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June 20, 1975

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l @ O Publisked By And Fer Gilmer Ceuaty Peeple GLENVILLE, GILM]~ COUNTY. WEST VIRGINIA Single Copy Price 15c {Incl. Tax] i Imm m, Zm a y yor David M. make a minimum of two trips daily Road traffic from the main campus. vehicles a The committee also estimtated that Was made to approximately 200-400 students would for Widening use the new physical education the road. complex located next to the Forestry m error. The Road is Committee found in 1,168 vehicles Road during a In addition. t,379 vehicles from Rt. survey of Highways Same montl~. figures, the and class along County High staff and to the new Depart- at the on members Building, in addition to 1.5OO-3,000 persons attending collegefootball game during fall weekends. Mineral Road also serves the Gilmer County Recreation Center. Four-H Camp authorities reported having 12.000 visitors a year. In addition, the GlenviUe Golf Course, located near the Recreation Center, has between 50-75 patrons daily during the height of the season. There are also many organiza- tions such as the State Fur Trappers Association and West Fork Soil Conservation District which travel along Mineral Road to the Recreation Center several times a day during conventions and other gatherings. Thus, the traffic flow along Mineral Road is much greater than the figure cited by Gillespie and was taken rote consideration by District 7 D,O.H. engineers when the recommended re-routing traffic in the area. The State DOH decided recently not to re-route traffic but to merely resurface the road. by IlelsR L. Wells Maley during the Union-Confederate skirmish The there. Forced to leave Glenville and because of his Union sympathy, he by later returned to ~ e company of for Maley Parsons, rece~f F. College. holdings time a manuscript given to gave the edition. The another Gene- Civil War. the opening of the sPent much lrly life of Glenville ~is SOn Flat his IOth West Virginia Infantry." Matheny was born in Parkersburg and attended schools there, including Parkersburg High School. At an early age he heard from his father, Joseph Edward Matheny, Sr.. the stories concerning General Harris. His grandfather. Thomas Marion Ma- then'y, was a special friend of General Harris. having served as a scout and spy for the Union forces, and was his partner in a small business at Harrisville. General Harris's stories concern- ing the Civil War were often told during his visits to the grandfather. H.E. Matheny finally organized and recorded them. to present another view of the Civil War in Western Virginia. which later became West Virginia. A roster of the lOth West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 1861- Jim Meads [!] and Jim Bush play c,m~ing dulcimer, so-named because in days gone by a fellow could sit on the porch with his lady under a watchful parental eye and play love songs. Both Jim's are expert dulcimer players and were photographed at last year's Folk Festival in front of The Country Store. Festival runs June 19-22 in GlenvUle. 1865, included in the book. was compiled from the original muster rolls in the National Archives; the Annual Report of the Adjutant General of West Virginia, 1864-1865; the Civil War Roster assembled by General Thomas M. Harris in 1870: county histories; membership lists of patriotic societies; and other sources. The roster serves as source material for those interested in their own distant kin who lived in Western Virginia durix~ this period m our nation's history and who served in the Union army. Let the trumpets sound. the dEums roll as the names are called. names such as Col. Thomas M. Harris, Col. Morgan A. Darnall. Lt. Col. Moses S. Hall, Lt. Col. Lewis M. Marsh. Maj. Henry H. Withers, Sgt. Maj. Henry H. Detamore. Sgt. Maj. Napoleon B. Ferrell. Capt. John H.Bailey, Capt. Nimrod M. Hyer, First Lt. Samuel A. Rollyson. CpL Thomas B. McLaughlin, Capt. lames E. Ewing, Capt. John McAdams, Capt. Hiram A. Brannon. Sgt. Joseph C. Ghick. Pet. Amos Furr. and names of many other north-wes- tern Virginia families. Harris lived in Glenville. having moved here in 1855. He joined the Presbyterian church and was elected Clerk of Session the following year. The minute book, now held in safe-keeping at the Kanawha Union Bank, is in his handwriting. He continued his medical practice in Glenville until the middle of 1861. when he moved back to Harrisville for his family's safety, his Union sympathies being well known. On December 13. I~51, he received a commission as Lietutenant Colonel from the Restored Government of Virginia and helped recruit the companies in the 1Oth Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Almost all of the soldiers were from what is now central West Virginia. and many of them are grandfathers, great-gremd- fathers, and great-great grandfathers of West Virginia families today. On March 17, 1862. he received his commission as Lieutenant Colonel in the United State Army. In the backwood counties, Harris and Sergeant Jo. Loomis Gould often risked their lives among the lukewarm Confederate sympathizers, trying to talk them into permitting their sons to join the Union army. Harris and most of his soldiers lived through the campaigns throughout Virginia and were at Appomattox Court House when the surrender came. He also served on military commission which tried the conspirator of the Lincoln assassination plot. After the war, having been elected a member of the House of Delegates from Ritchie County, he introduced on February 8, 1867, House Bill No. 12: a Bill to incorporate the town of Glenville, Gilmer County. Gilmer County Commissioners passed a resolution last June 2 indicating interest in obtaining application for a federal Flood Insurance Program. according to Mary Davidson. County clerk. A second resolution was also passed stating the County Commission- ers would comply with the requirements of the plan. A public meeting was to be held Monday. lune 16 for all residents in the county, including Sand Fork and Glenville. to hear Barbara Given, federal flood insurance specialist from the Federal-State Relations office in Charleston. discuss the program. If the county adopts a flood insurance ordinance, building permits would have to be obtained by persons in the county for any new construction, in or out of the flood plain, it was learned. This aspect of the flood insurance program appeared to concern several commissioners and county residents. In addition, a building inspector would be desingated to enforce a county-wide building permit system. County Commissioners discussed assigning the Glenville building inspector, Robert Minigh, to enforce a county permit system, sharing expenses for the cooperative service, it was learned. While there may be some opposition to the flood insurance program proposed by the federal government because of building guidelines, there are disadvantages for not applying. If the application, now in the hands of the County ~issioners. is not completed within one year, residents within the designated flood plain area would "not be eligible for federal or federally related financial assistance for the construction or acquisition of buildings including bank loans," according to federal regulations. In addition, County Commissioners released a general revenue sharing planned use report. The county anticipates an annual revenue sharing payment of $163,476 for the year from July 1 to June 30, 1976. Of the total. $109,476 is for capital expenditures and $54,000 is earmark- ed for operating maintenance. According to Mary Davidson, county clerk, $15o000 has been set aside for the Volunteer Fire Department's bid on a new fire engine; $13,500 has been set aside for the County Health Department; and the remainder has been budgeted as follows: Public transportation. $20,000 {in part. for ambulance drivers salary and possible amublsnce shelter): health, $30.000; recreation, $14.000 {possible new construction); social services for aged and poor, $500; multipurpose and general government, $20.000 {some may be used for Court House roof and major repairs}: and $59.476 for repairing and improving county properties. Cross-county bicyclists who peda- led their way from Oregon to Washington, D.C. along the Bikecen- tennial Trail will participate in the June 21, W.Va. State Folk Festival parade, beginning at 10:15 a.m. James Kehew. a retired educator from Camp Hill. Pa. and his wife. Esther Gerwig Kehew, hope to ride their bicycles in the parade. Mrs. Kehew is the daughter of the late Stacy D. Gerwig of Glenville. The Kehews have often visited Glenville and have attended several Folk Festivals. During this 26th annual festival, they will be guests of Mrs. Stacy D. (Hazel Fisher) Gerwig. Beginning June 17, 1974, the couple pedaled their way from Oregon for 3.600 miles through Montana, South Dakota, Iowa. Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. arriving in Wahington, D.C. on September 11. Their motive for making the was to blaze a trail along the Bikecentennial trail ahead of thou. sands of cyclists who intend to bike across the country to mark the 1976 bicentennial celebration of the U.S On the road 73 days, the couple covered the trip without a fiat tire. They carried about 30 pounds of baggage, including a tent, sleeping bags, clothing and tools, along with bicycle parts. They averaged about 50 miles a day. Many towns welcomed them with special ceremonies and they were presented state flags, plaques, and medals and they were frequently subjects for radio and television interviews. They completed their trip on the steps of the American Revolution Bicentennial Administra. tion Building on Jackson Place, across from the White House. where the director, Dan Burden. gave them a Certificate of Recognition. t Sgveretetn [I-r] outside Gilmer O,.anty GiLmer County is saying goodbye to two physicians and a dentist employed here for the past two years through the National Health Corps Service. Drs. Russ Silverstein. Jim Piper and Les Sabo have finished their two-year hitch and are moving on to finish up specialty training and, in the case of Dr. Sabe, begin a dental practice. Each is leaving with great fondness for Gilmer County and, in the middle of a busy. typical work day, had many things to discuss about health improvements, problems, physician recruitment and perdonal feelings. "First let me say that many persons have asked, 'why are you leaving if you like it here so much?" said Silverstein. "Both Jim and I were obligated to further our training before coming here and those obligations had to be weighed against staying." he said. Piper will finish specialty training in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. conducting research, teaching and patient care. Silverstein will begin a two-year residency in adult medicine at Cedar-Sinai Hospial and Medical Center. Los Angeles. Calif. Lea Sabo said he would're remained in the county but with a second dentist returning, John Westfall, along with Tom Wilkerson, there would not be room enouh for a third practicing dentist. He is going to Rochester, N.Y. where he will work in one of the city's public health clinics. All three doctors expressed concern that the next two physicimm coming to Cdlmer County may be the last sent by They wig be third NIICS feels the county has had plenty of opportunity to recruit full-time, private practitioners. Unfortunately NHCS has selected physicians who've made previous, solid commitments to resume specialty training elsewhere. It is hoped that the public health organization has selected two doctors who will have a more open mind about deciding to remain. At any rate. the departing doctors said, the community should make an all-out effort to try and recruit doctors. All three doctors said they very much enjoyed their experience here and would never choose to live in a big city again, although each expressed a desire to live in a medium-sized city rather than a small, rural town like Glenville. Silverstein and Piper had gardened made camping trips {fewer than they wanted} and thoroughly enjoyed new friendships with area residents. Sabo, a bachelor, also made many good friends here. "Although I didn't become as integrated into the community as Russ and Jim." He did enjoy skiing in the resort areas of Snowshoe and Canaan and mentioned a hunting trip with Emet Brohard that proved "'quite an experience, more for the looking and hiking than the hunting: hit a few trees and rocks." said Sabo. Silverstein seemed to sum up their personal experiences. "Coming from the big city, where there are cliques of friends, to a rural area where everybody knows everybody has been really something. We've also gotten to know what family life is hke here. what the meaning of is. and the a friend's home and they take out their fiddle and play beautiful bluegrass and you realize the strength of their heritage. That's been one of the best parts about living here." The three doctors said they feJt there had been a vast improvement in medical care since their arrival. "'The county's got the clinic, a magnificent community facility. Pro- gress has been made in the amublance service, emergency medical technician training, school food, and sanitary service, public awareness of illnesses and their detection, and aid to the elderly and disabled. We can thank a lot of folks for these improvements: County Court. City Council, Board of Education. Board of Health and its employees and. more recently, the County Planning Commission." "Some problems do remain and much more needs to be done in the areas mentioned. Some may not he remedied without further state and federal funds. However, the continued support of groups mentioned will mean further progress in health care." the doctors agreed. "'Some tv people asked me. during the opening of the new Medical and Health Center. what were the major health problems here." said Piper. I told them lack of jobs. money, housing, run-down schools, and too many persons forced to he dependent upon welfare." "'Too many of the problems I see here which directly affect a person's health are problems. I can't solve: they're long-term problems created by the economy and the culture." "The pinworms I treat today will be as as the "The persons that don t understand good eating habits and body care, unless motivated in school to learn new ideas, are going to wind up the overweight cardiac patients of tomorrow." "Preventative medicine covers a broad range of topics; it's difficult to emphasize enough," said lqimf. All agreed that the needs of the community as felt by the people need to he surveyed. "There are a lot of people that don't see doctors. We need to know why. We've got the emergency room. free immunizations, skilled people to help. but is there anything missing?" Sabo sees improvments in dental care. too. "The objective is not to lose eli your teeth by age 20: there are things that can be done to restore teeth." he said. "'Mary Veil. my dental technician, has been going to the schools, giving screening tests and helping children become more aware of dental problems, it's worked." he said. "The kids kuow that treatmet doesn't hurt, that teeth can be saved. I also feel that Welfare and Early Childhood Development have done a terrific job helping people receive treatment here.'" Sabo concluded. Again. all agreed that they'll be leaving with more in the way of good experiences than they imagined. It's certain they'll be leaving with some pretty good nick-names. Silverstein is better known to colleagues as "Spoon." picked up when an auctioneer called him Silverspoon. Saho is also known as "'The is ofum