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Books tell story of Dennis Dixon and his wife, Pelma, of Jenkins



Book signings by D. Charles Dixon of the new two-volume book, Den and Pel: Two Lives Well Lived, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 23, at the Jenkins Public Library, and from 3 to 5 pm., Sunday, June 24, at the Blackey Public Library.

Dennis and Pelma Blair Dixon were born in the early 1900’s. Despite the many hardships they faced, they were able to earn college degrees, raise their children (while both taught school), be involved in community service and every important event in which their children and grandchildren were involved. These were the values they stressed to their family.

Many of the stories, in a new two-volume book, Den and Pel: Two Lives Well Lived, are taken from Pelma Dixon’s diary and journals she kept most of her life (including personal letters written by Den to Pel and Pel to Den during their courtship). Also interwoven in the chapters are many historical accounts of life in rural eastern Kentucky.

The descriptions detailed in this book are difficult for anyone in the 21st century to understand. Both of them lived their entire lives in Letcher County. Their early lives were lived on Elk Creek and Johnson Fork, before moving to Jenkins. Volume 1 looks at this couple’s loved for Carcassonne High School, which gave them a start for an education. The many hardships they endured, while persevering, is a theme throughout the book. Volume 2 takes a closer look at the lives of Dennis and Pelma Dixon after they earn their college degrees, their teaching careers and their move to Jenkins, where they would live out remarkable lives.

For a copy, contact D. Charles Dixon, (859) 556 0162, or 325 Primrose Ln., Winchester, KY 40391. The cost is $20 per volume or $40 for both volumes.

D. Charles Dixon is the son of the late Dennis and Pelma Dixon.



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