Hi everett, I am Connie and live at jeff. Thanks for the list of papa's family. Do you know the Jimmy Couch that was referred to about writing a book, if ANYONE knows how or where I could get one of those books, I would appreciate it SO MUCH. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, get in touch with me when you have time and maybe I can learn more about papa's family. I remember Uncle Henry very well, when he would come to visit he always stayed with us. I think I remember meeting you at one of the family reunions, but I'm not sure. That's sad that people don't even know their own families, but I AM going to try to do better and I guess starting with you is a good place to begin.
I have a copy of the book you are talking about, the address in the back of the book to order new ones is: Mr. Jimmy L. Couch The Blue Diamond Story 9902 Fairmount Road Louisville, KY 40291 I bought mine a few years back, actually had to find it, lol. I think I will reread mine. I was married to a Day from Leatherwood coal camp, and my family lived there for a few years in the late 60's and 70's. Hope this helps.
the blue diamomd mining camp is located at leatherwood.
There was also a Blue Diamond coal camp on First Creek near Harveyton!
yes thats where my father worked and i was born in blue diamond ...his name was Ray Johnson and i had 4 brothers, Manuel , Martin, James and a sister named June.... we left here when i was small and moved to chicago...
Post by wickednurse on Apr 26, 2010 13:07:00 GMT -5
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.
Hello Wickednurse, My dad worked with Goodloe. We lived at Tilford and my dad was a forman at Blue Diamond. His name was Cecil Collins. Dad was killed in Ohio after he left the mines in 1966. Goodloe came by to see us kids and Mom after we moved back to Ky. Is he still alive? He signed papers to help mom a get black lung check from all the years dad worked in the mines.. He was a good friend to Dad and Mom.
On an otherwise beautiful spring morning, April 25, 1942, my grandfather, Albert Williston was called in on a Saturday and a roof fall killed him and another man.
This was the Blue Diamond mine at First Creek.
Thus, I never got to meet my maternal grandfather.
I also never got to meet my maternal grandfather, Albert Williston. Wonder which of his daughters is your mother, is it Jerry? Are you my cousin, John Earl Goff? I've always been curious about our grandpa's death - what happened?
PS - Both of my grandfathers died young; my Dad's dad from a heart attack -- after surviving WWI! He was a baseball pitcher, struck out Babe Ruth! At any rate, I never had the chance to meet either of my grandfathers. I think that lack through loss of a paternal influence probably affected our families forever. :*(
Post by southerngal on Aug 2, 2012 10:15:56 GMT -5
Does anyone on here know what happened to the Hardburly forum? No one has posted since the last of June, it looks like they have, but when you get there the post doesn't exist. I've tried to post and can't. I would appreciate any help finding out whats wrong. southerngal
Thought I would stop by this site and see if there are any up to date comments. My mother was born in Blue Diamond in 1927, Doris Hamilton and my grandfather was Clyde Hamilton who had been working in the mines since he was 12 yrs. old.
They moved to Arizona because of his black lung disease in 1944 when my mom was only 16 yrs. old. Most of our family is here now, but some of the names on here are familiar to me. Napier, was my cousin's Paternal grandmother's maiden name and she married a Williams, we are also related to the Amburgey family, Reynolds and Slones. My Aunt Thelma married Roy Begley, another Aunt married a McKenney. Anyway, I've never been to Kentucky, I was born in Phoenix, AZ, but I subscribe to the Kentucky Explorer for my mother Doris who is now 85 yrs. old.
I would love to hear from some of you as I do extensive genealogy research through Ancestry.com and I love history, especially family history. Thanks so much! Donna
Post by larrybailey on Sept 4, 2012 20:24:46 GMT -5
HI EVERYONE; MY NAME IS LARRY BAILEY I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN FIRST CREEK. MY DAD NAME WAS ELIJAH BAILEY MOM WAS ROSIE BAILEY. HAD TWO BROTHERS RONALD PAUL AND ELIJAH JR. DAD WORKED AS A MOTORMAN FOREVER AT THE BLUE DIAMOND. I WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ANYONE WHO CAN RECALL MY FAMILY. GET IN TOUCH E-MAIL LBELECTRICAL@LBCCSERVICES.COM THANKS NO ONE SHOULD EVER FORGET THOSE DAYS AND WHAT FAMILY WENT THUR JUST TO GET BY.
I would like information on the Blue Diamond mine located near Typo. My dad, Allen Couch, worked in the mine as did his brother Willaim Robert "Bob" Couch was killed in the mine. My father and mother moved to Indiana in 1952 when the mines had shut down. Thanks. Leatha
Post by janetplanet0000 on Feb 10, 2013 21:32:32 GMT -5
I have a TON of pictures from Blue Diamond. My grandfather, Chalmer Lindon, worked at the store there then later became an insurance salesman in Hazard. My mother Judy grew up in Blue Diamond. Where would be the best place for me to post the pictures?
Post by Bill Barbee on Apr 28, 2013 19:18:58 GMT -5
My grandfather,Clarence McIntosh worked at the Blue Diamond mineI think probably 1930's and 40's .My mom,Pauline talked about the coal mining camp and their money which was called scrip.She talked about how her dad came home in the evening and his face was completely black and only his eyes shining out.I'd be interested in knowing if anyone out there heard of him
Indydoc: Hi - My grandmother Rusha Napier Campbell died when my mom was only two (in 1934). Mom was told by a family friend that Rusha sold "vegetables" AKA moonshine to miners at Blue Diamond Mine. Anyone with info on this era, especially any photos??
janetplanet0000 - If you do post them, please let me know where. I would really like copies. My email is email@example.com. Maybe you could post them on the Hazard, KY site. hazardkentucky.com/index.shtml
Post by clsmith470 on Mar 19, 2014 23:30:33 GMT -5
Larry Cornett: I am also looking for pictures from Blue Diamond...my great grandfather worked there for many years. I haven't been to the area yet, but I'm planning a trip out there in the next couple months to do some research first hand. Any help would be awesome!!! Thank you!