My dad was born in 1936 but lived in Blue diamond Mining camp 1945-50's. My fathers names is Dexter Slone, his fathers names was Bert/Bertie Slone. I spoke with my dad and he said everything you wanted you purchase from the company store. How wonderful the company pays you and you give the money right back. I guess that is the way it is to this day. I currently live in Batavia, Illinois, and father is in Rolling Meadows Illinois. If you wish I could supply you with his e-mail address and you can converse. My e-mail directly is firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to hear from you soon. Barb Kleiva (slone)
Post by msunderstood on Aug 20, 2004 12:26:44 GMT -5
Hi Barb~Did I read in one of your posts that your great-grandfather was Jasper Slone? If it is the same one, I remember him well. He was a member of the church I attended as a child. He sang in the Old Regular Baptist style, if you are familiar with that? He was a very tall man as I remember. He had two grand-daughters, or maybe great granddaughters, who lived with him for awhile in the 60s and attended Walkertown Elementary. I can't remember their names, but can see their faces. Jasper lived in Orchard Heights at the time. Let me know if this is the same Jasper.
Yes this might be my great uncle. He was told he was a member at the Pentecostal Church in Wabaco. My dad remembers it was on a hill near the railroad tracks and there was a cemetary in the back of the church. My father didn't get that close with him since he moved out of the house and moved in with his sister in Indiana about 14. My dad said he came back and did the Eulogy for his brothers funeral in Walkerstown. I believe he was born around 1894. I have a record that around 1930 he was living in Upper Second Creek with his wife Polly Anne, Myrtle, Henry, Oliver, Nellie and Lenola. I believe Oliver and Henry went to war and never came back (not sure which one). I contact the church about a year ago and Ida Brashure contacted me about him. That is about all I know. I have no pictures and would like them. Also, very unsure of where is is buried?? hope we can talk. Barb Kleiva (slone)
Post by msunderstood on Aug 20, 2004 13:36:20 GMT -5
Barb~That's the same Jasper. He was elderly when I was a little girl, and I cannot remember when he passed away. Yes, that was at Wabaco Pentecostal Church. The cemetery must have been Riverside, which is just down the road a piece from the church, because I don't know of one near the church. I guess he must have moved to Wabaco from Second Creek at some time. I remember that he had some daughters about my sister's age. What I remember most about him was his style of singing and praying. Apparently, he had been an Old Reguar Baptist until moving to Wabaco, and then began attending the church there. Even though Pentecostals are known for really getting into worship, Jasper got into worship probably more than anyone else. I was used to Pentecostals, but Jasper was different. In a small child's eyes (mine) because he was different, I remember him very distinctly. In those days there was no air conditioning, and the windows were left open during services. You could hear Jasper praying, above everyone else, all the way over into Walkertown. Those are bittersweet memories. Those were different times. I am sure that Ada Brashear (the one you got in contact with) or some of the older members could tell you more about him personally. My memories are a child's memories, but I do remember him as a very spiritual and a really good man. If I remember more, or find out more, I will let you know. Good Luck on your search!
It seems you have wonderful memories of him. May I ask did you live in Allias, Walkerstown, or where. Maybe my father would know you maiden name, or even your sisters. My dad was born december 19, 1936. He lived in a house near Will and Martha Duff (both buried in Upper second creek) until Grandpa bert moved and worked for Blue Diamond Mining company. Hope to talk with you soon. Barb Kleiva (slone)
All this talk about Jasper Slone got me thinking. I remember Jasper Slone as being an old man who lived at Orchard Heights when I was a young boy. I vaguely remember when he died. After thinking about it seems like I remember him being buried in a small cemetery behind his house. His house is on top of the hill behind the Wabaco Church but you couldn't drive to it that way. You had to go down the road and up the hill on the other side. There was, however, a small foot path that went up the hill behind the church and came out on top of the hill at Orchard Heights....just a few yards from Jasper's house. I think he used to walk this path to get to and from the church. Anyway, not living far from the house where he lived I walked up to his house this afternoon. The house had changed a little. I remember it as being a small house with white wood siding. It looked like new siding had been put on the house sometimes in the past 20 years and it was painted tan. It also looked like new windows may have been put in..probably when the central air unit was installed. No one is living in the house now and there is a Real Estate Co. "For Sale" sign in the yard. There were a couple of old outbuildings behind the house, one of these had quite a bit of junk in it. I believe some of the old tools and the push garden plow row maker probably belonged to Jasper. I couldn't see any graves behind the house but the mountainside was pretty well grown up. I did see a neighbor that I knew had lived there for years and I talked to him a few minutes. He confirmed that Jasper and maybe a couple of other people had been buried behind the house (I'm assuming Jasper's wife and maybe a child they had lost if indeed there were 3 graves). But he said that someone had had the graves moved about 20 years ago or so and he had no idea where they moved them to. I plan on asking around tho and seeing what I can find out. My Great Uncle Roscoe Walker was married to a Della Slone. They lived at Allais. Is she related to your Slones?
I was looking at my Walker book (my grandmothers mother was a Walker). My grandmother was Delia Napier and her parents were Jess Napier and Bell Walker. To the best of my knowledge Belle Walkers parents were Wayne Walker and Hettie (simpson) Blanton. I have a picture of Roscoe Walker in his 70's. My records shows he had the following sibling: Lige, Goldie, Mary Jane, Sam Lacey, Lonzo, Bobby, Delie, Douglas Mcarthur and Preston. If I'm correct Roscoe was born Dec 11, 1896 and died Nov 29, 1976?? Let me know if this is correct. My e-mail is email@example.com if you so contact me directly. Barb Kleiva (slone)
What book are you speaking of. I know they are buried in Riverside Cemetary I had a Boyd Hatton take a wonderful picture for me. Is the book a list of all the person in the cemetary?? If this is so, do you have any other Slone in the book. I have other relatives who are buried there. Please send me a e-mail directly if easier. Momkleiva@yahoo.com. Anxious to hear from you. Barb kleiva (slone)
Post by leatherwoodbaby83 on Sept 8, 2004 8:49:51 GMT -5
My grandfather worked for blue diamond coal company and he was a duff i' trying to find out info about my family tuo hab mention a will and martha duff , my grandpa was William (bill) jesse duff and he was married to Virginia Mae combs duff. if you have any info i would greatly apprectiate it. also my fathers name is Alger Bart Duff you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org thank you
I am looking for relatives of Elbert Garrett that worked for Blue Diamond coal company. He was not raised by his parents but knew his father was Benjamin Harrison Garrett. He had around 10 children. I am a relative and would like to have their names for my genealogy. I have only seen a picture of Elbert when he was younh. My grandmother Rachel Garrett Stacy was his full blooded sister and she was raised by someone else also. Their mother Suzan Allen Garrett died during childbirth. Please let me know if you know any of my family.
Post by momkleiva on Sept 23, 2004 17:01:29 GMT -5
I found an old blue grass artist who wrote specifically about the Blue Diamond mines. It talks abou Algomer Block and Big Leather Woods. It makes you look back and see how people of this era really lived. If anyone one wants a copy of the word let me know. Barb Kleiva (slone)
Jasper and Polly Ann Slone are buried in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Jeff, Perry County, Kentucky Jasper Slone born 4 Oct 1890 died 24 Jun 1982 Polly Ann Slone born 19 Jun 1901 died 2 Aug 1974
Post by Tim Calhoun on Nov 30, 2004 23:00:54 GMT -5
There is a book about blue diamond camp and the people that lived there . The author is Jimmy Couch I have a copy here somewhere He sold these books several years ago at the black gold festival. The book names many people from that area and has some good stories to go along with the names
Barb: try to get hold of a book written by Jimmy Couch, it has a lot of info about Bluediamond. There were a lot of Couch's in that area, i.e Eli, Will & Richmond were brothers. Will raised a big family around leatherwood/Bluediamond area. Richmond was killed in a cave-in there in the mid 50's Roy Everett Couch
Eli was my grandfather and his brothers were Will, Richmond,Henry and Joe. They had one sister, Polly. I would like to know who Jimmy Couch is and get one of those books. Will had a grandson named Jimmy and I wonder if he is the same. Marge Short that someone else posted about the den mar club was Will's daughter and so was Pauline, who had the restaurant above them. My dad was N.C. Couch and him and my mom Stella had a liquer store above the tunnel and old Leatherwood school. Any information on how to get a book would be greatly appreciated