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Page 4B m The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder m Thursday, May 3, 2012 By Jeanette Riffle Thanks to Cousin Sue Smoot for getting me the Army discharge paper of Mom's Uncle Jesse Stout. I will try and get some history together from memories. This paper was found in some things from George Greenleaf's store in Cedarville after he died and things were being cleared out. They ended up with Sue because why was a Stout and related to Jesse. The paper states that he was dis- charged from World War I in June of 1919. When enlisted, he was 24 years old and his occupation was a farmer. His character was very good. He was entitled to travel pay to Bennett. WV and entitled to a Victory medal and two battle clasps. He was single at the time of army discharge. Jesse Stout married Mom's Aunt Alpha Lowe. They had two children. Vernel and Gwandalene. Vernel mar- ried Sarah Persinger and Gwandalene married George Greenleaf. George and Gwandalene had a country store in Cedarville in the '50's and into part of the '60's. I think. He worked for the State Road for a while, but got a leg injury with some of the equfpment. Dad would some- times drive us up to visit them on Sunday afternoons after church. They, like a lot of others of that era, burned coal and Gwandalene's par- ents, Jesse and Alph Stout. burned coal and had to have a spring house. The well was dug and a house built over it to keep the water clean, keep little critters out of it and to protect it from the weather. They could keep their dairy products cool that way. I remember Mom and I staying all night with them one time when I was quite small and I saw Great Aunt Alpha pull a glass jug of milk out of a water hole in the ground with a rope More Cedarville History that was tied to it. That was their spring well house. They had a battery operated radia that was saved for the weather and news reports and we loved going up there because it was so quiet and peaceful. They were godly people. Great Aunt Alpha was a good cook. She could make a gravy out of any- thing. She would take a huge cast iron skillet and make poor man's gravy out of cow's milk thickened with flour and add the leftovers from the last meal such as meat, potatoes, beans or other vegetables. Then she baked a big pan of bis- cuits and got out her homemade jel- lies and jams and cow butter. That made a delicious meal. They had moved to a farm that was on Upper Steer Run. They raised sheep. Every time I think of their place, I remember a time when Mom and her cousins took all of us kids up there for a get together. Mom's cousin. Elodia Stout Cairo, came from Columbus. OH with her two daughters and Cousin Thelma Stout Mclntyre came from Clarksburg with her son. and they stopped off at Glenville and picked up Mom's Aunt Lula Lowe and everyone drove by our place and we rode up to Uncle Jesse's place with them. Elodia Jean and her sister Thelma and their Aunt Lula were all former Cedarvillepeople. Now. when city cous- ins and country cousins get together. things are not quiet and peaceful. My Italian cousins, the Ciaro girls, and I were walking around in the front yard looking for something to get into and we saw the hill and decided to climb it. So, off we went. all of us kids. Mom's cousins Gwandalene had come over with her son, Kenneth Ray, and with my two brothers, there were seven of us. When we got to the top of the hill, there was a big flat sled and we all got on it. Us older cousins- the boy from Clarksburg and the two girls from Ohio and I- were on the back of the sled and the little boys- Kenneth, Brock and Roger- were on the front. Well, the boy from Clarksburg, Bill, put a foot down and starting pushing and said, "Girls, come on, push!" We watched him and did the same of our side of the sled. I thought he was just trying to move the sled and didn't know what he was up to until the sled started going downhill and gaining speed. It was then that I panicked and yelled to the little ones up front to jump that we were headed for the farm house. They wouldn't jump off and I told the girls that we had to jump or we would crash and get hurLso the three of us jumped. The sled gained momentum and scattered sheep everywhere. "Baaaaa!" I was afraid they would hit one, but the sheep somehow managed to get out of the way. We girls went running down the hill. following the sled and when it crashed, we ran to see if the boys were alright. They had rolled off just be- fore the crash. That is, everyone ex- cept Kenneth, and he flew over the banister on his grandma's feet. It wasn't long until Great Uncle Jesse came out of the house. He had been inside sleeping on the day bed and heard all that commouon and he yelled, "Alphie, what the thunder hit this house. 7'' Then he saw his grandson on the porch floor and said, "Kenneth boy, are you alright?" He saw the sled and boys of the ground and went to see if they were alright. He asked what had happened. Everyone started telling their ver- sion of what they were doing when the sled came flying down the hill and the whole place was in an uproar of laughter. Our rooms were on the other side of the porch in chairs reminiscing of old times and Great Aunt Alpha and her sister, Great Aunt Lula. were in rock- ing chairs on the front porch talking. Great Aunt Alpha was rubbing a wad of snuff in her jaw. She had looked up and seen that sled coming and pointed to it and was going, "Ahhhh!" Great Aunt Lula didn't see it and thought her sister was choked on snuff. She got out of her rocker and started pounding Alpha on the back and the sled hit and Kenneth came flying over the banister on Alpha's feet and Lula said. "Well, Alphie, is that what was wrong with you?" Our rooms heard the commotion and came running to the front, all big- eyed, to see what that noise was. It is a good thing the adults all thought everything was funny or we would have been in serious trouble. Boy, did we liven that place up, but our moms wasted no time rounding all of us up and heading us for home. Mom said'she never would get us all together again because it's hard to tell wh at would happen. We went back to visit Uncle Jesse and Aunt Alpha from time to time, but not with cousins. And. our parents watched us. I think that whole thing embarrassed Morn to death. This was a time of life when people had time to visit, as there was very little TV and not much electricity and of course no electronic games and the like that people have now days. People worked hard and took their kids to church on Sunday, and spent time with the family and relatives and neighbors. Now people are too busy for all that. If you didn't have a car, you got around on a horse or on foot. I have a great grandfather on the Stewart side who traveled from county to county on a horse. He wore one suit andcarried another clean one in his saddlebag. He was a horse trainer by trade. He bred and trained horses for people. That is another story which I intend to get to one of these days. Cousin Sue remembers two hotels in Cedarville when she was growing up there. She remembers seeing people sitting out front on warm summer evenings in rockers and talking at the hotels. There were two stores, an under- taker, three churches and a school. This would have been in the '40's and early '50's. My Mom mentioned a doctor by the name of Doe Kile. He is that one that picked the buckshot out of an ornery boy's behind. Mom was always entertaining us with stories of those ornery boys up at Cedarville and she told of some boys that picked on the Lowe house. Every evening about dark, they would come and throw rocks at the house and yell at them. Her Grandpa Lowe was down sick in bed and couldn't do anything. One evening, they heard a commotion on the back porch and Great Aunt Lula went to investigate and boys were rip- ping boards up out of the porch floor. She said. "That does it!" She went out with the gun and only meant to shoot in the air and frighten them off, but she tripped over some- thing and the gun went off and she heard someone yell, "Ouchhhhh !" She knew she had hit one of them. It wasn't until the next day th at the Lowes knew who the boy was. Doc Kile came by and asked ifLula had been doing any shooting lately. He said he had a boy at his office the night before with his behind full of buckshot. So, that was that and word got around town who one of their trouble makers was. I don't know if that one told on the other boys or not, and Mom didn't say who they were. It sounds like Cedarville needed a town cop. People had to take things into their own hands. That put a stop to the boys picking on the Lowes, though. They hit the farmer's pumpkin patches, though. Morn told of a farmer that had brought in a big pumpkin to his wife and told her to make some pies and when she cut into it. it was full of barnyard manure. Someone had cut a clean slice off the top and scooped the pulp out and filled it with manure and put the top back on tight and the farmer didn't notice. So. all of this would have been in the '30's. I think. There are many stories that Morn told us, but things were uneventful and peaceful at her Aunt Alpha and Uncle Jesse Stout's place. She heard the whippoorwills at night, though. and didn't like to hear them because of their reputation of being an evil bird. but that is another story too. One got on the roof the night her Grandma Lowe died and wouldn't leave. They chased it off with a broom. but it would come right back. Some people believe that the whippoorwill warned of death. It is an ugly bird, but I. for one. do not believe that stuff. I grew up with superstitions, but do not believe in them. The Devil can get a Christian in a real foothold if they let him. God's power is stonger. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Says Thank You to Golf Academies at Cacapon Resort Stat Park Cater to the Average Bubba America's Farmers, Ranchers and Rural Communities for Helping Strengthen Our Nation's Economy Rencetly, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted the impor- tance of agriculture and rural America to the economic recovery and the strength of the nation. Vilsack touted America's farmers, ranchers and growers as some of our nation's greatest assets, responsible for one out of every 12jobs: providers of our food, feed, fiber and fuel while helping to drive our national economy. He highlighted ways the USDA and the Obama Administration have worked to improve the lives of rural farmers, ranchers and rural commu- reties as they help strengthen our nation's economy." Vilsack noted USDA's work to strengthen the rural economy over the past three years, including: USDA is maintaining a strong safety net to help keep American agriculture profitable and keep farmers on the farm. Over the past three years, USDA's crop msurance program has paid out almost $16.2 billion to more than 325,000 farm- ers who lost crops to natural disasters. Other programs have provided nearly families in more than 21.000 commu- nities buy or refinance a home. Vilsack also touted the work of the first-ever White House Rural Coun- cil. that was established by President Obama in June 2011. Chaired by Secretary Vilsack. the Council gives the Administration the ability to c ut across large federal agen- cies to deliver results for rural fami- lies and businesses and provides a unique opportunity to hear directly from people across the country on how to grow the economy and create Unlike 2012 Masters Tournament fee, daily use of an 18-hole cart, un- champion Bubba Watson, who never limiteduseofdrivingrange, twonights took a golf lesson, most golfers do lodging at Cacapon Resort State Park take a lesson or two. lodge and additional coaching /in- Golf Pro Rita Slavetskas will be struction sessions at no charge. assisting people in.learning the game An academy reception gathers stu- of golf during a series of academies dents and instructors together to intro- which will commence this May duce the class organizatmn and play. through September at Cacapon Re- The academy price ranges from sort State Park. $400 - $550 per person, depending Slavetasksa is an LPGA Class A Teaching Professional who makes her summer home in Berkeley Springs, WV and teaches at Cacapon Resort State Park. Cacapon offers a three-day golf school, an academy for men and upon academy dates and occupancy. Academy dates in 2012 are: Wed.- Fri., May 9-11, Fri.-Sun., May 16-18, Tue.-Thu,, May 22-24, Tue.-Wed.. June 12-13, Tue.-Thu., June 19-21, Tue.-Thu.. July 10-12, Tue.-Thu., July 24-26 and Tue.-Thu., Sept. 4-6. Emai] sional Division in 1997 and earned her Class A status in 2002. Since joining the LPGA, Rita has been involved in instructing all levels of golfers, male and female; in private and group settings. Slavetskas is the LPGA Teaching Professional on the staff of Cacapon State Park in the spring and summer as well as the LPGA Teaching Professional on staff at Dolphin Head Golf Club on Hilton Head Island, SC, teaching private and group instruction. She has had the honor to instruct with many professional golfers in- cluding Nancy Lopez, Peggy Kirk Bell, Dottie Pepper. Sandra Haynie, Americans and grow the agricultural $3.5 billion in aid to help more than economy over the past three years by 250,000 farmers and ranchers recover developing new markets at homeand..,fi'om naturadisasters. ............ abroad, maintaining a strong safety USDAhasprovided 103.000loans net, investing in conservation and re- to family farmers and has worked search and encouraging the next gen- w{th over a half a million farmers to eratlon of farmers, pursue conservation agreements and "'Thanks to the productivity of easements - enrolling a record num- America's hardworking farmers, berofacreslnconservationprograms jobs in rural America. women wanting to improve their golf Since. it laHnr-h the Whlt. 1-1",:-gameandalsoenjoytieonthecourse ...... i _" ........ (_55L" anent Cacapon. Theacademy pa, rtural Coum...a uppo/tma a tOffd "  - =' age includes six hours of instruction spectrum of rural initiatives includ- with no more than 20 students on a ing a $350 million commithaent in given academy date. The concentra- SBAfundingtorural small businesses tion is on the long game, short game over the next 5 years, launching a and trouble shots. series of conferences to connect in- When golfers attend the academy, RitaGolfWV@aol.com or call Rita Slavetskas, LPGA Teaching Profes- sional at Cacapon Resort State Park 304-258-1022. About Rita Salvetsksa Rita Slavetskas has been rated one of the top 50 LPGA instructors in the United States. She was accepted into the Ladies Professional Golf Asso- Sally Little. Jane Blalock. Jane Frost, Elaine Crosby, Emilee Klein, Laurie West, Marlene Floyd, Jim McLean, Alicia DiBos, Kathy Whitworth, Paula Creamer, Mike Shannon, Gale Peterson and Cindy Miller. She has taught at LPGAclinics across the country and led numerous Ronald McDonald House Clinics at LPGA ranchers and producers, U.S. agricul- ture continues to be a bright spot in America's economy and a driving force behind export growth, job cre- ation and our nation's competitive- ness," said Vilsack. "U.S. agriculture accounts for 1 in 12 jobs, provides American consum- ers with safe and affordable foods, contributes to record incomes for farm families and is helping reduce our reliance on foreign oil. Through our efforts at USDA and the work of the White House Rural Council, the Obama Administration is supporting and contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to the rural economy that supports many jobs. USDA has made historic invest- ments in America's rural communi- ties, financing 50,000 rural small and mid-sized businesses - helping to cre- ate or save 266,000 jobs. USDA has invested in broadband service for nearly seven million rural residents and helped to build or reno- vate over 6.200 commumty facilities including hospitals, schools, fire and police stations and libraries. USDA has belped 456.000 rural vestors with rural start-ups, creating capital marketing teams to pich fed- eral funding opportunities to private investors interested in making rural investments, making job search in- formation available at 2,800 local USDA offices nationwide, making HHS loans available to help more than 1,300 Critical Access Hospitals recruit additional staff and helping rural hospitals purchase software and hardware to implement health IT. 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May 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Valley HealthCare. 301 Scott Avenue in Morgantown. Any individual inter- ested in learning about the prevention of suicide is encouraged to attend. Registration costs $15 and will begin at 8:00 a.m the day of the workshop. Application has been made to offer "Education is one of the most effec- tive ways to impact suicide statis- tics." stated Bob Musick. executive director of the West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide. "Our organization's goal is to help the community understand that the problem is real. provide information about the many available resources to assist those in crisis and bring aware- ness to the fact that suicide can be prevented when warning signs are recognized and addressed." 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For more information about the Morgantown workshop, other work- shop locations or the West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide. please contact Bob Musick at 304- 296-1731 ext. 4181 or bnmsick @ valley healthcare.org, or contact Patrick Tenney, BA, at 304-296-1731 ext. 4197 or ptemwy@vallevhealthcare.org