At #2 and the foreman was Carl Mercer.
From there I went to #7. The last place I worked was up at the tipple at Dunham.
I started under Coach Womack. I don't know if that was 36 or 37. I can remember Junior Hastings, Albert Morgan, Chet Mullins, Ticco, Delmer Hibbits. I played about 5 years.
Well, we would win our part of them. We played at Paintsville, Van Lear, Pikeville, Fleming-Neon and we used to go to play a lot in Virginia — Norton, Big Stone Gap, Coeburn.
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1940, the coach was Coach Miracle. He was from over around Evarts.
Yes, I played basketball, tried a little of it all. We won the district one year in basketball, 1939. The coach was Lauder.
Oh, now we pick them up and haul them around here and there, and we used to have to walk.
It was the same field, but it was a lot different. It used to have big rocks sticking up and gullies washing down through it.
I remember this one game. I believe the boy was from McRoberts, was sent down to drain the field one night after a rain, and it hadn't rained the next day and we came back in and the water was knee deep, and we had a pretty rough time. We beat them 6 to 0. I believe Albert Morgan was the one who scored. One thing that stands out in my mind was I was knocked out one night in Paintsville and didn't know a thing until I got back home.
When I was going to school here, we had a lot of pot-bellied stoves and that has all been changed. In sports it seems to be at the present time that the boys don't turn out like they used to. We used to work here on Saturday and Sunday and have just as rough a ballgame, seems to me, like they did when they had their uniforms on. Our uniforms then — we had shoulder pads and knee pads, but a lot of us didn't use them. We never did have mouth pieces.
He was what you call a quarterback now.
I believe the principal at that time was a fellow by the name of Price. I can remember Roger Wilson as a teacher. I went to G‑14Burdine Grade School. Lafferty was down there and there was also a Mrs. Adams.
It was behind the old depot. We had a boxing match about every two weeks there and they really filled that hillside. It was outdoors. They brought in practically all the fighters and me and Goff fought there some. I think me and Goff fought about everybody they brought in.
That's right. They would have about 500 people attending these. I believe they charged a dollar and you also got a chance on a car. They gave away a car every time they had a fight.
No, we had doctors there and they would examine you all during the fight.
I remember the Lonesome Pine League. You had men like Earl Webb, Claude Creech and Ivan Brush. They went from there to this organized league, or D ball, which ruined baseball in Jenkins, the way I look at it.a
Oh, they had one of the best baseball teams. Well, they could have played in the majors. I'd say they had four or five boys that had already been in the majors and come back. Earl Webb, I reckon, holds a 2‑base record right now with the Detroit Tigers. Ray Russell played with them. In my opinion, Ray was one of the best outfielders that has ever been in Jenkins. He was a long ball hitter. I've seen him hit a home run in a big poplar tree when they got in the Class D league.
We had a few from around here. Ivan Brush played with them and Lee Peterson. About that time they started improving the field. They had an old grandstand that fell down about half the time you got in it.
G‑15 It didn't used to be split up like it is now. Jenkins, Burdine, Dunham and McRoberts. We really used to have some ball players. I remember, I guess the toughest game they had would be Burdine and McRoberts. Then they got to this, I guess you might say, more organized and split the teams up, threw all the names in the hat and bid them off, just like the major leagues did. A boy from McRoberts might be on the Burdine team, they called them the Braves. They didn't have a special town because we thought that would cut down on the feelings between places. We went to the state twice. Here once we went to Ashland.
Eddie Elswick was a real ball player. Frank Hodges played ball from here. He was a real player and he was a pitcher. He played some in the Lonesome Pine League. It was just about to go out at that time.
There were a lot in Virginia — Big Stone, Norton, Appalachia.
I remember about punting. He was one of the greatest punters I ever seen. I remember one time in particular he was about to punt and fumbled the ball and they were rushing pretty hard and got a little bit of moving room, and he kicked one about 90 yards. He could have gone anywhere in the country. He wanted to go to U. K. or Tennessee. All of them was after him.
You had to drop the ball in front of you and it had to hit the ground about the same time your foot hit it.
All of them had what they called a recreational building and we used to have a theater upstairs and a big dance every Saturday night and the town used to be wet back then. It used to be a lively little place.
Oh man, I guess they had a law enforcement of 10 or 15 policemen here in town. They had a little paddy wagon. Hauled them in every Saturday night and maybe two or three would go in and let off a pistol a time or two in the middle of the floor and then take off running. It wasn't too tough compared to other places.
Yes, they did. They also used to have a shop at every little mine, but this center shop didn't come into effect until after we started tearing down all these other tipples and they moved into one central shop.
Well, I remember when I was working at that tipple one time, I guess we had 45 or 50 men on a shift. They got it down to 10 or 12 now operating a shift.
Well, I don't know. I've heard this place is going to die for the last thirty years, and it still seems like a pretty good place to live. If this road comes in here like they said, 19 and 23, I think this place will open up — see a motel or two spring up and some more businesses.
Well, my oldest daughter lives here in town. Annie married Tommy Brush and my next daughter is in Frankfort. She is a beautician and she has two boys. Annie has two girls. My oldest boy, Oakie, Jr., married Sandra Mabe and lives in Lexington. They have a son. Oakie, Jr. is on the police force and is still going to school at Eastern. I have one at home, William Conley (Willie).
My dad is Conley Greer. He's 73. My mother is dead.
Oh boy, they used to be something here in this town. Climb greasy poles, chase pigs, people come from these mountains and hollows all around here. You wouldn't think they was that many people around — just all day long, boxing matches, races, anything!
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