June 2003 Contents

COMPLETE CONTENTS of the June 2003 Kentucky Explorer!

Page 2 -- Along A Kentucky Highway - 1949; Highway 90 -- Cumberland Park Highway

Page 3 -- Editor's Message/Table of Contents

Page 4-9 -- Letters to the Editor

Explorer Contributing Writer (Oswald Jett) Fondly Remembered (with photo)

Owsley County Native And Four-Legged Friend Enjoy Explorer (with photo)

Wants Old Goose Bean Seeds

Fallen Southerners Finally Get Monument

Strong Kentucky Ties

Harlan County Soldiers (with photo)

Where Is China Grove?

Magazines Wanted

Robertson Articles Informative

Searching For Simpson Information

Dear Friend Lost

Looking For Friends

Independent Order Of Odd Fellows

Carrs School In Lewis County

Request For Stories Of Bluegrass Or Old-Time Music

Information: Maywood Depot Area

Looking For Swiss Descendants

Skidmore Descendant Delighted

Back Issues Wanted

Thanks For Marcum Information

Need Help With Genealogy

General Adam Johnson Was Not In Salem Battle

Regarding Fyffe-Skaggs Article

Looking For Ghost Stories And Tales

Who Is Archie Horn?

Parents Were From Breathitt

Distant Relative Of James B. Culp

Fletcher Helps With Genealogy

Looking For Info On Herman Klefken

Photo I.D. Correction

Father Attended Highland Institution, Guerrant, Kentucky

Wants Bread Recipe

Looking For Ice Plant

Would Like To Hear From Grigsby School Students


Page 10 -13 -- City of Lola, Livingston County, Got First Switchboard In 1908

PHOTOS: Old Common Battery Switchboard/Paducah Telephone Office in mid-1940s/Chesteen Suits at Switchboard/Old Smithland Bank where old switchboard was housed

Page 14-17 -- First of Three Parts: The Hanging Of Bad Tom Smith, Breathitt County's Only Legal Hanging

PHOTOS: Sketch of Tom Smith/Old Jail at Jackson/Breckinridge Combs, High Sheriff of Breathitt County/Sketch of Smith on his way to be baptized

Page 18 -- Larkin Liles Tried and Convicted For "The Crime Of Mayhem"

Page 20-21 -- Hobo Artist Leaves Treasure In Church At Russell, Kentucky

PHOTOS: Mural of painting at Mead Memorial United Methodist Church/The Mead Memorial United Methodist Church, Russell, Greenup County, Kentucky.

Page 22 -- Andrew Jackson Was Kentucky's First Flurospar Miner In 1837

PHOTO: Interior of the Flurospar Mill of the Gungenheim Mining Company.

Page 24 -25 -- Few Ancient Sites In Hopkins County Have Been Well-Preserved

PHOTOS: Arrowoods/Stone Ax

Page 26-27 -- Jesse Stuart Wrote As Frankly Of Himself As Of His Subjects

PHOTOS: Jesse Stuart on the farm (2 photos)

Page 29-32 -- William R. Leslie Established Early Settlement On The Big Sandy In 1790s

PHOTO: A view of the Big Sandy River

Page 33 - Dwellers Of Old town Lived Quietly: City of Washington Was Mason County's Seat Until 1848

PHOTOS: Mefford's Fort near Washington/History marker on the lawn of Mefford's Fort

Page 34 -- Transporting Merchandise In The 1920s Was Indeed A Problem: Breathitt County Boys Thought The Flatboat Method Was Best

PHOTO: Flatbottom boat

Page 36 -- The Jackson Purchase Region Was Ready To Be Awakened In 1920s

PHOTOS: Tobacco field near Murray, Calloway County, Kentucky/Western Kentucky Stone Quarry/Mayfield Creek in Graves County, Kentucky/Cabin Down in the Purchase in the early 1900s.

Page 40-42 -- A Trip To Marion County Reveals Much About Family's Past: Remains Of Old Mattingly Homeplace Are Found And Explored Near Hardin Creek

PHOTO: Remains of home of Jack C. Mattingly

Page 43-44 -- Several Generations Of The Buckner Family Attained Military Glory

PHOTOS: Lt. Gen. Simon Boliver Buckner, Jr./The graves of three generations of Buckners in the Frankfort Cemetery

Page 45 -- Wayne County Native Became Governor Of Illinois In 1876

PHOTO: Shelby Moore Cullom, Governor of Illinois 1876-1884

Page 46-47 -- Daily Life Of Fort Knox Was Much Like Other Towns In 1950s

PHOTOS: Welcome to Fort Knox/School children at Fort Knox/Main section of Fort Knox/Kentucky Map/Other Fort Knox photos

Page 48-49 -- Women And Traveling Church Laid Foundation For Future Generations: Spirit Of Adventure Lured Many To Kentucky

PHOTOS: Sketch of pioneer woman/Daniel Boone/Simon Kenton

Page 50 -- Early Settlers Were Self-Reliant When Treating Their Illnesses: The Growth Of Medicine In Eastern Kentucky.

PHOTOS: Sketch of self-reliant Kentucky settlers

Page 58-59 -- Many Lawsuits Involved In Operations Of Iron Foundry: Major Financial Problems Plagued Thomas Deye Owings In 1818

PHOTO: Col. Thomas Deye Owings

Page 60-61 -- Paducah, City Of Rivers, Saw A Revival Of Waterway Traffic In 1940s

PHOTOS: Marine Ways, Paducah/Towboat Onward/St. Paul and Washington


Page 62-63 -- Kentucky Explorer Book Page: Readers are invited to send in their books and other projects (pertaining to Kentucky) to appear on this page.

Warren County History

Arches Of Red River Gorge

House Calls

Indiana Land Entries

The Kentucky Cave Region

Page 64-65 -- Short Gleanings From Collins's 1878 Historical Sketches Of Kentucky: Little Known & Mostly Forgotten -- From One Of Kentucky's Most Noted History Books.

Lawrence County

Henry County

Owen County

Woodford County

Barren County

Campbell County

Franklin County

Page 66 -- Old-Time Recipes To Enjoy Conducted by Darlene Howard

Cranberry Fluff


Angel Food Cake

Cabbage Souffle

Apple Fritters

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Baked Indian Pudding

Other Photos

Page 7 -- Post Office at Bevinsville, Kentucky.

Page 8 -- Unknown Bible lady around Whitesburg, Letcher County.

Page 9 -- First graduating class of M. C. Napier High School, 1953

Page 13 -- Baptising in the Red River near Stanton, Powell County, Kentucky.

Page 19 -- Brown Family at farm in Mt. Olivet area near Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky ca. 1909

Page 23 -- Damage of cloudburst which fell on the head of Licking River at Brush Fork and Grassy Fork at the southern tip of Magoffin County in 1910.

Page 28 -- A View from the Kentucky River of Casa Bianca/Hills of "Sweet Owen" County as seen from the porch at Casa Bianca in 1930.

Page 31 -- 1913 Fire In Hardinsburg, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

Page 41 -- Gothic Chapel at Berea College burned in 1902.

Page 42 -- McGinnis Family, 1919, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky.

Page 49 -- The Abraham "Abram" and Matilda Gibbs family of Johnson County, ca. 1900.

Page 55 -- Old Johnson Creek Covered Bridge in Robertson County on Kentucky Highway 165.

Page 62 -- Pitts Fork School, Floyd County, Kentucky, ca. 1936

Page 63 -- Children of Benton Mann and Lucy Ritchie Mann, Breathitt County, 1950

Page 63 -- Hiram and Ruth Wooten Bush and son, Arvil, Breathitt County, 1944

Page 64 -- Samuel and Idress Brock Caldwell, southeastern Kentucky.

Page 65 -- J.W. Keltner (Columbia, Kentucky) and Anetna Walker with a billy goat.

Page 66 -- The Hale ladies, Salyersville, Magoffin County.

Page 68 -- Gibbs/Sizemore/Brown family members, Paintsville or Prestonsburg.

Page 69 -- Verna Lee Steel Gibson and Andrew Jackson Gibson/Eliza Ellen Terrell Floyd.

Page 70 -- Sheep killing in Spring Creek, Kentucky, 1937.

Zelma Rebecca Baker, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, 1915.

Page 71 -- Jewell's 50th Wedding Anniversary, Leitchfield, Grayson County, Kentucky.

Page 72 -- Jeff and Laura Church Bryan Family, Lawrence County, Kentucky, 1936.

Page 73 -- Fairview Grade School, Boyd County, Kentucky, 1947.

Page 74 -- 1940 Mayhew Reunion At Stony Point Church, Allen County, Kentucky.

Page 79 -- John C. Holmes and Polly Mary Huff Holmes family, Harlan County, Kentucky.

Page 81 -- Mary Jane Howard Wilson and George Wilson, 1918, Leslie County, Kentucky.

Page 84 -- 1951 McKell High School Baseball Team, Greenup County, Kentucky.

Page 85 -- Tecumseh Burr Akers and Malta Akers Howell, Floyd County, Kentucky.

Page 89 -- John D. Huff, Letcher County, Kentucky.

Page 91 -- Thomas Rose, Jr., and son Wayne, 1962

Page 92 -- Juda Higginbotham Peyton

Page 94 -- Horseman brothers from Bath County, 1951

Page 98 -- Ralph and Jasper Arnold, Harlan County, Kentucky, 1921.

Page 99 -- 1951 Graduating Class of Robinson High School at Ary, Perry County, Kentucky.

Page 102 -- Culp Family, Marshall County, Kentucky, 1899.

Page 103 -- Scene of downtown Burtonville in Lewis County, Kentucky, mid-1930s.

Page 104 -- Golfers at Harlan Country Club, Harlan, Kentucky, 1944.

Page 105 -- Administration of Vicco High School, Perry County, Kentucky.

Page 106 -- Brush Creek School, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, 1949.

Page 108 -- Morris family at railroad track, Jackson County, Kentucky.

Page 109 -- Edward Wilson, driver of Black Brothers Bus, Harlan County, Kentucky, 1949.

Page 110 -- Wooton brothers, London, Kentucky, 1945.

Other Features

Page 30 -- Sketches of Kentucky's Great Outdoors: White Bass In Kentucky

Page 35 -- Thoughts to Ponder from The Kentucky Philosopher

Page 51 -- Kentucky Roadside History Markers: Taylorsville, Spencer County/Stanford, Lincoln County

Page 52 -- Wise And Otherwise

Page 67 -- Word Puzzle: Business Owners-Nicholas County

Page 72 -- Songs Kentuckians Were Singing 100 Years Ago: Comin' Thro' The Rye

Page 53-54 Kentucky's 1879 State Gazetteer: A Look At Kentucky Towns And Their Establishments 124 Years Ago

Glen's Fork, Adair County

Graefenburg, Shelby County

Harlan, Harlan County

Marine, Lewis County

Mays Lick, Mason County

PHOTOS: Hodson Hall, Rowan County/Cumberland Avenue, Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky.

Page 55 Kentucky Genealogy Websites: Each month The Kentucky Explorer presents websites related to genealogy in Kentucky for our growing number of readers who use computers and the Internet.

Dycusburg, Crittenden County, Kentucky

Bluegrass Anonymous

Grayson County Historical Society

All About Genealogy In Adair County, Kentucky

Photos of Webster County

Lawrence County Historical Society

Page 56-57 Readers Share Postcard Views ca. 1910

Fourth Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky

The Capitol Hotel, Frankfort, Kentucky

The Hotel Glyndon, Richmond, Kentucky

Water Tower, Fort Thomas, Kentucky

On the Green River in beautiful Kentucky


Page 68-72 Kentucky Genealogy Help Line: Queries are published free up to 50 words as space is available.

























Page 73-76 Family Reunions & Other Special Announcements

Over 80 Family Reunions And Other Announcements listed in the June 2003 edition.

Page 77-95 I Remember By Our Readers

Memories Of A Soldier, Corporal Charles E. Mahaffey (with photograph of Mahaffey)

Memories Of Kentucky, Pike County, (with photograph of Everett Coleman and sisters)

I Remember It, Bull Creek Hollow

Life On A Pulaski County Farm (with photograph of Holt family)

Jesse Barnett, We Won't Forget You! (with photograph of Jesse Barnett)

Love Survives The Great Depression, Floyd County, Kentucky (with photograph of Ethar and Onedia Hall)

Remembering The Past, Stidham Fork of Hunting Creek, Breathitt County, Kentucky (with photograph of Orben and Nellie Taulbee and family)

Life Of My Father, William Chester Cook, Moore's Creek, Annville, Jackson County, Kentucky (with photograph of Willie and his baby brother)

Buckhorn: A Great Experience (with photograph of Buckhorn High School senior class members of 1956)

Farm Life, Pen Hollow, Bell County, Kentucky (with photograph of Nuckols family)

Ramblings, Hansford, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

Slim Dossey, Brownsville, Kentucky (with photograph of Slim Dossey)

Page 96 Strictly Kentucky Genealogy Various materials to aid in Family History Research.



Page 100-101 Readers Share Old Photos

"Great Minds Think Alike" -- Emily Turner Skidmore/Flora C. Chabert Koch

Mallie School, Knot County, Kentucky, ca. 1935-1936.

Jenkins High School 1954 Football Team

Baker Brothers In The Military

Page 108-111 Classifed Ads

Page 112 Points of Interest Location Map/Order Form

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