Saturday, October 3, 2009

There are 3 groups of people that it is still OK to make fun of

1. hillbillies

2. blondes

3. fat people


actually the proper terminology is

1. Appalachian American

2. Pigmentally Challenged

3. Prepared for the next ice age!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My Favorite Picture

Deputy Farley on a horse. Note the badge on his chest and the shotgun slung across his lap with a couple of shells in the pocket. There is no saddle on that horse - just a blanket. That bridle has blinders on it. The kind of blinders that are used for plow horses. That must be a pretty big horse because Pepaw was 6'4".

Hurt in the Mines

Monday, September 28, 2009

30's Reunion

I was told this was a picture from a Farley Reunion in the 30's. I don't believe that is correct. Many of the girls in the back row are holding what are probably Bibles. I believe it is a Bible class for young people. I recognize my Aunt Edna as one of the 2 girls in the second row wearing white dresses (the one on the left).

I believe after looking at an enlarged version of the picture that the face of someone was scraped out of the picture deliberately. There is also an arrow pointing down to the belly of the plaid dress.

From family history stories I believe I know who the girl in the plaid dress is but this is one time I think I will keep my mouth shut in this blog. I will do this out of respect for someone I love who would be mortified if I told what I know.


Apparently picture 2 is what an "All Points Bulletin" looked like in the 40's. I don't think the newspaper article is related to the bulletin though.

Do you inherit your doodles?

I don't know who doodled this fish but I do know that I have done that same doodle more times in my life than I can count.

Pepaw's Chair

I used to feel like a princess in that chair. That is my sister, Rhonda with me and Pepaw. Pepaw is wearing a size 14 wedding ring on that finger my sister has her hand wrapped around.

We are both wearing our majorette boots which we loved to prance and march in. I can see pictures of my cousins Toni and Little Man behind me.

That picture of the farm at top is actually a jigsaw puzzle worked by my cousin, Billy. He used to work puzzles and glue them together and frame them and give them to the family. Billy is retarded. He can work a 1000 piece puzzle as quick as he can lay the pieces down. Me, I can't work a 30 piece puzzle in 6 months!

Great Grandma Saunders

This is my Granny Farley's mom. She didn't talk about her much. She was embarrassed about her. Apparently she was a loose woman who liked to hang around beer joints. I was also told she was half Cherokee Indian. But it seems to me everybody around here has a 1/2 Cherokee grandma, so I don't know about that one.

She died when Granny was 5 years old. She had 5 kids by 5 different men. Their names were Sherman, Thernie, Bernie, Anna and Edna.(not necessarily in order of their birth) Granny and Edna (ages 5 and 3) wandered around Southern West Virginia begging for a place to stay for their entire childhoods. This was during the depression. Granny always spoke about a black woman from Hart's Creek with great fondness. She kept them longer than anybody. Even though they had to work hard for their keep (gardening, cleaning, canning) the woman was good to them and that was not always the case with people they stayed with.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

An Experiment

I wanted a closer look at the woman in the picture in the background, so I enlarged it. The original picture was taken in the 30's or 40's. So the woman in the picture behind her is from around the turn of the century. Note the cut of her dress.

Scrap Book Page

1. whole scrap book page

2. Paul Farley Rotary Article - my great grandfather

3. Paul Farley Rotary Article with picture

4.Farm Purchased - Pepaw bought it off of one of Granny's relatives it looks like to me.

5.War Ration book ID certificate

6.Registration for WWII

7. Classification for WWII

8. classified 4F - could not go to war - probably due to mine cave in which crushed his foot and ankle. he was also in 2 other accidents in the coal mines. Yes that was typical back then - except for the fact that he lived through them all.

Kids beside of grave

1. Uncle Toby was my mom's great uncle. He took his morning constitutional every day. He used a cane. He was around 80 years old when he died.

2. children beside a grave (I don't know whose grave it is)

3. I tried to enlarge the picture on the grave in an effort to identify who it was. Looks like a woman to me.

I wonder...Is this the same person?

Mrs. Caldwell was Devil Anse Hatfield's Daughter. My mom used to stay with her every Saturday while her daughter went to the store. My Mom called her mamaw because she didn't know her own grandmother.

Bumper Sticker

I hope I find one of those dollar bills he had printed up for the election. I remember them from when I was a little kid. Half of it was a replica of money and the other half was an election poster. His picture was in place of the presidents picture. They were really neat.