Whitesburg KY

Tale of grandpa’s leg

My grandpa, Jay Vanover, lost his right leg in the coal mines many years ago. They buried his leg on the hill of Church House Hollow in Letcher County.

For a long time he told us that the leg was hurting him so much he could not stand it.

We dug the leg up months later. We found a tree root had grown into his leg. We cleaned the roots out, and reburied the bone.

Grandpa lived a very long life, and had no other trouble with that leg the rest of his life. You should have seen him dancing with the girls.

(Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in California.)

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