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Memories of My Grandfather-By Cynthia Long

Memories of My Grandfather-By Cynthia Long

This is a very good book about a boy’s life growing up. Getting married and leaving his wife and children behind to serve his country. Then moving his family North to find a job and opening up two grocery stores. Walking the Appalachian and Jenny Wiley Trails to excavating the body of former Abe Lincolns cabinet member Caleb Blood Smith only to find that Smith was not there.


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November 8, 2013 · 3:52 pm

Letters from WWII

Letters from WWII

One day a huge box of photo albums from my mother arrived and inside one of the albums was dozens of old letters, after I looked through them more closely I noticed that those very old letters were those that my grandfather sent to my grandmother during WWII. I did not know these existed, I was very happy to have them in my possession, I was delighted.

My mother found those letters when my grandparents moved into their last home. They were left as trash in a garage on a dirt floor in the early 1960’s. When my mother found them, she saved and kept those with her for years until she retired to Florida, then she sent them to me. I had requested my mother to mail me all the pictures in her home so I could put them on and save them forever.

Those WWII letters have been traveling around for many years; some came from South Carolina, where my grandfather, John Walker III had taken Basic Training. Many mailed from places my grandfather was stationed, England, Germany, France and Holland.

Those letters were fragile and some written on stationery that was very thin, stationery normally used for patterns, other stationery was as thick as construction paper. Some of the stationery was regular lines writing paper; stationery from Camp Croft or the Red Cross, there was also plain unlined paper and V-mail.

Some of the letters were curled and wrinkled so much that I had to iron many just so I could read them. Few of the letters were held together at the top with scotch tape, to keep all the pages together, and the tape was yellow as the telephone book called, “Yellow Book” it had stained the stationery. Those were not the only stains; it looked like there were other embedded stains from however long those letters had been sitting out there in the dank dark garage.

In spite of the fading and wear and tear and the fragility of the letters, I was still able to transcribe them. I did my best. I put them in order year by year , then month by month. The pages of the letters had been mixed up and it was my job to figure out which ones went where. I went through them and matched them up according to the similar paper, ink color, or pencil, (or folds, rips and tears that matched up in each piece of similar stationery, and style of writing).

I noticed the style of writing was different with a few of the letters. Some of the letters had darker ink, or I would notice the writing was sloppy, or that my grandfather had pressed down hard on some of the stationery when he was writing. I noticed that his neatest written stationery was the last one where he was coming home. It was one sheet with neat cursive writing.

My next step was to preserve the letters by scanning them individually by date and post them on my Grandfathers page at my account. When that was finished I had to do some re-adjusting to make sure I did cropping if necessary. Some of them I had to turn sideways and scan because the letters were larger.

So I did the letter in two parts by scanning the top and bottom half separate. I did manage to scan a few large ones instead of turning them sideways. That was a plus. After I scanned the letters in I transcribed each one and saved them on my Grandfather’s Ancestry site.

I contacted the library of Congress via E-mail after all my preservation had been completed. I asked them if they would take them and put them on the Veterans History Project that I created for my grandfather and they were interested. That late summer I packed them up and shipped them off by United Postal Service to their final destination on May of 2009.

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September 24, 2013 · 3:51 pm

Rev. Walker

Rev. Walker

My great grandfather, Rev. John Walker heard the “call” to preach at an early age and spent the remainder of his life being obedient to that experience. He had spent many years as an independent Baptist Preacher when he met and heard Rev. A.S. Petrey in 1897. That meeting changed the direction of John’s ministry. He and my great grandmother became charter members of the First Baptist Church of Hazard, Kentucky, a church associated with Southern Baptists. He was soon ordained as a Southern Baptist and for the next 40 years supported their cause.

Rev Walker continued to preach in the rural sections of the mountain counties, but his work mainly centered on Walkertown and second Creek. The Second Creek church, was organized in 1915. Out of this church came the Second Baptist Church of Hazard, located in Walkertown. Rev John Walker served both these churches until 1924 when he persuaded Rev. A.S. Petrey to take the pastorate of the Walkertown church. Though he officially resigned in 1931, John Walker continued to serve his people without remuneration until his death Jun 4, 1940


Rev. John Walker retires-This is the letter he wrote to his congregation

Allais Ky,

Sept 30, 1931. To the Second Creek Baptist church, having served you as pastor since the organization of this church in 1915 to Sept 5th, 1931. Except the short periods that Brother Lewis served and J.E. Moore, during this time I have helped you to build a church house, which we all should be proud of, Have built up the membership of this church more than once. have aided you financially at all time, have helped you to maintain and run a good Sunday School. As my health is such that I am unable to do pastoral work  as it should be done, I hereby resign the pastorate of this Church to take effect from date of this resignation as your retiring pastor. I hereby recommend Brother Billie Baker as your next pastor and hope you will take legal steps to elect him pastor. At an early date. May God bless you all  and build you up in the most holy faith. Your retiring pastor J.W. Walker.

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September 23, 2013 · 5:57 pm

Rev. John Walker

Rev. John Walker

Reverend Walker chose a spot high on a hill next to the spot where his grandparents, Judge John Walker (Who was the son of John Walker, (1789-1857) and Polly Devers (1796-1870)) and Elizabeth “Polly” Combs, ( who was the daughter of Jeremiah Combs 1780-1853) and Cynthia Sumner (1791-1840)) were buried and in the early 1920’s.  Anne Walker, Aunt of Rev. Walker turned the first shovel of dirt to build the original building. In 1924 A.S. Petrey was to take pastorate of Second Baptist church in order for Rev. John Walker to spend more time with his Second Creek Baptist Church. When the present day sanctuary, was erected, the name of the Second Baptist Church was change to Petrey memorial Baptist church.

Below is what is written at the Petrey Memorial Church about Rev. John Walker

In 1915, Rev. Walker organized the Second Creek Baptist church after he had been preaching there for over twenty years. In 1921 Rev. Walker, who had been holding church services in homes of the residents of Walkertown, organized the Second Baptist Church at a meeting he conducted under a large sycamore tree, near the spring which had belonged to his grandparents Judge John walker and “Polly ” Elizabeth Combs. Rev. Walker knew that it was the wish of his grandparents that a Baptist church be built on their lands. So, with some funds he ha secured from his Second Creek Church the building of the Second Baptist church was in the making.

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September 23, 2013 · 5:56 pm

Sneaky Foods – Fake choco mint shake

Sneaky Foods

1 T Agave
1 tray of ice cubes
1 T Cocoa powder
1 drop mint extract (pure)
1/2 cup sugar free chocolate Nesquik
Sprinkle cocoa nibs to garnish
About 2-4 cups plain brown rice milk
Mix in blender till well incorporated and enjoy!

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September 22, 2013 · 7:24 pm

My wonderful grandmother

My grandmother with her handmade quilt behind her. She not only loved to make jams, but she created the most beautiful quilts!

My grandmother with her handmade quilt behind her. She not only loved to make jams, but she created the most beautiful quilts!

My grandmother spent a lot of time making jellies and jams from her strawberries in her garden. There was nothing like her homemade jam on her homemade biscuits! The fresh taste of strawberry jam like she’d just picked them from the garden and the taste of her buttermilk biscuits hot out of the oven, lightly buttered when she cut them in half and jam spread on top. Oh, I can taste it now! Yummy!

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July 31, 2013 · 4:17 pm