rick

Peapack, NJ

#1 Oct 6, 2009
wow how i miss fishing in that old pond...bet its gone by now..been 40 years...thanks ol pond for the memories.
merlinx

Tacoma, WA

#2 Oct 7, 2009
yep rick me too. used to take chickenliver's and catch catfish. bream would bite a bare shiny hook. or is that spelled brim? we must be about the same age. i fished there 40 years or so ago. i remember when they used to shoot skeet there and find a clay pidgeon every now and again.
rick

Bedminster, NJ

#3 Oct 7, 2009
merlin im ricky stewart. i went to barville city school. i lived on pine st. my teachers were miss pope/e.j.foley/miss singleton. my uncle lawrence owned stewart dry cleaners...aunt fannie owned a restaurant on the square many moons ago lol
lol

Barbourville, KY

#4 Oct 7, 2009
the pond is still there.
rick

Peapack, NJ

#5 Oct 7, 2009
lol wrote:
the pond is still there.
wow....cant believe its survived all these years..any fish still in it?
merlinx

Tacoma, WA

#6 Oct 8, 2009
Hey Rick, nice to meet you. I went to Knox Central. I have eaten T every resturant that was on the square at different time's. I ate at the one on the corner of Knox in front of the courthouse, I don't remember who owned it at the time. I can see their face but can't put a name to it. I want to say Sellers but not sure. I used to eat at the one that was down the alley and on the corner of the street where the Methodist church used to be. A lady owned it but I don't remember her name either. I used to know a lot of the kid's that went to city school as I went to the First Baptist Church when it was the old church, then it was torn down and the educational building was built behind it. It was open in the middle and we used to put the Christmas Tree out there, it was a huge tree. I belonged to the Boy Scout's, I knew Mike Treadwell, Danny Trosper, Susan Robbins just to name a couple. Went to school with Jimmy Reese, Brud Black, Patty Pope, Linda Mitchell, Cathy Cole. Oh the good old day's. Oh i know Carlton Foley too. We used to hang out on Sampson Hill where i lived. My name is Bobby Gray. I wouldn't put it on here because an ex-wife from 20 year's ago has been stalking me on here and anywhere else she can find me, but to hell with her. She is a true nut case, I think now she is using Bojingles as a name on here. As soo as she see's me on here she will pounce again, lol. Well been nice sharing with you Rick, the name is familiar. I remember Stewart Cleaner's and I think I know you. O. K. I'm outta here. My e mail is bobgray81@yahoo.com if you care to reminesce. Adios
messenger

Barbourville, KY

#7 Oct 9, 2009
merlinx wrote:
Hey Rick, nice to meet you. I went to Knox Central. I have eaten T every resturant that was on the square at different time's. I ate at the one on the corner of Knox in front of the courthouse, I don't remember who owned it at the time. I can see their face but can't put a name to it. I want to say Sellers but not sure. I used to eat at the one that was down the alley and on the corner of the street where the Methodist church used to be. A lady owned it but I don't remember her name either. I used to know a lot of the kid's that went to city school as I went to the First Baptist Church when it was the old church, then it was torn down and the educational building was built behind it. It was open in the middle and we used to put the Christmas Tree out there, it was a huge tree. I belonged to the Boy Scout's, I knew Mike Treadwell, Danny Trosper, Susan Robbins just to name a couple. Went to school with Jimmy Reese, Brud Black, Patty Pope, Linda Mitchell, Cathy Cole. Oh the good old day's. Oh i know Carlton Foley too. We used to hang out on Sampson Hill where i lived. My name is Bobby Gray. I wouldn't put it on here because an ex-wife from 20 year's ago has been stalking me on here and anywhere else she can find me, but to hell with her. She is a true nut case, I think now she is using Bojingles as a name on here. As soo as she see's me on here she will pounce again, lol. Well been nice sharing with you Rick, the name is familiar. I remember Stewart Cleaner's and I think I know you. O. K. I'm outta here. My e mail is bobgray81@yahoo.com if you care to reminesce. Adios
Hi, I clicked on this post just being nosey, I guess, lol, anyway Ihad forgotten about the clay pidgeons that they use to shoot at the Brickyard Pond. Thanks for the memories. Also, the restraunt on the corner in front of the courthouse was owned by Floyd Sowders who was the circuit cout clerk. They had great food. The other restraunt that you are talking about was called the Esquire Cafe, it was owned by Mrs. Pridemore. You mentioned the old First Baptist. I forgot where it was at. I love sharing old memories. It takes me back to the times when life a slower pace and people had respect for God, man and our country. Thanks!!
info

London, KY

#8 Oct 9, 2009
What ever happened to John and Danny Lock? I went to First Baptist Church with them for years.
merlinx

Tacoma, WA

#9 Oct 10, 2009
info wrote:
What ever happened to John and Danny Lock? I went to First Baptist Church with them for years.
Hey Info, I don't know what happened to a lot of people. I joined the Marine Corps in 71 and never returned to Barbourville (barvul) to live again. I lived in Fl. for 27 yrs.,then Tx. for a few, Or. for about 5 yrs. Now i live in Washington state. I have been reading some on here about a few folk's that i knew back when, but there is so much bs and hate that i don't need to read much to know that it isn't the nice little town i used to live in. What has happened to the people there? Is it just me or the new generation x? I remember John Lock, his mom was Wilbur Evans wife's sister. If that's who I'm thinking about. I knew the Evans family, Steve, Donna and Roger and of course their parent's. Wilbur was the one that tried to make sure i got started down the right path, I strayed a lot but never lost sight and am forever thankful for him being there more than my own family ever was. Well take it easy and duck when the shooting start's. Lol, just kidding, enjoy the Dan'l Boone Festival. I'm watching some of it on the cam's downtown. What'll they think of next? I miss the festival.
rick

Bedminster, NJ

#10 Oct 10, 2009
gday merlin. yea mate i moved to australia initially. stayed there almost 30 years. my aunt was fannie foley who ran a restaurant on the square. my e-mail is pouchpopper@yahoo.com. i knew jimmy reese/ina mitchell/patti pope/jackie goins/allen rowe/paul sizemore/rocky hubbs/and many more.
redbirdlane

Detroit, MI

#11 Apr 22, 2010


It's the new generation, whatever they call them today! I'm a babyboomer myself. I recall the better days there, even though I never lived there. My parents came from there and I use to visit on summer vacations. Part of the best times of my life!
Looking

Brodhead, KY

#12 Apr 22, 2010
lol wrote:
the pond is still there.
yep they stock it now..its a city park now but still some good fishing
sister

Manchester, KY

#13 Apr 22, 2010
rick wrote:
merlin im ricky stewart. i went to barville city school. i lived on pine st. my teachers were miss pope/e.j.foley/miss singleton. my uncle lawrence owned stewart dry cleaners...aunt fannie owned a restaurant on the square many moons ago lol
hey rick do you have a sister name alice stewart ? i ran around with and alice and carolyn and joyce my brother is leonard warren do you all remember any of these ? i went to barbourville city school to . i lived on allison ave .
Hummm

Manchester, KY

#14 Apr 23, 2010
rick wrote:
wow how i miss fishing in that old pond...bet its gone by now..been 40 years...thanks ol pond for the memories.
Reprint from the Advocate

“The Little Woods”
By Paul R. Mays

I took a drive through the Barbourville Water Park a few days ago and thought I would tell of the days when it was a far different world for a small boy. My father got a job on the Barbourville Police Department and had to move inside the city limits, this during a time when Heidrick seemed a much further place to me than it is today. We moved to a house on Allison Avenue and behind this new home was a patch of woods that all the kids called ‘The Little Woods’. It was a place to play and build a fort, a place to go to daydream and pretend.
Behind it was a series of ponds where, long before I was born, clay had been dug to make bricks for all the buildings in town. Around these ponds were patches of woods and grassy fields. In the center was a Clay Pidgeon shooting range with a small brick building built into the ground with just a foot of the top sticking out from it. From this would fly the Clays when gathering of town folks would have a shoot, which seemed to happen every other week.
I remember this as a magical place of warm days and places to excape. My friends and I would hike the trails around the ponds with slingshots made from a forked tree and a couple of strips of rubber cut from some old inner tube found laying about. We were great hunters stalking imagined game. One time we found the cut off roof of some old forgotten car and used it as a boat with paddles made from some old boards.
Today, as I look at the Water Park, I think back to the day when safety was not even considered. We had no gates, no fences, and no signs telling us that we could drown or sustain bodily injury. I go back in my mind, as I look for the spot where the Clay shoots were held, to the Fox .410 double barrel my dad gave me on my 9th birthday and how it felt as I waited for him to sling a clay from a hand held thrower. I think back to the day my oldest brother, Charles Jr., shot 99 out of a 100 clays during a shoot and won the day. He passed many years ago but I can still see the look of pride and happiness on his face as the old men congratulated him.
My hope is that in some far off future other kids will take a walk through the area that will by then more than likely be filled with homes and busy streets, and remember the days they rode the paddle boats and took a ride down the slides. I can only hope that all those smiling faces of today again smile when in some future time they remember as I have this very day.
redbirdlane

Detroit, MI

#15 Apr 28, 2010
I have read this article before here when I first got on topix. It was very moving and as I read it again, it is still very moving. I love to hear you tell of times long ago, times that were so much better then today. My dad has told me the name of the ponds many times, let's see if I can emember some: the big pond, steamshovel pond, long pond, I want to say square pond, but I'm lost from there. I remember being there as a child.
wonders

Kittanning, PA

#16 May 4, 2010
Im 27yrs old,i remember my dad telling that the brickyards ponds use to be a place were they made bricks,thats how it got its name,we use to fish there everyday and every night.My dad passed in 2003 and i go to the ponds eevry now and then and sometimes i take a rod and reel along.I have a 14mnth old son now and i want to share with him the fishin experience my dad shared with me at brickyard.I kno times arent wut they use to be but i guess we adjust to new levels in life just like in video games,things n the past will nvr b the same.I miss my dad so much but every time i go to brickyard it brings back some great memorys.i would love to see a picture of how the old brickyards use to be..Thanks for the storys everyone!
just me

Madisonville, KY

#17 Sep 29, 2010
no tht pond is still here
JellyBean

Dolton, IL

#18 Dec 10, 2012
Does anyone know anything about "Brickyard Pond" located in Warren Ohio? I hear all kinds of rumors but find no folklore of any kind anywhere in print. There was supposedly a factory on the land at one time that mysteriously disappeared. Also, I've heard tales of people going back in that area and never being seen again.

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