State Representative W. S. Wallen, early 1920s


W.S. Wallen interviewed "Uncle Charlie" Richmond in 1905. It is from his notes that we know the story of the ex-slave. Here W.S. Wallen is shown at his desk in the Kentucky House of Representatives during the early 1920s. After he failed to win re-election in 1926, Wallen moved his family and his law practice to El Paso, Texas, and later to Los Angeles, California. He returned to Floyd County in the late 1930s and formed a partnership with Prestonsburg attorney Ballard James. On August 16, 1947, while crossing the highway at Banner, Kentucky, Wallen was struck by a truck and killed. He is buried in the Jones Cemetery on the old county road between Banner and Allen, next to his wife, Martha Clark Wallen, who died in 1977.

(Photo courtesy of Brett Davis of Prestonsburg)