Calhoun County Extension has announced that Helen R.
Morris has been named as the 2014 Folk Festival Belle from Calhoun County.
She will represent the county at the annual Folk
Festival in Glenville from June 19-22.
Helen attended Towers and Morgan elementary schools, Clarksburg, Bridgeport Jr.
High and High School, and received a bachelor of science in home
economics degree from WVU, with extra hours at Glenville State College
She has been a resident of Calhoun since 1952.
She was a home economics teacher at Calhoun County
High School from 1952-55
and 1974-83, taught kindergarten
for one semester, and was a substitute teacher for 20 years. She has
been publisher of The Calhoun Chronicle since 2002.
She is currently a member of American Baptist Women,
Calhoun Historical Society and
advisory committee. Previously, she was a member of Grantsville Civic
Club, Calhoun General Hospital Auxiliary (later MHHS), Grantsville PTA, etal.
Her passions include organization, nutrition, fitness,
technical education, church youth leadership, Boy Scouts and Girl
She also enjoys music, needle arts, travel, genealogy
At the Folk Festival, she will portray Elizabeth
Lockridge Marshall, her husband’s great-grandmother, who came to
County in 1865, following
the death of her husband, David Marshall, who died after serving in the
“The Morris/Marshall Family were early settlers of Calhoun County. Our farm has been in two states
and five counties since 1830. My family, Rampp/Hess, were early settlers
of Marietta, Ohio.
She lists the following advice for young people:
--Change begins with a whisper.
--Sometimes, the only available transportation is a leap
--Holding old memories close gives us courage to build
--Real voyage of discovery is not discovering new lands,
but having new visions for old ones.
--There are only two kinds of decisions, good or bad. No
decision at all is always a bad decision.
Her favorite quotation is from a T-shirt, “Everything I
know about life, I learned from my grandchildren.”
She said that her only original quote is: “Please do not
complain! We are not taking pictures,
Helen and her late husband Carl R. Morris have four
sons, Joe, Bob, Bill and Jim, and three daughters, Carleen, Barbara and
Sarah, 17 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.