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COMPTON’S SHOE SHOP — Morgan and Margarett Compton and their granddaughters, Deanna and Margarett Bentley, are pictured standing in front of Compton’s Shoe Shop and Shoe Store of Neon. The Comptons ran the store for 50 years and reared 10 children there. They then sold their shop to their son, Charles, who ran it for a few years. The photo was sent to The Mountain Eagle by their daughter, Lana Compton White of Jenkins.

COMPTON’S SHOE SHOP — Morgan and Margarett Compton and their granddaughters, Deanna and Margarett Bentley, are pictured standing in front of Compton’s Shoe Shop and Shoe Store of Neon. The Comptons ran the store for 50 years and reared 10 children there. They then sold their shop to their son, Charles, who ran it for a few years. The photo was sent to The Mountain Eagle by their daughter, Lana Compton White of Jenkins.

Hello again everyone!

Fall is in the air this morning in the Harrison, Ohio area. Pretty soon the leaves will be taking on their beautiful coats for such a short time, then the cold winds of winter will be here. Why does it seem that summer is so short and winter is forever?

When my children were little I used to try to preserve the autumn leaves as someone told me you could place a piece of wax paper over a leaf and iron with a hot iron. It works for a while.

I went to my favorite hangout, The Coon Hunters Club. The music was good although I believe if someone had played the washboard I would have tried to dance. For the first time in several weeks I can say I felt the music, not only heard it with my ears but felt it in my heart and soul and my feet!

My friend and dancing partner Alphine Stacy was there. Alphine is the only woman I know that loves dancing as much as I do.

For the last month or so I have been carrying a heavy burden on my shoulders and Friday was a rough day, I really didn’t know if I could get through the evening, much less dance. I shut off my cell phone and pretended for a while that there were no heartaches and worries. Since the death of my dear friend Willamae Boggs, it seems as there’s such a void in my life that I can’t fill it no matter what I do. Oh how I yearn to pick up the phone and hear her voice once again saying, “Rose, this is Willamae!” I know I sound weird or something, I still have her last message on my answering machine.

MORGAN COMPTON stands in front of Compton’s Shoe Shop and Shoe Store in Neon.

MORGAN COMPTON stands in front of Compton’s Shoe Shop and Shoe Store in Neon.

When I was facing personal problems it was as though she felt my pain. We had a special friendship that will never be replaced. I will never let anyone get that close to me again.

I drove to my friend Sue Courtney’s, who lives a few miles outside of Rising Sun, Ind. Sue works as a 911 operator for Rising Sun.

Sue and I didn’t have any place to do anything in particular, so I let her drive the van since my leg is still bothering me when I drive. I was in a bad mood so I didn’t say too much as Sue and I both talked about how bad everything was.

As usual the drive was nice except we got such a late start and it was dark coming back. Sue drove to Madison one way and came back through Versailles, Ind., and back through Rising Sun. We got out of the van down by the river at Rising Sun where there’s a fountain that looks like the bottom half of a tree. The lights were very pretty from Grand Victoria Casino. Then we went on to her place. Sue’s mobile home overlooks the Ohio River and we sat on her deck for an hour or so watching the lights shimmering like golden ribbons on the water!

If you’ve never seen a barge go up or down the river at night, you are missing a very beautiful sight with the assortment of different lights.

My heart goes out to the family of a young man who lost his life. Chris Polly was a friend to my nephew Derrick Hall.

As I have often said, we think we have problems and if we look a little bit further we find that someone else has it worse.

As Jim Cornett said in his column a couple of weeks ago, I am tired. My right leg is not healing, and the doctor has given me two diff erent antibiotics. I am scared I may be the third one of the family to lose a leg, all from a stupid accident of falling down the steps. It is such a small spot yet it is as big as a baseball and the skin is as tough as a baseball cover. For some reason it heals on the outside but not inside.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Letcher County Day. 300 George Street. September 25. 11 a.m. until people want to leave. Bring a covered dish and your drinks. Let’s make this a celebration in honor of the two people who can’t be with us any more. Bob and Shelby Bockover really enjoyed this small event, so did Eveda Ison, though Eveda had an eye infection last year and couldn’t come. The year before Eveda brought homemade chicken and dumplings, which everyone enjoyed. I hope there will be music this year.

Ann Calihan has been feeling under the weather with some kidney and bladder trouble. I hope she is feeling a little better by now.

Johnny Calihan is like the energized bunny that uses batteries; he just keeps going and going.

Hello to Hayward and Vivian Day and Kim, who looks a lot like her mom!

Frick and Frack, I hope you can find the time to come to Letcher County Day as winter is getting closer and I might need Michael Ison to hold my hand again.

Tommy and Donna Davis live in Columbus, Ind. I hope they will come by for this event. I haven’t seen Tommy since we were children attending Mill Branch Grade school. I knew his sister Elaine, and a brother named Jimmy.

Gwen Huff Farmer went to her grandson Jamie Farmer’s to have a cookout for Labor Day. Jamie and his family live real close to Gwen, like right next door almost. As usual she is still enjoying pears and apples this time of year.

At my son Keith’s apartment, there’s an apple tree. Each time I go there I pick up a few apples. I have enough apples to fry a good skillet full, which means I have to bake some biscuits and what are biscuits without some good brown cream gravy? Hey, you all want to join me?

The weather has been so dry that people’s gardens didn’t do any good this year, and yards are going dormant. The trees on the hillside across the field from me are slowly turning an ugly drab brown. As I look across the hayfield in front of my house, it looks as if I have an extended yard.

Shirley Wells and her daughter Loretta came to Dayton, Ohio on a personal trip to see Shirley’s uncle. I wish she had taken enough time to call me. I would have driven to Dayton to see her for a few minutes.

Hello to Carl Boggs, Jr. Boggs and his wife Joyce, Carl’s sister Bonnie, and Marshall Roark and Jessie Frazier.

I am still trying to get my brother Richie and Wanda to come to visit me the last weekend in September for Letcher County Day. Wanda works so much she needs a vacation.

Hello to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall. I hope everyone is all right.

I haven’t heard any news about my sister Loretta Church nor my brother Wallace Lee Hall, who is in Letcher Manor Nursing Home. I am ashamed to say I have neglected calling or sending cards in quite some time.

My little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold is still not feeling well. I worry so much about him.

Belated happy birthday to my granddaughter Jodi Gray, who was 22 Sept. 10. My daughter Kay Gray will celebrate on Sept. 30. Kay does not look like a grandmother.

My brother Robert Hall is improving a little each day. He was transferred to the Pikeville Medical Rehab. He isn’t able to walk, however he can stand for a few minutes to get in a wheelchair.

Well folks, I better get this on its way as it seems I start early and end late in writing this column.

Until next time: Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, emailBluegrassmama4@ aol.com, telephone (513) 367-4682.

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