The Mountain Eagle
Whitesburg KY

Visit to state park fascinates six-year-old

Southern Ohio

Hello again, everyone ! How is your day going so far? Mine has started off great, of course it is just six in the morning! As my alarm clock was sounding, I awoke to wonder why I had set it for five o’clock as I really didn’t have to get up, then I realized, oh yes I do.

My daughter, Anna Nottingham, along with her three daughters, Sarah, Jessica, Katelyn, and I went on a day trip to Spring Mill State Park at Mitchell, Ind. I had been there 35 years ago when Anna was an infant and I had always wanted to go back, somehow time slipped away and I never did make it.

I will tell you one thing, this trip was most enjoyable because six-year-old Jessica was so curious of the old things in the buildings which were built in the 1800’s. There’s a working gristmill. The girls were excited to watch it, though they really don’t know what cornmeal is! There were samples of things made with cornmeal, one was cornmeal carrot cake, which wasn’t really too bad.

Jessica enjoyed watching the man carving things. She was very inquisitive about what he was making. He explained things and was very patient with the children.

Sarah was really impressed with the old furniture and how you could cook over an open fireplace. Katie just enjoyed being able to run and of course they all enjoyed wading in the creek.

We took 50 West most of the way there, then on the way back Anna decided to come back another route, which brought us back along the river. It was a beautiful drive back. As she had never been either way she really enjoyed the scenery. We stopped at Steak & Shake and it was so cold in there I was glad to leave.

I went to Vevay. Ind., to hear my friend, Ma Crow, along with Katie Laur and Brad Minerding play music at a place called Signature’s, which is an art gallery of sorts. I drove 50 miles and wasted gas to hear about 20 minutes of music. I should have known it was a wasted trip as Bennie is too young to sit still. There was something going on in Vevay; there was music on every corner. I really enjoyed the drive as it had been years since I was down through Vevay, not knowing I was going to travel the same route to Spring Mill State Park.

Shirley Wells enjoyed an evening with her daughter, Alice, and her husband, Kenney, and the children who live in Erin, Tenn. They stopped by for a surprise visit wanting to take Shirley to Cracker Barrel for supper. Shirley had plans and couldn’t leave, then Shirley’s granddaughter, Kayla, called wanting her to go to the Catfish House to eat. Shirley and the gang ended up ordering from Pizza Hut and staying home to eat!

I had a very nice email from Bob Akemon. He said that I mentioned Dover Cornett was a fine man in my column, yes Linefork, Big Branch, Roxana produced many good men. It was too bad that they didn’t have the resources to keep them there. Many have gone on to other places to carve out a better living for their families. As we know, life is short and only offers one round. We often yearn for things that used to be, but, really, would we be willing to give up the soft life?

My sidekick little Bennie Wiederhold and I went to visit Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb. I sat under the big tree with Clarence, Arlyn and their son, Scott, and ate a juicy peach. This was a Kodak moment as Clarence went to the garden and Bennie tagged right along with him at Clarence’s heels. Clarence has a narrow dirt path at the bottom of his fence. Bennie was in paradise as he found a couple of small rocks to play with. Scott was amazed how Bennie could amuse himself. I came home with peaches, broccoli, tomatoes and beans, so you might say I hit the jackpot.

The Halcomb clan held their annual family reunion at the home of Ross and Mary Sue Halcomb on the shores of Lake Cumberland at Monticello on August 1, 2 and 3. There were about 65-70 in attendance. Many states were represented, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, and New York. We had a fourmonth old and an 89+-year-old. A large country breakfast was served on Saturday and Sunday morning On Saturday about 2 p.m. a family chicken dinner was enjoyed. Many young folks had a lot of water fun on the lake as several boats were available.

Here is some news from Bernice Baker, who said she had company this summer. Bernice met with some members the Class of 1949, Reba and Estill Cornett and Glennon and Thelma Ison. It was good to see them again. Bonnie Ingram, Coeburn Ison, and Bob Akemon were absent.

I really appreciate the phone call from Doris Caudill Adams of Frog Pond which is close to Woodrock, and Blackey.

It has been hard the past two weeks to get a column out, then I think of others who are having their own personal torture and enjoy my column.

I want to share something amusing with you. This is no joke, it is true.

Seven 19-year-olds decided to go to Gatlinburg, Tenn., for a weekend! One asked her parents if they could use a large excursion van. It was agreed if no more than the allotted seven were to go, as that is what it holds. The parents even helped to pack all the girls’ bags in the van. The dad or mom saw some odd-shaped boxes that were double bagged. When they looked inside it was discovered a large amount of beer plus a huge container of vodka!

The mother of the 19-year-old who was using the family vehicle decided to open the beer boxes and inserted Pepsi in every carton, then taped the boxes back! She emptied the vodka and poured the bottle full of water. Needless to say, when the girls discovered that there were some pretty teed-off girls! The daughter blamed her dad, as she didn’t think her mother would do such a thing. Well the mother said she was a not a friend, she was her mom!

The girls were not old enough to buy the alcoholic beverages so that means there’s an older person who did this! The young driver did not stop to think she could lose her license plus get her parents in a lot of trouble! You might say there was one less chalet without partying in Gatlinburg! Sounds like a smart mom to me!

Gwen Huff Farmer sent me a picture of beans that she had picked; they sure were pretty.

Hello to my brother, Richie, and Wanda Hall and Bruce Jones and everyone on Ingrams Creek.

Hello to my brother, Jerry Hall, and Mattie.

Don’t forget Letcher County Day in Harrison, Ohio, Sept. 20, behind Harrison Community Center, 300 George Street, Harrison, Ohio.

Don’t forget to try Bounceradio and listen to Bobby Joe’s “Gospel Jubilee” on Saturday morning from 8 to 11.

Until next time: Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email:, (513) 367-4682

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