Mrs Fugate was a school teacher in Blue Diamond don't remember what grade she taught me sometime between 58 and 62. He son Fred Fugate was in my class. My son and I went back to see Blue Diamond in 2002, I found Fred Fugate in the phone book and we got together for some coffee. Was great after all those years, as we moved away. firstname.lastname@example.org
We lived here at the time they were tearing all the houses down. There were only around 5 left when we had to move in I believe 1964. I baby sat for the lady that ran the Post Office, she lived right above us. She was from Germany. When we first moved to Blue Diamond, we lived in a house overlooking the school. We would take a dirt road from where the commissary was and wind around a hill to the house. Then we moved away then back to the house below where the Post Office was. I remember the Ledfords, Stanfords, and Dr Wagers. You can email me at email@example.com.
I was raised in Leatherwood from 1951 to 1963 - I moved to Kingsport Tn, to attend high school there. I remember Gary Suttles, Floyd Williams Jr, Pearl Cole, Phyllis Deaton, Nate Combs (baseball coach) his wife Doll worked in the restaurant next to the theater. larry and Jerry Shelton, Larry and Dewey Robinson, I know I am leaving a lot of names it's been 52 years since I was there. I did meet Charlie Sydnor in 1977 at the Presbyterian Church here in Kingsport. He was the preacher in leatherwood at the Presbyterian church. I remember Georgia Napier, My 8th grade teacher, Harve Couch was our basketball coach. I'm running out of names, I am trying to find some of these folks, I sent Gary Suttles an email, no reply, If you can shead some lighta as to where I can contact them or a phone book of leatherwood. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to get hold of that book. you don't know the name of it. do you .I was born in Saphire hollow. my dad was bryan combs. I think he went by Robert Bryan combs.My mom used to help Dr. Payne deliver babies.
My father grew up in that area. His name was Goodloe Napier and he had two sisters named Zola and Isabelle. We have a picture of him on the First Creek basketball team in 1940. His father was a barber whom I believe everyone called "Good." He died in 1967, which is before I was born. My grandmother, Sallie Campbell Napier, lived in what they called "Napper Holler" until shortly before her death in 1988.
My half sister was born in 1946 and her younger brother in 1954 and they may have lived there as well. Their mother's name was Leah Napier (not sure of her maiden name). Their names are Donna Kay and Mickey Napier.
I recognize many of the names that have been mentioned on this thread, particularly Bill Melton and Nick Pappas. We travelled to Hazard quite frequently when I was a child, and I do remember meeting some of my Dad's old friends.
My grandfather was Harrison Williams of Bonnyman ky, he also worked at the blue diamond mines. my uncle (his son) was Paul Williams was one artist who wrote an album of songs about ky and blue diamond mines..i remember the album being "They're hauling Kentucky away."
My gr-grandpa worked in the Blue Diamond Mine at First Creek...and he lived on Harveyton Rd (between the Caldwells and the Kazees)...Price Gillum. My gr-grandma was Maize Back and several of her brothers worked in the mines, too: Amos and Jim that I recall. My grandma worked at the cafeteria in the school as a girl...back then, I think she was known as "Wanda Irene Gillum"). If anyone has any info on the Backs or the Gillums, please contact me: email@example.com. Thank you!!
I was born at Blue Diamond in 1943.my dad, and uncles worked thwre. Uncle Ancy Baker was a manager of some type. My dad was Henry Baker and mother was Dorothy Napier Baker. With my uncle Corbett Napier we moved from there in 1949. My dad's father was John Baker. My mom's dad was Isreal Napier and mother Sarah Napier.they moved to Hazard after he was hurt in a mines cave in. I know I have kin there. Looking at phone books I find there are many Napier and Bakers there.
Does anyone know any Gibson's from blue dimond my dad was born in 1932 and also went to work as a young man there to his name was Bob Gibson i think my papaw was Harve Gibson i remember being young daddy coming in showing me a pic. of him sitting on what looked like a tractor under the dark cold mine. Miss my dad every day. If anybody knows any thing please let me know