Coal Camp Teens: Proud Creekers

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Author House, Feb 8, 2012 - Humor - 156 pages
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Join this, often humorous, walk down memory lane. Find out: Why an apple rolled down the Isle of the Putney church, If Ed got the point, Where Gobbler’s Knob is, Who cooked Steve’s duck, Where did Jody get that prize beagle, What was Jerry’s surprise, Why Emma’s play was canceled, How David got into such a tight situation, Why did Jesse James get kicked out of school, Who in the world is “Pampers,” Why did Raymond un-quit, How come Larry’s Lincoln was only a two speed, And who Sparky is. We survived, with some wonderful memories. This teenage stuff isn’t always easy, but it can be great fun.

Teenagers are a strange mixture of hormones, guts and uncertainty. Add in a healthy dose of orneriness, a lot of rock-and-roll, a dance step or two, a few likeminded friends and you’ll get trouble enough. If however, you throw in, a little coal dust, a swimming hole, a taste of Roy’s moonshine, a bunch of school skipping, some military service, red blue jeans, Judy’s bottle of Listerine, and a thick layer of snow and ice, then you have real West Virginia Coal Camp trouble. To say that we grew up poor is an understatement, but don’t forget, we grew up in a great country that afforded us luxuries and opportunities that make us seem very wealthy in the eyes of most of the world. For that I am very grateful.

“Coal Camp Teens” weren’t so different from other teens, or were they? The rich culture of the mines and the hills, blended together to fashion people who were especially strong. No one ever said that teenage years were easy. Sure there were fun times and memories that will be cherished for the rest of our lives. There were also lessons to be learned. Learning lessons is especially hard when you think you already know it all. There is nothing good about a paddling, unless you learn something from it. There is not much good that can be said about war, except when it is necessary to preserves our freedom. In much the same way, the trials and temptations that filled our teenage years are nothing to brag about, except that they made us what we are today. “Coal Camp Teens” explores the strange world of the teenager. In particular, the teenager growing up in the coal camps of Campbell’s Creek, West Virginia.

 

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Contents

In the Beginning
1
Midway Junior High Here We Come
5
A Teenager at Last
13
Eighth Grade Fun and Misery
21
Skipping School
23
Our Friend Beverly
25
Raymond Goes Courting Kinda
35
Dortha Names the Boyfriends
45
Dont Mess with My Man
109
Jesse James Get Kicked Out of School
111
Stephen Is the Cats Meow
113
Steve and Lucius Have a Blue Ribbon Day
115
The Cow and the Corn
117
Juniors Generosity
119
A Perfect Ten
121
Faster Than a Speeding Bullet
123

On Gobblers Knob
47
Good Looking Kids
73
Jody and Judy Bartley and Family
75
Emma and Friends
83
Larrys Sneaky Sister
89
In the Army Now Or Is It the Marines?
93
Getting a Tan
97
Daddy and His Siblings
101
Too Much Listerine
105
A Boy Named Rudy
107
Stephens Rockin Horse
125
Not So Lucky Horse
127
Stephens Horse Visitor
129
I Am Shot
131
Sparky
133
The Spirit of the Mines
137
We Are Family
139
Special Thanks
141
Gods Plan
143
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Margie is a "Creeker." That is what the resdents of The "Campbell's Creek" area of Charleston, West Virginia call themselves. Her father Jesse was a coal miner. He was also an accomplished musician and a story teller. Margie has been blessed with those same talents. Who could be better qualified to tell the story of teenage years in the coal camps, than someone who suffered through them. "Coal Camp Teens" is the sequal to "Coal Camp Kids." It is only the second of several books she hopes to publish. She currently lives in South Carolina and misses "The Creek."

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