Monday, August 15

Trials & Tribulations

I can recall Fred Couch over Big Creek way. The first time that I really knew him was on a train ride up this valley from Lexington. Fred, I believe had his first operation. I enjoyed that trip along with his good wife. It was a night trip, as many of you recall the passenger trip by train was an ordeal. I really enjoyed this one. To me, Fred was the type of man that really loved and enjoyed his family, even his son in laws and daughter in laws.

I can recall Uncle Noah Couch. Many a good story I have heard come from him back in the days of trials and tribulations. I often wonder how many of us today could have traveled the trail that he did. It was a pleasure to have known men of his type, rugged to have been able to have taken the hardships that he must have encountered during his days on the river in all types of weather. From what I can learn, the men that manned the rafts down the Kentucky River toward Hazard, encountered everything from foul weather to storms, ice, high water and etc. 1958


  1. Roscoe, Uncle Noah let me ride shot gun on his old jolt wagon and I've heard many of his tales.

  2. Hi, Sorry this has nothing to do with your news, I live in Golden Valley, AZ. I am trying to find pictures of my mother in the 1957 from M.C. Napier high school, her name is Shirley Lou Smith she was from Hardburly ky. she had 6 brothers and sisters her parents names were shade and lorna smith but granny was known as larnie. My mother has passed on but I still would love to see what she looked like as a child. please email at thank you for your time