Bloody Harlan Home Page Alva Memorial.htm

 

3/29/12

leota gold crowe

leotacrowe@gmail.com

lenoir city tn

just enjoyed looking at old homestead, and reading remarks from some i remember going to school with! Was born in black star and grew up there until mines closed, and dad, frank gold, moved family to knoxville tn. Good to look back and remember those good days. Thank you for this special web.

3/26/12

Terry W. Baker

terryfrnkln@aol.com

Franklin, Ohio

My father Marshall Thomas Baker Sr. Llived in Blackstar (Alva, Ky.). My grandparents Chester and Kathlein Baker also lived at Blackstar

3/18/12

lovinnia hunley marino

sjmarino4@aol.com

knoxville, tennessee

went to blackstar high school until 1961-graduated hall high school 1962

2/25/12

Wanda Faye Gold

wanda.gold@charter.net

Seymour, TN

I was born in Black Star in '43. Lived there until summer before my senior year in high school when mines shut down and dad moved us to Knoxville where I graduated in '61. I have so many good memories of living in Black Star--- and all the good people who loved us and took care of us like their own. One example I'll never forget. One Saturday morning I got sick while mom and dad (Frank and Vivian Gold) were gone to Middlesboro shopping. One of my sisters went with me to the doctor's office. Doc Hodge was there. He told me if mom and dad weren't back home by noon come back to see him. They weren't back, so sis took me back to his office. He left with me going to Pineville hospital and told my sis to let mom and dad know where we were when they got home. On the way we met mom and dad. He flagged them down, told them to take their groceries on home and then come on back to hospital. He would stay with me till they got back. Now that's loving like their your own. I'll never forget him for that. lots more stories of same kind of love.

1/19/12

Eva Lou Jones Clark

clark1940@att.net

Hulen KY

 

1/10/12

Julie Roark Tharp

julieatharp@hotmail.com

Maynardville Tennessee

My grandfather Lonzo Roark and Grandmother Mandy Bledsoe Roark lived in Alva and Lonzo worked in the mine. My dad Gillis Ray Roark just passed away Dec. 2011 and I was interested in Black Star and Alva if there is any info anyone knows of them please let me know I am hoping to find out some history I love the pictures on this site.

12/22/11

Tracy Scott Ridner

scott_ridner@sbcglobal.net

Indianapolis

I can't get away from this website. I'm not even halfway through the pics and have seen my mother, Uncle Leon and more. Please e-mail and I can ask Mom and Dad if they knew your relatives. We had moved away from there by time I was born. My Dad still owns my grandparents house and I never miss a chance to go home.

12/21/11

Ray Helton

folksfinder@aol.com

Daingerfield Texas

I was born at Black Star ( Alva) in 1936 . have a lot of memories Black Star . My family moved to Pathfork a few years later, but left there around<br>mid 1940's . moved to Corbin ky .I have Perry grandparents buried at Alva Memorial Garden . I hope those that have pictures will send them for posting , I will look to see if I have any, if so will mail them to be posted . Trent you have done a great job on this site . A lot of hard work went into it . I can see from other posting by others how much it is appreciated . many many thanks . Ray Helton from Texas

12/2/11

Barbara Carney

bobbijodaniels@gmail,com

Cincinnati Oh

Love this site; no matter where I live my heart always belongs to Ky!

11/25/11

Eloise Massingale Williams

eloise1326@att.net

El Paso,Texas

Good Morning from El Paso is this Hog killing time in Kentucky? Or was it last month?

10/26/11

Dorothy Taylor (Aston)

jaston44290@roadrunner.com

Conesville, OH 43811

Thanks for this site. I can sit for hours reading all the post from people I grew up with, and feel like I still connect with them.<br>Again thanks for all the hard work , and hours that makes this possible.

10/25/11

Ken Loftice

conken1@windstream.net

Canton;, GA

Thanks to all of you, I have travelled down memory lane. Minnie Loftice is my Aunt. I spent lots of time with Aunt Minnie when she was operating the Club House with Mildred Rice helping her. I can remember Thelma Charles Burchfield, the daughter of the Black Star Coal Company President, as a playmate. In the 1970-80's, I was playing golf at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mtn., GA and asked an elderly gentleman to join our threesome. This gentleman turned out to be Dr. Blankenship who was one of he physicians at Black Star Coal Company during the 40's. My family moved from Rose Hill, VA and lived at the head of the hollow past the tipple. My first memory of a shower in running water was in the bathhouse in Black Star. While living there, one afternoon while I was across the road(upper side) playing with my friend Edward Wayne Arnold, the dam of a sludge pond on the mountain broke and water rushed down the mountain and did great damage. Our house was on the lower side of the road and the water washed pillows off our beds. Edward Wayne and I stood on his front porch and watched the rush of waters. Needless to say, it was not long after the flood, my father moved us back to Virginia. He boarded at Lude Lee's home during the week.<br><br>Dad always had riders from VA, Middlesboro, and other stops on the way to Black Star. On a Sunday night commute from Rose Hill to Black Star, Dad had C.W. Cole who ran the bucket from the mine to the tipple riding with him. C.W. who was known for his pensmanship and paintings had written a letter to the Editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel concerning something John L. Lewis had done. That did not sit well with members of the UMW in the area and on the Sunday night journey five masked men hijacked the vehicle on Black Mountain. Dad said they were armed with 45's and told them they were not going to hurt anyone else, they just wanted Cole. Cole was taken to the bridge at Page, KY, beaten, glasses smashed, false teeth thrown into the river, stripped naked and told to never again set foot in Harlan County. Fortunately he knew the territory and someone who lived nearby who came to his rescue, clothing him, bandaging his wounds and delivered him to VA the next morning. Cole never returned to Harlan County. Before my Dad died, I asked who he thought did that. His answer, "When there was a UAW problem in KY, the WVA boys would come down and take care of it and likewise the KY boys would go to WVA for the same purpose.<br><br>I still have "Black Star 5-Cent" Script with which I used to purchase ice cream and candy at the restaurant which my Aunt Minnie later ran before being appointed as Postmistress at the Pathfork Post Office.

10/11/11

Donna busch

dybusch@comcast.net

Northville, MI

My grandfather worked at Black Star. It brings back a lot of memories.

9/9/11

Jessie Barnett Begley

genebarron@windstream.net

Somerset, ky

I lived in blackstar 1933 thru 1946. My father was Oscar Barnett, he was a check weightman in the Kelley Oakley mine.

9/5/11

Judy (Lidster) Kehyari

   

Just learned of the passing of Jim Roark who was a friend when we lived with my grandma Lidster back in the early 60's - there are many school pictures of him on the web site. So sorry to hear that he is gone. Sincere condolences to his family and friends

8/26/11

Robin Johnson

robindengriffin@yahoo.com

Saint Albans WV

My Grandmother Edith Keys went to the Black Star High School. I also remember attending the Halloween carnivals that they held at the school when I was little. I never attended the school but had a lot of friends that did, and have a lot of good memories from time spent there.<br>

8/6/11

Sheryl Grant Cipolla

scipolla@us.ibm.com

Sierra Madre, CA

My Grandpa was Roy Grant, son of Archie Grant Sr. and Flossie (Terrell) Grant, and my Grandma was Zelpha Grant, daughter of John William Wright and Eliza Shoupe. Roy and Zelpha left Blackstar for Toledo, Ohio around 1942. We used to visit family in Blackstar when I was younger. I noticed a picture on Daisy Warfield's pictures of a Joe and Bill Grant. My Uncle (Roy Daymond Grant) and Dad (Ron Grant) are not certain of the relationship, but they certainly look like family. My uncle thinks that the picture might actually be Archie Sr. (not Bill) and that Joe was his brother. Can anyone tell me how they are related to Archie Grant Sr. Note, also, my Great Uncle was Archie Grant Jr. and my Great Aunt is Fannie Lee (Grant) Buckner.

7/22/11

Lillie Murr

macybender@yahoo.com

Holland, MI

Hello, I was born within the camp. My mother was Lovey Lee Moore and my father was Raymond Amos Murr. The midwife at my birth I believe was named Patrica Hensley. My parents died of TB when I was young (mommy in 1943 in Denver, CO, daddy a few years later in Tennessee). I would like to know what they were like. Please email my granddaughter at macybender@yahoo.com. God bless.

6/19/11

Deirdre Erin Bowling ( maiden, Stepp)

jandebowling@insightbb.com

Louisville, Ky

How amazing!! I love this whole site, it is a blessing. I would love to hear from any one who knew the following people: Brother Joe Roy,(he was my great grandfather), Mae Roy, ( his wife), Mary Sue Stepp, (she was my grandmother), Charles E. Stepp, Sr., ( he married Mary Sue) my grandfather, and Charles E. Stepp Jr., that was my daddy:)--please e-mail when you can with any memories you may have...they have all passed..please please help me remember their days in that wonderful place...

6/13/11

Darrell Franks

defranks@hcc.net

Union, WA

My parents, Darrell and Frances (Rose) Franks both went to school at Blackstar, and my granparents, Lloyd and Hazel Franks lived in Pathfork until they died. I have a picture of me and my grandfather outside the ruins of the Blackstar school, taken 25 or 30 years ago. Thanks for the great site, I'll come back and explore more.

6/12/11

Corinne Baird (Sis) McClurkan

rjames14@satx.rr.com

2731 Cloudy MeadowSan Antonio, TX 78222

Resident from 1941-1946 (ages 5-9); remembering some of the names of people on this site. Father was Emmett L. McClukan, Office Manager. Mother was Jane B. McClurkan, Substitute Teacher at the Black Star school. Her younger brother was Michael (Mike) McClurkan (ages 3-7).

4/27/11

Michael Jones

mikejones1284@hotmail.com

Holland, MI

I stumbled upon this website looking for information on the black star coal camp for my own personal interest. I am a grandson of a Black Star coal miner, William McQueen. Love the website.

4/21/11

Nancy Hooker (Powell)

dfpisc@yahoo.com

 

Geneva Campbell Welch was a 1961 gradute of Black Star High School....not 1959.

4/4/11

Eloise{Massingale) Williams

eloise1326@att.net

 

Where is Pansley , Ky. ???

3/21/11

In Memory of: Geneva Faye Campbell Welch

 

Former Black Star Graduate - 1959

Geneva Faye Welch, age 67, of Owosso., passed away Sunday, March 20th, 2011 at Memorial Healthcare Center. Geneva was a 1959 Graduate of Black Star High School, Alva, Ky. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Thursday, March 24th at the Perry Church of the Nazarene, 3100 West Ellsworth Road, Perry with Pastor Curt Napier of the Okemos Church of the Nazarene officiating. Interment will follow at Rowley Cemetery, Locke Township. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday from 10 AM to 11 AM at the Perry Church of the Nazarene.<br><br>Geneva was born July 21, 1943 in Pansy, Kentucky, the daughter of William Samuel and Cora (Lyttle) Campbell. She married Norman Gary Welch in Jonesville, Virginia on December 19, 1960. Mrs. Welch spent her life caring for others. She had been employed at Pleasant View, Kindercare and also operated her own childcare center for awhile.<br><br>Surviving her include: husband, Norman Gary Welch; children, Gloria (Doug) Workman of Rock Island, Illinois, Tina (Tim) Smith of Carlsbad, California, Gail (Lloyd) Rigdon of Mississippi, Gary (Becky) Welch of Gatesville, Texas; grandchildren, Brittany Meyer, Hiliary Workman, Heather Denove, Paul Workman, Hunter Smith, Zachary Welch, Nicholas Welch, Madison Smith and Micah Smith; eight great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Jewell Brantle, Donald Campbell, Clarence Campbell, James Campbell, Jean Ramsey and Linda Moffitt; several nieces and nephews.<br><br>She was preceded in death by her parents.<br><br>Memorial gifts are suggested to the Okemos Church of Nazarene.

3/14/11

Daisy Lawson Johnson

ddjohnson3@bellsouth.net

Hulen, Ky 40845

Attended B.S thru 8th grade 1962. Huey Cornelius, teacher.

3/3/11

DUANE HELTON

duke19402010@hotmail.com

CAMBY, IND.

I HAVE REALLY ENJOYED LOOKING @ ALL THE PICTURES THAT EVERYONE HAS POSTED.I LIVED IN BLACKMONT, BUT I SPENT A LOT OF TIME @ PATHFORK. I HAD AN AUNT&UNCLE THAT LIVED THERE.ADDISON BLOOMER. HAD 3 KIDS, DOYLE, JOANN & RHONDA. DOYLE& I RAN AROUND TOGEATHER IN THE 59'S.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK>>>>...

2/28/11

Joy Cox ( black star name)

joyinpink @aol.com

Largo, Fl and Woodbine Ky

My Sister (Shelby Jean ) and I just wanted to write and say our dear Dad (Shelby Cox ) just passed away January 18th 2011.. 8 years ago our dear Mom (Dot Cox) passed away January 19th 2003. one day apart. My Dad worked in the Black Star Mines until the late 1950s. Respected by many for his hard work and winning personality. Our Family, loved him very much and we will miss him for the rest of our lives, He lived to be 93 years old. James Shelby Cox was a wonderful Father, Grand Father, Great Grand Father, and Great- Great Grand Father. Good Bye to another one, of the Greatest Generation that ever lived. I hope to send pictures later, of my days in Black Star. thank you for the web site of my wonderful years spent in Black Star..

2/14/11

Binnie Faulkner

binniefaulkner@hotmail.com

LaFollette, TN

I am trying to locate CHARLENE WHITAKER, who would have graduated in 1960. We were roommates at Cumberland College and later taught in Clermont County, Ohio. She was married Dealvin Martin but later divorced and I have not been able to locate her since then. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

2/6/11

Sharon Madascy

lucy556324@yahoo.com

Arcanum, Ohio

My Grandfather worked at the coal mine. His name was Henry W. Roberts

2/6/11

Sandra Breeze

skbreeze@fuse.net

Loveland,Ohio

I love the pictures..My grandparents Ira and Alice Dodd lived in Blackstar...My grandpa worked in the mines and is in one of your pictures...Everyone knew him as papa bear..Now that everyone has passed on, it is nice to look back and remember all the love...Thank you

1/18/11

David Mason

 

Denver, Colorado

Thanks so much to Ancil Hall and Trent Hall for putting all this together. I have enjoyed so much. Thanks to all who wrote articles on how life was in this coal camp. There was a special bond among people. We sure don't see this bond among people today, but we should. May God bless all who have these memories.

1/16/11

Michele Howard

 

Harlan, KY

I am the Grandaughter of Troy & Eunice Walters and the daughter of Bobbie Walters.Thank you for this view into what life was like in Blackstar.I am proud of the history.

12/2/10

Linda Baker Brock

lindabrock1@yahoo.com

Pineville, KY

My dad Arthur Baker and his brother Clyde Woods worked at Black Star many years ago, I'm thinking in the '40s. My dad worked his entire life in the coal mines, where he first lost a finger then his arm before he was forced to hang up his miners hat. Later Black Lung took his life. Daddy and my Mommy, Mae, raised 8 kids and had it very very hard. But we never realized it growing up. We had everything we needed and all the love that anyone could ever want. I love my parents for all their hard work and devotion.

11/27/10

CHARLES JOHNSON [ MACK]

mackandbarbara@gmail.com

Hamilton, Ohio

I lived in Black Star from 1929 until 1939. I was in the class with C.S. Robinson, Arnell Smith, Harold Halfacre, Fay Frame, Paul Tipton, Lucy Huff and other friends. <br> My brother was Oneil Johnson. My father was Robert Johnson, and we lived on the hill above Sawmill Holler. If you can send me an email and reconnect that would be great. My telephone number is 513-896-5289.<br>Charles (Mack) Johnson

11/17/10

Ruben Rains

rrains1@cox.net

California Veterans Home, Chula Vista,Ca

This Book brings many great memeories for me. I spent my formative years at Black Star graduating in 1941. The next year I enlisted into the U.S. Marines. After the war i returned to Black Star and the beautiful Collen Moore and I were married. All must remember the Moore family especially Tom. We moved to California and I became a member of the U.S. Border Patrol. We travelled the U.S. and returned to Cal. in 1970. My Colleen went to Heaven in Nov. 1996. We had only one child, Melody who now lives in Boise, Idaho. I was admitted to the Veterans Home in September. I enjoy reading the notes and all about Black Star. Years ago Colleen and I attended some of the meetings in Williamsburg. Now unable to travel. I am in nursing care at the Veterans HOme.

11/16/10

Patricia Stanich

pstanich@gmail.com

Maryland

My great uncle Lucien Currey was a paymaster at the mine in the 40's.<br><br>Love the site!

10/24/10

Brenda Turner Miles

bthephzibah@aol.com

Hephzibah, Ga

I lived in the Black Star coal camp as a child, until I was 7 years old.<br>I remember alot about it. I liv ed with my grandparents Herbert and Gladys Warfield.

9/22/10

Eddy Meyers

eddyers@gmail.com

Lagrange, Kentucky

These pages bring back old memories....living @ Walins Creek Coal Camp, the Company store, script. I was very young but still remember.

9/10/10

Myrtle Wilder Franks

Kfranks@newwavecomm.net

Brownies Creek

 

8/22/10

Henry Lawson

lawsonandlawsonpsc@gmail.com

PIneville, Ky.

born in Pathfork in 1951 and attended Black Star Elementary. At the time, we were transported to Halls High School and then to Cawood HS.

8/14/10

Joy (COX) Donohue

joydon1212@aol.com

Clearwater Florida

What a wonderful thing to do.. make a site of the most wonderful place in the World. Now, long gone and disappeared , Black Star, still lives in the memory of everyone who lived there, as a HAPPY TIME in their life. The saddest day was when my Family had to leave..My Dad is Shelby Cox , still living at 93..My Mother Dot Cox passed a few years ago..We miss her very much.. I sure wished she could have enjoyed this site, My Sister is..Jean Cox..We All loved Black Star and her People.. I still remember my friends , school and teachers.. Thanks for the memories

8/13/10

Patti Wages

kylady55@hughes.net

Brownsville, Tn

I am so excited to have stumbled onto this site. I found my father (Billie Ward Mullins) in the 3rd grade class pic and my aunt (Geraldine Mullins) in the 5th grade class pic of the 1937 yr book. I knew my grandfather (Ward Mullins) work in the mines but wasn't sure of the name. They lived in Alva during that time period. He passed away while my father was a teenager of black lung. If any one remembers or knows of Ward & Clerisy (Barker) Mullins, both deceased, please contact me. GREAT SITE!

8/12/10

Eloise{Massingale) Williams

eloise1326@att.net

El Paso, Texas

Born in Black Star in 1932 my mothers father and my dads father both worked at Black Star the Moore's and the Massingale's

8/11/10

Ken Anthony Howard

jkennethanthony@yahoo.com

Washington, DC

John Mack Wilson, my grandfather, was a teacher and principal at the school in the 1920s through the mid-1930s. My father, Joseph Wilson, was born in Blackstar.

7/16/10

Ellen Alifair Barton

ecaddell@cinci.rr.com

Cicninnati

I would like to hear from anyone who has information about my friend, Sue Ann Hodges. Her brother"s name was Stewart "Bud" Hodges, Her other brothers were Jim, Joe, and Sam. Thank-You.

6/24/10

Nancy Louise Hooker Powell

dfpisc@yahoo.com

Decatur, Georgia

We are hard at work making a list of all the people who were born, lived, died, went to school or worked at Black Star, Pathfork, Insull, Black Snake & Hulen. We will put this list on the Black Star Website. Please email all your family names and anyone you remember from the area to me, to be included in the list. You can call me at 404-241-5013 and your can mail any photos you would like to share (each one is appreciated by so many people, and all our photos should be included.....Address: 2917 Battle Forrest Drive, Decatur, Ga. 30034.<br><br>Thanks so much.

6/1/10

Ashley Evans Turner

mommygirl72180@yahoo.com

pathfork ky

my mamaw is Gail Sexton Evans. she was is the class of 58.

5/11/10

Mardell Gold Walker

mardellwalker@yahoo.com

Maryville, Tennessee

I am so thankful for this site as it keeps you updated to all events taking place and history of Black Star. <br>we have a great Alumni banquet in August at Williamsburg where you can meet the people who lived and schooled at Black Star.

5/10/10

Melaene Miller Erwin

mmerwin3@msn.dom

McKinney, TX

I am a granddaughter of Cale Brock.

5/7/10

Yvonne Steely

FlowersB66@comcast.net

OLive branch, MS

I lived in Alva from 1941-1951. My parents were James and Nellie Steely who are now deceased. There were six children in the family Helen, James, Bobby, Cye,myself and my younger sister,Drucella. I have a lot of wonderful memories about my life there and have returned several times to enjoy the mountains and the memories they evoked.

5/2/10

Roy and Pat Hulsey

patriciabou43@hotmail.com

Hamilton,Ohio and Montreal,Quebec

THis is a pleasure to read,about old times which where great times. Our father Rube Hulsey worked at BlackStar for many years,my mom,Frances Galloway,they have both gone to be with the Lord,would have really enjoyed this site and all the hard work that has been put into it to keep it up to date.We thank you very much.

4/29/10

Danny Tipton

dantip123@windstream.net

London, Ky.

Born and raised in Black Star...moved to Corbin in 1961. Left Corbin for Uncle Sam in 1964. Just moved to London after 45 yrs away from Kentucky.<br>I would not give a million dollars for my childhood in Black Star. The greatest memories of my life.

4/26/10

Marvin Howard

marvh@comcast.net

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Great Site, Born in Pathfork (1939), family moved to Mich 1953, parents were George and Lillie Howard, Dad worked in the mines at Pathfork, was in school in Black Star, remember Mrs. Pauline Warfield and Dr Hodges. This Site brings back good childhood memories.

4/25/10

Carl B. Howard

carlhoward17@yahoo.com

Condon, Mt

 

4/19/10

Jackie Schorr

jackie.schorr@uc.edu

Cincinnati, OH

Both my parents, Chester Morgan and June Elwood, were born and raised in Blackstar, KY. We made lots of trips down there in the 1950's and had a great time. My dad died on April 15, 2009 and mom followed on July 22, 2009. They loved Blackstar and we really enjoyed listening to all the stories dad would tell of growing in the coal camp. Anyone out there that remembers either dad or mom send me a note. Would love to hear anything about the late 1920's, 1930 and 1940's in Blackstar.

4/18/10

JIM BILL LEWELLYN

JIBI66@AOL.COM

YANCEY AND PANSY (HARLAN COUNTY, KENTUCK

I ENJOYED THE PAGES AND THEY BROUGHT BACK MANY PAINFUL AND HAPPY MOMENTS OF MY YEARS GROWING UP IN A COAL CAMP

4/14/10

       

4/13/10

Doug Murr

rohomurr@charter.net

Holland, Michigan

Born on the mountain side above the tiple at Black star. Move the head of Browines Creek and Smith. Went to Avondale elementary 6 years, Smith 2 years and Hall High 4 years graduating in 1960. Raised by Grand parents Rankie and Bertha Moore. Loved them dearly. Three years in the army, 40 years working at the same place, retired and loving grand children. Do shriner work with shriner hospitals.

4/13/10

Mike Crain

Postcardlex@aol.com

Lexington, KY

My Mother Lela Mae Alsip Crain was born at Alva, KY April 6, 1927 while her Dad John Robert Alsip worked in the Black Star Coal Mine. Her Mother was Naomi (Oma) Loudermilk Alsip. Her parents were born and raised in Whitley and McCreary counties. My grandparents moved when my Mom was 2 years old from Alva to Shakertown near Harrodsburg where they became tenant farmers. My grandfather Alsip said he moved because the mines were becoming so dangerous regarding safety but also with people arguing over unions. My grandfather John Alsip was in his 70s when one day he noticed a small place on his stomach and began "picking" at it. Out came a small piece of coal. He recalled that about 35 - 40 years before that he had been hit in the stomach by a fragment of coal from his pick-ax hitting with a glazed force while he was mining coal at Black Star. I still have his carbine lantern from his miner days. I also have a picture made in the 1970s or 1980s of the house they lived in at Alva - the house my Mother was born in.

4/6/10

Eloise Massingale Williams

eloise1326@att.net,

El Paso, Texas

Love to read these posts and hear the train blow as it runns across the sceen

3/30/10

Cathy Bunch

cathy.bunch@att.net

Williamsburg, KY

My dad, Carlus Vanover, and my uncle, General Jackson worked in the mines at Black Star. My dad saw mom at the commissary when she went there while visiting her sister, Dora and General Jackson. He asked General who she was and wanted to meet her. They got married in 1952. Dad was still working at Black Star when I was born in 1953. He later got pneumonia and spent some time in the hospital. When he was released to go back to work they laid him off. Mom and Dad moved back to Whitley County, bought some land from Mom's dad and built a house out of the lumber from two houses he bought in Black Star and tore them down.<br>In the early seventies he took us back to Black Star to see where he used to work.

3/26/10

Peggy Lawson Phillips

cat-scratches@hotmail.com

Beattyville, Ky.

I love looking at these photos. You have an unknown person in the 1994 B.S. reunion pic on pg 2 with Daisy & Paul Tipton. It's Paul"s sister Lorraine Tipton Shell.

3/9/10

Ron Jump

letsrunem1@aol.com

Taylorville, IL

My Dad Henry and several of his relatives <br>( I think even my Grandfather John W. Jump ) all worked at the Blackstar mine.I can remember going to the old commisary there at the head of the hollow. My bother Edwin Jump went to high school at the old Blackstar High School. I was born in 1949 so I went to the Blackmont Elementary School. Our family moved to Illinois when I was fourteen so I attended high school and some college in Illinois. My sisters Betty (Bowman) and Brenda (Sumner) and brother Wendell all went to Bell County High School. We are still a close family and even stay in touch with our friends and family there in Kentucky even with all the miles that separate us. Enjoy taking a look back, keep up the site and everyone who has photos to add send them in. Anyone who knew me please send an e-mail would love to hear from everyone I grew up with.

2/27/10

Charlie Sutton Jr.

charliesutton@comcast.net

Jacksonville, florida

Judy Bartons pictures, football team number 42 is me Charlie Sutton jr. I was in the 8th grade at the time.Best time of my life. So if Judy could change the name it would make me fill better thanks.Would love to hear from freinds of black Star.

2/26/10

Melvin B. Kindred

dwnhom99@yahoo.com

 

Forgot too mention my nickname, when i was growin up was "Hoppy"

2/26/10

Melvin B. Kindred

dwnhom99@yahoo.com

Toledo,Ohio last 55years

Ancil and Trent,Thank you for the memories.<br>I was born in Insul 1929 and then moved too Black Star 1930. We lived on the hill above the store, 2nd row from the top-2nd house. My sister Helen Stanford ran "Stanford Grocery".<br>For All Who Lived There, We Will Always Have Black Star.

2/23/10

Joyce Fry

countryangel8789@yahoo.com

Bellevue, OH

My mom and her family lived in Blackstar, KY in the 1940's. I am very interested in learning about life in the coal mining communities.

2/22/10

Jeanette Taylor

tjeanette5821@yahoo.com

Greensburg, KY

My husband is JE Taylor. His Daddy was a forman in the Black Star Mine. We have a lot of kin in Harlan, Pathfork, and Wallins

2/17/10

Debbie Smith

debsmith@pmt.org

Rupert, Idaho

Thank you Ancil and Trent.

1/28/10

Alicia Nicole Rose Kerr

aliciakerr@rocketmail.com

Richmond, KY

Thank you all so much for this website! I came across it about a year ago and was tickled to see some pictures of my Papaw on here already! His name was Orville "Root" Andrew Rose and was born in Black Star in 1935. I love learning about where he grew up and what life was like for him. He passed away this past Sunday and although my heart hurts very much I'm thankful that I have this website to look at and feel a little bit closer to him, so for that...thank you!!

1/24/10

Heather Baxter

 

Louisville, KY

All of my moms side of the family is from here!<br>*+-heather was here-+* <br>(:

1/24/10

Lindsey Baxter

 

Louisville, KY

This is where i come every year for a family reunion and its great to see what the Coal Mines looked like back when they were still running. <br>--lindsey*was*here--(:

1/11/10

Ina Stewart Klopfer

NYLAMI@hotmail.com

Hampton Bays, New York

After a long absence, my mother Virginia Iris Maude Martin,("Ginnie", as she was called then), returned to Black Star.<br> As my father drove and she pointing out the way, the railroad tracks and watertowers were her only markers. As if with gentle hands, they guided us back to a place she remembered, Alva-Post, Black Star. <br> I could only visualize as she pointed here and there, where every location once sat. I could see from the glimmer in her eyes and the quickness in her step that she wanted to run through the path as she once did. I could see her opening the door to the boarding house, and shouting "It's Ginnie, I'm home."<br> She reminisced about the restaurant and boarding house that was run by her mother, Maude Grace Miller Martin, saying, "Everyone wanted to stay at the restaurant and boarding house because mom was such a good cook and the sheets on the beds were always clean." <br> We stood for a moment holding hands and hugging, tears filled our eyes and we cried. This would be the last trip I would make with her.<br> The memories now fill my head. I will remember those things that she did as a child at Black Star and will add my memories from when I visited with her. But, what I will rememeber the most, is the small figured woman with snow white hair, with the gimmer in her eyes and a quickness of her step, running as a child to the entrance of Black Star. This was the woman I knew as mom...<br> In rememberance of Virginia Iris Maude Martin 11/02/1919-12/16/2009.

1/11/10

"The Martin Family"

NYLAMI@hotmail.com

Hampton Bays, New York

In rememberance of my Great Grandfather, David R Martin,Superintendent at the mines at Packard. My Grandfather, Calvin Gray Martin, payroll. North Jellico Coal Mine, Alva Post, Black Star...L&N Railroad, Pumping Station.

1/7/10

Duran Sexton

duransexton@yahoo.com

Corbin,ky

loved the 80's in pathfork

12/3/09

Barbara

 

Florida

Hi, I am the granddaughter of Egbert Patton who worked at Black Star Coal mine. I was trying to find a list of the employees. Interesting site, thanks

11/28/09

Robert Michael Craig

mcraig5180@gmail.com

Seale Alabama

Born in 1954 at Mill Creek, Raised in Blue Diamonf Camp. moved away in 73, spent 20 years in army, now living in Alabama and working as a Construction Superintendent, married for 35 years, 4 children and 9 grand children

10/24/09

janice steele halcomb

jhalcomb1949@yahoo.com

loyall,ky

i find my mind wandering back to the perfect times of my childhood. it seems the older i get the better those times look. i was raised in blackstar my dad was amos steele. i have three sisters. betty,nell and shirley. sure is nice to look at some faces from the past

10/20/09

Alice Chumbley

loraa@bluffton.edu

Bluffton, OH and Jamestown, Kentucky

My uncle John Wilson was a teacher/coach/principal at Black Star in the early 1920s. My mother, Hazel Stephens, lived with Uncle John and Aunt Della and attended the school for two years. Anyone remember any of them?

10/13/09

Sara Ford Hackler

sara@plastools.com

Bellingham, WA 98226

Stella Shoupe Hackler Turner, age 96 passed away on August 08, 2009 @ Mt Baker Care Center, Bellingham, WA.<br><br>Stella outlived her three Children, Juanita Holt, Kenneth and Clyde Hackler.<br><br>She cherished the Memories of Black Star & "my Fifth Graders". Two days to her passing, she said, "I never thought that I would live so long or be taken such good care of." She always had a smile for every one who entered her room. Stella's son Clyde passed away Oct. 12, 2008. Since she moved to Bellingham in 2003, Clyde, Sara, and Stella spent many hours working puzzles. She insisted that they be glued on a Board for her to share with her visitors.<br><br>She was sad to see all her children pass away during her lifetime. She tried to not show her loss by supporting Sara and her Grandchildren. She was a great listener.<br><br>The Family appreciated all the love that her 5th Graders gave to her after she moved to WA.<br><br>The last four Pictures taken out of her room, were The "TEACHER" names of as many of her past Student that Helen McPhearson could find, KY Corneal Document, Daughter Juanita, and Photo of Nancy Powell and a Friend.<br><br>She recived many Birthday Cards in July. As we opened and read them, I would say, you do not remember this one, and she would smile and say she did and tell me a happy thought about the person who sent the card.

10/5/09

Henry Edwin Jump

Insull52@aol.com

Warrenton Missouri

I grew up in Black Snake went to Black Star High school moved to Mich finished school at UM moved to Norris Lake in 1992 moved to Warrenton where we now live. Still have family at Hulen and Wallins Creek

9/29/09

Geneva Welch

wel258@aol.com

Owosso,Michigan

I am so greatful for people who care about their pass and want to pass it on to others. GOD BLESS AND KEEP US ALL

9/24/09

Kiva Moore Wilson

kdwilson@embarqmail.com

Cape Coral, FL

I want to thank you very much for this website. I am the grand-daughter of Herb and Gladys Warfield, Jack and Edith Moore, my Dad is William (Bill) Moore and my Mom was Nancy Warfield Moore. I stumbled on this my just googleing Black Star Kentucky and was so happy to see old photos of the family that I had never seen before. If there is anyone out there that may have any more info or pictures, would you please email me and let me know. Thanks again for sharing in your memories.

9/20/09

Larry Moore

redthorn1@sbcglobal.net

New Lexington Ohio

Thanks for the site. I'm the son of Rankie & Mae we move away around 64? Dad worked at Black Star & then Peabody where he retired. Mom and Dad both passed now. Thank again would like to hear from any old friends.

9/9/09

Eva Sue Moore Masterson

eva.masterson@skofirm.com

Winchester, Kentucky

We lived there when I was in the third grade (I was born in 1954) and moved to Michigan in 1965 or 1966. My dad is David L. Moore and he was working as a miner when we lived there. My cousin is Marjorietta Moore.

9/5/09

Marilee Miracle Osborn

marileeosborn38@hotmail.com

Sanford, FL

My dad, Abraham L. Miracle worked at Black Star during the 30's, along with his brother, Bill and Worley. My mom, Martha L. Combs Miracle, was a cook at the boarding house near the mines during the same period. They were married in 1936 and moved to Grays Knob, Ky where I was born and Dad worked the mines all around that area for 27 years. We moved to Chicago in 1960. Both my parents have crossed over, but I think it is wonderful to have a website where we can look back and remember great times in our country. I love telling people I am a coal miners daughter - it is something I am very proud of. Great website. Keep up the good work.

8/18/09

Damon Frost

oldpilot31@hotmail.com

Gainesville, GA

My father worked in the commissary at Insull but I started sixth grade at Black Star before moving to Middlesboro in 1941, graduating in the class of'48. Alex Frost, who worked at Black Star, was my uncle. Congratulations on a great site, I'm looking forward to reading your books.

8/16/09

Daisy Lawson Johnson

ddjohnson3@bellsouth.net

Hulen

I attended Black Star School through the eighth grade. Then had to be bused to Hall High School where I graduated in 1966. My brother Bill Lawson, sisters Shirley, Violet, Loretta. My self being the "baby". I love being brought up at Black Star and now can reside in the same area!

8/16/09

Jesse W. Isaac

ji7510@yahoo.com

Gainesville, Florida

I was born in Cumberland,Kentucky in 1942. My best friend's father was a lifetime coal miner next door on the cloverlick road. His name was Mason Logan. My Father was F.C. Isaac & my Mother was Maude Blair born in Ovenfork,KY.Anyone who remembers our family :Clinton,Barbara,Allen,Jesse, and Charlie from '32 thru '47 may contact me. My Father moved us to Fla. in 1954. Thanks, Jess Isaac

7/27/09

Eloise(Massingale) Williams

eloise1326@att.net

El Paso, Texas

Was great to see picture of Dr.Hodges had always heard my mother talk about him he delivered me in 1932 in her home in Black Star Mining camp....she died two years ago was 93 her name was Dora(Moore) Massingale......

7/12/09

jerry branham

boldford1949@aol.com

burlington,ky.

stumbled on your site just today,Its great!I was born in Gulston,ky.in1939.my grand parents lived at Black Star.Some of my first memories were visiting them there.My grandad Tom Shelly worked the mine,grandma,i think ran a boarding house,or rented rooms or something.I remember her telling me to get out of kitchen or she would swat me with her spatula,I didnt,She did.Never forgot that.Loved that old lady.

6/11/09

RHONDA (ROADEN) WILDER

JALYIN@YAHOO.COM

CORBIN, KENTUCKY

MY FATHER, TOMMY ROADEN WAS A GRADUATE OF THE CLASS OF 1959. HE PLAYED FOOTBALL #51. MY DAD PASSED AWAY IN 1993 FROM LUNG CANCER. I ENJOY LOOKING FOR HIM AND HIS BROTHER BOBBY IN THE OLD PHOTOS, THANKS FOR A WINDOW INTO HIS PAST.

6/5/09

Sharon Dash McMahon

mcmahon@noblesvillechamber.com

Noblesville Indiana

This site is great - I would love to print out the school photo as I believe both my father, Charles Dash, and uncle Chester Dash are in the photo, they were living in Black Star at that time, would have been six and eight years old. Cannot figure out how to get the entire thing printed out however!

6/3/09

Eloise Massingale Williams

, eloise1326@att.net

El Paso,Texas

I love to read this and lisen to the train blow when the site opens up....sounds so lonesome but so sweet makes me think of all my family that have gone on to a better place!!!!!

6/1/09

Michelle Slusher-Goodin

isellyourestate@yahoo.com

Port Orange FL

Hello Everyone<br>I would like to first say I still enjoy this site. I am looking for any info on Estill Daniels. I know he attends the class reunions. My mom( Darlene Craig) and Estill are first cousins When we moved from Ky to FL we lost touch. If anyone has his emai address or if you know him please forward my address to him I would love to reconnect with him and Trudy again.<br>Thank You for this site.<br><br>Michelle Slusher- Goodin

4/21/09

Shirley Winebarger

trashmaniam@yahoo.com

North Carolina

Am trying to locate any information on William G. and Esther Ward who lived in Alva and worked in the Blackstar mine. They are shown in the 1930 census in Alva.Esther Ward is my grandfathers sister. Does anyone remember them or know anything about them.<br>Would love to hear from you.

4/13/09

Vergie Cornelius

hcorneli@columbus.rr.com

Coshocton, Ohio

I really enjoy this site.thank you for establishing and maintening it.

4/4/09

carolyn fultz jones

carolyn.jones45@yahoo.com

winter haven fla

I TOLD MY MOM AND DAD FRED AND DONNA (BUDDY) FULTZ ABOUT THIS WEB SITE THEY CAN NOT WAIT TO GET THER PC UP AND RUNNING AS THEY CAN ENJOY THE OLD PICTURES AND MOM SAID THAT SHE HAS A LOT OF OLD PICTURES OF THE FULTZ FAMILY AND HER FAMILY AYERS SHE WANTS TOPUT ON THE WEBB SITE DAD WANTS TO SEE ALL THE OLD PICTURES AS HE WAS BORN IN THE COAL CAMP I AM GLAD PEOPLE FROM THIR GOT TOGATHER TO PUT UP THIS WEBB SITE AS THE HOLLER WAS HOME TO ALOT OF PEPLE AND OUR ROOTS

4/4/09

carolyn fultz jones

carolyn.jones45@yahoo.com

winter haven fla

I TOLD MY MOM AND DAD FRED AND DONNA (BUDDY) FULTZ ABOUT THIS WEB SITE THEY CAN NOT WAIT TO GET THER PC UP AND RUNNING AS THEY CAN ENJOY THE OLD PICTURES AND MOM SAID THAT SHE HAS A LOT OF OLD PICTURES OF THE FULTZ FAMILY AND HER FAMILY AYERS SHE WANTS TOPUT ON THE WEBB SITE DAD WANTS TO SEE ALL THE OLD PICTURES AS HE WAS BORN IN THE COAL CAMP I AM GLAD PEOPLE FROM THIR GOT TOGATHER TO PUT UP THIS WEBB SITE AS THE HOLLER WAS HOME TO ALOT OF PEPLE AND OUR ROOTS

3/28/09

Kathy Laumann

kbl@cinci.rr.com

Cincinnati

My grandfather, Ancil Lovitt, worked in this mine, but lived near Williamsburg. I an glad you have preserved a bit of the history for people like me who grew up in the city and never really knew what being a coal miner was like.

3/22/09

carolyn fultz jones

carolyn.jones46@yahoo.com

winter haven fla

i was looking at the old pictures grant you i do not know all these people but i seen my cuz george steep i can rember some of the names and gong to church on sunday with mommyceal and i loved looking back on my early childhood home

3/22/09

carolyn jones

carolyn.jones46 @yahoo.com

fla

my young life was spent in black starr my madden name is fultz my dad fred retried from peabody coal in az

3/15/09

Roy&Patricia Hulsey

 

Ohio

Our Dad work in Alva Ky. thanks for the memories.Our parents were Rube and Fances Hulsey. Thanks again.

3/15/09

Roy&Patricia Hulsey

 

Ohio

Our Dad work in Alva Ky. thanks for the memories.Our parents were Rube and Fances Hulsey. Thanks again.

3/7/09

Norma Smith Jenkins

normasue66@hotmail.com

Fayetteville, PA

I was born in 1940 in Tways, KY and lived there the 1st 13 or 14 yrs. of my life. My father was Melvin "Monk" Smith. He worked at the Tways coal mine.

3/6/09

Tom J ones

tomj3939@earthlink.net

Corbin, Ky.

I FOUND IT VERY INTERESTING. I ALSO HAD RELATIVES THAT WORK AT BLACKSTAR MINES. IT IS A VER WELL ORGANIZED STORY ABOUT ALVA. THANK FOR SHARING IT. TOM JONES

2/26/09

Walter R. Norris

wrn1953@gmail.com

Hulen, Ky

 

2/18/09

Melissa Ruth

melissa.ruth@dhs.gov

Inwood, WV

I simply came across your site by accident when a co-worker and I got to talking about ancestry.com. I came across a couple of pictures of my dad Luther Vinoski, one of them I had never seen before. It's odd but I never new the name of the coal mining camp he lived in, until now. My dad will have passed away 10 years ago this month so seeing his pics brought tears to my eyes. I feel I have a story to look into and a hertige to rediscover. Thank you! Melissa (Vinoski)Ruth

2/16/09

Alvin Elwood Rose

elwoodrose45@aol.com

Uniontown, Pa

great site, really enjoyed the pictures of people I grew up with.

2/15/09

Julie Trail

julietrail@yahoo.com

Maryland

I am looking for a photo of a family member. Her name was Martha Scott Brittian and she died in 1913 at the age of 36. She was married to James Floyd Brittian. Martha's daughter, Nannie Brittian Cole, loaned the only known picture of Martha to a photographer from Middlesboro when she lived in the Black Star Coal Camp. Nannie Cole said a photographer came to the camp taking pictures and he said he would take it back to enlarge it. Nannie never saw or heard from him again. <br>Would anyone know anything about this photo or who I could contact that might?<br>Thank You

2/15/09

clarence campbell

linemen1959@yahoo.com

owosso mic.

here i am again looking at this again i have a new wife since sign on befor her name marichu i miss blackstar so much go back every time i go back to see my family love the place and i love everybody that live there

1/23/09

Darlene Craig

memawsalliecat@yahoo.com

port orange fl

I was borned and raised in Pathfork. My parents were John and Betty Craig\. I enjoy very much looking at this site. It brings back great memories.

12/16/08

SHERRY D. CORNELIUS WALDEN

SEAWAL @ BELLSOUTH.NET

DANVILLE,KY

I AM THE DAUGHTER OF MINNIE SUE HOWARD CORNELIUS AND JERRY R. CORNELIUS. I HAVE FAMILY STILL IN PATHFORK,KY. MY GRANDPARENTS WERE MARY AND RALPH HOWARD, CLEDA AND RAYMOND CORNELIUS. MY FATHER REMARRIED AFTER MY MOTHERS DEATH TO JANET TAYLOR DAVENPORT. IAM MARRIED AND HAVE ONE SON. I ENJOY THIS WEB SITE PLEASE SEND ME ANY PHOTO'S YOU MAY HAVE OF MY FAMILY.

12/4/08

JOE TEFFETELLER

TEFFETELLERJ@BELLSOUTN.NET

MARYVILLE TN

IAM THE GRANDSON OF JOE&JEAN WARD.MY MOTHER IS BONNIE WARD,AND I REMEMBER AS A CHILD WE WOULD GO TO THE REUNIONS HELD AT BLACKSTAR,ALSO WOULD GO SEE UNCLE MAX HALL I STILL HAVE A TOY TRUCK THAT HE BOUGHT ME FOR CHRISTMAS ONE YEAR<br>MY MOM IS DOING FINE THANKS FOR A GREAT WEB SITE.

11/7/08

Michael W. West

west1967@embarqmail.com

Kingsport, Tenn.

My dad is Ancil McKinley West, (Ken) who graduated from Blackstar in 1942. He is the gentleman in the front if the picture of the 1942 graduating class picture. Also in that picture is Clyde Carroll and Alene Kirklin. They were family aslo. Dad is also in the picture of the Blackstar baseball team. He is in the front row with a missing index finger. He married my mon, Mildred Davenport and they moved to Pound, Virginia shortly after. It is wonderful to see these pictures of my dad. Both have passed away, but there are fond memories of visiting my grandmother and grandfather, Kemper and Minnie Davenport. Mother's brothers, Harold and Carroll Davenports lived in the area until their deaths. I have one cousin, Greg Davenport that still lives in the area and still works at BlackStar. <br>

11/2/08

Doug Engle

rsrcapital@comcast.net

Michigan... moving toTx

I was born in Blacksnake...1946. My father, Troy, worked at BlackStar.<br><br>It was great showing this to my children.<br><br>Doug

11/1/08

JOY (COX) DONOHUE

Joyinpink@aol.com

CLEARWATER ,FLORIDA

THANKS FOR THIS WEB SITE..I HAVE SPENT HOURS GOING THROUGH ALL THE PICTURES. i'VE FOUND OLD FRIENDS, I THOUGHT I'D NEVER HEAR FROM AGAIN. I AM THE DAUGHTER OF DOT AND SHELBY COX. SISTER OF SHELBY (JEAN) COX. BLACK STAR PEOPLE CALLED ME JO..I CAN FINELY GO HOME AGAIN, AND SEE THE HOMES AND THE STORE AND WHAT WE ALL KNEW AND LOVED "BLACK STAR.. THANKS FOR THE TIME TO DO THIS FOR US, AND THE TIME PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN, TO SEND IN THE PHOTOS AND STORIES. I LOOK FORWARD TO MORE. ANYONE CAN E MAIL ME FROM BLACK STAR. WE CAN SHARE IN WHAT WE REMEMBER. LOVE AND BEST WISHES TO ALL OUR BLACK STAR FAMILY.

11/1/08

Bruce D. Rutherford

br9022@sccoast.net

Longs, South Carolina

Mother (Orene) and father (Robert). Brothers Jerald, Bradley and Jeffrey. I attended grades 1-7 from 1955 to 1962.<br>We lived at Insull.

10/27/08

Michelle (SLUSHER) Goodin

Isellyourestate@yahoo.com

Port Orange FL

Hello,<br>My name is Michelle Slusher Goodin<br>I was raised in Pathfork KY. MY mother is Darlene Craig and my Father & Mother are John & Barbara Slusher of Hulen. MY grandparents are John & Betty(Cheek) Craig & Rufus & Loretta ( Howard) Slusher I have several friends and family who remain there. And I try to get home atleast twice a year.<br> I love this site and love looking at all the photos. I am very interested in finding photos of my family members. Especially my uncle Jerry Craig during his school days playing basket ball.<br>My Daughter Allie is also very proud of her heritage, she is very athletic and an exceptional academic student which gives her several chances during newspaper interviews to tell everyone she is from Pathfork Ky and a member of Black Star Church. Although she never lived there she is very proud of where her mother and family come from.<br>If anyone has any photos to share please email me at any time. I hope to hear from you soon.

10/24/08

Doris Ellen (Engle) Bartish

delloriens@isp.com

Oregon

For many years I have been trying to piece together my Kentucky family history. I have my dad and his family living in Pansy, Harlan county on the 1930 census. My grandfather was Mike (M. F. Engle) and his wife was Ellen Helton. Their children were Loretta, Keith, Stella, and Kenneth Engle. Kenneth was my dad. My grandfather once said he taught school for 20 years. I think he and my grandmother ran the post office and boarding house at Pansy. My grandmother died in Gulston May 19, 1936. Does anyone remember any of these folks?<br>Thanks<br>Ellen

9/18/08

Dan ( Tucker) Burnette

dan.burnette@mindspring.com

Marietta, GA

This is a great site! I am the son of Lem and Lillian Burnette. I was born in Black Star, we left in 52 but I returned every summer to stay with My grandparents, George & Liddie Burnette in Pathfork. It is great to see friends and relatives in all of the pictures, many of the pictures I had not seen before.

9/2/08

Ted Spurlock

tedroberta1@newwavecomm.net

Corbin,Ky

My uncle ,Arthur Troutman,and Delora Troutman Lived at pathfork for many years.Both have passed away..

8/30/08

Doyle Bloomer

dbloomer@cinci.rr.com

10 chris Ct middletown, ohio 45042

granduated 59, married Edith Pierce, 3<br>daughter,5 grandchildren,l gt.grandchild.... retired in 2004

8/24/08

Matthew

hendersmatth@aol.com

Blacksnake

I Lived In Blackstar FRom 1967-1975 I Have A Lot of Memories of it Love the web site.

8/23/08

Michael Eads

eadsm@butlertech.org

Hamilton,Ohio

I'm the son of William Harvey Eads. I just wanted to know if there is anyone still alive from the class of 1938? If so please send me a e-mail I would Love to talk to you who ever you are Thanks.

8/20/08

Eoise(Massingale) Williams

eloise1326@att.net

El Paso Texas

I was born in the Black Star camp in 1932 My mother was Dora Moore and she married Hugh Massingale her uncle was Pat Helton that lived ther in the camp are any of his family still living we

8/20/08

Eloise (Massingale ) Williams

eloise1326@att.Net

El Paso, Texas

I am the daughter of Dora Moore who married Hugh Massingale I was born in the Black Star coal camp does anyone know what happened to the Pat Helton family they were first cousins of my mother and when we moved to Roswell, New Mexico we lost contact with them

8/18/08

Michael Eads

eadsm@butlertech.org

Hamilton, Ohio

Great Web site...I enjoy looking at my fathers junior class picture of 1937...I have not seen a picture of him at the age of 19....My father was William Harvey Eads..(Harv) He passed in March of 1987...He married Verna Reba Howard and had 11 children..All of whom are still living..My mom passed in October of 2006..If anyone has info regarding my father or mother I would love to hear from you...I also have a cousin who lives in Pathfork Ky his name is Everett Eads.

8/16/08

Robert Ray Howard

rhstones@qualitymonument.com

New Lexington, Ohio 43764

IM THE SON OF RAY AND HALEY HOWARD. I WAS BORN IN PINEVILLE, KY. IN 1952. I WAS RAISED IN HULEN KY. TILL WE MOVED TO WHERE I NOW LIVE. I WAS 8 YRS OLD WHEN WE MOVED TO OHIO. I RETIRED FROM PEABODY COAL CO. AND A PROUD MEMBER OF THE UNITED MINE WORKERS.

8/13/08

Lori Chapin

lapheanis@yahoo.com

Eaton, Ohio

My grandparents lived there and my grandfather mined there! Thanks for a place where I can learn more about their time there.

8/11/08

Ava Flacke (Shoupe)

PAFlacke@AOL.com

Goshen, OH

Stella Hackler is my aunt. My dad, John Shoupe, and my mom, Mildred Shoupe (Helton) were both from Black Star/Corbin/Bell County. Dad worked in the mines up until late 1940's.

8/8/08

Carolyn (Marlow) Turner

carolynt@ardfky.org

Berea, Ky

My father, Charles Edward Marlow, age 80, who has resided in Pikeville since the late 50s, is from Blackstar. I have notified him of the reunion this weekend but he feels he is physically unable to make the trip. <br><br>I have also notified his brother Harold Marlow and their sister Charlotte (Marlow) Teague, who both reside in Hamilton, Ohio, who may be up for a spur-of-the-moment road trip! <br><br>I had hoped to talk Daddy into coming so I'd have an excuse to come and listen to everybody's stories. Maybe next time! Denver Blanton, who attends church with me in Berea, is the one who brought the reunion to my attention. I used to work with his ex-wife, Phyllis Ford, and she turned me on to a print of Black Star, which I purchased for Dad. When I gave it to him, I bet he talked for an hour--telling me about each and every place on the print. I had it matted and framed and it now hangs in his home. He has really enjoyed it.

8/1/08

Jack Daniel

     

7/15/08

NOVELLA ELLIOTT

THEELLIOTTS2@WINDSTREAM.NET

BEREA , KENTUCKY

I GREW UP IN PATHFORK, MY DAD WAS VERNON DANIELS, MY MOM PEARL EALY, GRANDPARENTS, JOHN AND ETHEL EALY, AND RADFORD AND ETHEL DANIELS, THIS IS GREAT,

7/7/08

Lita (Helen Warfield) Bowles

lhbowles@yahoo.com

San Marcos (San Diego County) Calif.

My prayers to your family on the loss of Rosalie Hall Mills. What a beautiful woman with so many fine family members, who cared about Black Star. Your contributions to our past are appreciated. MY Love to all, Lita Helen

6/16/08

Thomas Floyd

floydt37@embarqmail.com

Niceville, Florida 32578

I just found this site and really enjoy. looking forward to some emails from people I know from Black Star area.

6/9/08

Roy H,"DUTCH" Moore

kysuperfan1@hotmail.com

Richmond,Ky

I lived at BlackStar thru the seventh grade! There's so many memories that i could'nt begin to tell them all. My best friend there was Kenny Terrell! I'll always remember him and his family! Other friends there were Conley Brown,Gary Freeman,Haskel Stewart,Skipper Thompson,George Snodgrass,Don Wilson,LLoyd Vanover,Paul Anderson , Clarence Lidster and many more! I would enjoy hearing any that lived there! Please drop a line!

6/4/08

Billie Laurine Rose

Kentuckyrose47@aol.com

Alexandria, Virginia

I just wanted to let you know that my Mother, Pauline Rose passed away on Memorial Day. She is at peace now with my Dad, Henry Rose and my sister, Gloria. Pray for those of us who are left behind.

5/24/08

jerry m jhonson

jjohnson8402@tampabay.rr.com

hudson fl 34667

I lived in blackstar for a long time. It was the best place to grow up in . I was in the glass of 1961. that was the last senior glass. If i could go back in time it would be to blackstar. that time in my life was one of the best of my life. Other than my wife and kids.

5/24/08

jerry m jhonson

jjohnson8402@tampabay.rr.com

hudson fl 34667

i ilved in black star for a long time,and i think of that great place all the time.i was one off the last glass in blackstar. 1961 if i could go back in time, it would bo to blackstar again. i think it was one of best part of my life. beside my wife and kids.

4/11/08

ruby (cox) hoskins

rubyandjr@frontiernet.net

crossville, tn.

 

3/31/08

Lillie Surgener

lilliekinder@bellsouth.net

Williamsburg, ky

I just discovered this web site. Its great. I'm the daughter of Emerson Surgener and Bea stanford surgener. I attended black star from 1950 to1953. My brother was Ronnie Surgener. My step uncle was Royal Billy surgener,

3/16/08

Tony

tbaker2@satx.rr.com

Universal City Texas

We lived in Path Fork from 1937-1948. I went to Black Star High, ,entered the US Army in Dec. 1946 Stayed for 30 Years, I wish I could do it all over.

12/17/07

John O.Ratliff

johnoratliff@hotmail.com

Corbin,Kentucky

My grandfather Frank (Red)Ratliff was a coal miner. He ran a motor in the mines in the late twenties and thirties. He was also a Baptist minister.My father Elwood Ratliff was his oldest son and in the 1937 yearbook was in the 5th grade.I would like very much to hear from someone who might have pictures of my grandfather or my Father. I worked 37 years on the L&N/CSX Railroad and pulled coal out of Alva and Mike and loaded the Sarah unit trains at Blackstar.

11/7/07

Bob Ellis Cornett

cornett.bob@dol.gov

Morgantown, WV

I hope to see a lot of old friends and places on this site

11/4/07

floyd taylor

floyd111420@hotmail.com

pathfork

i live right down below blackstar and worked at r& b at blackstar

10/20/07

Dawn Riggs

robdawnriggs@verizon.net

garrett indiana

Hi, I'm Ann Lidster's daughther. I just wanted to thank you for this site. I was amazed at how many family pics I came across. My mother passed away 9/5/07. She always said her yrs at Black Star the best times of her life.

10/14/07

RUBYANN HOWARD/ RANDY WEBB

   

COOL WEB SITE....

10/9/07

Bill Prewitt

bill.prewitt@chron.com

Katy, Texas

A great site. Especially liked the photo of the 1932 football team. My Dad, Aubrey Prewitt, was on the team and worked at the camp store the summer of 1933 before going off to Cumberland College. He always spoke fondly of Black Star.

10/7/07

allie michelle goodin.

cgoodin@cfl.rr.com

port orange fl.

im the great grandaughter of betty and john craig , the grandaughter of darlene craig , and the daughter of michelle and tony goodin. the great niece of frank craig , pauline and virgil wilder , jerry craig , archie craig , george craig , and austin craig , naomi craig (a.a) and edward cecil hensley. the neice of virgil wilder jr , harvey wilder , hope roark grumbles and johnny ray slusher jr and brent roark. the grandaughter of johnny ray and barb slusher. and adopted grandaughter of mamaw mary faye and papaw jim roark. my daddy is from barbourville. i enjoyed reading your website. if you have any more pictures of the above people please email me. i spent alot of time in pathfork and it means alot to me. thank you for doing this. it is greatly appreciated.

9/21/07

Dennis Helton

heltogmr@aol.com

Spokane Washington

I lived in little field hollow,untill i was,around 14, we moved to Pathfork. Icant stay away from this site. Thanks Dennis.

9/10/07

Mike Elliott

ecoach33@aol.com

Berea, KY

I was at the Hensley reunion on Hensley Settlement last month. I got to see alot of friends & relatives. I hope to make it back next year.

8/29/07

Carl B. Howard

bear1@blackfoot.net

Swan Valley, Montana

My brother Dural told me about this site, what a great job.

8/17/07

margaret ann hill

knmhill@aol.com

 

I was very young when I lived with my grandparents(Adam and Nannie Engle)but I still can remember things about Blackstar,they were hard times but good too.

8/15/07

Tammy (Marcum) Hensley

shootamonkey@aol.com

Pathfork, ky

I have really enjoyed all the pictures. I have lived at pathfork most all my life and remember some of the camp .My mother is Patsy Craig daughter of James and Irene Craig. My dad is Jasper Marcum son of Starlin and Edna (Mammie) Marcum. Thanks again for the web site. <br>Tammy Hensley.

8/4/07

James B. (Bobby) Greene

breezy39@centurytel.net

Mountain Home, AR

Class of 56.

7/29/07

Danny Wilson

powergreenflower@yahoo. com

plano il

My Father is Rosco WILSON.He did some drinking back than. If someone knows about him are kin to him would like to here from you

7/18/07

RUBY ANN HOWARD (HENSLEY)

MYMINERMAN1@NETSCAPE.COM

PATHFORK KY.

I WAS SO HAPPY TO HAVE FOUND THIS SITE.<br>ME AND MY AUNT AND UNCLE (CAROLYN & AUSTIN CRAIG) HAVE REALLY LOVED LOOKING AT THE PICTURES.<br>I AM THE DAUGHTER 30 YEARS OLD OF LOIS TAYLOR HOWARD AND CHARLES EUGENE HOWARD THE GRANDAUGHTER OF RUBY TAYLOR (WALLINS) THE GRANDAUGHTER OF HAZEL & GEORGE HOWARD (OF PATHFORK KY & BLACKMONT KY.) AND THE GREAT GRANDAUGHTER OF MARY BARNES HOWARD AND RALPH HOWARD OF BLACKSTAR...<br>THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL PICTURES....<br>ALSO CHARLES ROBERT HENSLEY AND I HAVE 2 GIRLS WITTNEY AND BETHANEY WHO ARE THE GRAND CHILDREN OF BUZZ AND DARLENE(LAWSON) HENSLEY, THE GREAT GRAND CHILDREN OF BECKY (CRAIG) & CHARLIE HENSLEY.. <br><br>THANKS <br><br>RUBY ANN HOWARD<br>PATHFORK KY....

7/9/07

John Croley

jrcroley44@embarqmail.com

Pensacola, FL (traveling the USA)

I was born in Blackstar in 1944, but Dad moved us to Balkan soon after that. We stayed there until he died in 1948. I can remember visiting Blackstar in the late 80's with my mother. She remembered much of the village and visited with folks she hadn't seen in 40 years. I really enjoyed the site and will surely visit again.

7/5/07

Roy Tipton

rstipton77@yahoo.ca

Coshocton, Ohio

I am the son of Clifton & Betty Tipton and grandson of E.L. Tipton and Elizabeth Tipton. We moved from Blackstar to Coshocton, Ohio when I was five years old. I will always consider Blackstar home.

7/1/07

Mardell (Gold)Walker

mrdwlk@aol.com

Maryville, TN

I have enjoyed the website and have found friends names I thought I would never see again. Thanks so much for the time spent in keeping this website current. Anyone who would have been in the 1959 class get in touch with me so that I may put you on my data base for mailings. Keep up the good work fellows.

6/25/07

Quinn C Parker

 

conyers georgia

grandson of June TerrelParker

6/18/07

Todd Parker

TParker@cdc.gov

Monroe, GA

The 10th picture in Bud and Selma Hodges 9-15-05 photo album, the caption reads play at Blackstar date unknown. I can give you some information. The play was Sleeping Beauty and was either in the Fall of 1949 or Spring 1950. The little girl on the sofa is June (Terrell) Parker. The guy standing next to the sofa is Jerry Cornelius. June Terrell is my mother.<br><br>What a great site.

6/15/07

Randy Oplinger

GOplinger@cinci.rr.com

Hamilton, Ohio

Thanks for all the work you've done on this site.<br><br>Randy Oplinger Class of 1959

6/12/07

Margaret Spoor

margo55s@yahoo.com

Centralia, IL

I got this site from a genealogy group <br>I belong to. I am so glad that I did<br>I found a picture of my Aunt Tilda Clark. I am looking for any information possible on my Grandparents and other members of my Mother's family. My Grandpa was Floyd Clark, he was a miner, my Grandma was Jane (Janie)Cox Clark. They also lived in School House Hollow and Pathfork. My Mother was born at Brookside, KY<br>Please send me any information possible <br>Thank you

6/11/07

Sharon K. Johnson

skhoskins40@fuse.net

Ohio

Love the website! My parents were James F. Johnson & Madge E. Johnson. Daddy worked in the Blackstar mines. Some of my fondest memories were from my childhood living there in the coal camp.

6/4/07

Bud and Marlene (Rose) Winer

budwiner@earthlink.net

Fortville, IN

 

5/22/07

Delta D. Medina

Scarlet127M@aol.com

Orland Hills, IL

Eleven days after I wrote the last post my Mother passed away. She's with Mammaw and Pappaw now and I miss her dearly. I imagine her standing beside them along with Brother Joe Roy that I heard so much about playing her tamborine that I can still hear in my heart. I get such comfort coming to this website to see the pictures and read the posts. She left me great stories and memories that she shared of growing up in Black Star with her friends. I search for new pictures all of the time and never tire of seeing the old ones. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

5/19/07

Orbin M.Howard

orbinhoward@peoplepc.com

Calloway, Ky.

My fondest memories are about Black Star the school, the community and the coal camp enviroment and most of all all the people of whom I consider to be my lifelong friends.

5/9/07

Carl and Ann Howard

carlelizhoward@fuse.net

Florence, Kentucky

A wonderful tribute to Black Star! Thank you for providing this site for the Black Star family!

4/22/07

Glenda Adams

adams_family112@hotmail.com

Gray, Ky.

Does anyone have any family info on the "Woods" who worked at Black Star?<br>if so don't hesitate to contact me.<br>Glenda.

4/22/07

Glenda Adams

adams_family112@hotmail.com

Gray, Ky.

great site. had many family who work/lived in black star (Steele, Woods and others.

3/29/07

Ronald Edwin Shoupe

r-n_shoupe@juno.com

Maryland

 

2/22/07

Linda Gunby

Bebe_bayer@hotmail.Com

Gonzales, Louisiana

<br>My Mother Susan Eagle was a graduate of Black Star. She passed away in 1994.I have all of her old pictures and some are similar to what I saw in this site. Hope someone recognizes the name and tries to reach me, I have an uncle buried in Pathfork A.J. Eagle I am not sure where. My Grandfather was Elmore Eagle and he did a lot of work in the lumber industry. Does anyone know about a place called Red Bird? I don't know how to do a lot of e-mailing of pictures, so if you can help<br>I will make copies and send them.

1/9/07

harold d. barton

hdbart@insightbb.com

alexandria, ky.

very nice web site will enjoy it many times thank you.

1/5/07

David Daniel

mhpe@centurytel.net

Gibson Station VA

Just keeps getting better!

12/15/06

Muskie Terrell

LOLATERRELL@aol.com

Dry Ridge,KY

 

11/28/06

HAROLD T. EVANS

hevans@gulftel.com

GULF SHORES,ALABAMA

I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH I'M ENJOYING YOUR WEBSITE. YOU ALL HAVE WORKED VERY HARD ON IT AND YOUR EFFORTS ARE REALLY APPRECIATED. ALTHOUGH BORN IN BARBOURVILLE IN 1930, I LIVED THE FIRST 9 YEARS IN BLACKSTAR; OUR HOUSE WAS BETWEEN LACEY COPLEY'S AND ROSCOE GREEN'S AND JUST BELOW JASPER AND GIFFORD LEE AND DOWN THE HOLLER FROM CLAY CARROLL'S. I HAVE A COUPLE OF PICTURES FROM THOSE DAYS I'LL SEND ALONG LATER.<br><br>AGAIN,<br><br>THANK YOU

11/5/06

Howard

howard721@hotmail.com

Virginia

My father, Chester (Chek) Steele,<br>worked at Black Star several times in the mid to late 1940's. My memories of<br>growing up in Black Star are among the best of my whole life.

11/2/06

Henry Edwin Jump

hesjump@aol.com

Wright City, Missouri

My sister Betty and brother Ronnie and I are enjoying this site so much. Thanks for putting together such a great site of memories for all of us. I'd love to hear from some of my "old" friends. Our father Henry, his brothers and his father all worked at Blackstar. Dad retired from Peabody Coal Co. in Illinois 2 years before his death in 1982.

10/31/06

Alvin Elwood Rose

 

Uniontown, Pa.

Great site, enjoyed every thing about it!! My father and mother lived in Alva, (Black Star) until 1957. My father was Henry Jasper Rose, my mother Pauline Mildred Rose (Holman). Growing up in Black Star was wonderful and filled with all the great things that any child could want. My dad died in 1993, my mother is still alive and running her own business at the young age of 82, i cant get her in the retirement mode. Gloria Faye Rose died in 2000, Billy is living with mom in Alexandria she is Kentuckyrose47@aol.com.:Just Wonderful!!

10/31/06

C.Wayne Brooks

cwnet@bellsouth.net

Port Orange, Fl 32129

My daddy was a miner at Black Star in the late 40's.

10/30/06

Sonia Bledsoe

kay_bug@newwavecomm.net

Middlesboro, Ky

I lived in the coal mining camp at Alva (Black Star). My daddy (Joe Bledsoe) worked up there for 32 years.<br>He was crushed in the mines when I was in 1st. grade, at Black Star, but recovered from a mine cave in and we moved to Pathfork ( daddy bought one of the camp houses) and had it moved. I never have regretted growing up the hard way with buying groceries at the commisary and seeing old Doc. Hodges take care of us when we were sick. Thank you for the memories.<br>Sonia Bledsoe

10/14/06

clarence campbelllinemen1959@yahoo.com

linemen1959@yahoo.com

owosso mich.

i think this is a nice thing for all of us that live at blackstar think

9/29/06

Bobbie Scott

bjscott48@wmconnect.com

Rosebud, Texas

Trent, I still love coming to your site and seeing that folks are still sending pictures to you. I have seen pictures of kinfolks I have never met. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this for us all. If anyone EVER lets you know of any of Elisha and Grace Tipton's kids, please email me if it is not too hard to do, I have been searching for these cousins for many years. Bobbie

9/27/06

Billie Laurine Rose

kentuckyrose47@aol.com

Alexandria, Virginia

I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who grew-up in Black Star. I was born there in 1947 and moved away in 1959. My father, was Henry Rose and my mother, Pauline Holman Rose.

9/25/06

Lorraine Cheek

rainey71@gmail.com

Eaton, Ohio

Hello all! I am the great-granddaughter of Gilbert Lee (who gave his land for Alva Memorial Gardens) and Vina Lee (Combs). I got wind of this sight from a cousin and am glad I did. Love the photos! I do genealogy in my spare time so drop me a line if any of you would like any info that I have on the Lee family or if you have any info to share.

9/25/06

Lorraine Cheek

rainey71@gmail.com

Eaton, Ohio

Hello all! I am the great-granddaughter of Gilbert Lee (who gave his land for Alva Memorial Gardens) and Vina Lee (Combs). I got wind of this sight from a cousin and am glad I did. Love the photos! I do genealogy in my spare time so drop me a line if any of you would like any info that I have on the Lee family or if you have any info to share.

9/9/06

Betty Lane Powell

jaslane@alltel.net

Lexington, KY

This is so wonderful. Thank you so much for all the old pictures.

9/3/06

Lisa L. Rose Woolum

lisalrose@hotmail.com

Corbin, KY

Hello, I love this website. All my life I have heard about Black Star. It must have been a wonderful place to grow up in. Everyone who lived there seems to have such fond memories. I know there were heartaches there too though. I am the daughter of Orville & Ruby Dixon Rose; the granddaughter of Starlin and Winnie Terrell Rose; and the great granddaughter of Green Dow and Susie Sutton Rose. I have been trying to track down information regarding Susie, her actual name is Susan Barbara Sutton, but she went by Susie. Her parents were Henry Sutton and Frances "Frankie" Lambert. Do any of the Sutton's who have provided information for this website know of these names? I have looked everywhere. I would really appreciate any help anyone can provide. <br>Thank you,<br>Lisa Rose Woolum

8/22/06

Helen Warfield

lhbowles@yahoo.com

San Marcos, CA - in San Diego County

I love looking back at the pictures of Black Star. I was born there. My parents were Herbert Warfield and Gladys (Steele) Warfield. We were a large family and moved to Barbourville for a dozen years or so. Had to move back to Black Star because bosses had to live in the Camp. <br> Love looking at the pictures. After I graduated in 1952 (Helen Miles) I went to work in Washington, D. C. and only returned a few times.<br><br>Once my husband, Cabell Bryan Bowles, Jr., and I returned. After driving for six hours he was tired. In Harlan I told him the house was just over that hill. Two hours later we arrived in Black Star. Going around the mountain took some time. Helen Warfield

8/21/06

Nina Daniels Crinks '57

ncrinks@aol.com

Toledo, OH

Recently heard from Phyllis Helton Deal<br>which directed me to this great site.<br>Thanks so much for memory lane.

7/19/06

Jerry Kindred

kindred85@alltel.net

London,KY

 

7/16/06

Delta Medina

Scarlet127M@aol.com

Orland Hills, Illinois

I just wanted to thank you so much for adding my Mother's name. She is not doing well and when I saw the update it made my day!<br>For the time and energy that I know you have dedicated to this; I sincerely thank you for your dedication.

7/15/06

maria centers

mariacenters9@hotmail.com

pineville, ky

my dad worked at the blackstar mines his name was joseph condemi/ my half brother went to school there his name was frank condemi his picture was found in the basketball photo/ my sister-in -law went there to her name was joy stewart(condemi) i was a wondering if any one has any pictures of my dad or any more of the rest of the family. my other half brother went ther to his name was charle condemi nickname (peewee) if any one does would like to hear from you thank you maria centers(condemi)

7/9/06

Phyllis Wilson Ramey

dpramey@msn.com

Edmontom, Ky

I like the site, but I would like to know a the coal mines in Kay jay, Anchor, Twaye and Warren Ky. I can find everything but these mines. <br><br>Thanks<br>Phyllis Ramey

6/30/06

Delta Diana Medina

scarlet127m@aol.com

Orland Hills, Illinois

In the Bobby Taylor Photos of Blackstar there is a photo of three girls in the road. The unknown girl is my Mother. Irene Brock. Daughter of Cale & Delta Brock. Sister of Howard, Arthur Lee, Wilma Jean and Bethany Brock.<br>I love the pictures. I thank you for posting it. It gave Mom a great deal of pleasure to see her friends again!

6/25/06

Teresa Barnes

 

Sevierville, TN

Papaw Barnes worked in the Blackstar Coal Mine. He died when I was young. I remember he had these gigantic Popeye arm muscles.... "Show me your muscle Papaw" I would always say. He could open the most stubborn latches LOL.

6/20/06

Phyllis Davenport Guerrera

Foof865@aol.com

Dandridge, Tn

 

6/18/06

Rev Ronnie & Mitzi (Eads) Oplinger

randmoplinger@PeoplePC..com

Partridge, Ky 40862

We have enjoyed this web site very much<br>especially seeing names so familiar to us. If you would like to correspond with us we would like to hear from any of our friends,

6/17/06

Sandi Koscak

Evilsizer3@aol.com

 

Seeking to get email address for Mr Arnett who wrote the article about Alex Knuckles and his Aunty Mary Phelps Saylor.<br>Need more info on this family, as my records indicate Alex Knuckles died much later that he states....help appreciated

6/16/06

Joe & Alberta Isaac

joeisaac@insightbb.com

Lexington, KY.

Just starting to read the web page.

6/15/06

Mayor Isaac

mayor@lfucg.com

Lexington

I'm a Harlan County girl too.

6/13/06

Michelle Baxter

mlbaxter@insightbb.com

Crestwood, KY

I just returned home from Decoration at Saylor Cemetery in Pathfork and my Aunt told me about this site. What at great heritage we have. My grandfather was a coal miner at Black Star, Thurman Saylor. He died of Black Lung in 1972. Thank you for the effort in constructing this website.

6/6/06

Phyllis Helton Deal

PHJUDL@AOL.COM

Lexington, Ky.

 

6/5/06

Clarence Lidster

 

Fairdale Kentucky

We left Black Star in 1962. I love the<br>old photos. I lost my grandfather, <br>[John Lidster]in the mines in 1957.I<br>have great memories. Thanks to everyone and their photos. I'll try<br>to find some that my cousin Judy Lidster hasn't put on line.<br><br>Thank You<br>Clarence Lidster

5/30/06

Betty (Jump) Bowman

wb9n@aim.com

Taylorville, Illinois

 

5/29/06

     

THIS IS BETTY SUTTON BURCHETT AGAIN..ALTHOUGH TIMES WERE VERY HARD THEN..BUT, AND WE LOST DAD WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG..WE STILL THINK WE HAVE THE BEST MEMORIES OF OUR CHILDHOOD.

5/29/06

BETTY (SUTTON) BURCHETT

rburchett_6891@fuse.net

CINCINNATI, OHIO

MY NAME IS BETTY (SUTTON) BURCHETT, MY PARENTS WERE TIP & HAZEL SUTTON. WE LIVED AT BLACKMONT, KY..MY DAD (TIP) SUTTON WORKED IN THE BLACKSTAR MINES FOR A LOT OF YEARS.. HE DIED IN 1954. WE TALK ABOUT THE WONDERFUL CHILDHOOD WE HAD LIVING BELOW THE BLACKMONT HILL.

5/28/06

Nancy Hooker Powell

dfpisc@yahoo.com

Decatur, Georgia (suburb of Atlanta)

I spend many hours on this website and have already told you how wonderful this all is. I see comments from many folks I would love to contact, but they do not give email or physical mail address. Would it be possible to add an e-mail address directory? I would be more than glad to help get the info. Would like to know if there is interest in this. My sister Markley lives in Atlanta area, also, and we will travel to Pine Mountain State Park for the week of July 16th for a reunion with Mayme Jo Williams (Chicago) and Pamela Sue Burnette (California). If any of you are in the area, we would enjoying getting together with you. I hope all of you will send any photos of family or Black Star, Path Fortk, etc. So much pleasure is attached to every picture and document. Please help support this living history book.

5/23/06

Tony Baker

tbaker2@satx.rr.com

Universal City TX

I went to Black Star High School, 1945-1946. entered the US Army in 1947 age 16 stayed for 30 years retired as a Command Sergeant Major.

5/17/06

Janet Taylor Cornelius

lexlady1234@aol.com

Lexington, KY

Very interesting. Thanks so much.

5/13/06

Dan Baker

 

Detroit, Mich.

Great site. I enjoyed everything about it.

5/13/06

Jerry Kindred

jkindred@mikrotec.com

London, KY

 

5/7/06

Bill Lawson

lbillyg@aol.com

Somerset, KY 42501

 

5/7/06

charles d. keyes

charlesdkeyes@bellsouth.net

orange park, florida

 

Below is another Guestbook from 2005 to 2006

 

Date:        29 Mar 2005
Time:        11:18:31
Remote User:

Comments:

This was a terrific idea. This could be (and should)
a very important beginning of a way to save information about Black Star. I hope many will send or share their materials with you.
 
                                      Robert E. Arnett

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Date:        29 Mar 2005
Time:        18:32:57
Remote User:

Comments:

Trent, this is a GREAT site.....will pass word among friends and family. Tim Cornett

 

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Date:        30 Mar 2005
Time:        07:07:41
Remote User:

Comments:

Trent thanks for allowing me to visit this site.  It is beautiful.  So many memories!

Randy Oplinger
Class of 1959
Blackstar High School

 

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Date:        01 Apr 2005
Time:        11:04:17
Remote User:

Comments:

Very interesting.  I love the old photo.
Alicia Branstutter Kruse

 

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Date:        01 Apr 2005
Time:        17:23:25
Remote User:

Comments:

This is the first time I really found out my fathers backgroud and  the history of his family.
It would have been nice to hear it from his family before I turned 30.
A sincere Thank You to Alicia Kruse for contacting me and bringing a part of my fathers family to life for the first time.
It is to bad that no one else cared until now.  Adoree in California 

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Date:        03 Apr 2005
Time:        09:28:59
Remote User:

Comments:

Mom and I have enjoyed your website.
My parents are Stewart (deceased) and Vivian Willis
We lived in Black Star from 1934 to 1952.
Janet, Dorothy and Betty Jean Willis attended
Black Star School.
Janet Cox (nee Willis) jcox41@cinci.rr.com

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Date:        03 Apr 2005
Time:        18:34:38
Remote User:

Comments:

Ethel Hamilton

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Date:        03 Apr 2005
Time:        19:32:46
Remote User:

Comments:

All my life I have heard of Black Star. From my Mamaw (Winnie) Rose, my Daddy (Orville) Rose, and anytime anyone from Black Star got together,
that's what they talked about, growing up in Black Star and their memories of Black Star. I went there once as a little girl to a reunion.
There wasn't much left then. My Papaw (Starlin Rose) was a Fire Boss in the mines. Mamaw always talked about "Old" Doc Hodge and
"Young" Doc Hodge. It always sounded like everyone who lived there was a big family, unlike today, where we don't know a lot of our neighbors.
I have enjoyed this web site tremendously! You have done a great job.
Lisa Rose Woolum
lisalrose@hotmail.com

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Date:        04 Apr 2005
Time:        12:07:21
Remote User:

Comments:

We really enjoyed revisiting Alva.We hope to attend the annual reunion this fall.Bill G. and Alma G.Hulsey Johnson from Vicksburg,Mich.
Old friends can e~mail us at Krazyboutbirds@webtv.net

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Date:        04 Apr 2005
Time:        16:03:34
Remote User:

Comments:

I LOVE THIS WEB PAGE!!!!!  I think it was a great ideal!
The photos bring back a lot of happy and sad memories. Dear old Black Star we love it so and will never forget the memories of the camp and
the school, the ole swimming hole, churchs and everyting associated with this little community.
I graduated in 1955 and 40 years later married my high school sweetheart Bobby Gene Burnette.
                   Phyllis (Steele) Burnette

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Date:        05 Apr 2005
Time:        18:35:32
Remote User:

Comments:

CLAYTON TAYLOR--GREAT IDEA!  REALLY ENJOYED THE PIC. OF B. S. BASEBALL TEAM.

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Date:        06 Apr 2005
Time:        16:06:16
Remote User:

Comments:

I was doing a research paper on Mining camps for college and I stumbled up on your web site. Nice site!!

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Date:        06 Apr 2005
Time:        16:41:53
Remote User:

Comments:

Trent, Great site,you have done alot of work.

Thanks

Jerry Kindred
jkindred@mikrotec.com

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Date:        06 Apr 2005
Time:        18:37:27
Remote User:

Comments:

Thanks for creating this great web site.  It has a good feeling about it.  A great look into our past and educational for future generations. 
Thanks to Ancil Hall who I hear has gathered most of these photos together and thanks to Trent Hall for using his computer know-how
to create a site for us all to enjoy.
Jim Myers, Houston, Texas

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Date:        06 Apr 2005
Time:        18:37:27
Remote User:

Comments:

Thanks for creating this great web site.  It has a good feeling about it.  A great look into our past and educational for future generations. 
Thanks to Ancil Hall who I hear has gathered most of these photos together and thanks to Trent Hall for using his computer know-how to
create a site for us all to enjoy.
Jim Myers, Houston, Texas

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Date:        07 Apr 2005
Time:        12:26:26
Remote User:

Comments:

These pictures are wonderful.
Dana Carter
Pontiac, Mich

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Date:        07 Apr 2005
Time:        14:22:58
Remote User:

Comments:

I will always remember and cherish all my friends from Black star.  love you all.  orbin howard class of 1955.

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Date:        01 May 2005
Time:        13:08:07
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Comments:

I love this those were the best years of my life.Ann  Lidster Wheaton Fort Wayne Ind. Reggiegirl62@aol.com       Thanks

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Date:        02 May 2005
Time:        04:03:22
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Comments:

Judy Gilbert

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Date:        10 May 2005
Time:        09:23:04
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I have enjoyed this web site very much.  Thanks.
Bob Anders.  Raliegh, N.C.

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Date:        10 May 2005
Time:        12:56:34
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Comments:

What a treasure your web site is!!  My Uncle, Keith Terrell, worked in the mines at Black Star and I loved to go there in the summer to visit
with my cousins.  My cousin, Gwana, passed away several years ago and I can't tell you how much it means to me to find a picture of her
and her brother in the school pictures!  I can't wait to show it to her daughter and son. 
Thanks for all the work you have done to create this wonderful web site.

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Date:        11 May 2005
Time:        20:00:58
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The BlackStar Website conjures up deep and dormant memories. That is a very spiritual Website!
I'm David Daniel (57 years old), son of Marie and John Henry from Pathfork.
There was nine children and we lived up the lane behind the Rock Store and Roaden Theatre. I live in Virginia about 10 miles from Middlesboro.

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Date:        12 May 2005
Time:        19:44:31
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Jerry L Lane

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Date:        13 May 2005
Time:        06:02:42
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Comments:

My grandfather was Doc Hodges.  Love the site but you have his name misspelled - it's "Caskey" and my grandmother's maiden name is
spelled "Rhyne".

 

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Date:        23 May 2005
Time:        01:54:35
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Comments:

Have photos to send yoy...please forward mailing address....also, ,why can I NOT print any of the photos shown?

Nancy Hooker Powell
email dfpisc@yahoo.com
2917 Battle Forrest Dr, Decatur,Ga. 30034
Ph 404-241-5013

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Date:        24 May 2005
Time:        19:15:45
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It's wonderful that someone is sharing the history of Blackstar.  I've grown up hearing stories of life in the coal camp from my Mom,
Grandparents, and Great-Grandparents.
Beth Hill (daughter of Debbie Hodges Ealy)


Date:

30 May 2005

Time:

15:49:49

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Hello and thank you. This is indeed a great site!! so many memories. I left the "camp in 1954. My parents Loula Rhea and Noble Watson,
were in need of a way to support the family. The mines were slowing down and Dad had lost his job.
There was no place to compare to Black Star. Thank you for helping me to remember that. Betty (Watson) Howard


Date:

03 Jun 2005

Time:

06:07:22

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Fantastic idea. We have heard about Black Star all of our lives from our father, Paul Carmony and his brothers Bob and Charlie.
And the stories are always good...told with a lot of laughter and love. Thank you for keeping that alive with this web site.
Debbie Carmony, Louisville, KY


Date:

03 Jun 2005

Time:

22:48:36

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was just going through the pictures that judy lidster had and a wonderful surprise when my brother Johnny Roe Daniels
(who passed away almost thirteen yrs now )popped up, it was one that i hadn't seen thanks judy for the picture. this is a great site.
May God Bless! Charlene Daniels Blanton


Date:

06 Jun 2005

Time:

23:24:54

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thank you for your site. My grandfather, John Lidster, was killed in a mine accident there and my family lived there for many years.
Sherry (Lidster) Harbert


Date:

07 Jun 2005

Time:

19:00:20

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bill r thompson class of 1957 great pictures


Date:

10 Jun 2005

Time:

02:50:17

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What a wonderful site that you have created here. I was born in Pineville, but my parents are from Pathfork and went to school at
Black Star along with all of my aunts and uncles. I've spent the last couple of days surfing this site and have seen pictures of
my family that I never knew existed. I only hope that all of the folks in the hollers of Black Star, Pathfork, Black Snake and
Blackmont support this site and post more pictures of a rich history that makes one proud to be a part of.
Thank you for your time and dedication to this website Jeff Marcum Harrisburg, Illinois


Date:

11 Jun 2005

Time:

19:10:21

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Comments

Absolutey Great.!!!!! Thanks so much Trent. This site is now on my "favorites" list. I will be in Black Star next Saturday for the
annual Tipton reunion. I was born in Black Star in 1946 and lived there until 1961, after the mine was closed. Danny Tipton,
former next door neighbor to Ancil Hall


Date:

14 Jun 2005

Time:

13:52:06

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Dennis Helton.; I enjoyed seeing my pictures on your site. I never thought i would make the big time. Thanks


Date:

14 Jun 2005

Time:

14:08:58

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14 June 3005: Dennis Helton. That brtings back old memeories.


Date:

14 Jun 2005

Time:

19:18:42

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Bud and Marlene (Rose) Winer Good sight, we both enjoyed it


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Date:

14 Jun 2005

Time:

21:07:51

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Great web site. I was born in Blue Diamond camp, July 15th 1942. I lived in Black Star Camp most of the time, then moved to Lambert in
1951 and then on to Harlan in 1954. Black star is and always will be my home town. Wonderful stories and information, Bob Crawford.
bobcrawford04@bellsouth.net


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Date:

14 Jun 2005

Time:

22:32:10

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Gosh , I'm lost for words . What a great site and you have really done a great job with it . My thanks . I was born in Black Star many years ago,
in fact 1936 . I have grandparebnts buried at Alva Memorial gardens . Memories, oh yes a few and looking at this site really brings them back .
I had an Aunt and Uncle operate a store at Pathfork , Charlie & Edith Floyd . My earliest memory of Black Star is living across from the bath
house , and my Uncle Charlie Floyd working there . Again my thanks for all the hard work .


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Date:

14 Jun 2005

Time:

22:35:36

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Date - 14 Jun 2005, Time - 22:32:10 comment was by Ray Helton , folksfinder@aol.com


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Date:

16 Jun 2005

Time:

19:37:38

Comments

Isaac Junior Wilder, Vancouver, Washington. I grew up in Corbin, Knox co. Kentucky. My farther Isaac S. (Ike) Wilder and grandfather
Sampson Wilder worked for this company. I glad you have this site.


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Date:

16 Jun 2005

Time:

21:11:40

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this site is treasure chest for me,I have been looking for pictures of the boys and girs I grew uo with also some of the camp houses.
I saw pictures of Billy Ray Thomson and Ival Rose we very good friends as young boys at Black Star. I left school at a young age
but I knew everone there. It sure was a great place to be from. Gene Crawford


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Date:

17 Jun 2005

Time:

12:02:41

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Doug and Mary Martin Howard We think you have a wonderful, wonderfu site and the photographs are out of this world.
In order for one to relate with the photographs they would have hadto live at Black Star or in the area, of which we grew up in.
We would like to thank everyone that has submited photographs and given us the privilege to look at them on the web.
Thanks Mr Hall for your time which you have contributed to set this into action. Doug and Mary Lib In TN AHoward@netcommander.com


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Date:

17 Jun 2005

Time:

14:38:00

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hey guys, great website. janice steele halcomb



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Date:

17 Jun 2005

Time:

23:49:28

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My family is from Pathfork(Eads) and I seen my aunts & one uncle in some of your pictures. I also seen alot of people I know.
Clayton Blanton, his brothers, & one sister Jackie. I love the old pictures of the coal camp. I heard my mother, Reva Eads,
talk about it. She was born in the school house holler. You can reach me at ecoach33@aol.com. Mike Elliott



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Date:

18 Jun 2005

Time:

19:56:54

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Hello, This is Doyle Sutton. This was a very nice site. thanks...Bye


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Date:

19 Jun 2005

Time:

08:45:39

Comments

I would like to thank you very much for your hard work and dedication in putting this website together. My family lived at Black Star.
My father, uncles, and 1 grandparent worked there. Their names were Rapier, Hill, and Carter. There are more but I do not know their names.
My sister was born there in 1949 and a brother was born there in 1951. I was born in 1953 after my family moved from Black Star.
My father worked there in the 40's until 1952 when he was layed off. In the latter 50's we moved to Ohio where I now live. Looking back
at the coal camps and the way of life, it is all very interesting to me. However, I fell that none of it should be glamorized. The fact is the people
gave their lives, their health, and their all, for a meager living at best. The big coal companies came in, gutted the land, used the people, and l
eft the scars upon the land as well as in peoples minds. While some may find pleasant thoughts and memories, I think to do so is good,
because it helps to subvert the actual pain and suffering heaped upon those who actually endured that life. To merely dwell upon the
pleasant thoughts and memories while ignoring the rest is not seeing the forest for the trees. My point is lets not forget what the people
endured, all of it. Again, thank you very much. C. Perry Rapier


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Date:

19 Jun 2005

Time:

10:18:06

Comments

Hello everyone. What Mr. Rapier says is very true, there was a lot of pain and suffering among the coal miners everywhere in our country.
That is, of course what this web site is devoted to, their memory. Trent Hall


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Date:

21 Jun 2005

Time:

16:25:58

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I really enjoyed the photos on these web pages. I hope you will add more later. Donna Tipton Taylor


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Date:

23 Jun 2005

Time:

19:17:32

Comments

Thank you so much for putting this together. I am certain the world would be a better place if more people had the opportunity to live
and grow in a communtiy like Black Star.


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Date:

23 Jun 2005

Time:

21:00:35

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Wow! I just can't stay off this web site. I seem to find something new each time I open it up. A super idea. I'll have some pictures for
posting in the near future.....lots of memories from Black Star during my years growing up there (1935 - 1953) Paul Barton Melbourne, Florida


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Date:

25 Jun 2005

Time:

09:17:58

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This site is wonderful. How do I get a hold of you? Mike



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Date:

29 Jun 2005

Time:

22:45:27

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Dennis Helton. I realy enjoy this site. I wish i had somthing to add to it. heltogmr@aol.com


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Date:

30 Jun 2005

Time:

13:04:53

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Date:

03 Jul 2005

Time:

14:49:06

Comments

Thanks so much for sharing all these wonderful pictures and stories with us. John Eversole Witchita, Kansas


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Date:

03 Jul 2005

Time:

18:46:47

Comments

Janet Taylor Cornelius Lexington, KY This is very interesting and would like to say thanks for the hard work of The Hall's.


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Date:

04 Jul 2005

Time:

12:32:33

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My bestfriend Markley Hooker Byrd has told me so much about her life and the history of Black Star. She asked that I look at this site
& I have enjoyed my visit. It is nice to see what everything looks like that she has told me so many stories about. Gail Childs


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Date:

05 Jul 2005

Time:

18:56:21

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I love this web site. My mother is Nell Steele, and it is so nice to see the old pictures of her, my aunts, and my grandparents
(along with all the other relatives). Thank you for working so hard to bring this together. Beverly Gilliam Harlan, KY


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Date:

06 Jul 2005

Time:

10:53:50

Comments

Elyssa Carmony-Lots of family from Blackstar. Nice Pages.


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Date:

06 Jul 2005

Time:

11:00:11

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HI TO ALL OF THE CARMONY FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!! Elyssa Carmony of Independence,KY...Grandaughter of Charlie Carmony,
Great Grandaughter of Paul and Thelma Carmony. I'm 12 :)


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Date:        10 Jul 2005
Time:        08:51:23
 
Comments:
 
Hello, thanks for site! I grew up at Black Star as my sisters did. My 
name is Charlie(Junior) Sutton. We lived beside Charlie Howard in the 
lower in. I now live in Jacksonville Florida. The best time of my life 
was growing up at Black Star without any question! you can reach me at 
bparkeng@coj.net again thanks for the memories!
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Remote User: 
Date:        14 Jul 2005
Time:        18:13:39
 
Comments:
 
Thanks so much for such a wonderful site.  My Grandfather, Tony Roscoe 
Haggard worked at Black Star.  My father, Melvin Haggard, and my Uncle 
Orville Haggard were born in Alva.  
Is there anywhere to get additional information, such as dates of 
workers?
Lana Haggard 
lsueh_58@yahoo.com
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Date:        15 Jul 2005
Time:        15:20:17
 
Comments:
 
What wonderful memories the pictures and stories bring back.  We never 
knew how very special the place and people would always be-till we lost  it.
It is so good to have this web site to stay in touch.

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Date:

17 Jul 2005

Time:

14:09:54

Comments

Very good site, brings back a lot of memories of the way things were in the more simple times of life. Really enjoy the pictures.


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Date:

17 Jul 2005

Time:

14:12:36

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Wonderful site, brings back memories of a more simple and enjoyable time in life. Very good job and really enjoyed all the great pictures Jamie Lawson


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Date:

17 Jul 2005

Time:

14:33:48

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Hello from Pruda Reed Hibbard class of 1938. I enjoyed reminiscing and looking through the yearbook. My e-mail address is pruhibb@aol.com.


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Date:

18 Jul 2005

Time:

07:28:21

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Date:

20 Jul 2005

Time:

22:27:08

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HI, My name is Mary Terrell( Roark), Married Kenny Terrell son of John and Doris Terrell, which live in Alva, I have heard many good stories of the pass.
Thank you so much for doing this sight I've enjoyed it termendously.


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Date:

24 Jul 2005

Time:

17:48:01

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mary lawson omohundro Thanks trent for all the work you have done.I have lots of fond memories of black star.I lived at pathfork my mother and father was
artie and howard lawson.thanks for all the good memories.


 


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Date:

26 Jul 2005

Time:

07:32:50

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trent i talk larry last night he gave me adress for this web sight your are doing a real good job. i have some pictures of some miners going into the
mines at black star you can have if you want them bobbie warfield class of 1960 bpwarfield@centurytel.net


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Date:

26 Jul 2005

Time:

14:38:07

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back again i think this web site is the best. it sure brings back a lot of go memorys. i was born in barbourville ky. 1941 moved to black in 1951.
my dad herb warfield went to work at black star when he was 13 years old for .25 cents a day he worked there 33 years left in 1960 when the
mines shutdown. bob warfield hale michigan bpwarfield@centurytel.net


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Date:

29 Jul 2005

Time:

09:04:26

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I enjoyed my husband telling me about this web site.i told him I wish they would do something like that over where im from in Letcher co.
I really enjoyed those old pucture that was a beautiful place back then.im not from here. but i still enjoyed looking at the web site.
my husband is from Pathfork .his grandpa and uncle work in the mines there.there names are Rodert Craig and Jordon Craig that
was father and son .they died in the old no.4 mines nicelady338@yahoo.com Robert andTeresa Rice


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Date:

29 Jul 2005

Time:

09:44:27

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carolyn campbell-ramsey I AM THE DAUGHTER OF BILL AND CORA CAMPBELL, I REALLY ENJOY READING ALL THE PAGES OF YOUR WEB SITE.
BLACK STAR WILL ALWAYS BE HOME TO ME. EVEN IF THERE NOT MUCH LEFT. KEEP UP THE WORK ON THE WEB SITE AND I WILL
CONTINUE TO READ IT.


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Date:

29 Jul 2005

Time:

20:22:00

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Hi my name is Linda Miracle Craghead. I have 2 older brothers and 2 older sisters. My Moms name was Rachel and my Dads name was Clarence.
I am very thrilled finding this sight. I will tell my brothers and sisters: Charles, Faye, betty and Jerry. Thank you again!!!


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Date:

02 Aug 2005

Time:

12:23:04

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Geneva Welch daughter of Bill Campbell enjoyed this very much keep up the good work GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY


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Date:

02 Aug 2005

Time:

12:49:07

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Geneva Welch daughter of Bill & Cora Campbell lived in Black Star from 1943-1960 Would like to hear from some old friends wel258@aol.com
enjoyed this very much keep up the good work GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY


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Date:

03 Aug 2005

Time:

12:30:10

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I was born in Alva,1948 ,I have a twin brother also.I found a photo of my late sister JoAnn Hall in one of the photos.1947 3rd grade.My Mother
died there when we was three years old,Some day i would love to go see her grave and visit this wonderful town.My Dad worked in the
mines in the 40"s.Thomas E Hall Thanks for the web site it is great.Gary Hall ,Missouri

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Remote User: 
Date:        04 Aug 2005
Time:        15:53:20
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I remember many things of my Black Star days.  Little things that one 
never forgets with time.  I remember the days at school when we hated 
to get "shots". I can almost freeze pictures in my mind.  I see images of 
folks, frozen in time.  I don't care what anyone says, it was a more 
simple, less troublesome time.  Yes, there was sickness and death.  A 
close relationship fell upon us all, even if we didn't seem to like 
someone, you would defend this person as your neighbor.  The good and 
the bad, we all withstood this.  Faint memories will follow us to the end.  
I can hear, at times, the children playing "kick-the-can" or other games 
outdoors.  The hillside was their playground.  I remember a young girl, 
sitting on the fence that surrounded the yard in front of the 
restaurant.  She always looked so happy, and at peace.  Even the 
miners, coming out of the mines, a dreadful job, seemed to have a grin on their faces 
most of the time.  Yes, they had something that is lacking today
in this society. The school sports were fantastic.   This is a great 
web site to help us reflect on where we came from. Thanks to all who 
donated these pictures and thanks to the creators of this web site.  
Good luck to all.
Jim Middleton of 
Tampa, Florida
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Remote User: 
Date:        07 Aug 2005
Time:        17:03:47
Comments:
My name is Rick Nelson and I have just found out this web site. My dad 
Jim "Cucumber" Nelson worked in the mine and pitched ball for the 
company team. My mom Berle, worked at Reed Hail Grocery for many years. My 
brother Jerry "pickle" Nelson and sister Shirley attend Black Star High.
 
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Remote User: 
Date:        10 Aug 2005
Time:        19:19:59
 
Comments:
 
Barbara Ann Elliott Yeager
P.O. Box 601
Barbourville, KY 40906
Born: Alva, KY 01-14-36
Daughter of Colson Elliott and Bonnie Thomas Elliott
Granddaughter of William Parks "Bonehead" Thomas
and Rosa Lee Phipps Thomas
Married: James Edward Yeager 12-26-53
Born: Alva, KY 07-17-25
Son of Wade Yeager and Kelsie Pearl Parker Yeager
Bonnie Thomas Elliott: sister to Lela Thomas Walters who married Archie 
Walters, longtime pastor of Alva Baptist Church.  Bonnie's other 
siblings were Don C. Thomas and Maxine Thomas.
Barbara's siblings:  Tom Elliott, who died recently and is buried at 
Resthaven Cemetery in Harlan; Lorene Elliott, who married "Buck" Hughes; 
Colson Elliott, Jr., aka "Jack"; Max Elliott, born at Black Star 
01-07-38, and Bill,  who was born after Colson and Bonnie moved to Knox 
County on March 1, 1939.   Colson died at Middlesboro on July 1, 1987, and 
Bonnie died at Middlesboro on December 7, 1992.  They are buried at the 
John Campbell, on Indian Creek, Knox County.   
                             Barbara Elliott Yeager
 
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Remote User: 
Date:        10 Aug 2005
Time:        21:58:04
 
Comments:
 
I've enjoyed this site very much.  Thank you and all contributors for 
enjoyable viewing and reminiscing.  Our Black Star family "was" and "is" 
a very special group of people.  
 
Vivian (Gold) McCormack,  Class of 1958

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Date:        13 Aug 2005
Time:        18:33:15

Comments:

 just wanted to say we really have enjoyed all the wonderful
photo's,And hard work that you have put into this great site,For all of us whose
family's and friend's,We have got to see, Thanks very much ,And please
keep up the good work
          
          Rev Billy & Teresa Stewart       Blackmont Ky ( Grandson of
Shirl & Lydia Stewart)
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Date:        14 Aug 2005
Time:        09:16:52

Comments:

MY GRANDFATHER WAS IRA DODD. MY MOTHER HELEN RUTH DODD TAYLOR DIED 2
MONTHS AGO AND IT WAS NICE TO SEE A PICTURE OF MY GRANDPA. ..AND
HOME....YOUR SITE IS GREAT.    .SKBREEZE@FUSS.NET     SANDYBREEZE
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Date:        18 Aug 2005
Time:        17:49:59

Comments:

I just found this thanks to someone posting the link on one of the
MyFamily sites.  I have only looked at a few of the pictures but will be
looking at more.  I love looking at pictures and although never visited
Black Star I know about the Anchor, Tway and Warren mining camps that
used to be in operation in Knox Co. KY.  I know a little about Kay Jay
also.  We lived in the city of Harlan in Harlan Co. in 1954 & 55 and saw
a little of some of the camps near by.
Now do you have any more web pages that we don't know about?
Hazel Farmer
Barbourville, Ky
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Remote User:
Date:        23 Aug 2005
Time:        16:42:38

Comments:

JENNINGS ELWOOD BLACK STAR HIGH SCHOOL 1943
NEVADA "HALL"ELWOOD BLACK STAR  HIGH CLASS OF 1948
PEGGY "ELWOOD" O'BRIEN 7TH GRADE WHEN WE MOVED
LIBBY "ELWOOD" INGRAM 5TH GRADE WHEN WE MOVED
SHARON "ELWOOD" MILLER 1ST GRADE WHEN WE MOVED
SCOTT ELWOOD 2ND GRADE WHEN WE MOVED

I WANT SOMEONE TO NOTIFY US BY COMPUTER IF THEY ARE FAMILIAR WITH US
AND REMEMBER OUR FAMILY.  MOM AND DAD NOW RESIDE IN NEW LEXINGTON, OHIO.

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Remote User:
Date:        24 Aug 2005
Time:        04:59:56

Comments:

Great site---was raised in Harlan Co. (high Splint).

If any one knowes any thing about the picture of Jetti Steele please
email me at (royshore@hotmail.com)

PS--I live on the coast of NC.( Holden Beach)
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Remote User:
Date:        24 Aug 2005
Time:        05:02:23

Comments:

I forgot to let anyone know where the picture of Jetti Steele was
located.  It was in the Bobby Taylor Section of pictures.

Thanks
Roy Shore
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Remote User:
Date:        27 Aug 2005
Time:        16:29:23

Comments:

SCOTT ELWOOD I FORGOT TO GIVE MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IT IS
JAKENELWOOD@INSIGHT.RR.COM
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Remote User:
Date:        29 Aug 2005
Time:        16:56:49

Comments:

My name is Lisa Hulley, MY farther is aks(bulldog). another wise known
as Waymond Doyle Sutton.  I love the website I can show my daughter
were her grandpa live and how it was.  I use to go to Black Star to visit
my granpa Sutton. My daughter and I enjoyed to pictures..I have one of
my dad playing baskerball at Black Star that I will try to download.. 
thanks so much for this website..
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Date:        15 Sep 2005
Time:        22:52:34

Comments:

Thanks so much for the wonderful site.  I have not been so intrigued by
pictures of the past as I am of these.  My Dad was Robert Tipton, and
he died in 1956 at the age of 28.  I was only 7 at the time of his
death.  He is buried at Alva Memorial Gardens Cemetery, and last year 2004,
I got to make the trip back to Kentucky for the first time in 48 years. 
With the help of my husband and the friends we made the trip with, we
found his grave, and I put flowers on his grave for the first time since
I was 8 years old.  I am still trying to find some cousins, the
children of Elisha and Grace Tipton.  Thanks, Bobbie Tipton Scott  Rosebud,
Texas
 

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Date:        26 Sep 2005
Time:        17:11:18
 
Comments:
 
Your website is great!  My mother, Ethel MORSE Hamilton, was born in 
Black Star Coal Camp 5/25/22.  She is still alive and we go back there 
once a year so she can just look at the countryside and revist her 
memories.  I have printed off many pictures and articles from your website 
for her; she can them have a pictoral to go down memory lane with.  She 
rode the commuter car from Insul to Black Star when she was a small 
child.   Marie Walker


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Date:

07 Oct 2005

Time:

15:40:18

Comments

What a wonderful site. Thank you for doing this. Frances Wolfe Willis bugsbee@tampabay.rr.


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Date:

07 Oct 2005

Time:

18:50:28

Comments

Lots of good memories. I enjoyed the pictures. Class Of 1959 Hazel Howard


 

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Date:

08 Oct 2005

Time:

07:26:08

Comments

My mommy and daddy worked in blackstar. This has given me a real apprecation of how they lived. Thank you for your work on this and please get more
pixtures for this site. Becky Moore


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Date:

09 Oct 2005

Time:

11:08:34

Comments

This site is great!!! I lived at Black Star a couple of times while I was growing up. My father worked in the mines there after WWII. I loved growing up in the
mountains there and my memories of Black Star are some of the most pleasant I have. Many uncles and cousins lived there, and some are buried there in the cemetary.
Keep up this site. It is a lot of my history. My father's name was Chester (Chek) Steele. Howard Steele howard721@hotmail.com.


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Date:

12 Oct 2005

Time:

06:14:05

Comments

Hello Ancil, You may not remember me; but I'm Estil Daniels and I graduated with Larry. Just visited you site for the first time and it sure brings back memories!
I've only looked at a few pictures so far--it will take some time to go through them all. Just wanted you to know that you two are doing a great job. Thanks again, Estil Daniels


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Date:

18 Oct 2005

Time:

16:09:59

Comments

The Stella Hackler Family would like to Thank all of you for sharing this wonderful History. Clyde & Sara Hackler Stella Shoupe Hackler Turner


 

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Date:

22 Dec 2005

Time:

16:31:26

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This is a super idea. Thank you for putting some of my memories on the monitor. Keep up the good work. Merry Christmas. Clinton Cornelius, class of 59


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Date:

26 Dec 2005

Time:

20:58:19

Comments

Trent, I keep coming back to your site again, and again. I love the new pictures and comments from people. I wonder if you could find out Pauline Taylor's email address for me
and send it to me. I talked to Juiwana and Carl Tipton a few weeks ago, and she had gotten it, but could not remember it, so I thought I would try this way to get it. I would
love to contact her, as she is another cousin of mine. Thanks, Bobbie Tipton Scott Rosebud, Texas bjscott48@wmconnect.com


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Date:

29 Dec 2005

Time:

07:20:16

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Trent...Thanks again for putting together such a great website!!


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Date:

29 Dec 2005

Time:

11:13:06

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Trent...I want to take this opportunity to thank you again for this wonderful "Black Star" website...I've just read thru the Guest Book and have seen several familiar
names (such as Danny Tipton and David Daniels)...My father was Clifton (Hoover) Tipton and my grandparents were Elisha (EL) and Elisabeth (Lizzie) Tipton...
my name is Debra Tipton Brown...I would love to hear from anyone who might have known my dad, grandparents or me!...my email address is dstbfeb25@yahoo.com
 


Name:

Trent Hall

E_Mail:

trent40906@yahoo.com

Location_where_you_live:

Barbourville, Kentucky

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Date:

28 Jan 2006

Time:

17:57:10

Comments

Thanks to everyone for such great photos and articles. We have changed servers. Let your friends know the new web address. Use this guestbook to contact friends or whatever. 
It is yours to enjoy.       Thanks, Trent


Name:

Walter R. Norris

E_Mail:

wrnorris53@myway.com

Location_where_you_live:

Hulen, Ky

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Date:

29 Jan 2006

Time:

12:06:14

Comments

Grandfather Jasper Bates Norris, uncle Jasper A Norris and father Ray M Norris all worked here. Great that other people have put personal photo's on line for all to enjoy.


Name:

Wilburn (Buster) Taylor

E_Mail:

busterta@yahoo.com

Location_where_you_live:

Rio Vista, Ky.

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Date:

29 Jan 2006

Time:

14:51:15

Comments

Great Site.


Name:

DONALD BAILEY

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Location_where_you_live:

LEJUNIOR, KY.

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Date:

30 Jan 2006

Time:

08:04:16

Comments

MY FATHER AND MOTHER, ROY AND THELMA BAILEY, LIVED IN BLACK STAR CAMP WHEN THEY CAME TO KENTUCKY TO FIND WORK
BACK IN THE THIRTIES. MY THREE OLDER SISTERS AND TWO OF MY BROTHERS WERE BORN THERE.


Name:

Cathy Vanover Bunch

E_Mail:

cabunch@Whitley.kyschools.us

Location_where_you_live:

Williamsburg, KY

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Date:

30 Jan 2006

Time:

12:19:54

Comments

My dad Carlus Vanover, was working in the mines at Black Star when I was born in Nov. 1953. He loved to go back there and visit and show us around when we were younger.
I was raised in a house that he bought from the mining camp, tore it down then rebuilt it on KY 92 East near Williamsburg.


Name:

Huey Cornelius

E_Mail:

h.cornelius@insightbb.com

Location_where_you_live:

Lexington, KY

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Date:

01 Feb 2006

Time:

15:45:20

Comments

I remember the Hall Family very well. It is good to have the opportunity to be in contact with you again. Keep in touch and call me anytime at 859-223-2261.



Name:

DONNA GAIL (HENSLEY) BAUMGARTEL

E_Mail:

donaldlb@earthlink.net

Location_where_you_live:

HERNANDO, FLORIDA

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Date:

01 Feb 2006

Time:

23:48:17

Comments

I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CREATING THIS WEB SITE, IT'S THE GREATEST. I'VE NOT ONLY VISIT MANY TIMES, BUT,
I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING MORE NEW AND OLD PICTURES OF THE PEOPLE I GREW UP WITH, WHOM I LOVE VERY MUCH.
I FEEL WE ARE SOME OF THE LUCKEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD FOR HAVING GROWN UP THERE. THANKS AGAIN DONNA GAIL
(HENSLEY) BAUMGARTEL


Name:

ruby

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rubyandjr@frontiernet.net

Location_where_you_live:

crossville,tn.

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Date:

02 Feb 2006

Time:

12:12:32

Comments

Enjoy the web site, as my Father (William J. Cox) and Mother (Sarah E.(Taylor) Cox lived there and Dad worked in the mines in the 30's, and early 40's they
were well known in the area, My Brother Alonzo, Sister Audrey, Brother Arnold (Booter), Sister Delores E. and Brother Arthur G. was all born at Blackstar,by
Dr. Hodges, my Mother would go with Dr. Hodges to different homes as women would be having their babies and she would help with the deliveries, she would t
ell us how many babies she saved their lives, because the Dr. didn't always make it to the home because there would be so many for him to care for. My Dad
(with family) left Blackstar and went to the Mines (Arch Minerals) at Lynch, KY in 1941. All the different pictures that are on the site are really nice, I wasn't
born at Blackstar, but have the memories of my parents they would always talk about all the wonderful people that was there, how they always would help
each other, regardless of the need. Ruby (Cox) Hoskins


Name:

Janice Faye Hensley Nance

E_Mail:

rtnance @usdol.net

Location_where_you_live:

Leitchfield, Kentucky Western, Kentucky

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Date:

02 Feb 2006

Time:

15:53:28

Comments

I am proud to have grown up in Alva, Kentucky. I am the daughter of Otis B. and Elizabeth Daniels Hensley. I have alot of good memories growing up there.
I love the website. Thank you very much. As a matter of fact, I was in the same grade as Trent. Our second grade class is on the website. Janice

 

 


Name:

reva carter hicks

E_Mail:

jnrhicks@msn,com

Location_where_you_live:

sun city center, fl.33573

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Date:

10 Feb 2006

Time:

08:24:38

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i attended blackstar high school from 1936 -40--however, my older brothers henry , d.c. theo and sisters gladys, jean attended--henry and gladys are the only graduates
--henry played basketball, baseball, football there--we left in 1940 for loyall,ky--wish i had some pictures to comtribute to this web site but i don't. clifford roark
introduced me to this web site--thanks


Name:

RONNIE JUMP

E_Mail:

LETSRUNEM1@AOL.COM

Location_where_you_live:

ROCHESTER, IL 62563

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Date:

10 Feb 2006

Time:

17:14:40

Comments

I CAN REMEMBER DRIVING UP TO BLACKSTAR ( AT THE HEAD OF THE HOLLOW ) MANY TIMES TO GO TO THE COMMISARY AND TO PICK
UP MY DAD'S PAY. MY DAD HENRY JUMP HIS TWO BROTHERS ALL WORKED AT THE MINE. WHEN IT SHUT DOWN WE MOVED TO
MILSTADT IL AND THEN TO TAYLORVILLE IL WHER MY DAD LIVED UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1982. DOESN'T SEEM THAT LONG AGO
BUT IT SURELY WAS. ENJOYED YOUR SITE AND HOPE TO SEE MORE IN THE FUTURE.


Name:

Watha Noe Roark

E_Mail:

deweyroark@fuse.net

Location_where_you_live:

Cincinnati, Ohio

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Date:

12 Feb 2006

Time:

20:04:34

Comments

Trent and ancil-thank's so much for the web site and the effort that you have put into it. And also thanks for posting mine and Naomi's pictures.
I have lots of great memories of Blackstar and i'm sure there are lots of great memories either in text or pictures that everone would love to see. plese share!!
 all e-mails are welcome.


Name:

Kathy Roark Hoskins

E_Mail:

fmkahoskins@gmail.com

Location_where_you_live:

Middlesboro, KY

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Date:

15 Feb 2006

Time:

19:32:44

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This is like going back in time. I feel that if I close my eyes tight enough I could see the camp houses and the circle and my dear home of the eagles,
Black Star school. Oh, just to smell Mrs. Pauline Warfield's gingerbread and stand in the theater or the gym and recite the pledge of allegiance to the
flag and sing 'How Great Thou Art'. That was the best community and the best of times.


Name:

Brenda (Scott) Myers

E_Mail:

lmyers863@earthlink.net

Location_where_you_live:

Corbin KY & Lake Placid FL

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Date:

16 Feb 2006

Time:

15:49:44

Comments

Looks great. I'll pass it on. I already see a lot of family & friends on your list. Thank You for sharing with us. Brenda Myers


Name:

nathanael howard

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Location_where_you_live:

pathfork

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Date:

20 Feb 2006

Time:

19:00:31

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nathanael howard

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Location_where_you_live:

pathfork

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Date:

20 Feb 2006

Time:

19:46:15

Comments

Hello everyone I was born here 55 yrs. ago. It still is good in Blackstar.


Name:

Melissa Singleton

E_Mail:

msingleton@rockcastle.k12.ky.us

Location_where_you_live:

Mt. Vernon, Ky

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Date:

23 Feb 2006

Time:

06:39:15

Comments

What a wonderful website. I have some students working on a documentary for National History Day and would love to find some folks who would be willing
to share their stories of coal mine strikes during the 1930's. Keep up the hard work


Name:

nathaniel & phyllis simpson

E_Mail:

nsimp2580@netzero.net

Location_where_you_live:

Burlington, Ky

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Date:

25 Feb 2006

Time:

20:03:36

Comments

We have visited this web site many times and have enjoyed it each time. Our children also enjoy seeing the place where we grew up. Thanks!


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Date:

25 Feb 2006

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20:04:16

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Name:

Vanessa Jean Kimble(Craig)

E_Mail:

porcrunch@aol.com

Location_where_you_live:

Owensboro Ky

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Date:

26 Feb 2006

Time:

12:41:07

Comments

Nice web site. Saw some pictures of my father Ed Craig Jr.(junior)and my grandparents Bill and Hazel Lidster. Thank you I did have some of those pictures.


Name:

Clinton Cornelius

E_Mail:

hcorneli@columbus.rr.com

Location_where_you_live:

Zanesville, Ohio

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Date:

03 Mar 2006

Time:

11:11:50

Comments

excellent site. Looks like you've put a lot of time and effort into this, thank you so much for the memories.


Name:

Helen (Roe) & David McPherson

E_Mail:

damcph@comcast.net

Location_where_you_live:

Temple Hills Md.

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Date:

04 Mar 2006

Time:

10:01:31

Comments

Helen lived with her parents in Black Star and left for work in Washington D.C. in 1956. We made several trips back until the mine closed and her parents moved away. This site has brought back a lot of fond memories for both of us.


Name:

Markley Hooker byrd

E_Mail:

markleyb@yahoo.com

Location_where_you_live:

McDonough, GA

Remote User:

Date:

05 Mar 2006

Time:

09:51:08

Comments

This website is wonderful. Thanks to all of you.


Name:

Clifford Roark

E_Mail:

deweyroark@fuse.net

Location_where_you_live:

Cincinnati, Ohio

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Date:

05 Mar 2006

Time:

11:23:54

Comments

I did't graduate from blackstar, butI married a Girl that did, Watha Noe,I had lots of uncles, cousins AND PEOPLE THAT I KNEW that worked there. Phillip Stewart,Jim, Bill, [called stumpy]Willie Daniels, James Daniels, Phillip Daniels, Jasper SCOTT.could go on with lots more.My dad was Otis Roark, his dad was J.c. Roark, his dad was James Roark, his dad was William Roark iv'e went back to the early eighteen hundreds starting in North Carolina. My grandpa J.C. was married to Judy Tipton [my grandmother], his father jAMES was married to Emily Stepp [they were my great grandfather and great grandmother]. I would like to have a copy of any pictures that anyone might have. Also,in the comment section above that Reva carter Hicks sent in Her grandmother is also Judy Tipton.Thanks so much, I never new any of my Stepp relation.And very little of my Tipton relation.If you are confused I was named for my uncle Dewey Carter,which was my grandma Judy's son but Iv'e been called Clifford by family and friends all my life,except at work or where business is concerned, thats why the e-mail is deweyroark.Myself along with Watha,and Naomi have some more pictures that we are getting together.Iv'e refered this sight to lots of people here in Cicinnati and they were all very appreciative of the work that has gone into this site as I am. Thanks again Trent, and Ancil. Clifford Roark


Name:

James C. Burns

E_Mail:

jburns8483@aol.com

Location_where_you_live:

Burlington, KY 41005

Remote User:

Date:

05 Mar 2006

Time:

15:29:07

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The web-site is great. Brings back a lot memories. Keep up the good work. Jim


Name:

Finley Potter

E_Mail:

chuck.potter@cnz.com

Location_where_you_live:

West Harrison, In

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Date:

07 Mar 2006

Time:

09:13:13

Comments

Good to see the pics of our old BlackStar "family". I especially enjoyed seeing some of our teachers. Thanks, Trent and Ancil


Name:

William Conley Brown

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Location_where_you_live:

Harlan, Ky

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Date:

08 Mar 2006

Time:

10:36:28

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Name:

Goldie Taylor Barton

E_Mail:

grtbarton1@yahoo.com

Location_where_you_live:

Barbourville

Remote User:

Date:

08 Mar 2006

Time:

14:51:38

Comments

love it!!!!!!!


Name:

Roy Damon Grant

E_Mail:

BaldEagle77@sbcglobal.net

Location_where_you_live:

Toledo, Ohio

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Date:

09 Mar 2006

Time:

22:06:21

Comments

Born in Lee's Fork--1934. Moved to Toledo in 1943. Father-Roy Grant. Mother--Zelpha E (Wright) Grant. Brother born in Bare Tree Holler 1940. Wonderful memories rekindled. Excellent site. Thanks.


Name:

SHARON (johnson) HOSKINS

E_Mail:

SKHOSKINS40@fuze.net

Location_where_you_live:

BETHEL, OHIO

Remote User:

Date:

10 Mar 2006

Time:

19:34:40

Comments

GREAT SITE AND WONDERFUL MEMORIES. THANKS


Name:

louise cornett

E_Mail:

lucor5500@bellsouth.net

Location_where_you_live:

louisville,ky

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Date:

11 Mar 2006

Time:

17:53:09

Comments

great site,enjoyed all the photos.


Name:

Eva Sue Moore Masterson

E_Mail:

eva.masterson@skofirm.com

Location_where_you_live:

Lexington, Kentucky

Remote User:

Date:

15 Mar 2006

Time:

13:59:59

Comments

My dad, David L. Moore, worked at Black Star Mines for many years. We lived in Black Star from 1962 to 1967 and I went to school there and the little pentecostal church by the railroad tracks. Those are precious memories I close my eyes and see today. We moved to Michigan in 1967 so Daddy could get work to support us. They moved back home in the 1980's after they retired and I moved to Lexington area in 1998. I remember all the stories Daddy used to tell and the people he would remember and they will live on. You have done a great job with this project and we may be able to send some pictures to post as well. Anyone from that time period can e-mail me if they want or to contact my Dad. He was born on Black Star Mountain. His parents were Rankie and Bertha Moore who later moved off the mountain to Martin's Fork. Related to the Daniels in that area.


Name:

Judy Cornelius Slone

E_Mail:

jslone@newport.k12.ky.us

Location_where_you_live:

Fort Thomas, Kentucky

Remote User:

Date:

17 Mar 2006

Time:

05:57:13

Comments

I love the site. I check it weekly. Keep up the good work.


Name:

Eric Moore

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Location_where_you_live:

Pineville, Ky

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Date:

17 Mar 2006

Time:

14:42:13

Comments

This was an awesome look at the way things used to be. To go there now and drive on the dirt roads its impossible to believe a town used to exist there. Eric Moore - Grandson of Levi and Ollie Moore - Pathfork KY


Name:

Jerry Kindred

E_Mail:

jkindred@mikrotec.com

Location_where_you_live:

London, KY

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Date:

20 Mar 2006

Time:

18:31:12

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This poem by Evangelist Billy Joe Terrell,is the Black Star we all remember. Memories of Home Up Puckins Creek about nine miles I have seen many smiles It really isnít very far To a place called Black Star Nestled in a valley between three mountains of green That were beautiful sights to be seen Those joyful places where I have trod Were so wonderfully made by God When I cross Ball Diamond Hill My eyes begin to fill With sights of my boyhood long ago The football field, the Holiness church, and the creek That I watched flow Next I see the school where I started learning And I remember many a backside burning The houses were in rows side by side And that valley wasnít very wide The railroad and creek beside the road Led to the commissary where I carried many a grocery load The restaurant, the doctorís office, and the Baptist church And I remember the birds in the trees singing from their perch Some lived in hollows with a picturesque name From Little Field, Sawmill, and Beartree they came School House Hollow was a place I often went Many a hot day in the swimming hole was spent. Time stops for no one they say And we canít call back yesterday But memories of home will not pass away Fixed firmly in the mind they stay Now one final word I leave with you Remember God walked in that valley too He healed bodies and saved many a soul And a home in Heaven became our goal. By Evangelist Billy Joe Terrell


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22 Mar 2006

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03:06:37

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Name:

J. Sharon Terrell Conover

E_Mail:

johnnie.conover@hamilton-co.org

Location_where_you_live:

Burlington, KY

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Date:

22 Mar 2006

Time:

11:45:14

Comments

Thank you so much for walking me down memory lane. I spent much of the day smiling and thinking back. Daughter of John and Doris Terrell. Brothers were Jim, Ronnie,& Kenny, sister Phyllis. Got to see my uncle woodrow's picture as well. Thanks again so much. Sharon.


Name:

Billie Jean Kelley

E_Mail:

kelley0872@sbcglobal.net

Location_where_you_live:

Noblesville, In

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Date:

23 Mar 2006

Time:

19:15:49

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This site is great. I left Black Star in 1957 so I don't have a clear memory of later years but I wish I could have raised my children there. I had fun growing up without the fear parents have today. I have lots of pictures of the early mines. My grand father was Ernest Hughes and father and Mother was Bill and Selma Kelley.


Name:

Tom Edens

E_Mail:

edensrd@insightbb.com

Location_where_you_live:

Noblesville, Ind

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Date:

24 Mar 2006

Time:

10:09:39

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This is very good. It brought back a lot of good memorys. every body take care


Name:

LOIS M. Saylor Greninger

E_Mail:

kd9ym@verizon.net

Location_where_you_live:

Payne, Ohio

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Date:

27 Mar 2006

Time:

15:31:11

Comments

Enjoyed the pictures and the memeiors, reconizeed alot of the names but left Pathfork 56 years ago ...I'm the daughter of Arthur and Mary Saylor, and have two brothers that attended blackstar school, Lennis and Leman Saylor....We moved away in june of 1951....


Name:

Charles Davis

E_Mail:

cddavis@hotmail.com

Location_where_you_live:

Tulsa, OK

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Date:

27 Mar 2006

Time:

18:14:43

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You guys have created a wonderful site. May many blessings be upon you for your time and effort. I had relatives that lived at Black Star. Fantastic to see all of this. I will return many times. It will take a long time to see everything. I will contact some family that will love this.



Name:

Sheila (Hensley) Hassani

E_Mail:

sheilahensley1117@yahoo.com

Location_where_you_live:

Cincinnati, Ohio

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Date:

29 Mar 2006

Time:

06:49:29

Comments

Oh the memories!!!! I seen pictures on this website that I never thought I would ever see again. Blackstar was my home for eight years. This was somewhere between late 60's to mid 70's. My parents are Lawrence and Kathy Hensley. I attended first grade at the Blackstar Elementary and Pauline Warfield was my teacher. I have fond memories of her. She was a wonderful person and teacher!! We lived in one of the "old" camp houses next to Doc Hodges. (My aunt Erma married Joe Hodges) Keep this site going and look for pictures of my family and our Blackstar memories to be added. Thanks so much!


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Bobbie Tipton Scott

E_Mail:

bjscott48@wmconnect.com

Location_where_you_live:

Rosebud, Texas

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Date:

29 Mar 2006

Time:

14:01:04

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Trent, I visit your site periodically, and love it. I remember as a little girl coning to visit my great grandmother, Mary Belle Tipton, and how I loved to run all over the place exploring. 2 years ago, my husband brought me to Alva to find my Dad's grave, and we foung Carl and Juiwana Tipton, and she gave me this address. I have so many memories of Kentucky, and thank you so much for this site, to keep my memories alive. Bobbie


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Jerry Lane

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jlcflane@aol.com

Location_where_you_live:

Wilmington, Ohio

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31 Mar 2006

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18:19:12

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Winston Mitchell

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sid46426@yahoo.com

Location_where_you_live:

Macon, Georgia

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04 Apr 2006

Time:

19:04:10

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Wow, I never seen a site with this many good photos of coal camp life. I enjoyed and plan on returning many times. Good work. I had heard many tales from family of the coal camp life and how it was special in so many ways. I enjoyed the articles too. I haven't read them all, but plan on doing so. The yearbook is interesting.


Name:

Elizabeth Taylor Elswick

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elswick15@yahoo.com

Location_where_you_live:

Richmond, KY

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Date:

07 Apr 2006

Time:

19:59:46

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I have enjoyed this site so much. My dad was D C Taylor. He had so many fond memories of his coaching & teaching days - I think they were probably the happiest of his years in education. The pictures that include him are true treasures for me - he would have loved this site and all the history & pictures. Keep up the good work. Thanks so much.


Name:

Paul D. Barton

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paul.deanB@worldnet.att.net

Location_where_you_live:

Melbourne, Florida

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Date:

08 Apr 2006

Time:

15:10:05

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This page is just fabuleous....I visit it a lot to reflect on memories of my days growing up in Alva, KY. Although we might have been poor in material things we were certainly rich in ways others, who didn't live there,will never understand.


Name:

earl hall

E_Mail:

rande116@aol.com

Location_where_you_live:

Indiana

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Date:

14 Apr 2006

Time:

14:23:13

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Good to hear from the hills lived in alva from 1941 to 1953 father worked in kellieoke mines his name was thomas hall he died 1981 blacklung and heart my mother was floy (trosper)hall sisters of mine jackie faye and jo ann hall dont have any pictures from there sure glad to see some old friends on your web site we lived in center of camp next door to owen elliot family and tom elliot family cale brock family mitch handshell family


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Kimberly Napier Russo

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Plympton M

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17 Apr 2006

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18:23:43

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Barbara Napier

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napierb@irvineonline.net

Location_where_you_live:

Irvine, ky 40336

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Date:

17 Apr 2006

Time:

18:25:08

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My mother, Fauvetta Carter was an honorable sophomore. Thank you for this lovely tribute.


Name:

Kimberly Napier Russo

E_Mail:

kimberly russo2@msn.com

Location_where_you_live:

Plympton MA

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17 Apr 2006

Time:

18:27:28

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My Mother Fauvetta Carter, Was a sophmore in this yearbook. Thank you so much for putting this on the net. Can't wait for mom to see it.


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Brenda Terry

E_Mail:

bterry@irvineonline.net

Location_where_you_live:

Irvine, Kentucky 40336

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Date:

18 Apr 2006

Time:

08:03:16

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A friend sent me to your site as "interesting". While perusing the pictures, Lo and Behold! There was my mom, Fauvetta Carter! She is 84 and a beautiful lady, but to see her as a teenager blew me away! Thank you so much for providing this resource to us. Mom may be interested in talking to others who were in school at BlackStar in 1937. Thanks again! B Terry


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DONNA GAIL (HENSLEY) BAUMGARTEL

E_Mail:

donaldlb@earthlink.net

Location_where_you_live:

HERNANDO, FLORIDA

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Date:

21 Apr 2006

Time:

06:29:27

Comments

I LOVE THE NEW PICTURES. THANKS SO VERY MUCH FOR THIS WEB SITE.


Name:

earl hall

E_Mail:

rande116@aol.com

Location_where_you_live:

huntingburg,indiana

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Date:

23 Apr 2006

Time:

12:45:26

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back again love the memories


Name:

patricia and cotton lamb

E_Mail:

kycoalgirl@yahoo.com

Location_where_you_live:

blackstar

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23 Apr 2006

Time:

14:48:10

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was on kin lockart site and found all these beautiful photoes of black star have lived there for all most thirty years and would not live there no were else


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25 Apr 2006

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13:05:25

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What a wonderful site to visit! I was raised in Pathfork and went to school at Black Star. My family is all still there or in the surrounding area. The best times of my life were spent there. I no longer live in the area, but visit my family every chance I get. I heart belongs to Black Star and this site filled my heart with joy. I hope folks continue to add to this site so everyone can enjoy it like I did. It's a pleasure to re-live the good ole days.


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25 Apr 2006

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13:08:58

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What a wonderful site to visit! I was raised in Pathfork and went to school at Black Star. My family is all still there or in the surrounding area. The best times of my life were spent there. I no longer live in the area, but visit my family every chance I get. My heart belongs to Black Star and this site filled my heart with joy. I hope folks continue to add to this site so everyone can enjoy it like I did. It's a pleasure to re-live the good ole days.


Name:

Eva Masterson (Moore)

E_Mail:

eva.masterson@skofirm.com

Location_where_you_live:

Lexington, Kentucky

Remote User:

Date:

26 Apr 2006

Time:

14:43:34

Comments

Who was the last person who entered a comment on this site? I am always looking for someone I might have gone to school with between 1963 and 1966. My dad is David L. Moore and we lived in Black Star next to Mr. Hubbard and by Larry Smith.