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Sec. B: Life-styles ---- Gilmer County's Social Scene The Glenville Democrat lenville ( Golf Club A BIRD ENTHUSIAST WITH NO MATCH -- A Claude R. Kemper Scholarship Fund is being established the old Tanner High School Alumni Association. Here in this newspaper file photo, the late Claude Kemper (left) shows his son, Ron, some finer points of the bird carving craft. And Claude was a master craftsman. Having grown up and living much of his life at Newbeme, he had a real eye and ear for the "Birds of (his) Hollow." Ultimately, he started carving them, starting up a collection that was requested by many friends. Contributions in memory of Mr. Kemper can be sent to: "Tanner Alumni Association," Claude Kemper Scholarship Fund, c/o Rosa Belle Gainer, Box 12, Glenville 26351. A personal remembrance- of My 9w, part 2 By Frances Schmetzer The Kemper's retirement was birds that he had considered friends andexplainedtowould-bebuyersthat planned as carefully as his career, throughout his boyhood; he decided they would have to wait. Usually in Ethel was teaching art in public school, then to carve and paint only birds that July of each year, Ethel would write Their son Ronald was grown and on had lived in that hollow in those early or call each person whose birds were his own. They each wanted to retire as years or live there now. His retire- ready and say, "In 19_ you requested early as possible to do extensive trav- ment hobby had been found, andthey a pair of cardinals (or other bird). eling and develop some type of mean- put a mobile home in place to spend Calude has made a pair you may have ingful hobby. The retirement was summers in "The Hollow." if you still want them, but do not feel achieved in 1970, but hobbies did not Claude's younger sister Loreta vis- obligated to take them. Please let me come about easily. He first thought of ited the Kempers in the home hollow know." They could claim the birds at lapidary, but that went no further than that summer and recognized his gift- the Jackson's Mill festival or make collecting a few stones. Aftermoving edness.ByLaborDay weekend, 1975, other arrangements. to Venice, Florida, he and Ethel en- Claude had finished about fifteen Although Claude devoted most of rolled in an adult education class in carved and painted birds that she con- hisyeartosatisfyingrequeststhathad ceramics, he enjoyed that but did not vinced him to take to the Stonewall been placed several years earlier, he feel he was good at it. Soon pottery Jackson Heritage Arts and Crafts Ju- liked to have at least a small selection piecesbecameclutteraroundthehouse bilee near Weston. Harking back to of 10 to 12 extras to sell at Jackson's and in the garage, his boyhood summers, he named the Mill to those who hadn't gotten on his Although Claude had grown up with collection"Birds of My Hollow." All request list. Over the years, a number a penknife in his pocket, he was al- were sold in the first few hours of the ofdifferentproceduresforgiving folks most 65 years old when his wife show, and after that ~uitting became a fair chance at buying an unreserved sparked an interest in carving birds, unthinkable, bird have been tried. Some years ~'hilc touring in Maine in the late Becoming a master carver, how- groups of people waitin'g to grab one summer of 1974, Ethel purchased a ever, did not happen without concen- ot thcsc prizcd birds began forming as small wooden blank of a duck with tration, study and much work. After early as 7:00 a.m., several hours be- directionsforcarvingit. Hisobserva- choosingaspecieshewantedtocarve, fore the mill opened, and the line tion was, "I thought she had wasted he created a pattern of the basic out- numbered much more than the few her five dollars. I did not owrk on it line. This was used with a saw to extras that were available. Finally, then. but some time that winter back roughoutabeginnirtg.Usinghisknife Claude and Ethel decided that the in Florida, I picked it up, looked at the to coax the wood into a shape be liked fairest (and safest) way to give every- picture that came with it, and started was thc satisfaction that kept Claude one an equal chance was to give out carving I thought it began to look carving, but painting the birds needed numbers on a first-come/first-served pretty good as to shape, but, oh, how adifferent skilI. Claude said his paint- basis. Stories have since surfaced of it needed color to bring it to life. I ing of that 1974 plover was terrible, the anticsofcollectors who wanted to made up my mind then that I would He sought advice from Ethel, who be in line early enough to get a num- paint any birds I might carve." The had been an art teacher in elementary ber. One couple told of staying at a duck was only 2 1/2 inches long and school, and from their daughter-in- motel near Weston and getting up too small to try painting, but he re- law Lynne, who had majored in art in before 4:00 in the morning. A woman membered seeing a plover on the college. They each recommended who needed just two more birds to beach that was basically only two acrylic paint, which is what he then have one each for her grandchildren colors - black and white. He decided used exclusively. He observed, "Over had a friend come with her, and would to see what he could do with the the years I worked hard on my paint- have climbed over the fence had they plover and after he had carved and ing and developed my own tech- not found an opening that gave them painted that bird, he knew that his nique." He chose basswood for the access to the grounds. The two women penknife, wood scraps, birds and paint carving, which is plentiful in West were on the Festival grounds at 4:40 would be hard to put away. Virginia. He mounted the completed a.m. and were numbers 1 and 2 in line. The following summer Claude and birds on driftwood, mostly picked up The Kemper year became defined Ethel brought theirtravel trailer north around the shores of flood-control from the closing of one Jubilee and from Florida to the mouth of the hol- lakes around the state, preparation for the next. Most of the ~,,~ )w whre he had lived as a boy. The Claude credited his continued suc- persons who had ordred birds lived in "schoolhouse was long gone and his cess to Ethel. Not only did she en- centralWestVirginiaandpickedthem sister Eva had moved into the family courage him, she also did the periph- up over those Labor Day weekends, home almost out of sight up the run. eral work when invitations to exhibits which becamse a sort of homecom- There, the bird carving he had been and workshops were forthcoming, ing. Etheldesigned and ran the yearly de~eloping the previous winter in Claude said, "I did all the carving, exhibit. Claude's sister, Loreta, had Florida took on enhanced meaning, paiting and mounting ofthe birds, and been at the first Jubilee in 1974 and and a hertofore unexpected talent she did everything else. Without her soon was an exhibitor with her own emerged. He carved and painted some help, Iwouldpossiblyhavequitornot crafts. Claude missed only one year of the birds he had known and loved have let the hobby grow as it did." from 1975 through 2000, making his in his youth, such as the robin, blue- Soon Claude could not carve birds display surely one of the few that has bird and black-capped chickadee. It fast enough to satisfy the demand, run that long. was a new pleasure to be working on Ethel started writing down requests (To be continued) I ane Democrat for Your vote and influence will be appreciated llllmll/lmlll ~ /llllllllll ELIMINATION DINNER --- On Mon. evening, Apr. 5, the Glenville Golf Club sponsored a very successful Elimination Dinner. Here, local attorney, Phil Reale, emcees the event which had 150 tickets sold at $50.00 per chance. After the dinner's expenses, spokespersons for the club estimated that $6,000 was raised in order to help keep the local club moving forward. Who was the lucky winner?. Mr. Reale, himself. (StMfphoto by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) MANNING THE BOARD -- At the Glenville Golf Club's recent Elimination Dinner, State High School Golf Champ, Anthony Reale (standing, background), helped out by taking down the names that were pulled out of the hat. Many local people, especially the sports enthusiasts, enjoyed the evening's activities. IIII I yol r ear just a BODY SHOP Professional Repair Shop Includes: Used auto parts Car rentals Wrecker service Using PPG Products from Automotive Color Technology Call us at 462-7309 for our classified advertising contract rates Vote Bill Adler for State Senate. Paid for by Adler fo..1..._......_...._~r Senate~ Delores B. Adler Treasurer Larne Secretary of State ,,IF Proven Leadership for West Virginia. PAID FOR BY FRIENI~ OF LARRIE BAILEY, MRS. JOHN KENNEDY, TREASURER VOTE CHARLES (DAVE) HESS DEMOCRAT CANIDATE FOR SHERIFF OF GILMER COUNTY If elected I will work to insure the tax office continues to operate with honesty and efficiency and that everyone receives prompt and friendly service. I will be an active Sheriff, one who wears the Sheriffs uniform to work every day, one who responds to calls at night and on weekends and one who is willing to respond to any call that comes in and do everything possible to investigate the crime, apprehend the criminal and assist the victim. As Sheriff I will work with the Deputies and we will act as bailiff court, serve papers and handle your calls in a timely manner without hiring additional personnel. The Sheriffs Department budgets for'the next fiscal year do not contain any money for hiring more people to serve as bailiff or process servers. I will continue to apply for grant money to buy equipment and to pay overtime to the deputies to work additional patrols and programs. The Sheriffs, Department now has a fourth deputy completing Itraining at the West Virginia State Police Academy. With this ladditional deputy, I will schedule around-the-clock coverage sev- leral nights a week. The deputy will be out working, not at home Itaking calls, [ I am running on my record of job performance as Sheriff and ITreasurer of Gilmer County from 1993 through 2000. During that Itime, we developed a great working relationship with the State Police land other law-enforcement agencies in Gilmer County and surround- ling counties. I will work to continue this relationship. I I would be willing to sign a law-enforcement mutual assistance lagreement with surrounding counties. This would allow mutual lassistance in case of an emergency or enter into a multi-jurisdictional Itask force agreement. This agreement, however, does not allo'w any Icounty officer to cross county lines to answer complaints or make larrests on their own. I I enjoy working in the Sheriffs Office. I believe my record proves Ithat I can and will do the job right. I ask for your vote on May 11. I = Editors & Staff of The Glenville Democrat~Pathfinder