanCampus Community Center Ballroom 2012 INDUCTEES Ed Tekieli '56 Former Coach Leland Byrd Steve Taylor '60 Sandra Elmore '73 Don Bullett '82 GLENV'ILLE STATE COLLEGE Contact GSC's Alumni Office at (304) 462-4122 for ticket information Picture Depicts Man Board paeoqaaAO uelv IHAd SN V cOUNTY JUSTICE SincerelY, PHOTO: Naneie Albright Pad Juce J,0. Beane, The Joseph P. Albrlght, St. Building. Wood County stlce Center Judge J. D. Beane served in the West Virginia House of Delegates during the years 1990- 2006 and was also in private practice of law. J. D. was appointed by then Governor Joe Manchin, III on December 15, 2006 as Circuit Judge of Wood and Wirt Counties. J.D. is in his sixth year as Judge and has been Chief Judge in the Circuit since 2011. Electing J.D. Beane, a proven public servant, will add a common sense ENDORSED BY THE 0 and... Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, Workers, Business Owners, Firefighters, Chiropractors, Contractors, Insurance agents, Bankers, Car dealers and Chiefs of Police voice to your Supreme Court. BEANE SUPREME COURT Paid for by J. D. Beane for Supreme Court, Herschel H. Rose, II1, treasurer. and enjoy the festivities. It is time to start planning your gardens and hopefully have a fruitful year. There will be vendors with veg- etable plants, flowers, herbs, han.ging floral baskets, bedding plants, jams and jellies, honey, eggs, spring greens. baked goods and crafts. Anyone that would like to be a vendor is very welcome to come and sign up for a space. For more information call the GCEDA office at 304-462-8098. ALL GILMER COUNTIANS vo ri FEt rr i FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION --- Currently I serve as Board President and " have done so for two years. Mygoal has always been to work hard for the benefit of our school system's Principals, teachers and students. I wish to continue with this goal for the next four years. Within that time frame I promise to do my best I to regain local control of our school system and to work closely with our superintendent, Board membership, the public, including you parents, to provide the strongest education for our Gilmer County children. 00Misty pritt Gilmer County Board of Education on next Tues., May 8. "Your vote will be appreciated.' qoliticaf aa Paicl for by the candidate ' i[ '/ t;l II[ T [I  i ,, I i/l: 1] i l lllEimmmmmmmmmmmml