Lothair was a fun place to live. I learned so much from Mr. John D. Bowling. He started a library at the old Baptist Church on the hill. He made sure we knew the books of the Bible. We loved the Sword Drills. Every time I look up a verse I think of Mr. Bowling and all he did for us at the Lothair Baptist Church. I was blessed to live in Lothair at the time I did.
Post by justamomky on Sept 16, 2008 21:36:33 GMT -5
I miss Lothair and all my "neighbors" so much. What a wonderful place! I don't remember many of the buildings mentioned in this post but I have many, many great memories of our tight knit neighborhood.
I was born in 1967 and only got to spend two years at Lothair Elementary "on the hill" before being moved to Walkertown. As I grew up, Maggards was our favorite place to go. Seems like yesterday we were riding bikes and playing tag.
I remember going to Vacation Bible School at the Church of Christ and having Ben Greer as a teacher. I had the honor of seeing her again earlier this year. She never changes!! Still just as fisty as she ever was.
Reading the e-mails bring back memories of when we lived in Lothair. The street that turns left at the old Mountain Wholesale was Mulberry St. My family lived on the street for 10 years back in the 60's and early 70's. It was a great placed to live and grow up in. Our neighbors were the Browns, the Cornetts, the McIntryes, the Beshears, the Alexanders, the Clarks, the Mitchells, etc.
I do. I rememmber your father, Lamar. I also remember Berl who married our neighbor, Toots White. She probably had another name but I never knew it. I remember Grace's husband, George I believe. You come from good people. "The salt of the Earth"
I remember the Ewen family well. There were several of them raised in Lothair. You know for the life of me I can't remember the girl's names, but there were several of them. One was named Faye, but can't remember the others. Their names are on the tip of my tongue....ever had that feeling? Berl worked for the power company as did my dad. Lamar, if I remember correctly, was tall and had light red hair. They were all "good people."
Post by nostalgia79 on Apr 5, 2020 13:52:47 GMT -5
I am very familiar with this building! It was the old Church of Christ built sometime around the 1940's (not sure about the exact date). My grandfather, Emmett Roper, Sr., owned several pieces of property there in the bottom of Lothair. He gave this lot to the church so they could build a permanent meeting place. In fact, he helped build the building. In reading some of the comments that it might have been a schoolhouse, I can verify it was never a schoolhouse! The original purpose of the building was a place of worship! I grew up in this church and have remained faithful to our teachings through the years. As far as Grover Branson being the minister there, he was not. He was an elder for years and took an active role in the leadership of the church. We often had visiting preachers to come in to speak. During the early 1950's a full-time minister, Cecil Sawyer, from Lexington, was hired. My father, Tommy Bunton, was from Lexington and was instrumental in getting him to move to Lothair to work with the church there. As to when the building was converted to apartments, I do not know! The original construction plans should indicate that there had been a baptistry, as well as three classrooms in the back of the building, and a sanctuary. My grandfather also build the pulpit stand and it is still used in the classrooms at the current Church of Christ building. There was also a comment about a steeple. The building did have a steeple with a large bell. It was rung every Sunday by Jay Hall one of the older residents of Lothair. After he passed away, out of respect for him, the bell was never rung again and taken down. To quote displaced woman: she is right their old house was torn down and a yard created there. The remodeled house on this property was the Tommy Bunton house and is now owned by the Don Combs' family. I was the Bunton daughter who grew up in this house, and I believe, displaced woman, we know each other! The old Church of Christ building is located on Third Street going toward the river and is behind Vick and Mary Jewell's house! The house on the the same side of the street of the church building, going toward the river, was also at one time owned by my grandfather. The house next to the Tommy Bunton house was where my grandparents lived (and is still there). My parents bought their house from my grandparents when they married. For your information, Bonnie Branson Hammonds, passed away in June, 2019. She was 91 years old. I loved her dearly and am still missing her! She was a part of our family and my last link to Lothair. I do hope this answers some of the questions regarding this property in Lothair! NOTE: Houses in the Lothair bottom changed after the destruction of the 1957 flood! Many were raised several levels above ground in fear of future floods! Wish my Dad could be here to talk with you, but like so many of the older residents has passed on. He would have mesmerized you with his knowledge of the history of Lothair! He came to Hazard as a young man to work at the power plant and worked for 40 years at different Appalachian Power Plants, retiring after 40 years at the Clinch River Power Plant in Virginia. My grandfather also worked for the Hazard Power Plant and was one of the few people who had a job during the Great Depression, which began in 1929 and lasted through most of the 1930's. One of the stories I remember told about him, was that he had an old T-Model car, would go to the A&P Store in Hazard, load up his car with $10.00 worth of groceries, then go up and down the old highway above Lothair and give out food to people with children who were starving. My grandparents were known to have people in their home often to feed them! I loved hearing those old stories!