Whitesburg KY

Beautiful colors of fall are now showing

Southern Ohio

Happy Halloween everyone!

Fall has arrived by showing some beautiful colors! There’s a tree next to my house that is almost solid red. It is not on my property, however if it should be removed for any reason I would simply cry.

I am so thankful we decided to buy this small piece of property 36 years ago as it is as close of a reminder to Kentucky. I do believe I would simply wilt away should I be confined behind buildings where I can’t at least see outside.

As I sit on the front porch and look across I see the rolling hills. When I go out to the back of my house I can see the open fields. Who needs more? Except I long for the high mountains of eastern Kentucky, to be able to smell the air and feel the rich soil under your feet that only the real thing can satisfy!

I long for the clear mountain streams in the springtime. I have to laugh when I think what the water may be flowing across. I have heard what you don’t know doesn’t hurt you.

It breaks my heart when I see or hear of the mountains that are still being destroyed by mountaintop removal. I better stop right there, I don’t want to get another war started. I really don’t mean to step on anyone’s toes. I do have my own opinion.

I really appreciate all the compliments of those who read this column in The Mountain Eagle. I just wish I was as smart as everyone thinks I am.

I have been enjoying the new contributors in The Mountain Eagle. I miss Sara Ison’s column. I would turn to her section the first thing when the paper arrived. It was always like a trip back to the days when life was much more simple.

I sometimes wish for the serenity of times when Mom would spend a little time sitting on the porch in the evenings talking of days of her childhood on Big Branch. I have heard her tell how she and her sister Nora Adams would get a small amount of sand and a tub of water, scrub the porch to make the old plank porch clean. Mom said the planks would be almost white.

When we were little Mommy didn’t have all the newfangled cleaners of modern times. I have seen her take ashes from the wood and coal stove and scrub stubborn spots of anything that wouldn’t come loose. I am surprised she didn’t use them on us kids as she was one of the cleanest women that ever lived in those mountains. I wonder what happened to me?

Willamae Boggs and her brother-in-law Jesse Frazier were on their way to Gary, Ind., and I met them at the I-275 exit for a few minutes. This is the first time I had met Jesse, and the second time that I have seen Willamae. Jesse’s daughter is having back surgery, so this gave Willamae a chance to see her sister and niece.

The time we shared was brief but it was such a pleasure to see Willamae again. It was really nice meeting Jesse too.

Vickie Power and I went to Miami University in Hamilton, Ohio. Clay Calihan and his lovely wife Stephanie were there also. I met up with several others I know. Clay has given speeches at several events for the college. I would like to talk to Clay more about things he has been involved in.

Clay’s daughter Marisa Calihan was on ‘Survivor’ for the first episode. I am still upset at the Jughead who made her leave the show. Marisa is a beautiful young woman.

Grant Caudill, I hear you wonder why I don’t ever mention Hot Spot (Premium) since I lived there also. I really didn’t live at Hot Spot very long, in fact I didn’t live with Mom and Dad when they moved there. I did live with Mom and Dad (Clayton and Ora Hall) for a few months. Some of my memories of the time I lived at Hot Spot are not the most pleasant, so I really don’t dwell on them!

Grant, I remember you very well! I also remember the Patricks and Marshall family, Susie Noble and Cora Gilley, and I slightly remember Alberta Halcomb. Dixie Caudill was one of the sweetest women that I ever met, though I only knew her just a little. I remember some of her children. This was a good family. Lawrence and Eula Ison and their family were good to everyone in the family.

The reason I mention Roxana so much is that I was born there and lived there until I was 13. We lived in the same house on the hill two different times, then we lived next to that house, and down in the level from that same house. We also moved to Vernon Hogg’s place between Hot Spot and Roxana, and back to Roxana, then lived there until I started staying with my grandma Rosa Hall at Caudilltown near Whitesburg. Roxana will always be home to me.

Minnie Whitaker was like another mom to me, so were Hessie Whitaker, Alice Whitaker, Bernice Adams, and Ora Burke.

Blanche and Haley Hogg bought my first custard cone at Halcomb’s Custard stand at Isom when I was 10 years old.

I had wonderful teachers, Anna Stewart, Jessie Wright, and Wess Ison. I really admire most teachers that I have met, especially Willamae and Carl Boggs. A husband and wife team!

Johnny and Ann Calihan’s oldest son Gary had a short but serious stay in the hospital. Gary became ill, and like a man, he wouldn’t give in and go see a doctor! He was very ill when he finally had to give in and go!

Hello to Polly Maucher’s brothers ‘Frick and Frack’ Doug and Michael Ison, and to Polly’s sons who read The Mountain Eagle!

Gwen Huff Farmer is still having problems with her knee. This is very upsetting for Gwen as she has to take it a little easy. Gwen is always doing something.

Shirley Wells, along with her daughter, got to attend Shirley’s granddaughter Ashley’s graduation from basic training. Ashley is stationed in San Antonio. Shirley enjoyed the trip though she was really tired afterward.

Hello, Hayward, Vivian and Kim Day. I hope you guys are doing all right. Vivian, please don’t jump rope anymore! Hayward will tie you up!

My little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold is doing fine though he still won’t eat very much. Have you ever seen a child smell a piece of chocolate cake? Then not eat!

Angie got his hair cut and he looks so grown up. He still acts the same, spoiled rotten! Bennie and I have a ritual at night when we play ball on the kitchen floor. Polly Maucher heard him say ‘Play ball in the kitchen’!

Hello to my brother Richie Hall who isn’t feeling his best, and to Wanda Hall, please send me some of your energy!

Hello, Kirsti Deaton, make sure he behaves himself!

Hello to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall, and of course to my sister Loretta Church and my brother Wallace Lee Hall and his wife Georgia, who are in Letcher Manor Nursing Home.

A big hello to Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb.

Well, I better get this on its way before this computer goes off for good.

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

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