Longtime one-room school teacher Mae Weaver Jennings of Nobe died in 2014 at 96.

By Bob Weaver 2001

Calhoun resident, 83-year-old Mae Weaver Jennings, was honored at the 127th commencement at Glenville State College last weekend. Jennings and eighteen other graduates of the class of 1951 received special recognition from President Thomas H. Powell.

"We marched with the graduation class and President Powell presented us with a special medallion. I had a wonderful time," said the Nobe resident. Jennings was the only graduate attending from Calhoun, having taught in Calhoun and Gilmer schools for over 30 years before retiring in 1976.

Jennings was graduated from Tanner High School in 1938 before her first college start at GSC, receiving a two-year teaching certificate in 1942. "My first school was at the Lower and Middle Run schools.

"I replaced Loren McCartney who went off to war in 1942. I made $105 a month and sometimes I rode a horse to get to the schools," she said. Jennings said McCartney came from a family that had 19 kids. "I had Don McCartney in school back then. Most people know him," referring to the well-known Calhoun teacher, who is also retired.

She has taught at Nobe, Beech Valley, Coal Fork, White Pine and Grantsville Grade School in Calhoun and Lower Run, Middle Run, Latonia, Upper Trace and Upper Laurel schools in Gilmer.

Jennings said she lost her dad when she was ten years old. "We had very little money and I had to work my way through college. I've had a good life, but I've had my share of heartache, grief and responsibility," she said.

"I'm now taking piano lessons for the first time. Always did want to play," she concluded.

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