Downtown Burtonville, Lewis County, Kentucky, in the mid-1930s.

A scene of downtown Burtonville in Lewis County, Kentucky, taken in the mid-1930s. At that time the roads were neither marked or paved. Pictured is T. T. Barbour's General Store, a thriving business at that time. The building still stands at what is now the intersection of Highways 989 and 1237. At one time the village had three stores, one on each of three of the four corners. There was a funeral home, a post office, a blacksmith shop, a church (still in use), a one-room schoolhouse, and a telephone exchange with a system utilizing the old hand-cranked wall instruments. This was before REA, but T. T. had electric lights in the store by virtue of wires strung from the Delco unit at his residence some distance away. Perishables were stored in a kerosene-powered Servel refrigerator. Except for the latter two modern conveniences, the store at the time of the picture was the same as it was in 1900. One other modern feature was the gravity fed gasoline pumps. Behind the pumps was the ever present bench where the men gathered in the time-honored tradition to gossip, whittle, and watch the traffic. Carl Cole, 7927 Heatherglen Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45255, who shares this photo with our readers says, "My father once told me that as a young boy, in the first decade of the last century, his ambition was to be able to sit with townsmen on the store porch and be able to afford a nickel's worth of cheese and crackers for lunch."