Rain, rain and more rain seems to be our weather pattern lately.
Blackey Days seemed to have had a good turnout despite the rain, and those who attended reported a good time.
The presentation at the Blackey Library given by the West Letcher Oral History Group was a big success and enjoyed by all attending. They had researched the small community schools in this end of the county and also the midwives who delivered children in the area back long ago. They put a lot of effort and time into trying to get information on our area’s past history, and we appreciate all they do.
I think one of the schools they couldn’t find a photo of was the Isom School, so if anyone knows someone who has a picture of it, please let Ernie and Janie Caudill know. Even thought the presentation was held Saturday, it would still be a piece of history to preserve.
Sorry to learn that Watson Adams’s widow, Carol, died last weekend. She was always such a nice person. Our sympathy to Amy and her family. Services were held at the Whitesburg First Baptist Church.
Also, Jeff Bowling of Blackey, died suddenly over the weekend. He was only 57 years old, and was laid to rest in the Pearl Dixon Cemetery. Sympathy to his family. He was a son of the late Bernice Dixon Whitaker, and was known by many throughout the Blackey and Letcher areas.
Recently Bernice Blair Caudill of Letcher was also called away by death. She was a daughter of the late Brady and Stella Blair, and the widow of Charles Caudill. Her daughters, sisters, brother and the rest of her large family have our sympathy.
The last stir-off of Jerry Adams and Don Pridemore’s cane field was held last Friday, despite the rain. It was a lot of hard work and the late Ellis Adams would be happy to know his cane mill and shed were still being used.
The molasses tasted good, and about 22 gallons total were made at the two stir-offs. All who dropped by were greatly appreciated.
Marie Banks got home from the hospital and is doing better. We missed seeing her sitting on her porch when she wasn’t feeling well.
Also glad to hear that Darryl Boggs is doing better and beginning to have an appetite again. He has been through a rough spell for quite some time.
Mary Blair said that Adrian took her from the nursing home to Blackey Day on Saturday. She stayed for about four hours and said she hugged so many of her old friends that her shoulders were sore. So glad she was able to go, and it did her good to see everyone.
The Adams reunion was enjoyed by all who attended. Bill and Joyce Adams, Luther Adams and Danola Adams Bell were all there, and their sisterin law, Alice Adams was able to be there too. Lots of good food and fellowship was enjoyed, whether you came from far away or just lived a mile from the Stuart Robinson Campus, it was good for everyone to get together.
Luther, Danola, Doug Raglin and his grandson Douglas stayed at Gramp’s cabin on Pratt Fork. They also drove down to Blackey Day after the reunion except for Nolie, whose hip was bothering her. She is having hip replacement surgery this week.
Doug picked Nolie up in Ohio, and Luther up at Morehead on his way down from Michigan.
Brian and Holly Bates Campbell have a new baby girl, and in the photos of her on Facebook, she is very cute. Many proud grandparents are just beaming over the new little one.