Whitesburg KY

Helen Polly Ellison celebrates 80th birthday

Southern Ohio

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope everyone is safe and sound in this rough and rocky weather we are having! My brother, Richie Hall, said one of his brothers-in-law had quite a bit of damage to the roof of his home.

One day here I thought spring had sprung. I found a couple more little dandelions. Now we are back in the deep freezer again.

When summer gets here and I hear griping about the heat, I may do like Mommy used to do us kids, say, “Go get me a switch!” I hate cold weather.

This is the first winter that I am feeling every bone in my body aching and the flesh, too. I know that mean man named Arthur is sneaking in my bedroom at night and making my joints ache. I seem to share him with a lot of other folks, too.

I was worried about my good friends, Shirley Wells of Clarksville, Tenn., and Gwen Huff Farmer of Illinois.

I received this news from Arlyn Halcomb. I thought you would enjoy it.

February 2, Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb were invited to a surprise celebration for Helen Polly Ellison’s 80th birthday. The party was held at the lovely home of Helen’s daughter, Linda. Helen and Clarence grew up on Linefork of Letcher County. They received their education at Kingdom Come Settlement School.

Clarence came to Hamilton in 1948 and Helen and her husband, Bill, came in 1951. Clarence is proud of Helen and Bill. They raised 14 children and sent them all to high school. Some of the children went to college.

Linda had decorated her home with birthday balloons and streamers. There was a lovely buffet, enough for several parties. There were two beautifully decorated birthday cakes, a carrot cake and a chocolate sheet cake.

The 64 in attendance showered Helen with cash, gifts and beautiful flowers. Clarence heard by the grapevine that Helen received nearly $1,000 in cash. Anyone who gets that kind of money is dearly loved.

Helen’s brother, Raymond, was at the party and he and Clarence caught up on old-time talk They talked about everything from hoeing corn on the hillside to picking huckleberries and killing rattlesnakes.

We would like to wish Helen many more happy birthdays. Her Aunt Peggy Polly lived to 103. Helen, hope you catch up with Aunt Peggy.

I received a letter from Helen Polly Ellison a few years ago. Belated happy birthday, Helen!

My daughter, Kay Gray, has been very sick. She couldn’t get out of bed for feeling like she was going to pass out. She has the flu, and so does her son, Jamie, and daughter, Jennifer Proctor.

Shirley Wells and I listened to the Dave Evans show on WMMT Thursday night. I could hear my brother, Jerry, and Mattie Hall. enjoying the music.

A few years ago we took Jerry and Mattie to a bluegrass show. Jerry loves to sing with the bands. Someone sat down beside us and when Jerry started to sing they moved. Another couple came and sat down. Once again Jerry started to sing this couple moved. I laughed and told Jerry to keep on singing; that way no one would crowd in on us.

One time when Clayton and I were first married, we went to a bluegrass show. As I got caught up in the music I hollered, and Clayton had the nerve to tell me not to do that. He said someone would think I was drunk. I started laughing and told him I would ask if they wanted a drink.

Several years ago three women and I danced almost all day and I wore the heels off a new pair of shoes. Now I watch and listen to my grandbaby, little Bennie, clap his hands and say yaa to music.

Shirley Wells called her twin cousins, Bob Dixon and Carolyn Dixon Ison, to wish them happy birthday. Bob and Carolyn are sister and brother to Helen Caudill.

Bob Dixon would like to hear from anyone who remembers his mother, Alice Dixon, who died when the kids were real little. It is so sad when little children lose their mother. Sometimes life doesn’t seem fair!

Gwen Huff Farmer is finally getting her strength back as she was very sick for a while. Gwen and her friend have been out shopping a little. I know she is counting the days when she can once again be out in her garden.

Ima Cheetham, I am sorry I haven’t returned your phone call. It seems by the time I take care of Bennie I am too tired to do anything.

I did talk to my sister, Loretta Church, at Letcher Manor. Seems someone got hold of her check book and is writing bad checks on her! Of course she has no money in the account. It is horrible to treat someone like she is treated when she can’t help herself.

My brother, Wallace Lee Hall, and his wife, Georgia, are doing alright.

I hope I can head for the mountains before too long. I hate to travel when it is bad.

Loretta will have some constructive surgery February 27. She will go to Lexington for this.

The Calihan family are all doing alright. Ann and her daughter, Sue Wagner, and Sue’s daughter, Lauren, were at little Bennie’s birthday party. Bennie received several learning toys.

My daughter, Anna Nottingham, got a new car seat for Bennie. Now it isn’t too difficult to get him in and out of the car.

Belated happy birthday wishes to my sister-in-law, Wanda Hall,. February 5. Someone got their Christmas card; at least she did receive her birthday card.

I received this little joke from a friend I hope you enjoy it.

“Cash, check or charge?” I asked, after folding items the woman wished to purchase As she fumbled for her wallet, I noticed a remote control for a television. “Do you always carry your remote?” I asked, “No, ” she replied, “but my husband refused to come shopping with me, and I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him legally.”

Hello to my favorite two Jones boys, Bruce and Levine. I hope you two are doing okay!

Well it is late and I have to get this sent on its way. That mean clock is giving me the wicked eye again.

Until next time. Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, 513-367-4682

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