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Walter and Addie weren't all that religious, but they must have taken Genesis 1:28 seriously -- "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth..." and, lo they did meet up nearby at Cave Ridge at her father's store, courted, married and went forth and were fruitful -- nine children fruitful.
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By Linda Marcum Waggener

Mom didn't leave much behind for she was one to give something to everyone she passed, especially to family. Going through old photos she left in her collection brought a favorite to the fore: The Walter and Addie Turner Leftwich place, her childhood home, my every-Sunday-dinner-cousin-meeting-place for the first decade or so of life.


Even in the not-too-clearly-focused wintry picture when the house was mostly empty after Addie died, memories of life there warm me up faster than the new gas logs in our fireplace, on high, can do. It was the life in the house that fuels those memories.

Walter and Addie weren't all that religious, but they must have taken Genesis 1:28 seriously -- "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth..." and, lo they did meet up nearby at Cave Ridge at her father's store, courted, married and went forth and were fruitful -- nine children fruitful.

This house was just big enough to raise them all, even though Mom, the baby, had to wait until she was about six to have her own chair at the huge table.

Mom told me it was rumored to have been haunted before they bought it, but Addie'd always told them that if it had been haunted, the four rowdy boys and five busy girls would have long since run them off. All but two of the nine had children of their own and most of us played together in that house, in that yard, through the barns and down to the creek and back again regularly.

The view in the photo accompanying this note is from Bowling Park in Edmonton, looking at the back side of the house and to the John Junior Ray farm beyond. To the far right is the chicken house where we gathered hundreds of eggs over the years. Behind it were barns for horses and cattle. To the left of the house you can see the big Cedar tree where pets sat and waited for their particular favorites to come driving down the long creek graveled driveway after turning off the Glasgow Road, and where one faithful dog waited in vain for his WWII soldier who never came home.

Addie's garden that Mom wrote about at this link was on the left side of the house in the picture.

The article at this link describes the farm, the names of the various bottoms and patches, and was her fondest wish on this earth to see again as her health failed.


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Old Photo: The Walter & Addie Turner Leftwich Place



2017-10-18 - Edmonton, Metcalfe County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Going through old photos of Mom's brought this favorite to the fore: The Walter and Addie Turner Leftwich place, her childhood home, my every-Sunday-dinner-cousin-meeting-place for the first decade or so of life. This view is from Bowling Park in Edmonton, looking at the back side of the house and to the John Junior Ray farm beyond.

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