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Hazard Kentucky, 1942
by Jo Neace Krause

In 1942 in Hazard, Kentucky, the women who wrote to soldiers met the evening train looking for letters.

They stood just right, watching the crashing wheels appear in the sucking back drafts of in-rushing air that lifted and fluttered their clean washed hair that fingered it up from each white neck and nape and spread it out like silky crepe.

The women who came down to the depot wore slim skirts and sweaters, wore lockets and keepsake rings and other tiny golden things that flashed and flickered and flashed some more like all cruel glories in a war.

Sometimes it rained on the siding platform and alongside the slow churning black flanks of the engine, a coffin would be set down draped carefully in a flag Then the women who wanted letters all cried out for something better to this world that rolls they said like John the Baptist's bloody head.

So the rainy earth took a lover and ever so often it took another to hold beneath the ferny woodland cover of greening buds and leaves of gold to drop and twirl in winter's cold.

To twirl and swirl like clean washed hair of women in slim skirts and sweaters strolling out to mail their letters.


A poem recently published in The South Carolina Review, Clemson College, SC and dedicated to the author's aunt, Susie Watts, one of the ladies who waited for the train in Hazard, Kentucky

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World's Tallest Man
Robert Wadlow visits Hazard May 4, 1939. His height and weight: 8' 11",   491 lbs. Stayed at the Grand Hotel. Died 1940, age 22.

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Hazard Appalachian Bus Company
Bus parked near The Kozy Corner Tea Room and A & P. Hazard Drug seen extreme right. This particular bus traveled between Hazard and Sassafras in Knott county.

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Combs High School
Boys basketball team 1933
Players not identified.
Submitted by Paul Boggs

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Graduating Class of 1935
The HHS graduating seniors pose for group picture in caps and gowns Hazard Photo Co.

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Coal Carnival ca. 1937
Forerunner of the Black Gold Festival. Crowd scene in front of stage set-up on Main.
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photos: Clyde Bumgardner

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Parade and Float
Spectators watch a float pass during the 1937 Coal Carnival parade

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Hardburley Coal Camp
Date Unknown
Courtesy Peoples Bank and Trust

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Old Fire Station
Old Hazard fire station decorated for the 1937 Coal Carnival. City Hall also occupied this building at the time.
Courtesy John Fitzpatrick

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1937 Parade
Good shot of Main Street and downtown businesses

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Main Street 1937
Snapshot of street scene taken from a unique angle
photo: Clyde Bumgardner

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Newberrys & Co. 1930s
Early photograph of  this five and dime which was a staple of downtown for many years.

photo: Clyde Bumgardner

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Allias Ball Park 1938
Hazard (in striped pants) vs. Corbin

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Taxi Drivers' Lunch
Cab drivers taking a break beside Hazard Lunch (later, Kentucky Inn) on 1930s Main Street.
photo: Clyde Bumgardner

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Perry County Sheriff
Filmore McIntosh stands beside his champion yoke of oxen and his Studebaker covered wagon in route to California as publicity stunt - 1938. Made it as far as Ohio or Indiana.  

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Collecting Tires and Rubber 1942 Photo of rubber drive in front of Virginia Theatre for the war effort. "Sergeant York" starring Gary Cooper is playing. Another View Scrap Metal Drive.
photo: L. O. Davis courtesy Bobby Davis Museum & Park

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Buy War Bonds
Another shot of citizens gathering scrap iron and rubber during the war. A large sign for the Gloria Shop can be seen on the left while a WWII-era billboard is seen on the right.
List of Perry countians who lost their lives

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