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Farmer family caught 79 big bluegill

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Howdy folks everywhere! I thought I would drop in for a visit. I hope you don’t mind if I sit a spell. It seems these days I am getting a bit more tired as each day goes by.

My son Keith Ballard is doing some better after his week-long stay in the hospital. Thanks to all the calls and concern of you readers.

Vickie Power and her eight-year-old granddaughter, Katie Leford, and I went to dig up some more wildflowers. These are the orange flowers that attract butterflies. I hope I have enough with good roots that will live, as I dug deep and got a ball of dirt with the roots.

Vickie is having trouble with her back, so she sat in the car while Katie and I went on our voyage. Katie wasn’t too thrilled when I asked her not to walk another step because there was poison ivy.

Gwen Huff Farmer sent me some news last week that I somehow overlooked. Her son, John Farmer, and his family came to visit her and they went fishing and caught 31 big bluegill. They caught lots more little ones during the time they were there, but threw the little ones back. Then the next morning they went fishing, and once again caught 48.

John filleted every one of the fish both days. They also caught four catfish, two little ones and two larger ones, and brought them and put them in my pond, here in front of the house.

I had gone to Lowe’s and bought two blinds to fit my living room windows, and they had to be cut to fit. John put them up for me and I appreciate them so much. John and Grant went fishing recently, and they each caught a lot of bass. They released them. though.

Gwen is so proud of all her children, her son Glen Farmer Jr. lives close by.

Oma Hatton, I hate to disappoint you, no you have never met me. Yes, Rosa Hall is my grandmother, however I did not live with her when I was a little girl. That was a cousin of mine, and I don’t even know if she is still living or not. It was Rosa Lee Brown, my grandma raised.

My dad and mom were Clayton and Ora Hall, and my full name is Rosella. Somehow it got shortened to Rose. I did stay at Grandma’s for short terms when she lived at Caudilltown.

I have been on my own since I was about 14 years of age, staying here there and everywhere until I came to Indiana met someone and married at the age of 16, and never went back to the mountains to live. I’ve often said I was so mean that I had to leave the mountains to find a husband.

Being on my own at such a young age has made me the strongwilled, stubborn, independent person that I am at this present time. That is why I have tried to see that my children had good educations so they could take care of themselves and not depend on anyone. It is nice to have someone to lean on, but it is also nice to know you can take care of yourself.

It does my heart good when I hear comments made by Willa Mae Boggs, Junior Kurauka and Clarence Halcomb, who are amazed at my ability to write.

I received the nicest emails from Brian Caudill who lives in Florida with his wife Donna, who was born in Louisville. Belated wishes to Brian and Donna, who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on July 14.

They have two daughters, and their oldest daughter, Julie, is 23, and she just graduated from law school in May. She and her husband, Jason Perry, live about an hour north from her parents in Titusville where he works as a pharmacist at a hospital. Joy is 16, and Brian says she has red hair. I wonder if I could adopt her, as I have always wanted a red-haired grandchild!

Brian was born and raised in Florida, but he still has a love of the mountains in his soul and does a lot of research.

Brian found an old article of mine online in The Mountain Eagle about Floyd Frazier hanging for the murder of Ellen Flannery. Brian says he has researched the Floyd Frazier ‘happening’ for many years, and he has acquired a lot of information via trial transcripts, newspaper articles, etc. He became interested in this story years ago when he was beginning genealogy research. Since he is related to the Fraziers of Letcher County, he was interested in knowing if he was somehow related to Floyd Frazier. As it turned out, Floyd’s mother, Nan Frazier Adams, was a sister to his great-great-grandfather, Solomon Frazier.

Brian goes to his dad’s school reunion at Pine Mountain Settlement, which is being held on Aug. 7, 8 and 9, at the old school in Harlan County. The main day of the reunion is on Saturday, August 8. They stay two nights in one of the dorms there at the school.

Brian usually goes to the reunion with his dad and then goes on to Letcher County for a couple of days afterwards to do some research, visit cemeteries and visit a few cousins. However, this time he will be going to Letcher County first, on Aug. 5, 6 and 7, and then head on down to Harlan County. “I will meet my dad for the reunion on the afternoon of the 7th,” he said. Brian says he has never attended any of the family reunions in Letcher County.

I mentioned how helpful that Merlene and Doyle Day had been to help me find out about my great-grandma, Nance Coots, and he has been in touch with Merlene and has met her too.

Boyd Coots, I haven’t forgotten the picture I promised you, but with all that I have been going through the past two months I am lucky I know what my name is.

Shirley Wells is still basking in the glow of getting to visit the mountains of eastern Kentucky, in the Whitesburg area. Shirley and her sister, Minnie, got to see Billy Joe Royal, and Shirley was lucky enough to have her picture taken with him. Now I know lots of you remember the hit ‘Down In The Boondocks.’

Vickie and I went to the Flatland Bluegrass Barn. I was in for a treat, as I recognized Scott Rizner who used to pick with Eddie Cunningham & the Comet All Stars. I also recognized Cecil Jackson, who has a band. Cecil is a great singer and guitar player. Cecil has worked for the Cincinnati Zoo with the elephants for many years. Cecil and Scott are both really nice to talk to.

Johnny Calihan came by the house with a care package of half runner green beans, a cucumber, and a yellow squash. Johnny and Ann must have known I had bought a cottage ham to cook in green beans, I just hadn’t gone to the produce stand for the beans.

I have my little sidekick Bennie. He discovered a box of Kleenexes, and had every last one pulled out before I could get to him. Then started saying ‘Dinosaur,’ to keep me from getting on to him.

I called Ann to ask if she wanted Bennie, but she and Johnny were out and about somewhere, so she was saved.

Dean and Nina Cornett, I gave Johnny and Ann a DVD of the bears at Kingdom Come. I still have to send Shirley Wells and Gwen Huff a copy. I hope you readers will visit the Kingdom Come State Park when you are in that area.

Hello to my brother Richie and Wanda Hall, and belated birthday wishes to their son Derrick Hall, for July 15.

Belated happy birthday wishes to Willa Mae Boggs, and I hope she is feeling better. Carl, tie her down.

Hello to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall, maybe one of these days I can find a quiet moment to call you.

Hello Barefoot Bill and Betty Kelly. I hope things are okay with your family.

Just keep your calendar marked for Sept. 26, for Letcher County Day in Harrison, at the Community Center. Bring a covered dish and your beverage.

Hello Bill Profitt and sister Mavis Kaiser, and hello to all of the Jones family on Ingrams Creek, and to my brother Jerry Hall’s neighbors in the housing project who read my column.

I’d better get this on its way. As usual, I am running late. Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4 @aol.com, 513-367-4682.


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