Horse and Wagon
“ Two beautiful white horses and the driver, Uncle Jim.
They were the finest horses in the whole world to him.
Huge, fat, white horses, decorated slick and trim.
George and Tom were their names and they loved Uncle Jim.”
From “Memories” by Earl Lovitt, 1984
white horses pulling a wagon driven by Mr. Jim Pemberton were a common
sight at Bon Jellico. They were used to deliver groceries from
commissary to the houses and to fetch items needed at the mines from Williamsburg.
Children were welcomed onto the wagon for a ride up Appletree Hill and
around the camp. Mr. Pemberton took wonderful care of the horses, and
for them was returned. When the mines closed in 1937, times were hard in
Southeast Kentucky. Mr. Taylor, the mine manager, was afraid that the horses
might be put into a situation where they would be mistreated. The horses
were old and tired. They were, therefore, shot and buried near the company
stable. Although most of the camp residents were not told beforehand about
the shooting and everyone was very sad about it, it was performed as a
gesture of kindness to the horses.
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