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Halcombs mark 55th wedding anniversary

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Hello again, everyone! I am still trying to recuperate from our trip to the mountains, or could it be reaching the young age of 62 has caught up with me?

While I was visiting with Emma Engle at Pine Mountain Grill, two very special people came in, Lester and Alma Tindle. Alma is always so pleasant to be around; she is so sweet and friendly. I met Alma when my husband, Clayton, I went to church with my brother, Richie Hall, and his wife, Wanda. Everyone at the church made Clayton and me feel so welcome.

Belated happy birthday May 30 to Crystal Caudill of Hamilton, Ohio. Crystal is the daughter of Richie and Wanda Hall, Also, belated birthday wishes to my cousin, Gracie Widner of Partridge.

Belated happy birthday to my brother, Jerry Hall, and our uncle, Charles Barton, who shared birthdays June 3.

A young lad, Jacob Sumner, lives with his grandpa, Beckham Bates, a neighbor of my brother, Jerry, and Mattie Hall. Jacob is 12 years old. This young boy lost his mother a year or so ago, and he is a special boy. The first time I saw this kid, he had a guitar thrown across his shoulder. The next evening he came to Jerry and Mattie’s and picked for us. Jacob will be a fine musician when he gets a little older. He has a natural ear for music, and a good clear voice and doesn’t sing off key. Jacob can do some licks on the guitar like Johnny Cash!

I talked to him in depth and you can tell he is being brought up the right way. His dad takes him to church and he sings lots of gospel songs. This kid has a lot going for him.

Clayton joined us on the porch and was impressed with Jacob’s picking. Clayton asked him if he knew certain chords on the guitar, and Jacob’s fingers would find them in an instant. His grandfather, Marion Sumner, was a fine musician. He played the fiddle the old-fashioned way.

It was a pleasure sitting listening to this child, who has been through so much in his short life. I knew his grandpa, Beckham, slightly when I was a young girl. He and his wife are doing a good job with their grandson.

When we were at Richie and Wanda’s I really enjoyed listening to Clayton play that old Martin guitar beneath the moonlight, and the open fire in the background though it was a warm night. There’s nothing more relaxing.

Johnny and Ann Calihan and their son, Gary took, a road trip to the mountains to visit Johnny’s brother, Jr. Calihan.

Johnny and Ann, along with Ann’s brother, Bill Ison, and his wife, Jean, from Harrison, Ohio, went to West Virginia to pay a surprise visit to Ann and Bill’s sister, Evadean Marcum, and her husband, Lafe. Their brother, Hubert Caudill, and his wife, Ann, from North Carolina met them there. It was Evadean’s 82nd birthday. Belated happy birthday, Evadean, may you have many more. I am sure you had a good time.

Ann tells me Johnny has planted his beans three times; things are drying up around here. Ann caught Johnny sneaking a nap. He had been out in the garden and was worn out.

I had a call from Greensburg, Ind., inquiring about the Letcher County Day in Harrison, Ohio, Sept. 29. Please keep this in mind.

Belated happy anniversary to Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb, who have been married 55 years. Clarence Halcomb and Arlyn Jean Davis were married June 7, 1952. They spent a week at Niagara Falls on their honeymoon. They went into Canada and fished some, too.

Arlyn says about the most exciting thing around there is the garden. They are getting five things from the garden, lettuce, onions, broccoli, cabbage and rhubarb. Arlyn froze six packages of broccoli. The potatoes are blooming and in a short while they can have new potatoes.

I do miss a garden sometimes, then again that is just one less aggravation for me to contend with, I really used to enjoy working in the garden when we had one. Of course I always canned lots of tomatoes and green beans. There’s nothing that can compare to the taste of home-canned green beans or tomatoes!

Gwen Huff Farmer is trying to keep one step ahead of the weeds in her garden. She is getting lettuce, onions, broccoli, asparagus, rhubarb and yellow squash and in a few days will have cabbage. Gwen sent me a picture of her flowers; they are beautiful.

Gwen Farmer, Shirley Wells and I enjoyed WMMT recently. I could hear my brother, Jerry Hall, in the audience.

Jerry was having some problems and had to wear a heart monitor overnight.

My sister, Loretta Church, is scheduled to go to Lexington to have stents put in her legs. Loretta is bedfast. I wish I was able to take care of her, I would bring her home with me. She is the only sister I have.

Genita Calihan’s daughter, Janey, saw the picture of Kingdom Come High School in The Mountain Eagle. She wanted to know if I would send her a copy of the picture. I laughed and told her that picture is 50 years old. Gee, where have the years gone?

Don’t forget Clayton Durham & The Bluegrass Addition Band will play at the bluegrass festival, Pickin’ For Memory, to support the Alzheimer’s Association at the Sparta Campground, located close to the Kentucky Speedway, Thursday, June 21. Those of you in this area, come on out. There are several bands plus a soup bean supper.

Hello to two of my favorite readers, Bruce Jones of Linefork and Levine Jones of Bristol, Tenn. I tried to get my brother, Richie, to go sneak a look at Bruce’s pea patch! Just kidding, Bruce!

Keep your calendars marked for Sept. 29 for Letcher County Day at Harrison Community Center, 300 George St., Harrison, Ohio. Let’s meet about 10 a.m. The information is in the reunion section of the Eagle. Please remember to bring a picnic lunch, and something to drink, please no alcohol. You musicians bring that instrument and play some music for us. I enclosed my phone number in the reunion sections for information.

I haven’t heard anything from our little mountain mama Alma Whitaker or her family I hope everything is alright with them.

Doyle and Betty Ison are doing alright, just trying to stay cool since the weather went from winter to summer. I am planning another visit to their deck. It doesn’t matter if they are home or not, I just want to sit and look at the view from Doyle’s almost boat deck. I have seen pictures of decks in magazines and several in person, this beats all I have ever seen.

Rhonda Morgan sends a big hug to her grandma, Sammie Adams in Hazard. I am back in a research survey and I see Rhonda along with Mandi, Shelly and Betsy each week at Sterling Research.

I stopped at Merrilee’s Hardware in Cleves, Ohio, and the man who waited on me said his wife was from the outskirts of Blackey. I am going to find out her name. Inquiring minds want to know, or just plain nosy ones!

I really do appreciate all the nice compliments about this column, and it has really been a pleasure meeting so many people.

Until next time. Rose Ballard Durham, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030.


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