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Halcombs hold 38th annual reunion at Lake Cumberland

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Howdy, folks! I forgot last week to add the news of Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb’s family.

The Halcomb boys and girls had their 38th consecutive family reunion on Lake Cumberland in early August.

There were about 60 in attendance. Willmer’s death made it a sad occasion. He was surely missed. His wife, Mary Della Ison Halcomb, and daughter, Pamela, attended.

They are doing fairly well coping with his death. This reunion is held on the shore of Lake Cumberland looking across the lake to Conley Bottom Boat Dock. Brother Ross and Mary Sue Halcomb live at this place and allow us to meet there.

Clarence’s gardening is slowing down. He just sowed mustard, turnips and lettuce for the fall.

Clarence and Arlyn are doing very well. They are trying to stay cool. They would love to attend the Letcher County picnic if it is humanly possible. Clarence wants to be Mr. Letcher County even though he has been in Ohio 58 years.

Johnny and Ann Calihan’s daughter, Sue Wagner, had some knee surgery. She is recuperating at home. It is keeping Ann busy so she hasn’t been able to get into much mischief.

Gwen Huff Farmer’s son, John Farmer, is visiting her. John went to a fishing tournament Saturday and Sunday. His wife, Sonya, and their son, Grant, will be joining them.

Gwen is always happy when any of her children come to visit her. It seems as if another year is slipping by without me getting to go see Gwen again.

I was planning on going to visit Shirley Wells in Clarksville, Tenn., and here I am still in Ohio. My life seems to be turning upside down lately and I don’t get anything done that I plan.

My sister, Loretta Church, and my brother, Wallace Lee Hall, have been having several people stopping by to see them. They are in Letcher Manor Nursing Home at Whitesburg.

Barefoot Bill and Betty of Franklin, Ohio were visiting her family in Johnson Fork, Premium. Betty and her sister, Levina Banks, went to visit Loretta and Wallace Lee. I really appreciate everyone being so kind. Wallace has laid in one position so long he can’t even reach for a drink of water.

Loretta is really improving. Hello to all the workers at Letcher Manor.

Junior and Loraine Kuracka (that will always be Crockett to me) seem to make Letcher Manor a stopping place each week.

Betty and Doyle Ison spent a few hours at the Whitewater Senior Center enjoying the music. I haven’t been for a while!

My brother, Richie Hall, and Wanda are doing all right. Richie may be coming to visit me as Rick and Barb Jones bought a camper from my daughter, Anna, and her husband, Scott. This camper has sat in my yard. I will have to go visit Barb and Rick to see it.

Hello, Bruce and Levine Jones. I hope you two are doing all right. Maybe this hot weather will let up just a little.

On Oct. 7, there will be a yard sale at the Old Time Fiddlers Association in Miamitown, Ohio. The group meets in the basement of the fire department first Sunday of each month from 12:30 to 4 p.m. This is being held during the meeting, so come out for a bargain, and hear some music.

At the last meeting the musicians really did a great job of entertaining the crowd. Carl Sallee, who used to be part of Clayton Durham & The Bluegrass Addition Band, stopped by, along with Joe Parker, who used to play bass for Clayton’s band. Rick Stapleton and Clayton did some fine harmony. Clayton Durham is president of the Old Time Fiddlers.

Our friend, Joe Farwick, is still under the weather. Keep him and his wife, Molly, in your prayers.

Clayton Durham & The Bluegrass Band will be at Boondocks Farm, 8001 S. Grant City Road, Knightstown, Ind., Sept. 22 at 12 and 4 p.m.

I have been busy baby-sitting my grandbaby, little sevenmonth old Benjie Weiderhold. I believe we are living in a throwaway world! There are disposable diapers, use and throw away, wipes to clean, toss them away. What happened to the days you used good birds-eye diapers and good warm washcloth to cleanse a baby? I tease my daughters and ask how would they like a cold wipe on their warm bodies! Oops, I will get in trouble again if I am not careful!

How many mothers in my age category remember the times of changing your babies? When you didn’t have a commode you got a bucket of water to rinse the diapers, or if you lived next to a creek, you headed there.

Now I don’t know if those could be classified as the good old days or not!

When my second baby was born, I really was in high cotton for a while. I had diaper service, just rinse the diaper out, put it in a container, and a big truck stopped to pick up the soiled ones and brought you new ones.

Now you just go to the store and get whatever you need, use it and toss it away!

My friend, Linda Hollan, and I went to the flea market at Brookville, Ind. I really enjoyed our trip. I bought some peaches that were from Michigan; they were delicious, however they did not have the same good taste that Clarence and Bill Halcomb’s peaches had.

They keep making recalls of toys from China. Guess who bought four toys for their grandchildren. They stick so bad I am throwing them away.

Hello to my brother, Jerry, and Mattie Hall.

Don’t forget Letcher County Day at the Harrison, Ohio Community Center Sept. 29 from 10 until ?. Bring a picnic lunch, drinks, and a lawn chair just in case. I am looking forward to this!

I have a lot to do today so I better try to beat this clock. I am sure I will miss something I wanted to say.

Until next time. Rose Ballard Durham, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4@aol.com.


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