Sunday, May 24, 2009

Genealogy Trip to Blue Creek

Today I traveled up Blue Creek looking for signs of my roots. There was only one cemetery, Kennedy Cemetery, although there were a dozen churches. It was interesting to drive through the wooded lanes imagining what it must have been like when there was virgin timber and the creeks were the roadbeds. An old railroad track peeked out from under the forest floor occasionally. It's really different up there where there's no room for hay fields, barns, or tractors. Only small garden plots and hillside goats. True hill country. I saw lots of rhododendrens.

A Mrs. Skeen at the Goshen Cemetery in Kentuck, where I went to check on my grandparents graves, told me that she heard of people working the Underground Railroad in Kentuck where the Huttons lived. This adds to my theory that my Huttons are descended from the Quaker Hutton brothers, since Quakers are famous for their work in the Underground Railroad.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Josiah's New Job and Resume

Josiah started his new job as a concrete finisher with a pool and spa installation company. It's hard work, but pays fairly well. When your proud mom writes your resume, you don't have much choice--you get a job.


Work Experience:

Construction – Assistant Manager, Leggett and Son’s Construction
2004 – present
Breaking up old concrete, hauling it away, hauling and spreading gravel, building forms, preparing ground for new concrete, pouring and finishing new concrete, laying cement blocks, repairing stone walls, installing septic systems, digging ponds, clearing trees, laying foundations, erecting wooden structures, building fence, repairing and maintaining equipment, operating power tools, heavy equipment, and other machinery.

Farming - Assistant Manager, Leggett farm
2000 – present
Maintain, operate, purchase, and sell farm equipment including tractors, lawnmowers, four wheeler, chain saws, weed eaters, power saws, compressors and air tools, arc welder, acetylene welder, skidsteer, backhoe, bulldozer, dump truck, tillers, and trucks. Build fence, outbuildings, and ponds, run electric wiring and plumbing, maintain grounds, budget, schedule, care for various farm animals, garden, landscape, paint, hunt, photograph, and keep records, typing, computer, filing.

Music – Assistant Manager, Vocalist, Musician, Stage Manager, Productions Manager
Middle of Nowhere top 40 country band
2008 – present
Scheduling, planning, promoting, recruiting, purchasing, budgeting, performing, record-keeping, and recording concerts; creating and duplicating flyers and CD’s; maintaining, setting up, packing, and transporting sound equipment; playing and maintaining guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano, organ, drums, bass guitar; web site design and maintenance; songwriting.

Lead and Backup Vocalist and Musician
Good Time Country
2008 Same as above.

Assistant Manager, Vocalist, Musician, Stage Manager
Leggett Family Bluegrass Gospel
1998 – 2007 Same as above, including leading church worship.

Tenor, Eternity Quartet
Performing tenor accompaniment with men’s gospel quartet.

Sewing - Assistant, Leggett Needleworks, 2006
Construction of home fashions using sewing machine, upholstery machine, and serger.

Education: Parkersburg Christian School 1995 – 2002
Music Award – 2002
Drama, Music, Composition, Basketball

Wel-Life Ministries Home School 2002 – 2009 - Diploma
Interest-led unit studies and skill-building assistance

Flight school, 2004, Bob Gibbs, Instructor, Ravenswood Airport
24 hours logged
King’s video course completed

Open Office computer software course, 2005, Adult Basic Education

Mandolin and Banjo lessons, 2000 – 2006, Ron Seebaugh, Instructor

Hobbies: Soccer, Wrestling, Basketball, Biking, Camping, Fishing, Swimmin, Kayking, Hiking, Playing and Recording Music, Videography, Computer games and messaging.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Little Frisky

Born Monday, May 4, 2009, Little Frisky is the billy goat kid of Izzy. He's living up to his name.