L&E Depot, Jackson, Breathitt County

A rare photo of the old Jackson Lexington & Eastern Railway Depot taken ca. 1908. At the time, the Adams Express office occupied part of the building. Only one person, Dr. J. W. Prewitt (the tall man, second from right) is identified. The historic photo and information about Dr. Prewitt are shared by John Marshall Prewitt, P.O. Box 2616, Cincinnati, OH 45201. It was written by Dr. John M. Prewitt of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. He was J. W.'s brother. "James Wilson Prewitt was the eldest child of Clifton Prewitt and Nannie Evelyn Wilson Prewitt. He was born at Levee in Montgomery County, Kentucky, on September 12, 1871. He attended Eminence College 1887-1888, and delivered as a graduation address the same speech in Latin his mother had delivered at that college 20 years before. James entered T'ransylvania, but was forced to withdraw his senior year because of ill-health. He developed 'petit mal,' an affliction he outgrew by about age 33. Searching for a cure, his parents sent him to the Still College of Osteopathy at Kirksville, Missouri, also sending to care for him, his youngest brother, John McGarvey Prewitt (1883-1957). James received osteopathic treatments, and he and his brother both entered the school and graduated as osteopaths in 1902. Finding no great demand for the little-known osteopathic method, James obtained employment as agent for the Adams Express Company at the Jackson, Kentucky, railroad station. He married Pearl Burton in Mt. Sterling in 1907. They had one son, James Clifton Prewitt, born at Jackson on November 25, 1909, who died in Chicago on July 3, 1965; without issue. In 1910 Dr. Prewitt opened his osteopathic office in Mt. Sterling and continued in that profession until his death on March 3, 1954. His wife operated a locally well-known private school. She died in 1951. During the period of his affliction with 'petit mal,' Dr. Prewitt became something of a reclusive student, and obtained mastery of both ancient Greek and Latin, and the science of botany, being well-known for his ability to identify strange plants."