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October 21, 1976     The Glenville Democrat
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October 21, 1976

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The lenvil le Democrat A GUmer Graphics. Inc. Newspaper Published B And For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl/Tax] GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY, WV .26351 Section A Thursday October 21, 1976 and Hard Work ... ith's t iled er O0 Isaac Smith, of Troy, says he's had his "picture made about 500 times" recently. Two other newspap- ers have already done stories about him. But when you're 100 years old you deserve at least that much attention. Smith celebrated his centennial birthday on Oct. 13. He was born in Rock Cave in Upshur County. He's lived in Gilmer County for over 50 years. He recently visited his old homeplace in Upshur County. In his youth the 125-acre farm was clean and well-kept; now he says it's all grown up and "you can't hardly even run a rabbit through it." Smith says he's done just about everything in his 100 years, but his first love is music. "I've worked hard at everything I've done in life, but music has been my life," he says. In 1912 he began giving vocal lessons in small towns in Gilmer County. He directed choirs and quartets for 80 years. He's written over 40 songs. He used to play the guitar and banjo, but now only plays the organ. Smith is proud of the fact he has voted in every presidential election except for one of the times Franklin Rossevelt ran. He was in the hospital at the time. William McKinley was the first president he voted for. He remembers the day McKinley was assasinated. "I was walking from Rock Cave to Princeton and walked into a little store along the way. Somebody told me McKinley had been assasinated. I couldn't believe iL" he said. Smith can remember people talking about Civil War experiences, but does not recall much hard feeling among people in this area. He says most of the people around Upshur and Gilmer county were .Union sympathiz- ers. Five of his mother's brothers fought in the war on the Union side. But ironically, his grandfather was a cousin of Robert E. Lee. He says his Uncle David Lee looked almost exactly like Robert E. Lee. Smith also reminsced about the first automobile he ever saw. "I was riding a bay mare from Rock Cave to Buckhannon, when all of a sudden I heard this 'wickle, wackle, wickla wackle'. I ran my horse up against the fence and he just shivered when that car went by. I sat there and turned my head and watched it until it went out of sight." There were of course good times and bad times during his past 100 years. He can remember during the depression when he was raising sheep and selling wool for 5 cents a pound. He recalls the severity of the 1918 flu epidemic too. "Our family didn't get the flu too bad. But six people who lived just up the road from us died from it. There was just so much of it, the doctors couldn't get around to see everybody," he adds. Of the many changes Smith has seen during his lifetime, one he feels the country could have been better off without is the airplane. "Now those airplanes are fine, for getting some place fast. But they've brought the countries too close together. A lot of people have died because of the bombs from those planes." This story wouldn't be complete without giving Smith's secret for long life. He says it's a combination of three things: music, fun and hard work. CENTENNIAL CELEBRANT..Issac B. Smith, of Troy, recently celebrated his 100th birthday. [Democrat Photo] i!i!i i i!i!!i /iii!/, /  iiiiiiiii i  /  ii  /  !  i i!iiiiii  i " Gilmer County Democrats a Weekend vlsR from U.S. to officially open the Headquarters at 5 Bank ;to right at the ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday are: Alice Hoover, Lucflle Hall, Louise Kemper, Donna Vanhorn, U.S. Congressman Robert Slack and Vie Kirkpatrlck, chairman of the Gllmer County Executive Committee. [Democrat photo]. nt gets final state consent of Spencer 14 from the 0 of Water operate a the Little Mill. Resources r receiving County Meseroll, of Glanville and Mary Lee Massey, of Sand Fork. The local planning commission sent a letter to the state agency on Sept. 30 in which they stated that they did not have enough information about possible pollution and traffic problems which may result from the construc- tion of the plant. Bill Richardson of the Division of s warehouse bid Board of Oct. 11 to and to Oscar the board within Job is not must hve their chief fiscal officer, to attend a meeting of the West Virginia Association of School Busi- ness Officials in Blackwater Falls on Qct. 26-27; for William Piercy, Gilmer County High School principal, to  attend a meeting of the West Virginia Secondary Schools Principal's organi- zation at Oglebay Park on Oct. 25, 26 and for Helen Norman, Title IX Compliance Officer for Gflmer County to attend a sex discrimination meeting at Cedar Lakes Oct. 25-26. Water Resources contacted Dr. Ronnie Burke, secretary of the planning commission, to explain why the permit was granted. According to Richardson, if Orlando follows the plans submitted to the state there will be no pollution from the plant. He added that Robert Linger, the division's inspector for this area will make periodic inspections of the plant to determine whether the plant is in compliance with the division's regulations. If it is found that the plant is polluting, Richardson said plant operators can be arrested and fined. The coal that will be prepared at the plant will come from a strip mine which Orlando Coals Inc. operates on Bear Run, east of Glenville. According to Harry Boggs, director of Orlando Coals Inc., the company will open a new deep mine on Bear Run to service the preparation plant. Boggs has estimated that with the installation of an underground mine about 40 jobs would be created. Health department resumes flu clinic The Gilmer County Department of Health has joined other health centers around the country in re-opening their swine flu vaccination clinic. The local health department postponed a clinic scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 14 pending investigat- ion of the deaths of 20 people in various parts of the country who died the day they took the shot. Dr. Thomas Heller, county health officier, is satisfied that those investigations have cleared up any misconceptions about the vaccine. "The leading authorities at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta assure us that the deaths are not related to the vaccine. In any population of elderly and chronically ill people, some are bound to die on any particular day. The stress of waiting in line and wondering if the shot would make them sick undoubtedly contrib- uted to some of the deaths. But that sort of stress is unavoidable and certainly no reason to ban a preventive program," added Heller. The Health department has rescheduled the flu shot clinics for Wednesday Oct. 20 and Thursday and Friday, Oct. 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A clinic will be held in early November which will be scheduled in the evening so working people can attend. Two vaccines are available. The first is a double vaccine, a combination of the "regular flu shot" against last year's flu and the swine flu vaccine. According to Hailer this Shot will be given to people over 65 years old and chronically ill people between the ages of 3 and 65. The other available vaccine protects only against the swine flu, This shot is recommended for healthy people between the ages of 18 and 65. Both kinds of shots will be available at the flu shot clinics on Oct. 20, 28 and 29. If you are chronically ill and under 65 years old, you must have a note from your physician recommend- ing that you get the shot. "Now that the investigations are completed, I can wholeheartedly support this preventive health care measure," said Hailer. "I eacourage everyone, particularly senior citizens and chronically ill people, who would be hit hardest by the flu, to get the vaccine." Wolfe resigns following staff cuts Clark Wolfe resigned as Glanvil- le's postmaster last week following a out in the manhours in the local post office. According to Wolfe the cuts will in effect mean a reduction in his work force by one and a half employees. "I've had similar hassles with the 'higher ups' before. But the cuts in manhours allotted for this office for next fiscal year are in my opinion exorbitant. I can no longer operate the post office the way I feel it should be operated. Just keeping the post office open is different than providing the services that I grew up with," said Wolfe. Wolf, 57, has been postmaster in Glenville for the past 15 years. He has been a postal service employee for 38 years. He was instrumental in the construction of a new post office in Glenvflle in 1966. During ll_is tenure, four city delivery routes and one rural route were extended. Under the old post office department he added a. substute carrier, a substitute clerk actd an assistant to the postmaster. In 1968 President Lyndon Johnson awarded the Glenvllla post office a Citation of Merit, The Postmaster General also awarded the local post office a citation for excellence in 1968. The Washington regional office presented the post office with a Superior Accomplishment award following employees' work during the flood of that spring. RESIGNING POSTMAsTER--Clark Wolfe, who has been Glenville's postmaster for 15 years, recently tendered his resignation after a dispute with post office officials over proposed staff cuts In" his office. [Democrat photo] In 1970 Wolfe was one of only two people in the Washington regional office to receive a quality step increase. In 1973 he was presented a Special Postal People Award. Wolf's resignation is effective Nov. 1. "I've been very fortunate to have good people to work with and for and I've had mighty fine people to serve," he added.