JacquesSGuyarticle Daily Mail 22 Sep 1977
TWELVE-THE DAILY MAIL, Hagerstown, Md. Thursday, SepfimUr 22, 1977' City nativt recalls world travels From Pen Mar fork to the slopes of By OB* ANN ERNST !j. tluy Jacques, W-year-oM native of Washington County who now lives in Fitlsboro, N.C., would have been thrilled with Sunday's concert at Pen Mar Hark. As a boy growing up at Smlthsburg, the son of Samuel Gehr and Maizie Kreps Jacques worked at the famous mountain resort -- and he danced to lunes oi Johnny Boil's Orchestra In Hie airy park pavilion. "Smilhsburg boys used to work lor the concessionaires at Pen Mar to earn a little money in the summer," Jacques recalls. "Crouts had a refreshment refreshment stand directly across from the the promenade from their dining hall and rooming house, where they sold ice cream, ham sandwiches and colfee. We boys would have to Â·get (here early and make up hundreds of sandwiches before the crowds came." Jacques recently re-visiled this county and shared "instant recall" of events in his early life -- bolh here and around the world -- that included skiing with the Crown Prince of Japan a n d n u r s i n g " c r o o k e d " politicians in the nation's capital. P.is first adult employmenl was as a school teacher - if 17 years ofagecanbecalled advlt He remembers, "1 was only 17 years of age when 1 started teaching school at a place by the bucolic name of 'BullUil.' U was a little frame school near the line between Frederick and Washington Counties. Most oi us young people began teaching in some lonely outpost of civilization; my sister at Suo- nyside, Margaret Nicodomusat Millstone, 1 at ttuli'tail, followed by John Uarver, Arthur Jacques Jacques and precede^ by HSanehc Donaldson Ferguson. -Well, 1 taught there fwo years and, beitg obsessed with going to college, 1 handed in my resignation in 1909. But, before 1 left SrniLhsburg, 1 got a call Irom Prof. John Fockler, say- Ing he had to see me. A certain male teacher at Williamsport would have to be fired because it seemed that a kid had poured out a can of angleworms on his desk and the teacher promptly fainted.. So i taught the following following winter at the old brick school a t ' WilllamsporL Jake Wollingcr was principal; Guy Weagly and Katy Schnebly were the other teachers.". At the age of 20, Jacques accepted the f a i t h ol the Seventh Day Adventlsts and he beaded for a denominational college In Ohio. A friend there talked him Into taking a nurse's ' course, uyinf it was "the best' thing for a poor, smalltown boy, broke and away from home." Jacques became a Registered Nurse in 1914, got engaged to an Ohio girl, and came back to Hagerstown where he began nursing in private homes "when Dr. Uicfc Campbell and some other young doctors were just starting practice. "My first good case was Jack H a r m o n who ran a men's clothing store near the square on Potomac Street and who lived lived where the Greyhoand bus station is now," says the male nurse. His next case was the elderly "Billy" Updegraff, but since Jacques h a d - a date to be married in Ohio (March 23, 1915), special arrangements' were made.- The younger Updegralfs (Bd and Olie) went on a long trip and the newlywed newlywed Jacques' took over the Updegraff residence -- and "old Billy." The Baldwin house fire occurred occurred at Ihis-time and Jacques remembers that "a lot of stock from Bruce Carson's store was carried across the street and piled in Updegraffs hallway and stain. He also remembers Bill A u g b i n b a n g h ' s "excellent limeades" made by the well- known druggist from special limes grown in a particular locality in Greece. "They were X a tall glass and 1 was a good customer," says Jacques. He also pictures "one angry' balloon seller" on West Washington Street during Pair week when upstairs UpdegraU Olove Factory employes Lbrew carpet tacks down on the balloons. Jacques spent seven years in Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, as a medical missionary. "1 lived in Sapporo (where the Winter Olympics since were held) and 1 have skiied all over the place, even skiied with the Emperor of Japan when he was the Crown Prince," Jacques recalls, "and 20 leel of snow there is nothing. 1 shoveled all the snow there that 1 ever want to shovel in my 'whole life." Jacques' only son was bom in Japan on Thanksgiving Day and the father doubled as doctor and nurse. The son, Bob, has himself become a doctor, serving serving now as head of the emergency d e p a r t m .Moore Memorial Hospital In Pinehurst, 1 N.C. (Juy's dnl daughter is a nurse and she lives in Las Vegas. IJuy's first wife died in 1966 and his wife in 197J). Buf Jacques remembers more than snow in the. Orient, for he says, "I've seen salmon in northern Japan so thick coukl almost walk across the river on their, backs," and ''if you ever want to see a sunset, go from Honolulu to Yokohama. The ocean Just lights up with color." Along the way Jacques got bee-keeping diploma from Penn State and be added Registered .Nurse status in West Virginia and the District of Columbia. in U.C. he nursed in many prominent homes and Â· hotels, concluding, "The scandals now are nothing new.- llicre were Ids of drunks and playboys Washington then, too. 1 could write books about it. . "Yes," concludes Jacques, "I've seen a lot of the world, but Western Maryland is the best place I've ever seen."