Broughton Conner, Scottsville, Kentucky, shares this photo with
our readers. She writes:
"This store was built at Holland,
Allen County, Kentucky, in the late 1890s by James Siddens and
his son, Dee Siddens. It was located on the corner, where Kentucky
Highways 100 and 99 now converge. Dee Siddens and his wife, Hattie
Young Siddens, lived in the house where the Woodard C. Broughton
family later lived.
The upper floor of the store was a
millinery shop run by Charles White, nephew of Dee Siddens. In
the back of the store, in a separate building, the Siddens sold
wagons, buggies, and surreys. James Siddens and his wife, Angeline
Crittenden Long, were my great-great-grandparents. Their son,
Joe Siddens, married Kate Clemons Howard, and they are my great-grandparents.
Oll and Nancy Siddens Downing are my grandparents.
The store was sold to Caleb Barton,
and in 1924, my father, Woodard Broughton, who was reared in
Knox County, bought it.
In October 1924 the store burned.
Joe Harlin Seay built a house on the site. Charlie and Hannah
Hudson Ausbrooks now live in the house.
In the picture, l-r: Lon Sloan, Will
Steenbergen, Bill Hagan, Oll Downing, Nancy Downing, Joe Siddens,
Kate Siddens, Dee Siddens (owner of the store), Hattie Siddens
(Dee's wife), Tommy Siddens (baby), Lou Siddens Bray, Ed Meredith,
Frail Hix, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, Jim Ore, Boone
Thomas, and unknown. In the wagon are Jim Siddens, Mary Dee Siddens,
and Evan Siddens."