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Jerry Pyles remembers happy visits to Barnett's Creek

There were Wild West experiences, riding Betty Mare or Betty Mule, watering chores in Barnett's Creek, wild rides from the mill at the top of Scott Hill, and initiation into the rough world of General Store ribbing, when he got to spend a couple of weeks on his grandfathers farm there
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Photo of the old Ray Scott Store at Barnett's Creek spoken of by Jerry Pyles in the article which follows

Jerry Pyles stories, reported by Ed Waggener

Jerry Pyles, son of Rollin Pyles & the late Pina Rich Pyles, is a grandson of the late O.L. Rich, and recent stories, controversies, and issues reminded him of his early days, when he would get to spend a couple of weeks each summer with his Rich grandparents. "Those were some of the happiest days of my life," he remembers.

He said he'd been noticing all the stories and interest about the Barnett's Creek area lately, and called to share a couple of anecdotes from his early years and summer weeks at his grandparents' on Barnett's Creek.

He recalls his grandfather's team and wagon, and the fun he had watering them in Barnett's Creek and getting to ride them, bareback. The team was Betty Mare & Betty Mule.

Yes, he agrees with BJ Hagy, there were rattlesnakes and copperheads, but he just gave them ground.

Besides the fun of being a cowboy, riding one or the other member of the team alone, galloping up and down Barnett's Creek Road, even that was no match for going with his grandfather to take corn to the mill, up above Barnett's Creek, up at the top of Scott Hill Road. Betty Mule & Betty Mare laboriously made the ascent, and that was fun, but coming back down was a thrill like no other he said. Anyone who knows Scott Hill Road today knows that it's steep and treachorous, even with all the improvements.

"When we came down the hill," Jerry Pyles recalls, "the team really let her go," he said. "I don't know how many miles an hour it was," he said, "but it was scary," adding, "I loved it."

A trip to Ray Scott's Store

He remembers his first time going to Ray Scott's store. He was about six years old, and got to go there with an uncle. It was a fabulous place, with every treat one could want. Most of the adult men sitting around had a cold drink in their hand. "My uncle went over to the cooler, took out a bottle from the iced cold water, opened it, and started enjoying it. "I waited just a little while and walked over, found my favorite, opened it and turned to take my place with the men," he said.

"My uncle looked at me and said, 'Boy, you got money to pay for that?', and I didn't know what he was talking about. I didn't know about any money, or paying, but I didn't let the men, all of whom chimed in on the joke, get to me. In fact on that hot day, that drink may have been the best one I have had." He said that the men continued their fun, "And I never did know who paid Mr. Scott for the drink, or if they did, but I guessed it was my uncle who did, or maybe Mr. Scott put it on the house." In any case, he said, "I earned it," the men had enough fun at his expense, there would be no guilt.

This story was posted on 2017-07-20 08:24:08
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Old Ray Scott General Store Building - Barnett's Creek, KY

2017-07-23 - Barnetts Creek Road near Scott Hill Road, Pellyton, District 1, Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Jerry Pyles remembers happy visits to his grandparents, and memorable experiences at the Ray Scott General Store, above, and he remembers bareback riding on the, then, creek-graveled road, riding to the store on Betty Mare or Betty Mule.

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