April 2006 Photographs

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1929 Vicco Sassafras (Perry County, Kentucky) High School Basketball Team. Kevin Oswald, 11611 Waverly Meadow, Holland, MI 49424; [email protected], shares this photo that was found in his grandmother's (Irene Combs Stacy) cedar chest after she passed away in 2001. These names were listed on the back of the photo (though possibly not in the correct order): Linza Madden, Bryan (Frog) Mullins, James Bell, James Buckner, Wilburn Stacy, Bill Cahoon, Rankin Combs, and John Carroll. Wilburn Stacy was Kevin's grandfather.

Anna Jean Dickey Springer, 1813 Laurel Oak Drive, Valrico, FL 33594; [email protected], shares this photo she found among her aunt's (Lois Dickey) papers after her death. The following information was carefully written on the back of the photo by Ms. Dickey: "School Class - Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky, ca. 1922. Front row, l-r: Carolyn Long Brandon, Genevieve Smith Register (Selby Smith's mother), unknown, Augusta Dougherty, Margaret Bewley, Hallie Hightower Hampton, Beulah Gardner Myers, Lucille Thomas, and Pauline Patterson. Second row, l-r: Margaret Hampton, Aileen Stovall, Betty Smith, Wilmot Brown, Lois Dickey, Louise Chapman (twin), Lucille Chapman (twin), unknown, Mrs. Louise McFarland (or Mrs. Hubert DeVasier). Third row, l-r: Edith Brown, Sally Jackson, Dawn Gilbert, Rena Rabold, Miss Cora Gaines (teacher), Mrs. Hayes, Frances House, Elsie Thomas Dadisman, unknown, ? Brown, Mary Katherine Hunt, and ? Hamblin."

Hannah Ferguson (left) and Ida Skaggs were smoking their corncob pipes as they were making lye soap in Lawrence County, Kentucky, possibly ca. 1910. Ida was born in Skaggs (Lawrence County), Kentucky, on April 11, 1873. She married Lewis A. Skaggs on March 16, 1892, and passed away May 3, 1939. She was the daughter of Lafayette and Miriam Fyffe Skaggs. The large iron kettle or wash boiler that these ladies were tending was a great convenience on the farm for making soap in large quantities and numerous other purposes. The fire was usually built so as to heat the kettle at the sides rather than in the middle. This prevented the contents from boiling over. Notice each lady stirred with a wooden paddle. If anyone has questions or comments to share about this family, please contact: Ellarie Skaggs White, 802 E. La Veta Avenue, Orange, CA 92866; 714/348-9176. Ida is Ellarie's grandmother.
(Photo submitted by Marilyn F. Ferguson, 3270 Latonia Road, Columbus, OH 43232;
614/837-2903; [email protected])


Susan Phillips Anderson, 1337 Laurel Circle, Crossville, TN 38555, shares this photo taken ca. 1927 in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky. L-R: Perry Larkey, Dixie M. Hounschell Portwood, Oscar M. Hounschell, and Emma Hays Hounschell. Emma and Oscar are Susan's aunt and uncle. Oscar and Perry worked on the L&N Railroad.

Tucker Smith, 2971 N. Monroe Street, Monroe, MI 48162, shares this photo of the 1940 Black Star, Harlan County, Kentucky, high school football team. Back row, l-r: Coach Jim Goforth, Howard Chambers, Ray Howard, Roy Parker, Neil Inman, Paul Tipton, Henry Stewart, Delbert Helton, and Principal O. J. Roden. Middle row, l-r: Earl Hart, Tucker Smith, Jim Stewart, Clarence Reed, Elmer Hart, T. L. Parker, Jack "Biscuit" Green, and Assistant Coach Tim Wyatt. Front row, l-r: Jack Higgins, Buddy McCoy, Curtis Craig, Alvan Inman, Roy Phelps, and C. F. Robison. Not pictured is O'Neal Johnson. Coach Goforth was killed in the invasion of Saipan. He played football at the University of Kentucky. Delbert Helton was killed in the invasion of Normandy with the 101st Airborne. Tucker served in the Navy from 1942-1945 aboard the USS Montpelier in the Pacific, which participated in 26 invasions during WWII.


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