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Historical Society marks 20th year



I hope everyone had a blessed week.

This week the Letcher County Historical Society celebrated our 20th year with dinner and a cake. Members attending were: Peyton and Ann Reynolds, Benny and Janie Slone, Harry and Darlene Collins and daughter, Don and Beth Quillen, Wendell and Alicia Cook, Tereina and David Bledsoe, Marsha Banks, Zandra Perry, Donna Cornett, Jean Cook, Major and Ella Sparks, and myself.

Did you know that I have been the president for 20 years? It has been a remarkable journey. I never dreamed we could do so much. We have marked hundreds of graves, bought thousands of dollars of books, published census, marriage, school census, cemetery, pictorials and other books.

We have five pictorials at the printer at this time. Wow, it’s great. I am so proud of our members for all the hard work they do and it’s all strictly volunteer. We have members in every state.

Our meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg at 5:30 p.m. Come by and take a look at what we have, and I think you will be amazed.

Ricky and Phyllis Yonts were in Lexington this week for his doctor appointment, and thank God he had a good report. We have an awesome God.

Jack, Krystal and Jesse Quillen and Maxine Venters went to Pigeon Forge this week and had a great time. Jesse had been asking to stop at the ‘Upside Down House,’ so they did and he was thrilled.

The Colson Center has been a busy place. Debbie Pennington and Rebecca Conley were there to start us on a study for the University of Kentucky. Quite a few have agreed to participate. I know we will learn a lot and be healthier for it.

It was so nice to see Rebecca, I have known her all her life. She is the daughter of Vernon and Arna Mae Hall Thomas. Rebecca’s son, Jordan, was graduated from Knott Central this past week.

I talked to Judy Puckett this week, and her husband Paul had been sick with a virus, but is much improved. Maybe they can come up soon. I also talked to Eva Spicer Webb and Dale Collins. It’s always so nice to talk to friends.

Our son Randy and his family surprised us with a visit this week. He and Jennifer did some work on a bathroom for her parents, Tommy and Betty Stansberry. Jared had been at Camp Nathanael this week, and he said he had a great time. Two of his fellow campers from last year were there.

Jennifer fixed breakfast for us Saturday morning, and you know I loved that.

Randy, Jen, Jared and Ethan also visited with Teddy Neil and Lisa Fleming.

Oh, we had our potluck dinner at the center on Friday, and we had 35 eat with us. The Food Line Band did a great job playing music, and we appreciate them so much. Now, if I could only convince them to play ‘Rocky Top’. The dancers were good too.

Ed Bentley won the Father’s Day cake, and said he may give Betty a bite. We missed Betty. Thanks to Brian Bentley and Community Trust Bank for the delicious cake they provided. It pays to be nice to seniors.

It was nice to see and talk to Ed and Leanna Mullins at the center.

We played Bingo on Thursday, and you know I didn’t win a game, but Linda Sturgill gave me the gift she won. It was a chicken with measuring spoons. Thanks, Linda.

After the dinner, our magistrate, Archie Banks, stayed awhile and we discussed ideas for the center and the community. He is always ready to help in any way he can, and so is our County Judge, Jim Ward. Thanks for all your help.

How many are watching the Letcher County Government Channel? I am addicted. I love it. Be sure and check it out.

Happy Birthday to Frog Logan, who has been celebrating for a week. Way to go, Frog.

The family of Hall and Meade, children and grands of Stella Yonts Hall Meade, had their reunion this weekend at Mary Meade’s. She lives next door to us. They roasted a pig and had all kinds of good food. It is wonderful for families to get together.

Ann and Steve Gaydosh visited with me and Clester on Saturday, also with Pete and Faye Hill. Ann and Steve had been to Blackey to see the C.B. Caudill Store but it was not open. They then went to see the old Indian Bottom Church. They wish to thank Ray Adams for the tour.

Joann Hall has been to Pikeville and Lexington this week. She is making up for lost time. When she had the store she didn’t do much going, and it’s great that she can now go when she wants. You go, girl!

I visited with Faye Anderson this week. Her brother, Ford Richardson, has been in the hospital but is home now and some better. But her brother, Don Richardson, is in a hospital in Indianapolis on life support. Our prayers are with Faye and all her family.

Delbert and Lynn Baker are spending time at Carr Creek Lake. They live in Indiana and love to come down, fish and visit family and friends.

Bobby Joe Pass has been in the hospital, but is home now. Madonna is taking good care of him, and we wish for his continued improvement.

Happy retirement wishes to Richard Kincer. He and Bonnie are enjoying it, and we wish them the best. Hopefully we will see more of them.

Our granddaughter, Amanda Holbrook, came up Saturday, and will be with us until Tuesday. Her cousin, Jessica Spicer, came with her. They enjoyed a shower last night for their cousin, Gina Hall. I know their other grandparents are enjoying their visit. Wilma and Charlie Holbrook and Joe and John Spicer are the other grands.

Charlie and Wilma, Eugene, Kathy, Gina, Jessica and Amanda, all enjoyed a Father’s Day dinner at Bonanza.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue Hill. David took her to Louisville this week, and the news wasn’t good. Sue, we love you!

May God bless everyone.


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