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Patty Bunch: Memories of another girl's life in Old Knifley

She could never take the dare to drink the sulphur water behind Ms. Hallie Knifley's store
Comments re article 46986 Memories of a girls life in early 1900s Knifley KY

By Patty Bunch

Being raised at Knifley and having very clear memories of the "Old Knifley" as we call it, I have enjoyed the stories and the history I have been reading today. It brings lots of my own memories to surface, some I haven't thought of in years. Perhaps the best are all the Saturday nights I spent as a small child in the street of Knifley. My, how times have changed.

The grown-ups would be inside of the stores getting the week's supplies or just visiting with each other and we children played outside. There were no worries of someone harming any of us. One of the favorite things we did was to see who could stand to take a drink of the sulfur water from the well behind Ms. Hallie Knifley's Store. I, for one, could never bring myself to do that. The smell was sickening to me.

I went to school for three years at the old school in Knifley before transferring to the new school which was just recently closed. There was no running water or indoor plumbing at the old school. Out houses and water buckets was the norm and we went down to Hatfield\'s Restaurant to buy lunch if one had not brought a sack lunch from home. The teachers had more than one grade in their rooms to teach and I learned too. There was order in those school rooms, and if there was a need the teacher applied the paddle.

Nothing remains the same for long; small country towns like Knifley are gone, one can't bring these back in this day of progress, but we have all those good memories. I wonder someday if people will look back on the little town of Columbia and recall memories of days gone by and the town be long gone. Just wondering. - Patty Bunch

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