January 2006 Photographs

Scroll down and view just a sample of the many

photos you will see each month

in The Kentucky Explorer magazine.

The Squirrel Hunters. Thomas Higginbotham, 9904 Old Six Mile Lane, Louisville, KY 40299, shares this photo taken on August 28, 1923 (location of photo not given), after a successful hunt. L-R: Thomas L. Higginbotham, Hobart Higginbotham, Jesse Higginbotham, Stanley Higginbotham, Flower Norris, Edgar Higginbotham, and Robert L. Higginbotham.

Vilma Tackett of Isonville, Kentucky, shares this photo of (l-r) her mother, Margarette Ison Sparks, born 1/7/1901, died 7/23/1992; and her aunt, Linnie Ison Fyffe, born 2/18/1896, died 7/29/1983. Both were born in Isonville, Elliott County, Kentucky, the daughters of John Milton and Phoeba Alice Ferguson Ison. Photo was possibly taken in Elliott County. No date given. See "Strictly Genealogy" in the January 2006 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.














This is the entire student body of the Jenkins Central School, Letcher County, Kentucky, in 1917. The first portion of the school was completed in 1912, and the first high school class began in 1917. The first graduating class had five students, all of which were related to George Snider of Huntington, West Virginia, who sent this photo to the David A. Zegeer Coal-Railroad Museum in Jenkins. George's grandparents lived in Jenkins, and George remembers how beautiful Jenkins looked as a small boy, especially the Jenkins Lake (Elkhorn Lake is the official name). George has been a generous donor to the renovation of the Old Jenkins School. The David A. Zegeer Coal-Railroad Museum is open 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The museum is closed on Mondays and is open 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. There are many items of interest in the museum, and there are also items for sale that would make excellent gifts. D. Charles Dixon, P. O. Box 417, Jenkins, KY 41537, shares this photo with our readers.



The second grade class at Fifth District School in Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky, September through January 1928-1929. The teacher was Miss Virginia Kalusy. Front row, l-r: Alberta Calvert, Vernice Hall, Clara Hall, Dorothy Meyers, Lorraine Suchaneck, Ruth Delph, Virginia Carr, Jean France, and Lillian Cook. Second row, l-r: Mary Elizabeth Trauth, Mildred Louise Trauth, Laverne Beach, Marjory Meyers, Marjory Hall, Thellia Hall, Alice Hall, Ollie Rogers, and Ruth Rogers. Third row, l-r: Gordon Garner, James William Riffle (my father), Carl Ramsey, Billie Bob Burger, Earl Barkau, and Ralph Louis McClain. Fourth row, l-r: Preston Tillett, Teeny Adams, unknown, William Haney, Elmer Moore, John Williams, Harry Arkenau, Robert Vallandingham, William M. West, Emerson Bennett, and Jack Rosenfeldt. Karen Jai Miller, [email protected], shares this photo with our readers. Karen's grandparents and parents were from Covington, Kentucky.




It was a cold day on March 2, 1930, on Clifty in Carter County, Kentucky, when this photo was taken. Wilbur "Doc" Riggs (1803-1990) stood outside of the post office at Bet, Kentucky, with his "catch." He was the son of David Riggs and Mary Power Riggs. Note the icicles on the edge of the building. James E. Allen, 447 Kentucky Street, Salyersville, KY 41465, shares this photo with our readers.















Coonhunter's Band. Front row, l-r: Grady Warren (The Coonhunter), Harry C. Adams, Johnny Ford, Sam Workman, and George Workman. Back row, l-r: Little Sally Ann, Rufus Gordon Sizemore, Little Betty, Ray Hunt, John Workman, and Sunshine Sue. (See story in this month's Kentucky Explorer about this Green County band.)
(Photo courtesy of Ray Perkins.)



An old-fashioned Christmas play was a highlight at many schools across Kentucky during the holiday season. This group of third graders had just finished their play at Sayre School in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, in the 1940s. James Steed, 2465 Eastway Drive, Lexington, KY 40503, shares this photo. (Read Bob Smith's article in the December 2005/January 2006 issue of The Kentucky Explorer about the "most wonderful time of the year.")



This Consolation, H-28 class, #1272 had the honor of pulling the last scheduled train on the Fordsville Branch round-trip between Irvington and Fordsville on June 14, 1941. (See story in the December 2005/January 2006 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.)
(Photo courtesy of David W. Hayes.)


Fed White, once a feudist in Breathitt County, Kentucky, sent for Paul Derthick of Ravenna, Ohio, to organize a Sunday School near his home. Derthick took this photo, along with many others, when he visited the mountains of Eastern Kentucky during 1910-1920. Patsy Woodring, P. O. Box 2, Vancleve, KY 41385, shares this photo, which was in the belongings of Lela McConnell of Mt. Carmel.


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