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Russell Co., KY: Memories of Gosser Ridge / Green River Knob
The photo of the Dante Carpenter Barn brings back memories of the Kamos Carpenter, an administrator at Lindsey Wilson College, and his wife, Garmoline, who was an outstanding science teacher there; and of getting a 'dope' - a Nehi Grape or Orange Crush fizzy soda pop at Irvin's Store, Gosser kinfolk, and a faintly remember burial site of a Casey County man who had been excecuted at Eddyville Penitentiary
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Upon returning home today (Monday, February 1, 2016) after a less-than-exciting morning out, I began perusing the pages of CM and immediately saw the Gosser Ridge / Green River Knob photo, that image bringing back a flood of memories. In my long ago days as a wee lad, I went just about everywhere with my father, a farm animal veterinarian whose office was in the trunk of his car and his clinic wherever the animals needing attention happened to be -- barn stall, pig lot, mud hole, or field.
A lot of those trips were around the Gosser Ridge / Irvin's store community, and I've seen that -- or a similar -- view of the old Green River Knob many a time. I've also been to the Gosser and Carpenter farms on several occasions, as Garmon and Garmoline's dad, Chester Gosser, also had livestock.
(There were two men by that name in the community who were distinguished one from the other by the nicknames Big and Little. As best as I recall, Garmon and Garmoline's dad was called Big Chester.
Many students who attended Lindsey Wilson College from the late 1960s through the 1980s will remember Garmoline Carpenter as an outstanding science teacher and Kamos as an administrator who also taught some of the PE activity courses.)
Also not too far removed lived two of my father's first cousins. Oscar Gosser and his wife Patrie; and Oscar's sister Polly, who married Patrie's brother, Cosby Wilson. And too, I remember Della Gosser, whom I really liked; she was the wife of Herschel Gosser, another of my father's first cousins.
After the barn call had been made, we frequently would stop at the Irvin's Store general store for a cold drink, -- "a bottle of dope," as my father called soda pop. My choice almost always to Grape Nehi or Orange Crush.
If the nearby Union cemetery could talk, it could fill several volumes with tales of the lives and times of those who mortal remains therein repose. Perhaps one of the more intriguing stories would be that of the fellow executed at Eddyville penitentiary in the late 1930s for a violent crime committed in Casey County a few years earlier.
This story was posted on 2016-02-01 13:13:34
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