Editor's Note: Readers of The Kentucky Explorer have been introduced to the Rev. John J. Dickey in past issues. Remember that he was a traveling preacher throughout the eastern part of the state during the years between 1880 and 1925. He helped to establish numerous churches and at least two colleges. He was also a teacher and a newspaper editor. However, his most enduring gift to us today may well be his diary that he kept faithfully during some 50 years of his later life beginning in the 1880s. In all, over 6,000 pages written in his own hand make up this interesting digest.
December 25, 1897
Dr. Burchell's, Clay County
I came here yesterday afternoon. Have had a delightful day with this delightful family. Dr. Burchell is a native of Jessamine County, Kentucky, and is 47 years old. His wife is a daughter of T. T. Garrard and great-granddaughter of Governor Garrard. They are excellent people. Mrs. Burchell was converted in our last meeting. Her daughters, May, Jose, and Lucy, were converted in our first meeting. They are Presbyterians. Dr. Burchell is not yet converted. They have 11 children and a bright home of immortals. Miss Hannah H. Evans is here. She is the district schoolteacher from Greensburg, Indiana. She was converted in our meeting, is a Presbyterian, and is also an extremely modest young woman of good mind. She is refined and fairly well-educated. She is anxious to be used of the Lord, and I believe she will prove a faithful and efficient worker. How this region needs such women.
December 26, 1897, Sunday
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