Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Opie Hyre

Opie Franklin Hyre was born the family farm in 1889. He was the youngest of five children.
After his formal education, Opie went into joint business ventures with his brother. They timbered in the spring and fall and thrashed wheat in the late summer. On one venture, they covered a wagon with metal roofing and went into the local comunities selling patent medicines and remedies. With little success in his business ventures, he decided to further his education, through extension courses from Marshall, New River State, and Glenville State Colleges. After several years, Opie completed the requirements for a teaching certificate. The majority of his 35 years of teaching were at one room schools in rural areas of Jackson County.
During this time, Opie married Fredda Mae Stewart at her home in Parchment Valley on March 16,1912. The couple had their differences, Opie was six feet and two inches tall, Fredda was about five feet tall; he was a Democrat, and she a Republican. These constrasts along with their good nature, provided many an enjoyable hour at family reunions and election times.
I painted the portrait of Opie on a 16" x 20" canvas in oils. Except for Sunday dress, the bibbed overhauls and blue work shirt were standard atire for Opie. Fredda placed patch upon patch. All clothing was worn untill it was beyond repair.


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