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All Polly Maucher’s sons are favorites

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Hello everyone! June is here and before we can turn around, Christmas will be here again. It seems like these months have flown by.

Thanks to everyone for the beautiful birthday cards. A special thanks to Willa Mae Boggs for the phone calls and being so sweet. I am really blessed with good friends.

I have a few people on Ingram’s Creek that I need to send belated birthday wishes to. Belated happy birthday to Donald Bates, May 25, to the best looking man on Ingram’s Creek Mark Roark, May 26, who shares a birthday with my brother, Richie Hall, Brandy Roark, May 25. Brandy is the daughter of Mark and Teresa Roark; Brandy’s boyfriend also had a birthday!

Belated birthday wishes to Jerry Halcomb on May 25, and to our brother, Jerry Hall, and our uncle, Charles Barton, June 3.

Belated happy anniversary to my oldest granddaughter, Jennifer and Tommy Proctor May 27, who have been married three years. Jennifer chose this day because it was my birthday! I think she was under the impression I would share my presents with her!

In the little town of New Trenton, Ind., on Memorial Day weekend there’s always a fund drive for new Trenton Fire Department, and my friend, Vickie Power, and I came through New Trenton at this time. I was teasing one of the volunteers to tell my friend, Polly Maucher, I gave money in case she needed them! He replied that he sure would tell her as he was her favorite son. My face became as red as his beard at this remark.

I believe Polly said this is her son Donald. If I mixed the names I’m sorry as all Polly’s sons are her favorites to hear each of them tell you.

Polly had a special visitor. Her son, Roger Maucher, came for Memorial weekend to see his mom. Roger lives in Cedar Hill, which is close to St. Louis.

Polly’s brother, Doug Ison, wants everyone to check out the park that is built on Kingscreek in honor of the Stamper family. I understand a nice playground and picnic benches have been put there. I intend to go there when I get back to the mountains.

My favorite place, ‘Paradise Valley’ Paices Branch, has a new addition, as Michael Ison has a new family member.

Hello to Genita Calihan from all her family that have moved to the Ohio area.

I received a special email from a co-worker saying they had read about Dolly Parton loving the mountains of her home state of Tennessee. They were comparing my love of the mountains of eastern Kentucky. As long as there’s breath in my body, I will never forget where I came into this world; Roxana. I laughed as I responded to the email describing Roxana, as I recalled maybe a dozen houses and there are less than that now.

When I was a child there were three grocery stores, Amburgey’s which is still there, J. C. Burke, and Hiram Mitchell built a small store right in the middle of these two. Roxana had a small postage-stamp-size post office. People came from Mill Branch, Tolson Creek, Kingscreek and all other little hollows to shop in Roxana.

I love to go back to visit. I know I would never be satisfied to live there again, plus drugs are taking over the mountains as well as everyplace else in the world.]

My brother, Richie, tells me a man named Coleman Morgan remembers our great-grandparents, Will and Nance Coots from Big Branch. I would love to meet this man and talk to him.

Thanks to Boyd Coots who is a cousin whom I have never met. He sent me a video of Kingdom Come State Park. It is so breathtaking to see the foliage and the wild animals that are there. I was amazed to find that people got there all hours to watch the bears roaming the mountainside. Thank you, Boyd Coots, for the wonderful video.

Gwen Huff Farmer had a visit from her grandson, John Harding Farmer, and his family from Arkansas. John Harding is really good to his grandmother. He was the one who took Gwen to her brother, Edgar Huff ‘s, funeral in North Vernon.

Gwen said rains are still plentiful in her area. Storms have been rolling through.

Shirley Wells has been trying to stay dry as storms have been hitting in the Tennessee area also.

I am like the mailman, come rain, or whatever you will find me out and about!

Ann and Johnny Calihan have kept me supplied in lettuce and onions this spring. I really appreciate this kindness.

My little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold is feeling a little better. The virus he had sure took its toll on him. Thanks to everyone who said they enjoyed seeing the picture of him in The Mountain Eagle!

Vickie Power and I went to Harvest Time Restaurant once again to see the Dennis Barrett Band and to hear Marvin and Rosie Davis. They did a wonderful show once again.

Vickie and I took a trip out in the country at Metamora, Ind., then we went to LaRosa’s in Western Hills where my granddaughter, Jodi Gray, works. I am glad that Jodi was working as I locked the keys in the van. I drove Jodi’s Chrysler Crossfire home to get my extra set of keys. This is a small sports car, and I thought about just keeping right on driving. You talk about going from high to low vision, as I drove the little car, it was a nice experience. Thanks, Jodi, for trusting your grandma to drive such a classy car.

One thing about it, my life is never boring, maybe full of heartaches but not boring.

Emma Engle, I hope you had a safe and enjoyable trip to our beloved mountains of eastern Kentucky. I hope to head that way before too long.

Barefoot Bill and Betty Kelly spend as much time down home as they possibly can.

Hello to Martha Breeding on Johnson Fork, and to Alberta Bailey. Maybe I will get to feeling better and I will be in contact with you two a little more.

Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb, I hope this finds the two of you doing all right.

Well, I better get this on its way, as the clock is once again giving me the evil eye.

Hello to my brother, Jerry, and Mattie Hall. I haven’t talked to my sister, Loretta Church, nor my brother, Wallace Lee Hall, along with his wife, Georgia, who are in Letcher Manor Nursing Home.

Hello to all of Jerry and Mattie’s neighbors in the housing project and who go to church with them that are faithful readers of my column.

Until next time: Rose Ballard Durham, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, (513) 367-4682.


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