Pictured on the wagon left to right: Jim Pemberton, Velma Pemberton, Liz Pemberton,
Liz's sister visting from California, Martin Pemberton.

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

   Two large white horses pulling a wagon driven by Mr. Jim Pemberton were a common sight at Bon Jellico. They were used to deliver groceries from the 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 his affection 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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