Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.
We are still having beautiful weather here. Lots of other places are having a bad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. I hope things get better.
I enjoyed going to Pine Mountain Grill for breakfast with my sons Rob and Billy and his wife Sandra. Rob was glad to see Charles and Brenda Howard and their old Marlowe friend Jerry ‘Fuzz’ Dixon. He hadn’t seen him in a long time.
I was glad to see Kendall and Carol Ann Ison there. They had a friend there with them, Maynard Adams. He had lived away a long time. He asked about the Andrew Clay family. I knew all the people he asked about. They said he was writing a book. I think he is wanting to call me and ask about a lot of things here. I hope I can remember them.
We miss Hazel Hart around here. Her son Gene Caudill took her home with him. I think it was to Ohio. She had to miss her Hatton reunion.
I got a call from Rose Ballard the other day. I may be seeing her soon. We sure can do a lot of talking. She remembers a lot of people here that I know so a lot of ears may be burning, probably Shirley Wells’s. She is a friend of us both. We’ll talk good about you, Shirley!
Bennett Welch, I sure did enjoy your column last week. It sure brought back a lot of memories about the Toot ‘n Tell, Owl Café and certainly Fernoy’s Drive-In and the famous foot long hot dogs. We had never seen them here so there was always a long line waiting.
My father-in-law, the late Elbert Hatton, lived over the Owl Café and was in a bad car wreck there and died from it later. I remember they were the busiest places we had and we sure missed them all. I’ll never forget them. At one time my daughter-in-law, the late Joan Hatton, worked there at Fernoy’s. I believe it was while her husband Rob was in service.
I appreciate Corina Bates of Ohio, writing me and sending me some news. She said she and her daughter went to Hazard to visit her sister Evalie, who is not doing so well. Her daughter Betty hadn’t seen her aunt in 42 years. They went to visit Corina’s brother Elmer and his family and it was like a small reunion. Elmer sent them home with some of his homemade strawberry jam that he is so good at. She wants to wish her sister a happy birthday on August 31.
Corina also said her prayers go out to the family of the late Lorene Halcomb. Lorene was her first cousin.
Corina said, “God bless you and everyone in my family. Hope to see you soon.”
Linda Hall called me to tell me she liked my news last week. She hadn’t told me she had a heart cath. She is supposed to let me know things. I’ll let her get away with it, I guess.
Hey, who was the good looking man riding a horse with Johnny Ray Turner on the Pioneer Horse Trail on Pine Mountain? Why, it was my little brother, Bobby Ray Howard. I didn’t even know he knew how to ride a horse. He doesn’t tell me everything. I knew he had a pony when he was a boy. He sure looked good! Don’t tell him I said that.
I’ve sure enjoyed seeing my great-granddaughter Brooklyn Hatton on TV singing her coal miner’s song and her mom Sara Hatton playing guitar for her.
The Isom Days are going on. It sounds like it will be real good. I hope it does well and brings in a lot of people. Blackey Days will follow this and then will be our Mountain Heritage. It’s unbelievable how many people come in for that. They come in from everywhere and all our hotels are filled up. It’s so good to see everyone. I hope the weather will be good. We had a real nice day Friday.
Our brother Hillard Howard and wife Marsha of Florida came in to visit. They visited all three of their children, Jason, Hillary and Ben, and came on to visit us, Charles and Brenda, Louise Shepherd, Kathleen Brock, Betty Tyree and of course myself. We met at Howard’s Carpet Store and ate chicken from Lee’s and biscuits and had a good time. Our other brothers, Hubert, John and Jack, were all at the lake. It’s so hard to get all our family together. I guess we had a small reunion and we loved it.
My son Billy Hatton and wife Sandra went to their lake house and Larry Hatton and Kevin Day are on their way to Frankfort to broadcast their ball game. It’s a long way to go. I do hope they win.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week.