Knotts was "Bred, born and raised a Democrat ..."

Ninety-five-year-old Eucle Knotts of Minnora is Calhoun's Democrat of the Year.

The active, young-for-his-age, West Fork native will be representing the county at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Celebration in Charleston on October 9.

Knotts was selected by the county Democrat Executive Committee to give Knotts "recognition for the work he has done for the Democratic Party."

"I was bred, born and raised a Democrat," said Knotts, who said he is excited to attend the event.

"Those Republicans have a 'class' of their own. I've always been from the working class, working people," he said. "I'm shocked a lot of West Virginia people think the Bush bunch will look after their interests."

Knotts said he grew up in the rough and tumble days of Calhoun politics. "People took it more seriously than they should have," recalling the county's political families. "They'd do anything to win, even having people vote at two different precincts."

"One old timer from around here was prosecutor Bee Hopkins. "I think he even moved into the county courthouse and lived," he recalled.

Knotts, who was busy putting shutters on his mobile home last week, now lives on the family farm near his birthplace. He was one of seven children of Howard and Vena Westfall Knotts, all descendent's of Calhoun's pioneer Knotts family.

"Dad once had a store along this road," pointing down at State Route 16.

"I can remember when it was a horse and buggy cow path, lots of mud. In the 1920s it got upgraded and they began to put in some bridges. In the 30s they used prison labor, chain gangs, to knap rock on the road. Where Reip's Store use to be was the prison labor camp."

"I moved my dad's old log barn and have been restoring it," said Knotts

Knotts attended a two-room school on Sear's Run (Warden Bailey was one of his teachers), while hunting skunks and possums to make money. "I shipped the hides in the mail and got paid, while working on the farm."

In 1931 he married "Velma, one of the Vannoy girls from over at Russett. She died not too long ago." They had three children Debbie Frye of Canal Fulton, Ohio and Bob Knotts of Frederick, Maryland. A son, Calvin has died.

Knotts went to work on the PA Turnpike during the depression, and continued his work life at Goodyear in Akron, retiring in 1972. He and his wife returned to Calhoun and lived at Millstone for several years.

Knotts said he would take time-out from his participation at the Minnora CCCOA Senior Center to participate in the Jefferson-Jackson celebration.

"I really feel honored at this time in my life to be recognized as a life-long Democrat," he concluded.

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