BUCKHANNON — Roy Hildreth, 70, was born and raised in Buckhannon in 1949. He grew up on a 300-acre farm on the Lewis County line with his two older sisters. Hildreth remembered working in the hay field and driving a tractor as young as eight years old.
When Hildreth was 10 years old, his father got sick with Multiple Sclerosis and had to have both legs amputated. Hildreth said his family sold the farm and moved to South Kanawha Street because his mom was not able to take care of the farm by herself.
Hildreth recalled living on South Kanawha street. “We had real good neighbors,” Hildreth said. His mother rented rooms in the house to college students to gain extra money.
While growing up, Hildreth enjoyed fishing and was involved in his 4-H club. He recalled going to 4-H camp, making rope, playing games and crafting.
In high school, Hildreth was involved in the chess and science clubs. Hildreth described the chess club as “a lot of fun,” and the science club “was nice too, but it wasn’t near as nice as the chess club.”
Hildreth described Buckhannon now as “busier and has more people.” “I’ve watched buildings be built and the same buildings be torn down,” Hildreth said.
Hildreth worked at Corhart, now Saint-Gobain, where he made baking dishes, corning ware and brick, for 33 years. He is now retired.
In 1972, Hildreth married Gaylene Hyre and moved back to the country to farm and garden with his two children. Hildreth said his daughter is a doctor and his son is a Physician’s Assistant at MedExpress and recently returned from military deployment in Romania.
Hildreth is now the Superintendent at Rocky Fork United Methodist Church.