As we have the snow on the ground this AM reminds me when we rode our sleighs from the mine down the road past Lawson"s, then past the sand house and bath house, the creek at the bath house would stop us, then would pick up and start again down main street to the pool hall. We always had a fire built on the first big curve coming down the hill to stop and warm up!!!!!
I recall the great train wreck at Hardburly. The old steam engine was turned over laying in the road in front of the row of garages. Coal over over the road. Would have been in front of Dr. Gingles house. The road was blocked for some time. Cars had to detour and drive behind the row of garages and come out at other side of the Paper House. I remember when they had no empty houses at Hardburly and all three Boarding houses where full and employees had to put their name on a waiting list waiting for a empty house. Hardburly was a wonderful place to live. All the houses were painted white, trimed in black. When there was a accident at the mines, they would blow the whistle at the tipple, everyone then knew there had been a death or a bad accident. Everything was always maintained so well at Hardburly years ago. Good movies to go to each nite. The fountain was so nice with the ice cream chairs and tables. The bus would come to Hardburly on the half hour, Taxi cabs on Saturday (payday) were one after another. It was a busy place in the 30' and 40'. It had a Dr's office, Barber Shop, Pool Hall, Fountain, Movie House above the Fountain. Nice Store Next door. Down the road was Charlie Johnson's service station and Garage. My father was killed in the mines at Hardburly the day before Thanksgiving in 1937. I have so may good memories of Hardburly. Left Hardburly in 1952. the last year the High School was open. MC Napier opened the next year
Rh1934, what took you so long to post? If you've been reading this group's antics for the past couple of months, I hope you realize what a special bunch of people they are. Not all are from Hardburly, but we've become such good friends, even though we all haven't met face to face yet. Some of us attended the Hardburly reunion last September and had a great time getting to know each other. Welcome aboard, I'm sure some of the others on here probably know you already. Jump right in and let us know about you.
We had snow last night and this morning and a lot of churches canceled their services altogether. The church we're attending decided to delay services an hour, until noon, and to cancel Sunday school classes. Would you believe that some folks were still late, go figure. There was a small group that made it and we had a good service. It was decided to cancel the evening service tonight.
Gammaw and I are snug in our little house. I gave her a lesson on fixing the fire in Warm Morning stove in the basement. Now I can sleep in and let her get the house good and warm before I put my tender feet on the floor. Right! She did mention taking a chair into the basement and reading by the stove, it's really warm down there.
It appears the really cold weather may be over for a while at least. I checked the weatherbug and it's showing temps in the 50s tomorrow and up to the 60s later in the week. Whee! I might be able to start walking soon. I've sat around her on my buns all winter and really need to get some exercise. Shoveling food does not burn many calories.
SG, I hope you feel better. I hope everybody has a great week. Nothing special planned for us, we'll just enjoy each other's company. Everybody take care. We love you all! God Bless!
Hey rh 1934, I too, rode down the mines road a few times when there was snow on the ground. What part of Hardburly did you live in? I lived on 700 hill, lower road right at the top of the steps going up the hill. Hey Sam, I do hope we can get together along with all our relations at the next reunion. To me the reunions will not be the same without Carew Williams. Fe, thanks for the lastest picture of the Hardburly Basketball team. On 700 hill, about 15 feet from our yard was a long handle water pump, and when another part of Hardburly's water supply was shut down they would come and get their water here. SO, kids being kids, and when they fillied up their water buckets we would chase them home. We were careful not to go in their part of town for a while. Life was pretty hard back in the old days, so why do we call it the "good old days"? A happy and healthy day to every one. God bless.
Hi all. Sorry i haven;t got to post but had company all weekend. RH1934 i want to welcome you to our little family forum.Hope you love it as much as i do.Give us some hints to who you are.We love to hear what you have to tell us about Hardburly.I was from there.My aunt and uncle run one of the boarding houses.Welcome. Lancelot sure liked the picture.Thank you.Stay warm. SG hope you are feeling better and can move your arm.Know it will be hard to take care of the little one.Hope you got a discount on the glasses. Carnas hope Rose Ann feeling better.Give her my love.Love you Louami glad you finally slowing down and getting more rest.How the roads on your mountain.Be careful.We still have a lot of snow here.My old bones can;t take much more of this cold weather. Roamer know you are happy now that Gammaw back home. KC hope all ok with you and be careful on the roads. Sam good to hear from you. I got to go and get me something to eat.I haven;t ate today and now i;m getting hungry.Will try to get back on later. Love each and everyone of you.God Bless. Vi
A big welcome to rh1934. How nice to have you! We have been struggling to get more history on the little community of Harburley. What a pleasure to hear from you. Please visit often and feel free to comment on some of the happenings from the past. God bless.
Folks, today has been cold here. I wanted to get some pictures from the mountain top and decided it was too bad for an "old Lady" to be riding up the icy hills. I settled for a walk with the doggies and when I came inside they took my chair and I covered them with my coat. They looked so cozy I had to get a picture for you. Roamer, Deaser1 and I are so proud of our pets. That's what happens to us when our children leaves the nest. Right?
Sg I was afraid you might have hurt yourself when you fell. Roamer will need to make you a cane. Sometimes I think I need one as I go up and down my front steps. I fell twice last year and got a laugh. It was one of those falls "and there you sit like a dummy" the first thing I did was to look and see if someone saw me. There was nothing graceful about the fall. One leg was inside the top step and the other was inside the bottom step. I thought I'd never get myself out. So silly!! I ended up painting the steps with sand paint which helped, especially after a rain. I hope you get to feeling better soon. I love you Sis.
Guys/Gals, I'm so happy to see the new members on board. We sure are thankful for everyone.
Lancelot, it's good to hear from you and I appreciate all the posts and pictures. God bless!
Deaser1, give us a story soon. If you're snow bound we'll try and send some help. You are missed. I love you!
Sam, it's always good to hear from you. Stay warm, God bless!
Carnas I hope you and Rose Ann are warm and well today. You are most loved!
Everyone, remember you have a part in this forum as prayer partners. We have much to pray about.
Post by southerngal on Feb 18, 2007 23:00:58 GMT -5
Welcome rh1934! I knew there were some Hardburlians out there who needed to get involved with us! You have joined a wonderful forum. And you are most welcome. Your picture almost made me cry, I don't know why but it got to me more than the others I've seen. Please post more. I'm sure you will love our people, there are none better anywhere! Where do you live now?
Louami, I'm fine, just a little achy in the shoulder, I'll be allright. I just got to learn how to walk! The dogs are beautiful! Should we warn our new member about "him." if we don't the shock may be more than he can handle, when one of the "quarne" stories pop up! Take care Sis, I love you!
KC. thanks for the name, I will be happy to pray for her. Let us know how she is doing. Be careful on the roads, you might ought to hibernate for a few days. I love you, sweetie!
Well, good people , I am going to head for bed, I'll talk to you tomorrow. I love you all! God Bless..........SG
Guess what? We had snow cream for the first time last p.m. Bill was released from the Hospital before it got too back to get home Thank God!! He sure has had a hard time with this Virus.
Welcome rh1934-please tell us lots more about Hardburly. I love to hear everything about it. My dad worked in the mines there in Hardburly also. Most of my family still live there. I also remember the community store and going to Dr. Combs. That was one thing that I hated to do! But, I sure did enjoy the bus rides.
Do you go back to Hardburly often rh1934?? Do you still have family there?
Sam, you have been posting more and it is really nice to read your notes.
SG, it sure is hard to explain why we just seem to fall more as we age-and this may not be for everyone-but the older I get the more accidents I just seem to sort of have. Stay safe cousin I love you and we can't have anything happen to you.
Carnas, I hope Rose Ann is better today. I will continue to remember Rose Ann in Prayer.
Post by southerngal on Feb 19, 2007 8:02:30 GMT -5
Hello Tango2! It sure was good to read your post. I didn't know Bill was hospitalized, don't keep things like that from us. I am thankful he's home, you guys mean a lot to me. Please let us know when something is wrong so we can pray. Ok? Did the picture rh1934 submitted bother you like it did me? Don't get me wrong, I loved it, but it hurt, down deep, seeing all the houses, This is the Hardburly I remember, but when I was little, the houses were being vacated, remember when we would play in the empty houses all day long in the summertime? That is what the picture reminded me of, I don't know why, Oh well, time marches on. I'm going in late today, I have a couple of appointments I have to take care of this morning.I have a baby sitter covering for me. Yes, I know falling comes with age, but do I have to do most of the falling. I seem to do it for about three people, I'm afraid I'm going to break something if it keeps up. I love you much, cousin, stay safe!
Louami, I'm feeling a lot better this morning, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to blow dry my hair with the arm, but it didn't hurt much when I did, I must be past the worst of it , thank God. I hope I can stay on my feet from now on. Did you check out Ray's web-site? I don't know what is on it, but I need to check because he plays in Monroe once a month and I want to go.Take care, Sis, I love you!
Deaser1, you have disapeared again, what seems to be the problem, We won't pick on you too much if you post, at least not as much as you pick on Max. You really should be ashamed of yourself! Don't stay off too long, we might forget who you are! Love you, brother!
Well, I better get off here and get ready to go, Have a good day everyone, I love you all very much. God Bless.....................SG
I recall the night the main office was destroyed by fire. I would always enjoy watching Clarence Monhollen side by his window in the main office and the coal cars would come by the window and stop on the scales and be weighed and he would give the weigh slip and routing car to the brake and on down the track went the car car waiting to be pulled that night by the old noisy steam engine. Saturday payday was always a big day at the main office, the employees would go up on flight of steps and go by the window and paid in cash, after deductions for rent and coal and amount spent at the Company Store. Hardburly was a busy place then.
i34.photobucket.com/albums/d108/shotgunred/Hardburly021-1.jpg Hey Hardburly forum, here is a pic of a train wreck in Hardburly in the 1920's. There was also a train wreck around the 1940s. Have faith, warm weather is on the way, at least for a few days. "It takes both rain and sunshine to make a rainbow". God bless.
I have been back to Hardburly one time in 56 years. I had Ft. Myers, Fl. home for 25 years, but two years ago my wife and I moved to her home town of Stanford, Ky. The answer to some questions asked. Enjoy very much living back in the state of Ky. The coal camp of Hardburly was so well maintained years ago.
Post by tylereric1999 on Feb 19, 2007 11:03:00 GMT -5
Good Morning again all. Looks like we were blessed with another day!
Man, don't all these posts look good! I got on to read all the posts and was in total shock when they kept going on and on. Keep it up! rh1934, you are truly welcome to the forum. I'm from one of the younger generations from Hardburly but I love hearing stories of days gone by. If you'd like to post all day long about things you remember, you go for it! I will ask you a question though. I don't know if I can explain it to you without the numbers but there are some houses that are on the left side of the tracks and on the upperside I was wondering if there used to be a bank there on the other side of the tracks. To this day, there is a tall steel thing with an open door on the front that my mother told met used to be the vault of a bank that burnt down. Can you tell me anything about this?
Tylereris1999: In answer to your question, the Post Office was on the first floor of the main office. All the records for the mine were in the main office, they had all the records for the coal veins, etc. All the emplyees were paid in cash on pay day, the local sheriff picked up the money from a Hazard Bank on payday, but there was a big safe in the main office.
The last year that the High School was opened was a great season for the basletball team, we drew Robinson High, which we won the opening round, then played Leslie County, which we won and then played Viper High School, lost in the Semi finals of the 54th Dist Tourney played at Hazard at Memorail Gym. Those were the good old days, but great to have been part of it.
Hello Forum Family, Happy Monday to all. I pray each of you are well.
Carnas, how did you like the race yesterday? Whole lot of cars got messed up even at the end. Who were you rooting for to win? I hated the end of the race and so did Roamer. He wanted Mark Martin to win since he is semi retired and never won the Daytona 500. How did you like the upsidedown driver going across the finish line. That was probably a first and Roamer said it was probably very noisy inside.
Louami, those doggies look just like you with their pretty hair. Do you style their hair everyday? ;D Patches needs her hair reattached most mornings. If we could put it in baggies we could send it to have soft wigs made. I'm not so sure she really missed me because she is still attached to Roamer. He stretched out on the couch yesterday afternoon and Patches climbed behind him. When I covered them with a quilt she didn't move until he woke up an hour later.
SG, sorry to hear about you falling. Just one little upset can really made a body sore. It took me two weeks to get over falling in the basement. I had a hard time squatting down for several days or I should say getting up after I got down.
RH1934, how wonderful to have you be part of this forum and you have so much history to share. Now that you are back in Kentucky you should plan on attending the Hardburly reunion this September. Roamer and I plan on having the "gang" up to our house one night since there really is not enough time to visit in one day at the get-together. We may just stay up all night talking. We loved being included as family last year and felt like we had known these people for years. We are from the other end of the county but have the same connection and that is being a Christian and prayer partners. We are definitely brothers and sisters.
Sam, hello, hello so great to see you posting so often. Just a few lines lets us know how your are and what we need to pray about. Be sure to tell the girls hello. Roamer and I need to go check on Ms. Hardburly and see how she is doing. That's Roamer's nickname for your Mother.
Lancelot, hello to you too. Maybe you and RH1934 can talk back and forth about your memories of growing up in hardburly and enlighten all of us. Glad to hear from you and keep posting.
KC, have you slowed down at all? I heard the weather here in Eastern Ky was going to get warm this week and maybe get up into the 60's. Now don't you go out and start washing your windows or your vehicle or anything else. Keep taking time for yourself.
Deaser1, where have you been the past couple of days? Hope all is well with you, your wife and your father-in-law. Also pray you are warm and behaving yourself.
Vi and Tango, great to see you both have posted too. Keep doing that even if it is just hello. I know we all get so busy but we do need to sit down and rest every now and then and that's a perfect time to post.
Annielou, what's happenin' with you. Hope all is well with you and that the Good Lord is blessing your days.
Displaced Woman, what's cookin' in your world? Anything new in your life.
Well family, I need to get more clothes in the dryer. Roamer did a great job of keeping the house in order and I have to be careful that I don't mess up anything. He found out he can cook, clean and do laundry. Now maybe I'll have even more time to sew and quilt. He's also keeping a good fire in the basement in the Warm Morning stove. I can smell the coal burning and it reminds me so much of growing up. My Dad always woke us up in the winter mornings shaking down the ashes and fixing the fire so the house would be warm when we got out of bed. It's messy but the basement is toasty, actually warmer than the upstairs. That's where all my sewing things are and it will be nice to stay warm while working.
good day all, just catching up on all the posts and wanted to welcome rh1934 to our little family, sounds like you have alot to fill us in on, keep the stories coming i love them all. i am as you can see by my name, that i am a clay, my mother was a williams and was born and raised in hardburly.she still lives in groundhog holler and probably will until the lord calls her home. i grew up in hardburly and even though i have been gone since 1973 i will always call it home. i now live in michigan. i was born in 1954. i can almost imagine what a wonderful and pretty town it must have been by reading your post, please keep them coming.i usually come home and visit my family there at least once a year. howdy to the rest of the forum family and hope that you all have a wonderful day. delilah is home today so we are all going to do something together for a change. god bless, hi tango2, love you cuz, sam
hi gammaw, sorry, i think i posted the same time that you did, when you go see mother remember to give her a great big hug for her baby boy (me). god bless you and roamer, stay warm, love you guys. sam
hi rh1934 your initials gave you away, thanks for joining the forum, the info you gave was very interesting. i wont give your id away, but i am sure lancelot knows who you are. carnas you wanted to know if any of the older generation is still living, most all of them are gone now. let me know who you remember and i can tell you more about them. most of the snow is gone now and the temp is around 40, sure feels a lot better than the freezing temps. have a great day everybody. .