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Jason Harmon: An unforgettable pilgrimmage to Putnam

"My grandmother is almost 80, and she was walking up and down the hills of Putnam like a school girl."

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During Memorial Day weekend (2007), my Grandma took me for a tour of where she grew up at the John Eli Burton Slew at the Very End of Fairview Road. Then we went to Putnam so she could see her grandma's grave.

I really got a chance to put the places that I have heard about to an exact location.

I will never forget this last trip.


My Grandma is almost 80 and she was walking up and down the hills of Putnam like a school girl. We got up close and personal with the house her dad died in back in the 1930's.

It was really bittersweet for her.

Other than this time with Grandma, I spent the better part of the trip roaming around Bearwallow Cemetery and talking to folks. Pastor Lewis Burton and many others from Edinburgh were there, also, raising money for the cemetery fund.

On the Interstate on the way down, I was even passing Burtons from Edinburgh.

I had a sneaky feeling that I would see them all later in Adair County.

s/Jason Harmon
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