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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE -- THURSDAY, JULY 14. 1988 | 7 # Bill Theriauh Dial 876-3321 I had driven by them plenty of times during the last decade. The long, squat building made of hollow red block; the apple orchard behind it; and the white two-story frame farmhouse on the cor- ner of Job Corps Road and Halltown Pike. I guess I passed them so many times that I really didn't see them anymore. Then about three weeks ago, I was rattling down the same back road in my old pickup, my camera bouncing along beside me on the seat. The ap- ple trees were laying on their sides, leaves turning brown. This time I stopped. There was half a roll of unused film in my camera, so 1 got out and stroll- ed around. The only sound was the rus- tle of the leaves and the click of my camera shutter. I walked past the rows of weed- choked, open doors and broken win- dows and torn shades. Click. Past the old Gulf gas pump and the empty garage and the big, outdoor ther- mometer nailed to the window frame. Click. Click. Housing for migrant workers, I guessed. Probably built in the '20's or '30's. Click. Pausing at one doorway, I peered in- side. Sunlight filtered in through the hole in the sagging roof. Shadows of leaves danced along the crumbling, sheetrock walls and across the floor. The floor was covered with ptaster dust and bottles, yellowed scraps of old newspapers, and a rusted dish strainer. A faded, red plaid workshirt lay in one corner. Worn out remnants of another time. Click. Click. Click. My imagination conjured up visitors of the Great Depression, or at least the movie version of The Grapes of Wrath. A young, thin Henry Fonda leans against the door jamp, rolling a homemade. He scratches a kitchen match on his jeans, lights his cigarette, and flips the smoking wooden splinter into the dusty road. "I'll be back before dark, Ma," he says, and strides off through the orchard. A car swished by on the pike, and a -little voice in the back of my head brought me back to earth. There's nothing special here. Just an old building where ordinary people lived for a while and did an ordinary job. Across the road, the tall, dark windows of the old farmhouse stared down at me, like arched, empty eyes telling me to move along. You've got other things to do. You're busy. Sheepishly, I climbed into my truck and drove away, giving the scene one' last glance in my rear view mirror. Two weeks later, I was on that road again, heading hack from Charles Town. I'd had those photos developed, and the envelope lay on the seat, mix- ed up with the other stuff I'd bought in " town. It was Saturday, and there were lots of things to do at home. It wasn't the kind of day you want to spend look- ing at the scenery. I pulled up to the stop sign, checked for traffic, and rolled through the in- tersecUon. About half a mile down the rosd I stopped, vaguely puzzled. It was the kind of feeling you get when you listen to the water faucet drip for hours and then realize you can't hear it any more. I turned the truck around and headed back the way I'd come. I knew before I got there that they were gone. The corner where the far- rehouse had stood was an empty patch of dirt. The field across the road was KEARNEYSVILLE empty too. Only the Gulf gas pump re- mained, perched like a tombstone next to a freshly filled grave. I shuffled through the photos, glan- cing up occasionally to make sure that they were now only images on sheets of paper. After a while, I put them away and headed for home. Now when I look at the photograph of that empty, broken window, it's with mixed feelings. A small part of our life has disappeared, and I mourn its passing. But orchards, like people, don't live forever. Businesses that don't thrive eventually die. This one will probably be replaced with a sub- division, and a different kind of life will emerge. We bear a lot these days about preserving our heritage -- about sav- ing part of our past for the future. But to grow into our future we also need to give up part of our past. The farmhouse, and the orchard, and the mingrants' quarters are gone. Yet their image and memory still re- main. Perhaps someone else will glance at those photos years from now and recall a little bit of our presenL If they do, they'll be a little bit richer for it. Window Into the Past MANNINGS and and Brooke, mother, Mary Friday visitor  Monday nnight dams, Orchard Md., was. sister, Elda Ott. Trevor visitor of and Amy, the weekend Pauline Adams, Chaney were Turner, Rinker, Patisha visitors of Richard and Farm. and Trevor, of Raechael y nihgt Philip and / Adeline Oden. Susan Ott was a visitor of Kathy Mose and family, Cavalier Trailer Park. Pauline Ott and Patisha Shirey were Thursday visitors of Eva Davis, Hostler's Road. Michael Dillow, Dorothy Dillow, and JoAnn Dillow, Nicole and T.J., drove to Ray Brook, N.Y., arriving Friday evening to visit Ronnie Dillow, retur- ning home Sunday night. Lisa Chicchirichi was a Friday even- ing visitor of her mother, Adeline Oden. Rhonda Short and Tonya Jenkins and sons were Monday visitors of Ludelle Ott and Linda Diliow. Ludelle Ott returned to her home Monday from Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Mifflin Ott was a visitor of his mother, Elda Ott. Dorothy Stone, Pine Grove, Va., was a visitor of her mother, Mae Detrick. Deana Souers and Devan were Saturday evening visitors of her mother, Janie Sowers and sons, Ranson. Eddie Stone was a visitor of his grandmother, Mae Detrick. Ludelle Ott, Mae Detrick, Martha Ott, Cora Wiley, Robert Wiley, and Willara Smallwood are on the sick list and need your prayers. through Ju- Mfllville Town Md. Town Ferry Junction Ferry Md. Town :Uon Town Harpers Ferry Patients Mary Carroll, Charles Town Marie Skarwecki, Charles Town Christopher Duwel, Summit Point Scott Jackson, Harpers Ferry -- Robert Thomassen, Charles Town Shawne Harlow, Harpers Ferry Betty Wean, Kearneysville Kathy Davis, Ranson Nellie Pierson, Charles Town Hannah Woodworth, Big Pine Key, Fla. Fern Clayton, Harpers Ferry Avery Baird, Charles Town John Walls, Charles Town Daniel Walters, Summit Point Bertha Manuel, Harpers Ferry Lydia Davis, Ranson Andrew Youngs, Harpers Ferry Percy Pearson, Charles Town Lois Hill, Charles Town Virginia's Pride is Naturally & Locally Grown It1 Our Own Feed Lots. round Beef .............. of fresh meats available at all times. [ " I[ Out Our Pnces. ,'pecials this week are: md Bee00r ............ lb. s1.19 k ......... lb. '1.39 Patties ..... ,b. Sl.69 rloin Steak lb. s2.99 Sausage lb. $1.79 ..... lb. Sl.2g =b. Sl.29 D 725-2060 Country Meats 51 Tuscawilla Village Shops One mile west of Charles Town Mrs. Wallace Welsh Dial 876-6845 Twenty members and friends of Grace United Church of Christ of Kearneysville and ten guests from the Christ Church in Shepherdstown at- tended the retirement dinner for Pastor Melvin T. Hamm, who served both congregations from 1947 to 1956. The dinner was held at Hoffman Home for Youth near Gettysburg, Pa., where Rev. Harem has been director since leaving the West Virginia charges. Grace Church presented him with a personalized gold cross pen/pencil set M I LLVI LLE Miss Dorothy Lake Dial 535-2261 Mrs. Chris Kellcan, Virginia Beach, Va., spent the fourth of July weekend with Mrs. Clifton Kelican and family. A fourth of July picnic was held at the home of James and Sally Lilla. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Don Ott and Kim, Stacey Hough, Tam- my Talton, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ott and Van, and his friend, Steve, Mr. and Mrs. Tyrone Ott and family, Rich- mond, Va.; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Mathena, Woodstock, Md.; Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Engle, Stafford, Va. ; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Waugherman and children, Thurmont, Md.; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Ballenger and family, Mrs. John Milton, John Casto, Pat Hubbard and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Lilla, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Lilla, Curtis and Sonya, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kid- wiler, Mr. and Mrs. Neil Banks, Bob and Nick Clauser, Mrs. Sam Patter- son, Vince, Jennifer and Tony Lilla. DOt Lake spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lake, Brunswick, Md. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kelican were Thm-sday evening visitors of Mrs. Clif- ton Kelican. Mrs. Walter Davis and children, Ridgeway, W. Va., spent Saturday visiting with her mother, Mrs. Betty Chapman and Mrs. Clifton Kelican. Miss Ann Whipp has opened up another store again in what we always knew as the Keystone area. Ann was in the store business a number of years until the building that she owned and operated her grocery store from was condemned after the last flood we had. The folks in the community say, "Welcome Back.' .... Mrs. James Lilla and Vince, Jen- nifer and Tony Lilla, spent the weekend with Mrs. Barbara Harris, Woodstock, Md. They also attended the Wilt family reunion. to wish him well in his retirement. He and his wife were presented a gift of luggage from the Home and tickets for a later trip to Scotland. ATTENDS GRADUATION Becky McDonald and Amy and Ginger Creamer visited'with their sister and family, Barbara and Henry Wilson in Cerro Gardo, Ill. They also attended the high school commence- ment exercises of their niece, SarahBeth Wilson. NEW GRANDSON Jackie and Dorothy Payne proudly announce the birth of their fwst grand- child, a grandson, Joseph Jackie Wilt. He was born June 24 in Jefferson Memorial Hospital to their daughter, Donna and proud dad, Jeffery. He weighed in at 5 pounds and 4-% ounces. Paternal grandparents are Mary Wilt and the late Joseph Wilt, Charles Town. Maternal great-grandmother is Nellie Danberry, Beckley, W. Va. SYMPATHY From the community to the family and friends of Sadie Winston who pass- ed away this week. Born May 18, 1887, in Stephens City, Va., she came to the Kearneysville area where she has resided for many years. Sadie was I01 years old and up until a few years ago, she was an active worker in the com- munity and will be remembered by all. Sympathy goes to the family of Yvonne Carper by the death of her mother, Emma Mac Griffith. The Carper family resided for many years in the community before moving to Ranson. PICNIC The date of the Evergreen 4-H Club has been changed to Sunday, July 24 due to other commitments. Members will be contacted by their leaders. A reminder that all 4-H project books are due in the last week of July. The date of the Jefferson County Fair is August 29 through September 3. Entertain- ment this year will be The Girls Next Door and Helen Cornelius. RECEIVE AWARDS The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce held their awards banquet at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown. Honored were local businesses who are new in the county and for those who expanded. In our area Dennis and Kathy Voorhees accepted for the Kearneysville Post Office for the new building erected in the spring. Aceep- ring for Telecommunications Industries Inc., located in the Bardane Industrial Park was Robert Mclntyre, manager, Present also from TIt were Tresa Wig- gins, June Bageant and Kelly Colbert. Another firm in the industrial park, Texas Stock, was also given an award. Guest speaker for the evening was John Harter, local news announcer for Channel 7 in Washington, D.C. Thought: Remember the dry season is upon us and practice safety when lighting fires, burning trash. Protect our land and animals. Be sure that your pets have plenty of water and shade. This Month's SUPER BUY.. ONLY$ 799,  p. Manufacturer's = 3,00 Mail-In Rebate I '4"--=:,. Gott (' Combination i . I 8-Qt. Chest with FREE U.S.A. Thermal Bottle Packed Inside Extra lhick insulated chest holds up to 10 cans plus =ce. With easy open hinged lid, sn'ap lock 1-pt. thermal bottle has wide mouth open,ng (17624) t6-,.. "  \\;% 2.4-amp. motor. E MHART Double-edged _.-r blades cut in -':" l 11teflmst" 1200 either direction .'" tdP- l--l,,--=m ni JJll 88  Pldnt Stltlpplw (e.@l) (8124, .Itd r i -- -- "ll ,, u.3, , =O:aTc Two temperature ranges. s37 " 99 " g ontrol thaw frozen pipes & locks, dry Covers up to 2,600 sq. ft. (6-3) (1015) paints, and more. 0200) Lufkin' $799 SO-FI. Unlvelld Lielghl MINISUrklg Tape Easy-wind 3/8-in. blade. polystryrene case. 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