It seem so long since we returned to Florida the first week of May 2013! I hope the next trip can be a little more productive.   I know I probably won't be able to live at home, but may be able to stay in the holler on week-ends.

     In the the Spring of 2013 we went up to the John Bragg Place and  found a few muggins! We tried to find the Harve Cales cemetery without luck. Then we went all the way from the John Bragg Place to the old Brooks Mountain Road and down to our cemetery then back into the holler to the homeplace. We had lunch on Cranberry beans, corn on the cob (microwaved-in-the-shuck), and sliced maters. 
    Later in the Summer,  our sister, Neda (Anita) had a heart attack, from which she has pretty much recovered. Her husband, Roger, recently became very ill and passed away on August 10,2014. Walking the trails and hunting for mushrooms will be so odd with-
out Roger. He will be so missed!
     No one knows just what is around the corner, we have to hope for the best and pray for strength to handle whatever we get, be it good or otherwise!
     Memories...don't wait too long to make as many as you can!
Love you all! 
The Ben

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Memories ofSummer Fun!
Connie Cales and me (Ben) catchin' crawdads! Yep, we both had our chaw in!
Thanks to Cousin Sam for these beautiful pictures of downtown Hinton on Sunday,
December 20,2009!You can just about see horses and buggies making their way along!

Here's Mom's ( Arbanna's) hand written recipe for applebutter. Fall and apple butter time were always special at Stump Lick Hollow! 
Julian and Mae made some of the very best applebutter around. Mae, Arbanna and Charlotte continued the tradition.
Those wonderful mothers of our family are gone now, but the memories of this time of year will live as long as any of us can continue to live and recall the smell of apples cooking down in the big copper kettle!
News!  History Changes Before our Very eyes!
SLH NEWS-  A 'sign of the times' you might say,  Someone in Summers County Government has decided to install a sign at the foot of Mill House Hill designating 'something' as  "Brier Ridge Road"! The sign is surely misplaced as I don't know anyone named 'Brier' living in the area.  ('Briar could have been a better choice-but there's no 'Briar Ridge', either!) Stump Lick Hollow Road extends from Route 20  through Stump Lick Branch and around the mountain to meet up with  Chestnut Mountain road.
   "School House Ridge"  is at the top of Mill House Hill -  it has been "School House Ridge " for over 100 years, named for the school built on Phillip Cales' property. The school was approximately in front of the present day Wheeler home, just North of the Cales Family Cemetery.  
    "Mill House Hill" was a 'dog-leg' road that connected the North end of "Brooks Mountain Road" to the newly built Route 20 around 1931. 
 
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"The Stairs at Home"
The Cales School - on School House Ridge
Family of Phillip and Mary Susan (Ward)Cales
Mary Susan (Ward)Cales
Phillip Marion Cales
Christmas Time
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The Scarbro's
Sandstone, WVa - From the Richmond Cemetery
The Ben
SHN -  The John Bragg Place in serious decline. Home of Uncle John and Aunt Arminta (Cales) Bragg. (John's dad was GG Grandpa Sylvester Bragg, Arminta's dad was GG Uncle Ballard Cales.) The wonderful orchards and garden are overgrown and hard to determine. 
Even in decay there is an elegance!
The old house sits in the woods, cherishing its own memories within its walls and the land remembering the laughter of children and the joy of the family who lived from its beautiful bounty.
This was one of the most beautiful farms in the mountains. In my childhood (early 1960's) it had already started to decline. We would climb the mountain to check on cattle there and pick apples and  1 inch round rasberrys.
As a child it was my plan that when I died and went to Heaven I would be able to live at The John Bragg Place!
"The Doors at Home"
            .  James Everette Cales

James Everette Cales, 87, of Sandstone, WV,  passed away Saturday, November 3
at Hinton,WV. Born March 24, 1925, Everette was the fourth of 
twelve children born to Julian S. and Delphia
M (Bragg) Cales. He served in the US Army
in Europe during WWII. He worked in
Charleston and Hinton as a TV repairman
and was a familiar face to many who knew 
they could call on him at any time to repair
most any kind of household appliance. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Irma
(Foster-Ward), two brothers, and six sisters.
He is survived by a sister, Martha S (Cales)
Ewing of Atlanta, and two brothers, Charles H Cales of Sandstone, and Otis L (Kathy) Cales of Smoot. He is also survived by Danny (Bunnie)
Cales of New Smyrna Beach, FL  who is his nephew and was Everette's 'ward' after his father Tom's death in 1961. Everette is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Every Wednesday and Sunday Everette journeyed from Sandstone to Hilldale to visit at the nursing home. No services are planned as he had wished for many years to donate his remains to medical science.

  Above is the 'shingle' dipper that was used at The Elbert and Julian Cales grist mill to dip cornmeal into sacks.

The crooked nail is the nail that held the 'button' lock on the outside of the outhouse door.
Map of Virginia - North Carolina  (Before the Civil War)
Silas and Axie Cales
Luther Cales
.Zeb Cales
 Howard Cales
Alice Cales-Bragg
.Julian Cales
A Special Note
 SHN-SPECIAL  :  I enjoy adding new material to the site, especially the NEWS page. Problem is, I don't have a lot of contact with the family and no one seems to have anything to share with the rest of the family.
   I wish everyone were as interested in family matters as I have been but I know that life and living takes up all our time and energy.
   Humans normally live about 50 - 75 years. That is NOT a lot of time! If you consider tha age of the Universe, the untold billions of years that passed before we were born, then think about all the billions of years that will come and go after we are dust - that 50 - 75 years we may have amounts to NOTHING!!!  We have the same blood flowing in our veins!  We need to know who we are, where we came from. We need to know each other and we need to realize that we are family EVEN IF WE FIND WE DON'T LIKE each other!
    Cales Family of Stump Lick Hollow! Be in touch with each other. As we spread across America our little clan now has the internet to help us find ourselves, find our roots.

SPECIAL NOTE: 
     This note is added at this point so only a special person will find it!
As our family dwindles I think someone else probably should take over the family site to try and pump new blood into these old pictures.
      I have also been thinking that someone else might be a better steward of the Phillip - Julian Cales homeplace at Stump Lick Hollow.
      I truly love the homeplace and dream of living there. I would love to live there through a Fall, Winter, and Spring! I'd like one more Thanksgiving and Christmas in the old house.
      If anyone is interested in taking over the homeplace and website you can e-mail me on this page. NOTHING is for sale at this point, I'd just like to know if anyone really cares!
Sincerely,
The Ben
   

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