4-H Club honors 50-year volunteer Woman revived all-girl club in '43 NORTHWEST -- Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

June 10, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Myra Ensor spoke quickly and happily about her years wit the Sam's Creek 4-H Club in New Windsor as she sat near the sun porch door at her red rancher, just over the Carroll line in Frederick County.

The sunlight pushing through the stained-glass clover hanging on the door didn't reflect the brightness that Mrs. Ensor's face did as she talked about the girls she has watched grow into young women in club activities.

"It doesn't seem like 50 years," said Mrs. Ensor, the 80-year-old woman whose long service was honored Sunday in a ceremony at the Carroll County Agricultural Center. "It doesn't seem like all those children have touched my life and gone on with theirs."

But it has been a full half-century since Ms. Ensor revived the all-girl club founded by Frances Gorsuch Metcalfe in 1937.

A 4-H club for boys was thriving in the Sam's Creek area, where Mrs. Ensor lived with her farmer husband, Dan, and five children -- the sixth came along about 12 years later -- but the girls club was faltering because the former Miss Gorsuch left to become Mrs. Metcalfe, Mrs. Ensor said.

"I was concerned that my daughter, my only daughter, would grow up without the advantage of 4-H, so I decided I wanted to revive the club," said Ms. Ensor. "I'm not sure a lot of women with five children -- my oldest was 10 and my youngest was 6 months -- would have gotten involved, though."

But she had to get involved, because if she isn't busy, Mrs. Ensor said, she simply isn't happy.

"I just see something out there and I want to do it. I just like to learn new things," she said. "And I'm willing to teach anybody else who wants to learn, too."

A native of Maryland's Eastern Shore, Mrs. Ensor lived in Canada, Washington, Virginia and Lansdowne, in the Baltimore Highlands area, before moving to New Windsor.

She lived with a "house full of teachers" as she finished New Windsor High School after her parents moved on, she said.

After graduation in 1929, she attended Blue Ridge College in Pennsylvania and graduated two years later with a general studies degree.

When she was 20, she married Dan Ensor and moved to his family's dairy farm near Oak Orchard in Frederick County. He died in 1990.

Her present house sits on a hill overlooking the 130-acre farm where her son Jim and daughter Ruth Ridgely live with their families.

"It's Traveler's Rest Farm, and a lot of people have said it was aptly named," Mrs. Ensor said, looking into the valley below her home. "I've had a lot of folks come through those doors."

During her long tenure in the area, Mrs. Ensor has taught adult education craft classes, participated in Methodist church functions, and gone off to see the world.

"I've been to England twice, and in the '80s we [she and her husband] went to Germany to see the Passion Play performed on a stage in Oberammergau, a town right up against the Swiss Alps," she said.

"And this February, I was in China," she said laughing. "I spent my birthday in China walking on the Great Wall."

There's still more for her to do, said Mrs. Ensor.

"I don't have time to go to the senior citizens activities they have around here," she said, getting out her recliner as if she had been sitting still too long.

"For some people, that kind of thing will make them content, but I'm not ready to sit in the rocking chair yet. Life is too full."

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