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Thursday, May 29, 2003 -- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder --- Page 7 GeraldineMarks 462-7477. O ! the home of the mail car- many regula- Leonard wore he was a rode to and were rio Sometimes he- Sometimes, HOME - This is a picture of and Family in 2000. day home of Jess and Lona also sold gasoline. rap)Marks. The gasoline was pumped by hand Brax- into a big glass bowl on top of the and Arabell pump, then run by gravity into the .They always automobile. raised lots of In the late 1930's, Jess and Lona 'aS the Crooked moved to Rosedale and located their and years, store there. The Progress Post Office cl Fork closed, and, if I remember correctly. the Perkins and Gassaway mail carri- ers met somewhere and exchanged mail. The Rexroad Rosedale store was a huge success and the Rexroad children could attend the Rosedale Jr. High School and stay home. Had they lived on Crooked Fork, the high school ered and delivered one dol- and Lona this house. School children. t home, is coun- has been beside the store. in the store, but office and we tged om kernels One win- kernels- to trade and Dad When they gristmill on d ground into In meal would to get corn children would have had to stay m Gassaway to attend high school. I guess the business genes passed down to the Rexroad children. A son, Kenny, has had several businesses in Gassaway and now sells building sup- plies in the old Brown's Store above Gassaway. Another son, Harold, lives in Sutton and has been involved in timber and sawmilling. Harold's son, Michael, is the owner of the big Michael Motors car sales near Gassaway. Ralph and I and several of our children have bought new cars and trucks at Michael Motors. Most of us will be having company during the Memorial Holidays. We will'need to get out our big cooking pots. It's always so much fun to visit with the children and grandchildren. This weekend, the Normantown High School Alumni will hold it's annual reunion. Former school stu- dents wilt come from far and near to the reunion. There will be a Icy,' in- conveniences because of the flood], but I'm sure everyone will enjoy the day. I hear the 1953 Normantown High School Class will have dinner and celebrate in the lunch room the evening .of May 23. The death angel has been around. Ruby Jones, a granddaughter of Crooked Fork Pioneers, Levi Newton and Samantha Emily Moore Dobbins, died. Ruby's parents were Morgan Dyer "Tom" and Rose Dobbins. Ruby grew up on Crooked Fork. She was a widow of Corb Jones, but in recent years, l i ved beside her daughter Helen of most Butler near Sutton. JoAnnWoodyard S 462-7093 I that the 4-H applebutter, beds all Applebutter soon ! hopefully Tulsa the revival and Mr. and Mrs Frank Postalwait, Cory and Sonja Richardson last week one day. Mr and Mrs. Mike Butler of Ohio visited Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Moss and family last week. I hear Mary Smoot's house is com- ing along nicely and we will all be anxious to see her pretty new home. Sorry I didn't have much news, I was busy getting ready for the Cedarville School Reunion. Helpful Hints: Use a metal ice tray divider to cut biscuits in a hurry. Press into the dough, and biscuits will sepa- rate at dividing lines when baked. ! ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR -Donald Norman is chosen as the Normantown 'Alumnus of the Year.' Pictured above are Nona and Bureau of Investigation, and The U.S. Army ()rdinance Department. His training involved fire fighting tactics, fire fighting organization, fire service supervision, identification and han- dling of hazardous materials, survey- ing buildings and structures for life and fire hazards and many other mat- ters. Don received an Associate in Fire Science Degrec from Lorain County Community College in 1975. Don has been a HAM radio opera- tot for many years. He has helped pass messages around the country in emergency situations where other communication was not available at the time. He has helped train many others in HAM radio operation. He has worked with The Tornado Group in Ohio to help alert people in time of danger. Don has always been willing to do anything he could to help the Alumni. He has been President of the Alumni Association and is currently Vice President. Since retirement, Don and Nona have spent an average of one week each month at their place on the Right Fork of Steer Creek in GilmerCounty. 'D~Ns hobbies are Amature Radio and Genealogy. Check his genealogical material at Donald Norman. tive son Donald Noman was a son of Coy and Minnie (Miller) Norman. He was born at Shock, WV on Mar. 17, 1930. He attended the Shock One Room School for grades one through seven and Normantown School eight through twelve, graduating in 1949. Don married Nona Mae Sams at Lagrange. lndianaon Nov., 21. 1954. Nona was a daughter of Alfred and Frona (Samples) Sams and was born at Procious in Clay County, WV on Nov. 19, 1933. Don worked in different industrial jobs in Ohio before joining the Elyria Fire Department as a paid profes- sional fireman Jul. 16, 1956. He was promoted to Lieutenant in Dec. 1967, to Captain in Oct. 1970, to Assistant Fire Chief in Feb. 1976 and the Fire Chief in 1980. He retired in Aug. 1983. At the same time, Don was Fire Chief in Elyria, Don Varner, from Troy, was the Police Chief. These Gilmer County boys do well. During Doffs Fire Service Career, he attended several seminars, short courses, and work shops presented by The Ohio Industrial Commission, The Ohio State Fire M shall's Office, The National Fire Protection Agency, The Underwriters Laboratories, The In- surance Services Office, The Federal Pat's During the month of April, the Hands of Pride Daycare center had the opportunity to open it's doors to the college community. Glenville State College teaching candidates vis- ited the center and worked with the children as a requirement for their Education 218 class. The GSC teaching candidates worked closely with the staff to imple- ment small group lessons in the areas of language, math, creative arts, and Pat Ridpath, Burnsville 853-2401 Reunions, Passings, Children's Books I am too tired and happy tonight toate, calls her quite often and is always tell about the wonderful Burnsville glad to hear news from home in the Alumni Reunion that is still going on Chats. He says hello to all his friends as I write this tonight. My comments and relatives. He lives in the state of will have to wait until next week. Just Washington. this One thing: Betty fGraff) Pulliam Toni Wine reminds us to rcmem- said that her husband, Kenny, (both of ber Father's Day on June 15. She them were my classmates), likes to get says Happy Birthday in June to her the county paper and see what "Chatty sister, Veronica Wine, her aunt, Patty" has to say. That is Kenny's WandaSingleton, hcrcousin, Natalie name tot me. I got a good laugh out of Wine and her uncle, Jerry Wine. Also that. Happy Birthday to Joanie Riffle, Bar l mentioned sad goodbyes last week, Holcomb, David Harris, Dawn but those were folks who are merely Brown, Betsy Cogar, Matthew retiring, movingon.Wewishwenever Lemon, Diane Martin. The Braxton had to say the sad goodbyes for this County Special Olympics are going week! Pat West(all of Weston with to the State Summer Games June 6, whom I worked at Sharpe Hospital 7, and 8 in Morgantown. just retired about six weeks ago and A portion of an article in the De- died in her sleep. (That is the way I cember 13, 1928 High School paper, wanttodieiflamgivenachoice.)We THE REED, by my lather, Harry are very sorry to lose her, and sad- Wiant, states"Wheredoweexpectto dened that she enjoyed her retirement find beauty? It was not intended that only a short time. Ben Morrison, a each person travel many thousands dear friend and valuable citizen of of miles to get a glimpse of wonders Burnsville, also died. Helen Conley, ofnaturc. Openyoureyesandlookat whom we all knew as our friend and the great masterpiece of nature. helper at Marple's Store died. We will Beauty is all around us if we but look miss her. Why is it that I see most of for it and quit blundering through the my friends at funerals anymore'? Don't world walking right over beauty and tell me it is something to do with my not noticing it. Tot) many persons own advancing years! have been disappointed after spend- I could not attend the funeral of Pat, ing fortunes to st.e the beauties of the nor Helen, but 1 did attend Ben's. world. We can spend a lifetime ex- There were many beautiful memories ploring the wonderful masterpieces shared about this special man whose around us and still not see a fraction keen sense of humor and his feeling of of it." That is SO like my dad! Thank responsibility to his church, his pas- youMaryBetty(Kidd)Pcakforbring- tors, his community and his friends ing us this old, old school paper. make him a hero in disguise. Isay"in Do you have some children's disguise" because many never real- storybooks your family has out- ized his unique qualities and contribu- grown'? I read in Guideposts of a tions. My own son, hurting from los- wonderful project started by Jana inghisdadduetoourdivorce, worked Minor called "Aunt Mary's for Ben one summer when he was 16. Storybook Project" after her own He was very shocked to hear of Ben's aunt who read to her and her sis- death and only then, in retrospect, did ters. She was looking for a way to he come to see what an influence for help prison inmates who were the good that Ben had been in his life. mothers of young children. These He wrote a poignant email about this, women, separated from their chil- which l shared at the funeraI. Benwas dren, are given recording equip- not one of those long-faced, gloomy ment and storybooks so that they Christians. His service was one of joy can read and record them, send andwasdonehumblywithoutfanfare, them home to their children, and "His eyes how they twinkled, his create a communication that may dimples how merry." He will truly be help the children feel less aban- missed, doned, therefore improving their For those interested in the reenact- chances to adjust more healthfully ment that is held at Bulftown, thedates to the situation. If you want more are October 16- 17 this year. Martha information about this, log on to (Brown) Taylor shared this infornm,- www, guidepost '.com, or get in tion with me. Sh alSrgaid'that Will "touch with me and I will conraet iam Jones, a Burnsville High gradu- them for you. III I I I O M argar et Radcliff 462-8250 play. The supportive and caring environ- I'm sitting here Thursday evening 'Also, the arm that he broke is still ment of the center, the friendly staff waiting for Jay and Argil to come giving him problems. made the time spent there more than home for supper. I happened to think Last weekend was abusy one.Class just a field experience; it was an ad- I got Monday off, so that means no reunions, and decoration for Memo- venture into the world of young chil- mail. rial Day. dren. I had better get the news written. Next weekend is high school gradu- We would like to send a Hands of Jimmy andhis family were over for ation, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Pride THANK YOU to Miss Valerie a little while last Saturday. It was sure high school. Mullins and Miss Barbra Mitchell. good to see them, even though l had to Wednesday evening was the FFA GlenvilleStateCollegedidawonder- leave and go with the evening mail. Banquet. It was a very nice evening. fuijob! Robert Flesher is still in the hospi- Good food was served and lots of Reunion 2003 ta,. He is not doing much better. It awards given out. Everyone seemed seems he can't get his strength back. to have a g :xl time. On Sun., June 8, 2003, the descen- , Brooks and Rebecca rived on Bear dants of Brooks Bently Bond and Run until 1924 where they raised a Rebecca Bernice (James) Bond, will family of nine children. Their gather at Cedar Creek State Park, near children's names were: Zella Pathena, Glenvillefortheirannual"Bondfam- Violet Susanna, Daisy Grace, John ily reunion." Stump, IrmaMaria, Golda Kate, James The Bond family traditionally has a Isaac, Charles Fredrick and Bernard reunion each year on the second Sun- Brooks. All lived to adulthood, mar- day in June, and have met continu- tying and raising families of their ously on that date somewhere, since own, except Daisy Grace who was 1948. This year, the family wanted to killed in a farm accident on Bear Run bring the reunion back to Gilmer at age I!. County where "Brooks & Rebecca" The family has now scattered first met, were married and started throughoutmuchoftheUnitedStates their family 99 years ago on June 15, with members living in Texas, Col., 1904. GA., FL, NM, Tenn., Ind., Ohio and Rebecca was the daughter of Elben WVa. Many plan their vacations each J. James and Susanna (Stump)James. year in June, so they may attend the Both the James and Stump families Bond Reunion. Last year's reunion News Evelyn Carson462_8828 GilmerWere earlYcount),.pioneering families in held in Larue, Ohio, was attended bY57 family members. Brooks came to Gilmer County The family extends an invitation to back to normal the covered Church of Christ for that signed from Sycamore in Calhoun county, all our relatives living in the area to He was a school teacher, and is cred- join us at the Cedar Creek State Park ited with eaching ten terms at the Recreation Building for our reunion. former Peach Tree (one room) School Bring a favorite covered dish if you on Steer Creek. wish; meat, soft drinks, plates, etc,, will be provided by the family. i|l,i The Best in Italian & American Food Tues.-Wed.-Thurs. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sun. & Mon. - Closed Daily Specials & Fresh Baked Goods. at Baldwin card that was sent to me. The Oak nn King, Grove Methodist Church. The Villers, Dawson Church and other churches Kit Mes- that sent cards and the nice card and EVelyn all that signed it at the Senior Center and all that helped in any way. i also and a good want to thank my daughter and her husbund for coming in and helping ly me and for all the phone calls. Also 're Maxine thanks to Frank Richards taking care s, of my chickens and Roger Weesc Weese, for mowing and his wife helped me one day, so God bless all of you. y My son, Jewell Carson, came in Everett Monday to see me. also my daugh- roy, Frank tcr in Florida called me. it looks like we are going to have more rain. So long until next time. Hope lenviile things will be better then! , cancer survivors, the Survivers' Walk just fantastic! A UTO DETAILING "Detailing At Its LADIES AGE 25-65 OOe~O0OIO00000 Are you Due your Annual Pap ! Smear, Breast Exam, or Mammogram, but just can't afford it. Maybe We can help! CALL: 'Gilmer Co. Health Dept. 462-7351 Take Care of YOURsELF ..You Deserve it. This prognun is supptn'ted by funds from WV B reast mid CervicM Cancer Screening Progrmn in txx perati(m with the CDC.