Brown Residence in the Mt. Olivet Area near Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky, ca. 1909

Maxwell B. Elkins, 1706 Leaf Avenue, Murfreesboro, TN 37130-2221, shares this photo with our readers and says, "This home and farm were purchased ca. 1909 and were located in the Mt. Olivet area near Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. The Brown family moved here from near Rochester, Butler County, Kentucky, in the same year. The property was purchased from an old lady who had lived here well before the Civil War. She returned to visit for a week during the summer and continued to do so as long as her health permitted. During her visits it was my mother's task to see that the lady was waited on and tended to. My mother was delighted to serve in this capacity. I know this old person's name, but I think it is inappropriate to reveal it here, as many bearing the family name still live in the county. Often she told my mother of things that occurred here many years ago, and my mother passed those stories on to me. On one occasion she revealed that one of the young male members of the family was being sought to serve in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He wanted to avoid the draft at all costs, and the men of the family evolved a plan to help in this matter. Starting at the south end of the house (shown here to the right) in the attic a false wall was erected from the front of the house to the rear about six feet wide. It was here in this cramped space that the young man successfully avoided the Civil War. In a small closet downstairs at that end of the house a ladder was nailed to the wall leading to a hole in the ceiling. This setup was hidden from view by hanging coats and other long garments in front. The young man spent considerable time downstairs with the family. He generally had his meals with them. But if someone yelled 'hello' out front or knocked on the door, the lad would scamper up to his hiding place. The military sought him from time to time in vain. Friends and neighbors often asked the family about him, but they gave evasive answers, leading them to believe he was in the Army somewhere, and they knew not where. This home was rather large and well-kept for its day. It was located on the old Glasgow-Morgantown Road, now known as State Highway 526. Those traveling this route were taking a short cut, bypassing Bowling Green completely, saving at least twelve miles or so. Often travelers on foot, horseback, or by buggy stopped here as night approached and sought food and shelter. My grandfather and his family cheerfully greeted these folks with open arms! They fed and housed them for the night. His boys saw to it that their horses, if any, were watered, fed grain and hay, and given proper space in the barn. While living here for some 20 years, he often asked his wife to set aside a portion of his evening meal in case a hungry traveler stopped by. Receiving pay for this service never crossed his mind. My grandfather and grandmother were the most caring persons I ever knew. I'm glad these Browns were my kin. Shown here left to right is my grandfather, H. C. "Lum" Brown (1853-1938); grandmother, Rosa Eubank Brown (1858-1942); mother, Lizzie Mae Brown (1899-1979); and uncle, Thomas Carl Brown (1889-ca. 1972). Another uncle, Everett (1895-1921), is absent."