Man Bequeaths Jugornot Journal to Posterity

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Nostalgic Book Looks Back at the Author’s Youth and Fond Memories of Jugornot, Kentucky

It was a good time to grow up

Jim Phelps relives his fun childhood and teenage days as he unfolds the story of his hometown’s one-room school and other stories in Jugornot Journal, published through Xlibris.

Phelps chronicles his young life in his hometown of Jugornot, Kentucky, from early childhood to his leaving for college. He takes readers back in time as he reminisces of the simpler days when people helped one another as a community, boys played with flip guns and hunted squirrels as a “rite of passage”, and the television was just debuting into households. As Phelps’ storytelling takes him from one significant life experience to the next, he charts a rough map of the town of Jugornot, its day-to-day life, and culture. Phelps’ storytelling mostly centers on the town’s one-room school, where the town’s strong sense of community could be mostly felt and seen. It was his contemplation on the fortieth anniversary of the school’s closing that led Phelps to write his life in Jugornot.

“It was a good time to grow up,” Phelps says of his childhood days. With Jugornot Journal, he hopes to have preserved the time and place where he was raised, memories he wants the next generations to inherit of his golden past.

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About the Author
James Irvin Phelps, Jr., also known as “Jim” or “Jimmy” was born on July 19, 1944 to James Irvin and Elsie Marie Hall Phelps of Northfield, KY. He attended Jugornot School from July 15, 1950 until graduation on May 6, 1959. He entered Pulaski County High School in August 1959 and graduated with honors on May 30, 1963. He entered Berea College on September 4, 1963 and graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture on January 16, 1968. He immediately entered University of Kentucky Graduate Studies in the College of Agriculture where he earned a Master of Science in Agronomy on July 10, 1970. He continued studies in soil science until he was hired as 4-H Agent in Knott County, Hindman, KY, on February 26, 1973. He resides at the Hindman Settlement School.

A Place and Time Remembered
Publication Date: October 30, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 153 pages; 978-1-4500-0757-3
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 153 pages; 978-1-4500-0758-0

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