Yes. The upper houses, they never built them until 1927.
No, when we moved back we moved to the head of Chopping Branch. We lived there from October until June; then we moved down to nearly the mouth of Chopping Branch, in a little four-room single house. Then we moved back in Chopping Branch to a two‑story house. We stayed there about two years. Then the mines closed down. We moved to Smoky Row and lived there five years. When they started McRoberts back up, they transferred my husband back to McRoberts. We swapped houses with a man and moved up on the hill there what they call Band Mill Hill in a single house.
Yes, the saw mill was sawing the lumber that built the lower row of houses in Band Mill Bottom. It was located the third house from where you lived there in the lower houses. They built them in 1918.
We lived in that one house ten years. Then we moved down in the bottom there. Bill Toth used to live there. They went to Ohio and he wasn't gone out there very long until his wife died. I don't know if he is living or not.
Oh, yes! We had one right in front of the monument. That's the only pastime the young people had. They had a show house, they had a restaurant that sold cold drinks, ice cream and candy. They had a barber shop in it.
No, they were all born in Magoffin County.
Dr. Perry come and stayed a long time, before they brought him to Jenkins. There was a Dr. Fielden and Dr. McReynolds.
In that big building where the union hall was, downstairs.
They cut it through the office. They took so much a month for doctor bills.
Oh, yes, we had lots of peddlers come in from Long Fork, Beefhide and from Virginia. They peddled just about anything. That's the only way we could get any milk would be off peddlers. I believe it was Mrs. Yonts that said they was a company farm at the head of McRoberts.
Yes, but I never knew him when he peddled. I knew him when he had a store.
Oh, they had bedspreads, table linens, curtains, just different things to sell. I have traded with them.
Frank Brown that lived there below Yonts — somebody was telling me yesterday that he was the first baby that was born in McRoberts.
They didn't have any concrete then. They just had boards on each side. You walked in the middle on the dirt. The roads were just mud and dirt. The train came up in front and the road was behind, across the street.
Oh yes, every house was full and the boarding houses were full. Private houses were keeping boarders. They had a big hotel down there that burned down. It was right in front of the big store.
Yes, Mrs. Stump. They took her to Jenkins from here and then I think she went to Van Lear.
Oh, I have drawed script. I wish I had all the script in money that I have drawed out of that office down there. The office that you draw script was in the store. Then they moved it to the building when I was telling you the doctor's office and everything was. The company wrote the script out. They first got books of script paper. That was the first they got. Then they quit that and went to giving us dollars and had change just like silver; quarters, nickels, dimes, pennies. Roy Mullins, I wish I had all the script he had handed to me out that window. He was the script writer.
Well, Doc Blevins, Pat Blevins and Old Man Skines. He was a policeman there — Jim Skines.
Yes, Wallace Gibson and his family moved from Cannel City and Jimmy Harlow and his family moved from Cannel City and there was another family that moved, but I can't think of the man's name. There were three families that I know came from Cannel City and they all settled down there and that's why they named it Cannel City Row.
Yes, a man named Tom Biggs that give Tom Biggs its name — Band Mill Hill and Band Mill Bottom got their names by that old band saw setting down there.
Yes, it sure was. That was the steam engine. Sometimes when it came up, it would just cover you with soot. People ran and grabbed their clothes off the line. A lot of times they would try to wash clothes before the train came.
No, I don't know. They would bring in transporters away from here. They would bring them in to load coal. Then you had to load coal by hand with a shovel. They would give the people a little house; a bed, a table, a stove and a chair and a couple of dollars if it was just a man and his wife. Them houses there that was built where I lived was built for two families and they wouldn't be but four little rooms in them.
Yes, they had baseball teams. Course I didn't go, but Lester would go, he and his dad. Minnie's daddy played ball over there, I think, Joe Davis.
Sometimes they did in the ball park. They would have fireworks that night. They would have stands with things to eat.
The first one I did. I saw several people that I had known. There was a lot of people there. That first superintendent that Warnie worked for was Lum Ervin.
John Daniels was one. The superintendent's home is where Carl Mercer lives now. E. P. Wolf, he was superintendent. He lived there. That was C. B.'s father.
He was there for several years. There was one morning, I never will forget — I noticed the light flicker and kept flickering and they was a man got electrocuted and that was what was wrong with the lights. They was lots killed. They didn't have no first aid. I reckon Junior when he was 8 years old, he started with first aid and he has been with it every year, only the three years he was in the navy. Now Warnie and Lester both have worked for the company here since they got up in age. Lester worked in Virginia a while and then he came back. Lester, he lives up at Dunham.
Three boys — Warnie and Lester and we lost one in the war in 1942. I didn't get out too much. I went to church and Sunday school. That was about the most places I went. Course I went to the store some time, then they got until they sent a clerk around to take your order. Didn't have to go to the store. They delivered it too. Long was one of the clerks that came around. He's dead now, Jess is. He took orders for a long time. He would come in on the porch and sit down and you would give him your order and then they would bring it the next day. It was really convenient. Frank Amburgy drove the truck that delivered the groceries. Each name would be on the boxes that they would deliver. And the company just took care of everything. They had dentists, doctors, groceries and anything you needed.
No, the doctors kept the medicine.
Yes, in 1918 and it hadn't been organized too long when we went there. It's the same building that it is now. They have done a little work to it in the basement, and they are going to build two new classrooms and two new bathrooms on to it.
Brother Roach. He was from Tennessee. He stayed there a right smart bit. He had three boys and one of them worked in the store. The other two went to school. They turned it into a community church a while, but it didn't last very long until they put it back to the Baptist Church.
Yes, Brother Craft. He left there. He was the last one before the one we have now. The present minister is Brother Griffith. He is from North or South Carolina one, and I couldn't say which. Bill Shade was the pastor over there for eight years. I believe we have around 200 members. We had about 137 in Sunday School the other Sunday.
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