Well, our trip across Pine Mountain turned out be on the very last day of the peak of the trees and it was gorgeous. My sister Charlene and I planned to go to The General Store at Pine Mountain Crossing. Not only did we get to look around the complete store, we also got to eat dinner there. It was kind of like a miniature Cracker Barrell. It was wonderful. From all the other comments I’ve seen on Facebook, everybody else is liking the store as much as we did.
I’ve also been looking at lots of old pictures of Whitesburg and other areas in Letcher County on the Internet. Isom itself used to be a bustling little place. It had all the right places that our Daddy loved to go through. I guess the most important one to our family was the stock sale in the old barn that took place every weekend.
Another place that he loved was a little traveling trailer that Art Baker and his wife brought in. They also had a storefront where they unloaded their trailer. You could just walk up into the trailer and look or also go into the store. I remember picking up what I thought was a good looking metal vase and asked Daddy if we could get it. He said, “I don’t think you know what that is.” Turns out it was an antique male bedpan or whatever you call that kind of bedpan.
This was also the place where Daddy bought a real fur coat. Charlene, of course, claimed it right off and wore it everywhere for as long as it fit her and the temperature was cool enough. She said she thinks Daddy paid about $12 for it. I remember when it came time to have it dry cleaned it cost more to dry clean it than the coat cost.
Another store he went to all the time at Isom was Frank Abdoo’s. The things I remember they sold were used work uniforms and shoes. Instead of renting uniforms he bought his from there and tore off the name on the pocket. This store always had the same smell, kinda like shoe rubber and moldy cloth mixed together.
If you are on Facebook take a look at some of these pages that are posting pictures of our area many years ago. There’s Letcher County, Fleming-Neon yesterday and today, City of Whitesburg updates all the things going on in Whitesburg on its page. I saw on its page it will be having the Christmas Parade this year on December 10 at 6 p.m. The theme will be “Whitesburg Winter Wonderland”. If you need more information on this you can contact Lee Adams at 606-633-3700.
There will be an event going on this Saturday the 13th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the old Carr Creek Elementary School. There will be a Christmas Bazaar along with events for children. There’ll be lots of vendors there along with Sandy Jones and myself with our Paparazzi Jewelry. Santa will also be there and available for photos.
There are some special prayer requests I need to mention this week. I have an unspoken for Rob Watts, a special prayer request for the family of George Bevins, and all those that have lost loved ones especially my pastor and his family.
Lots of birthday wishes go out this week. There’s Dianna Holbrook, Donna Bailey Hartman on the 5th along with Jimmy and Gleadith Duncil’s 56th wedding anniversary; Towonna Jones on the 6th; Tomeka Brashear, Jennifer Noble Holbroook, Liz Ison, and Andrea Yonts on the 7th; Cathy Vance Narramore and Connie Caudill on the 8th; Devon Ratliff, Sandy Jones, Ryley and Isabella Hampton on the 9th; Donna Holbrook, David Pennington and Connie Vance Bates and JoAnn Howard Brown on the 10th; and John Wayne Adams, Ricky Mason, and Marsha Holcomb on the 11th.
I’ll close this week by once again asking you to remember your church needs you.