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CHESTER

Cincinnati, OH

#1 May 5, 2009
I read they were going to make a movie of this. I was only 2 y/o then and don't remember much. From what I gather nobody wants to talk much about it.

Personaly, I think it's just exploiting a tradgedy and should not be done.

Opinions?
nunya

Chesterfield, MO

#2 May 5, 2009
not sure...what about 9/11, Pearl Harbor, all the other tragedies...ofcourse I wasnt directly involved in the bus wreck or the listed tragedies
CHESTER

Cincinnati, OH

#3 May 6, 2009
I'm against exploiting those too. Maybe there's a point when it's been so long ago, it's not so bad. I just hate see money being made off these things.
old wise man

Kinston, NC

#4 May 6, 2009
I don't know if it is exploting the families or not, I was only about 3 when the bus wrecked, but i went to school with alot of people who lost family members in it and they never talked about it. I know there was a memorial put at Jenny
Wiley lodge for them some years back and not many of the family went to it and said they wouldn't . I remember all the talk about how bad it was when this happened and I personally don't think a movie about it would serve any one around here. Now thats just my opinion and I'm not saying it's wrong or a bad idea. But most people around here that want to know anything about the bus wreck already know about it and want it to be a thing of the past.(like i said this is just my opinion)
CHESTER

Cincinnati, OH

#5 May 6, 2009
I've heard the same thing from relatives still living around there. My sister was the age of many of the children, but that was not her bus.

It was a tradgedy of literally "unspeakable" magnitude. The driver was related to me. The wreck was probably at least partly his fault but certainly an accident. And he was practically a kid too - only 27. A guard rail would probably have prevented the whole thing.

Maybe after everyone who remembers it is gone, would be a better time for a movie.
Tonya Darby-Combs

Humble, TX

#6 May 6, 2009
My family lost a lot in the buss wreck. My dad last a sister and 2 neices. I never hear anyone talking about the bus wreck really. It really brought harship over this area. Some families lost all of there children, as for me if I were in that situation I would not want a movie to remind me of this day or anything else. Living with the greif everyday would be hard enough.
CHESTER

Cincinnati, OH

#7 May 6, 2009
That's how I see it too. Maybe I'm a little overly sensitive about anyone exploiting "my" people, even though I moved away long ago.

If I'd have lost all my children in that wreck I guess I'd have dove in the river and drowned too.

My heart never left Floyd County. Dr. George Archer delivered me. Bert Combs was a personal friend of my Dad's. My kin are buried all over the place there, including Bullcreek.

In the past outsiders stripped the hills of lumber, the ground of coal, poluuted the Big Sandy, and yet many people are still poor. I don't know any family who hasn't lost a man in a coal mine.
yep

Beckley, WV

#8 May 6, 2009
CHESTER wrote:
That's how I see it too. Maybe I'm a little overly sensitive about anyone exploiting "my" people, even though I moved away long ago.
If I'd have lost all my children in that wreck I guess I'd have dove in the river and drowned too.
My heart never left Floyd County. Dr. George Archer delivered me. Bert Combs was a personal friend of my Dad's. My kin are buried all over the place there, including Bullcreek.
In the past outsiders stripped the hills of lumber, the ground of coal, poluuted the Big Sandy, and yet many people are still poor. I don't know any family who hasn't lost a man in a coal mine.
I have family in bullcreek too, I have also heard the same about the documentary I guess a lot of people take it different ways but it is one way to put the tragedy to rest and remember those lost I understand losing those you love , I wasn't even born at the time but know several familes who lost someone And I know it's still a fresh wound in many hearts people still talk about it if they talk about it then why not make a movie
AugustLady

Betsy Layne, KY

#9 May 8, 2009
well my family lived on Townbranch Most of my life my sister was suppost to be on that bus that morning so she knew all the kids and the bus driver that died that day, i'm not sure how i would handle something like that myself but as for a movie i'm not sure it would hurt anything after all these years but like i said i'm not sure how'd i'd handle it so who knows how the families would handle a movie being made there's alot of people to think about here..
CHESTER

Henderson, KY

#10 May 11, 2009
AugustLady wrote:
well my family lived on Townbranch Most of my life my sister was suppost to be on that bus that morning so she knew all the kids and the bus driver that died that day, i'm not sure how i would handle something like that myself but as for a movie i'm not sure it would hurt anything after all these years but like i said i'm not sure how'd i'd handle it so who knows how the families would handle a movie being made there's alot of people to think about here..
Did you know my ma-maw and pa-paw - Josephine and Alex Hall? Carlos and Mae? Babe? Tommy Hicks is my "half" uncle. Tommy's only one still living. And Pete, who's now in the nursing home.

My real name ain't nothing like "chester".
old wise man

Kinston, NC

#11 May 11, 2009
i know them well i go visit pete about every week in the nursing home. even saw manderville the other day
knew mae and carlos and don about all my life. went to babes funeral in nov.
CHESTER

Cincinnati, OH

#12 May 12, 2009
old wise man wrote:
i know them well i go visit pete about every week in the nursing home. even saw manderville the other day
knew mae and carlos and don about all my life. went to babes funeral in nov.
Thank you very, very much for going to see Pete. I am their nephew (him and Manderville), Joe's son. I hate that I haven't been up to see Pete. I didn't make Babe's funeral either. I'm in N.Ky and just couldn't make such a long trip. We sent flowers. I have family up here and one of my kids is handicapped. I have many pix of Babe when he was a skinny kid. It breaks my heart the way the old house has fallen apart. If I were retired and had the money I'd fix it back.

I bet you know Delmas Saunders too. He's Dad's first cousin. I heard he was moving to an assisted living home in Lexington.

Went to Delmar Baldridge's funeral two weeks ago at Little Paint. Didn't have time to go any place else.

The next time I get up there I'm going to document the cemetary across from Pa's old place. Sam Bingham is buriend there. It was his father Joshua who first moved to P-berg. Joshua and his wife Mariah ane buried somewhere closer to the bridge but I don't know the location.
CHESTER

Cincinnati, OH

#13 May 12, 2009
Dad's best friend when they were kids was Sonny (Eugene?) Skutchfield. He got killed at Anzio Beach invading Italy. Dad also speaks of Cooley's.
CHESTER

Cincinnati, OH

#14 May 12, 2009
Slone's - another name from Town Branch.
old wise man

Kinston, NC

#15 May 12, 2009
CHESTER wrote:
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Thank you very, very much for going to see Pete. I am their nephew (him and Manderville), Joe's son. I hate that I haven't been up to see Pete. I didn't make Babe's funeral either. I'm in N.Ky and just couldn't make such a long trip. We sent flowers. I have family up here and one of my kids is handicapped. I have many pix of Babe when he was a skinny kid. It breaks my heart the way the old house has fallen apart. If I were retired and had the money I'd fix it back.
I bet you know Delmas Saunders too. He's Dad's first cousin. I heard he was moving to an assisted living home in Lexington.
Went to Delmar Baldridge's funeral two weeks ago at Little Paint. Didn't have time to go any place else.
The next time I get up there I'm going to document the cemetary across from Pa's old place. Sam Bingham is buriend there. It was his father Joshua who first moved to P-berg. Joshua and his wife Mariah ane buried somewhere closer to the bridge but I don't know the location.
I hope Delmas is getting along alright. I hadn't heard about him going to a home. I don't mind at all going to see Pete. He is fun to talk to. And by the way the ole house looks from the road i think its far past fixing. I think some Coolies are buried up there too and one of them i think cuts and cleans it most of the time....
yep

Beckley, WV

#16 May 12, 2009
CHESTER wrote:
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Did you know my ma-maw and pa-paw - Josephine and Alex Hall? Carlos and Mae? Babe? Tommy Hicks is my "half" uncle. Tommy's only one still living. And Pete, who's now in the nursing home.
My real name ain't nothing like "chester".
Carlos and Mae were my aunt and uncle Mae was my grandmothers sister
yep

Beckley, WV

#17 May 12, 2009
my grandmother {only including her initials} ABJ died last june her husband was an old reg baptist preacher { my grandfather}
old wise man

Kinston, NC

#18 May 12, 2009
yep wrote:
my grandmother {only including her initials} ABJ died last june her husband was an old reg baptist preacher { my grandfather}
angie belle
CHESTER

Cincinnati, OH

#19 May 13, 2009
yep wrote:
my grandmother {only including her initials} ABJ died last june her husband was an old reg baptist preacher { my grandfather}
So you're on the Tussey side. My sister is married to a Tussey in Madison County and his brother traced back a connection to Mae's people. Very distant of course.

Can't think of what "J" might be except Jarrell.

I remember an old regular Baptist preached who was Derossett. Preached at my Pa-Paw Alex's funeral.
CHESTER

Cincinnati, OH

#20 May 13, 2009
old wise man wrote:
<quoted text>I hope Delmas is getting along alright. I hadn't heard about him going to a home. I don't mind at all going to see Pete. He is fun to talk to. And by the way the ole house looks from the road i think its far past fixing. I think some Coolies are buried up there too and one of them i think cuts and cleans it most of the time....
I think it was Russell Rice (old man with a cane) who told me Delmas was moving, but I'm not for sure. That was at Delmar Baldridge's service at Little Paint. Delmar was my mother's cousin's husband.

It sure does make me feel good that somebody is visiting Pete. He was so scary looking I wasn't sure how many friends he had! I feel guilty but I'm a long ways off to come very often.

Yeah, the old place would take $100,000 to fix. Babe's widow, Sherlene, I guess owns that now. I suspected they might be going to widen the road and build some nicer homes along there. Now that the economy is in bad shape that might not be for a while.

I'm glad they replaced the bridge. That old one scared me to drive over. I was leery of it 30 years ago!

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