yellow school buses” that the late Nolan “Country Cousin” Hall of the WRLV
radio station here in Salyersville used to warn us to watch out for
haven’t been on the roads since before the Christmas break and from the
weather reports, it will be a few more days before our schools will be in
session again. We have had some very cold temperatures along with snow
and sleet. I realize it is nothing compared to the weather a little south
of us and, on top of that, some areas there do not have drinking water.
Of course, I don’t imagine that our cousins up north are sitting out under
their shade trees either!
going to report an episode that I took for the truth…a fellow I was
discussing the weather with told me he ran over a black snake on the
highway today. Another fellow told me he had run over one the day before
and stopped to investigate. He said he traced it back to where it came
out of its hole in the snow!
watching for the Ol’ groundhog that took up residence under one of our log
cabins in the Pioneer Village last fall but he or she must be still
little oddity of note, I have put out quite a bit of bird feed here in the
village and at home but I have not seen any evidence that any of it is
being consumed. Are there fewer birds this winter?
had several deaths here in our community in recent days. We are very
sorry for the loss of Mrs. Byron (Betty Wireman) Salyer. A few years ago,
her family gave us some items for the Pioneer Village; one being a set of
wall maps such as were once used in the old one-room schools. We also
have excellent examples of her grandson Jeremy’s artwork in our archives
Another of our losses
is the patriarch of the Big Half Mountain area, Clyde Holiday who has
folded his hands in pleasant sleep and taken his flight with the angels.
Clyde was a Magoffin County school bus driver in earlier times and has
many friends, young and old. I daresay that there are few who could
outtalk my old buddy, especially when he got to bragging on his cowherd.
Now, if you saw his nice farm and pastures, you could see that he had
reason to do a little bragging, he was a hardworking man.
Ms. Dorothy Shepherd
Wireman has lost her brother, Clarence Edward “Jake” Shepherd, after a
long illness. We are deeply saddened by her loss and we surely miss her
here at “headquarters” as I, a very senior “senior citizen” can hardly
answer the phone and have never even turned on a computer, etc. We are
trying to keep things going the best we can while she is away. We send our
condolences to her family and all those who have lost their loved ones.
Our members have been
calling about their winter issue of the Journal of the Magoffin County
Historical Society. We were hampered in getting it sent out in a timely
fashion when our copier quit working then Ms. Dorothy’s absence will make
it somewhat later, so bear with us here at the “home-twenty”. We will
eventually get it in the mail.
committee of the Sesquicentennial celebration for Magoffin County for this
year has also had some setbacks caused by the weather, as several meetings
have had to be cancelled or postponed. We are pressing on with our plans
to organize a Civil War Re-enactment of the “Battle of Puncheon Creek/Half
Mountain” in the spring. A Magoffin County delegation was scheduled to
travel to Whitesburg to work out some plans last Friday but the meeting
had to be called off due to the weather. We have had individuals and
groups of both Union and Confederate re-enactors visiting us and helping
us with suggestions toward having a successful event.
I hear also that many
of our “Southern Belles” are making or obtaining those Civil War period
hoop dresses so they can get into the act as there is to be a Southern
Ball to round out this activity.
Folks, this is only
one event of the Sesquicentennial and what I’m building up to is that we
hope your organization might be enticed to have some type of happening to
“further the cause”. For instance, the four local United Baptist churches
are commemorating the 200th birthday of the local Burning
Springs Church in conjunction with Magoffin County’s 150th
So far, only Barbara
Reed Patrick has committed to try to have some type of special event for
the Sesquicentennial. Now, I am only one of several members of the
committee and since we have missed a couple of meetings, there may be
others that I am not aware of who are also planning events. We would like
to see every organization get into the spirit of celebrating this special
birthday of Magoffin County.
We thank those who have written and called. Our
telephone number is 606-349-1607. If you would like to contact us by
mail, write Box 222, Salyersville, KY 41465 (email: