I remember Leatherwood as a place with three coal camps. There was Jewell Ridge, Blue Diamond #1, and Blue Diamond #2. There were a lot of people living on Leatherwood during that time. There was a sawmill camp at Daisy. We would go to movies at the theater at Blue Diamond #1, one of the theaters at Cumberland, or the drive-in theater at Fusonia. Schools were constantly having pie suppers, school carnivals or some other activity. The community was very involved in the schools at that time. Leatherwood High school played its home games at Viper, Ky in a small gym located there. A gym was finally built next to the high school so they wouldn't have to travel so far to play. I traveled back to Leatherwood recently and was appalled at how time had changed it. All the mines had shut down and all the camps were gone. Most of the people had left to find work in other areas. The high school was gone and most of the stores have closed. But I will always have fond memories of Leatherwood.
I lived at the Jewell Ridge camp when I was in first grade..I remember going to a three room school..The toilet was across a creek and we had to cross a foot bridge to go there..There were pot bellied stoves for heat in the winter..I would melt my hershey bars on them..When it was warm we would eat lunch under the scool building.. I remember the commisary and the post office..My dad worked as a forman in the mines..And I had a crush on our neighbors son (Chuckie)..And at recess the most fun was having a board laying across something and jumping on it (sorta like a seesaw) except you stood on it and the other person would jump and you would go up and then come down and they would go up..Sounds corney, but it sure was fun at the time.. Those were the days,huh?
The school was two rooms and did have a divider in it to make it three rooms. My mom taught ther till I was 4 or 5 years old. My family now owns the building. I attended grade school at what you are calling the Leatherwood high school, I think they combined the high schools in the mid 70's, I am real sure on the date , but I will try to find out. I played my grade school basketball in the gym, which was the best in the county, even better than the new gym I had for high school. Ther tore it out in 1983 and started work on the new school.
Post by ladypirate on Dec 22, 2005 23:30:22 GMT -5
My dad worked for Jewel Ridge Coal Company. One of the bosses was married to my mom's niece and they lived in the camp there. We lived over in Harlan County and sometimes my mom and I would ride over with my dad on his way to work and we would spend the night with her niece. Their names were Bill and Louise Couch.
I attended school at the little school at delphia until the sixth grade and then was transferred to Leatherwood High School. I believe the school at Delphia was a two room school until they built the new addition onto it about 1957. My first teacher at Leatherwood was Miss Adams. Would someone say hi to her the next time you see her.
I WAS AT LEATHERWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 1950-54. I LIVED AT DAISY, THE TEACHER I REMEMBER WAS DOC. CORNETT MY SISTER IN-LAW WORKED IN THE OFFICE AT JEWELL RIDGE FOR MANY YEARS,HER NAME WAS VIRGINIA DEATON-WHITTINGTON I REMEMBER GOING TO PIE SUPPERS.AT LEATHERWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
Post by tonyjoepavy on Sept 16, 2007 10:35:26 GMT -5
I remember your Mother well. She was my second grade teacher however in 1961 your mom was in the second room next to the first grade teacher Mrs Deloris Combs and my mom Mrs Gwen Pavy was on the stage. I still have all of my Livingston grade cards and a million memories, all good ones.
Post by northfork on Sept 23, 2007 22:13:57 GMT -5
i remember when recess was over one lucky student got to walk around the school and ring an old cow bell to get everyone back in class.I also loved the cake walks in the auditorium.sometimes we got to go to the leatherwood highschool gym and watch a play put on by the highschool students.money was hard to get back then,one way was collecting returnable pop bottles,2 cents each.If we had kept those old marvel comic books we used to trade on,we would all be rich.
I'm from Leatherwood but I'm only 22 but I'm sure my grandparents remember those days, and they sounded fun but the world is getting so crazy these days to where noone can have any fun or anything. I love Leatherwood and wouldn't live anywhere else...
Post by ghostwhisper on Mar 10, 2009 23:58:06 GMT -5
I was raised in the blue diamond camp at leatherwood. My dad Jim Hamilton (now deceased) worked in the coal mines there. I also went to Livingston grade school and Leatherwood high school My name was Shirlene Hamilton. I am now a Epperson and I live at Cornettsville Ky. If any frfiends remember me they can E-mail me at email@example.com
Post by Lillie (Dot) Blake Bailey on Jul 24, 2020 23:14:32 GMT -5
I went to Livingston Grade School from 1st through 3rd grade, My Dad worked as a inside the number one mine at Leatherwood Ky. he had a heart attack inside the mine and didn't work after that. Mrs Nichols was my teacher in first and second grade, she was such a good teacher. We moved from Leatherwood when I was eight years old and I still have such good memories of living there at such a young age. Brakes my heart to see that it is all gone now.