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The Glenville Pathfinder - Glenville, WV 26351 The Glenville Democrat - Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Page 5 A Pearl Buck, the Belles, Patrick Gainer and WV's Folk Fests ... cont'd ... up the old Wesley Foundation learning traditional mountain Center for the evening's din- songs and playing them, pre- net and my talk. The West Vir- senting historical topics related ginia Federation of Women's to this state, demonstrating the Clubs was the major sponsor old-time log cabin construction and donor to the Pearl Buck crafts (like shingle making), Birthplace's restoration. Also, telling ghost stories, etc. the late Senator Jennings In early October of 1974, I Randolph got us a $100,000 didn't know any of this but, federal government preserva- under my direction, we, at the tiongrant, undera 1970Preser- BirthplaceMuseum,sponsored vation Act bill. The Birthplace a "Chautauqua," which was a and Independence Hall in late l9thandearly20theentury Wheelingreceivedthefirsttwo speakers and entertainment se- grants in this state, but we, in ties under a large tent. In its Hillsboro, finished the restora- heyday, these Chautauqua lion way before the Wheeling teams went from town to town, group accomplished theirs, in part to provide adult educa- Back to the Folk Fest! tion and also to make money The "Founder of the Folk tin'ough admissions charges. Festival" was Dr. Patrick One event sponsor was the Gainer, anationally renowned West Virginia Humanities folklorist and West Virginia Council, so they sent up sev- University professor, eral speakers on history, phi- As a Gilmer County native, losophy and one - Dr.Gainer he came home to Tanner in the -- on Appalachian folklore. summers and taught at GSC. With his fiddle in hand, he was For his summer Folklore Class the hit of the whole Chautau- in 1950, he had the students do qua, along with a Mr. Sum- folk culture projects, such as mers, of New York City, who PATRICK GAINER II'S FUNERAL - The children and a granddaughter of Patrick Gainer II, son of the senior Patrick Gainer (the folklorist and Folk Festival founder), was recently held in Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Glenville. In the center is Patrick Gainer III, and to his right is Molly Gainer, a Glenville resident and a folk singer in her own right. This funeral was only announced within the church circle, which Patrick II, as a staunch Folk Festival goer and photographer, may not have appreciated, owning to his community- mindedness. Yet, it may have been his wishes for a tow-key funeral. (st#f photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) WEST VIRGINIA N SPAPERS SUPPORT AND HONOR THE VUERANS' LEGACY PROJECT Dennis Fitzpatrick Glenville, WV Viemam War ILSI Air Force Veteran "(7 ming from the AO" 1;b z'e, I did not hm,e m~V negative reactions when i came back from the military. I never had any problems at all jbr fimting employment once ! was out the military " J Sponsored by: I Attorney At Law 304.624.1100 "In Honor of those who have Sacrificed." GLEN ILLE The West Virginia Veterans' Legacy Project is an oral history, preserving the stories, artifacts, and photographs associated with West Virginia's veterans who have served from Wodd War II to present it is accessible at the Glenville State College campus and via w .f enville.edu/veterans. For more information contact (304) 462-6163 or Jason,Gurn@glenville.edu Gienville 304.462.5631 came to put on a marionettes' beautiful "holler" between the show for the children and their hills they loved so much. In true parents. Both returned for fu- mountaineer fashion, small ture Chautauquas. ground level stones mark their Aftertheday'sperformances final resting places,along with and talks, I invited the speakers several of their children. The out to our rented home on a historie graveyardisjustbefore farm. That first year we got to entering Tanner's downtown the gate with the several ve- and old school areas -- to the hides, I opened it -- noticing rightoffThirdRunRoad.lfyou thattheowner'scowsweresev- pass the small frame house on era] fields over and far removed the right and see the downtown, --butdidn'tclosethegateupon you've gone too far. It's just entering the farm field, about 50 feet beyond a house. As we were eating, someone Patrick Gainer H looked out the window, yelling Dr. Gainer's late son, in a state of alarm, ' 'be cows Patrick, was also an extremely are out on the road!" accomplished person, being a Oh, my! NASA scientist, a masterful Dr. Gainer, as cool as a cu- photographer and talented mu- cumber, responded,"Well,let's sician. He and his late wife, just go out and retrieve them; Rosemary, also retired to the I've done it on the farm many old family farm, after fruitful times." careers in the Newport News/ Out we went in one vehicle, Hampton Roads area of VA. and Dr. Gainer showed us, us- Infaet, Rosemary researched ing my car,how to herd them up and wrote the only "Civil War and lead them back into the History of Gilmer County" field. I drove, another stood by that I know of. (Itis now on sale the gate so they wouldn't go at the Historical Society.) down the road the other way, Pat would help his daughter, and Dr. Gainer, using his wit Molly Gainer, and her daugh- and wisdom in talking to the ter, Mary, in singing the 'Ta- cows calmly walked them back vorite Songs of (the alder) into their field. Patrick Gainer" at previous Mission accomplished! Folk Festivals. For me, hearing Also,thegueststhenenjoyed them honor their father and my then wife's supper, grandfather was a trip down Mythought:Herewasanaca- Memory Road, of which I al- demic man living in the Ivory ways enjoyed reporting. Tower who neverlost his home- Conclusion spun Gilmer County fanning Know who PearlBuck was, touch! I so admired him greatly Folk Festival readers? during all his visits. She is one of only about 10 In Wyoming County Americans who won both the In 1978, I became editor of NobelandPnlitizerPrizesfor The MuUens Advocate (now Literature. Her most famous defunct) in MuUens. Then per- book: "The GoodEarth."And, haps in 1980, the local Meth- in 1963 at the state's Centen- odist minister wanted to bring nial Celebration, she washon- Dr.Gamer'spresentationtothat ored as the state's most distin- county, so we gave his visit guished daughter. wide publicity. A large crowd, thus, assembled to hear him. His performance was spec- tacular, as usual, in-between telling everyone about more of IIi I i ml I 1 I= i il Im I i II BI IB III 1 I f ............ 1 I Worry'! Worry! You see the evidence of it I everywhere you turn. The furrowed brow. The set 1 jaw. The anxious .stare. The nervous pace. 1 1 Consequently, our people are having sleepless nights, I I nerwms break-downs, and slomach ulcers. Youth II worries because he is not old. The old worry cause i they are not youne. The educated won-v because they know so much (F~ccl. t 1 8) while the i)norant v,:orry I ! because they' know so little. The rich worry because ! they have so much (Lk. 12: 17), and the poor worry ! because they have sO little. Some ~on'y because of i the past. Others worry because of the furore. On and I on it goes! 1 Worry is so useless. There are two things aN:rot I 1 which no one should worry. First, nobody should 1 worry about that which he cannot help. If the difficulty cannot be remedied, accept it without 1 fi'etting, Second, no person should worry about that I I which he can help. Instead. he should get busy and I remove the cause of his anxiety. This is always good I advice: "Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do it with II thy might:." (Ecc. 9:10) Toconquerworrv, we must forgetthe past. This ! I was one of the principles that guided Paut's life. He I said. "This one thing 1 do, forgetting those things I which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things whidl are before..." (Phil 3:13) There was I enough in Paul's past to run him crazy,if he had dwelt 1 ! upon it, Therefore, he ptlt his mistakes behind him as I works of ignorance (I Tim. 1:13), and pressed I :forward to a brighter future (Phil. 3: 14), I If we, too. have made mistakes i:n the past, we :should derive what wisdom we can from tfiem~ get .i :forgiveness of them, and then forget them. One 0i'the [] 1 I finest of arts is the art ot' ff rgetting, At t he close of the I day, we should pray and ask God to forgive tis of our sills and then fl~rge[ it. l John 1:9 says,"If we confess I our si:ns, he is faithful and iust to fo Zgive us ours sins, ! and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness/' l I I 1 I II Glenviile Church of Christ, ! 221 Poweli St., Glenvitle WV 26351 Noel Roberts--Phone 304-462-8136 I IIIIIIIIIIIIIII Attention Businesses! Come to The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder Newspapers for all your advertising needs! EVERY MONDAY at 6 p.m.! this authentic traditional Appa- lachian music I that could be I'__I_ Doors open at 5:00 p.m. heard at the West Virginia lel/ Lllm I I I j State Folk Festival. I o .... .~ ( Weather Permitting) OIppOlI Afterwards, my wife and I I RI II" " Early &ra (Ouickle) games at 6.00 p.m. invited him and his lovely and genteelwife, Antoinetlg(Ibe- . 1. -",UB1 .... : :, PIlIBIEISIlILPlUI.IILHIRIglUIil"YI lREITIIllOlIS! .... , f i I IlIil[i h II 'i i I i i ill ]] [i L lieve), over to ourxented home. , , , We did so in an embarrassed fashion, because all we could rent there in those coal mining boom days was a typical five, room house with a very small living room. In fact, it was just large enough for the four of us to sit down in and talk. After we apologized for our small abode, the Gainers were so nice, Patrick saying,"I grew up in one of these kinds of houses, but in the Oil & Gas Fields of Gilmer County." They had kept their summer home in Tanner, near where he grew up. I was so impressed with this outstanding and lov- ing couple. After all, they were so well known and he, the au- thor of many groundbreaklng folklore books, yet they didn't mind sitting down with regular people, talking, laughing and exchanging stories. Their kind- ness always stuck with me ... and still makes my heart warm. A few years later while lis- teningto a WVU football game, the sportscaster announced that Dr. Gainer had died that day. Such news brought sadness to me, for I knew that much of Appalachia's folkloreand songs passed on with him. They are both buried in the family's "Good Shepherd Cemetery." They now rest in a of .... i I I 2"!7 East Main St., Glenville Call or visit : www.ivan l