July-August 2006 Photographs

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Ivan K. Baker, 5007 Miles Lane, Louisville, KY 40219, shares this photo of his father's (Miles B. Baker) family. Miles was eight years old when this photo was taken. The family was in mourning because of the death of an 18-year-old daughter, Ina. There were three other children who died, all during infancy: George, 1864-1865; Elbert, 1882-1884; and an unnamed girl in 1884. Pictured, l-r: Lillie Dale, 1876-1967, married Jesse B. Smith; Henry LaFayette, 1859-1946, married Margaret Barry; Nancy Minerva, 1871-1904, married Warren Smith; Nellie (behind tree), 1878-1968, married Dr. J. E. Pingusly; Miles Beamer, 1880-1965, married Flourine Sprague; Mary Pearl, 1874-1951, married Kirby Smith; Thomas Jefferson Baker, 1832-1916; Minnie, 1866-1934, married Warren Wright; Minerva Rosetta Bryan Baker, 1838-1910; Tina, 1868-1951, married Simon Oetzel; Margaret Agusta, 1860-1948, married Jesse Stephens; and Martha, 1862-1943, married Nelson Gosney. The little ones are Verner and Elva, children of Martha and Nelson Gosney. A pet crow is on a perch above Henry LaFayette's head. The photo was taken at the old Hampton Bryan home on Wolfe Road in Campbell County, Kentucky. Thomas J. Baker was the son of James and Charlotte Sturgis Harris Baker. Minerva Rosetta Bryan was the daughter of Hampton and Margaret Gosney Bryan and great-granddaughter of Mary Boone Bryan, sister of Colonel Daniel Boone.

A cold, snowy scene long ago at the old mill at Prospect, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

The U. S. Post Office at Mill Springs, Wayne County, Kentucky, as it appeared in June 1996.

The Richard And Mahala Turner Watkins Family. Verl Bowman, 2517 Lower Twin Road, Jackson, KY 41339, brother of Dorothy Bowman Pass, shares this photo of his grandparents and their children, ca. 1905. Standing, l-r: Josie, Willie, and Clint. Front, l-r: Richard, holding Matt (grandfather of Darlene Howard, Kentucky Explorer office manager); Lou (Verl's mother); and Mahala, holding Herman. Verl lives on a portion of his parents' (Joe and Lou Bowman) property on Lower Twin Creek in Breathitt County.

Not often does a photograph appear with the names of the individuals, but as one can see the names were handwritten, with possibly haste and unexpectedness, on the board which was hung lopsided from the table in front of the group from the Kentucky School of Medicine in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. There are two names with the number one, two names with the number three, and evidence of some erasing. Listed are l-r: Dr. W. Squire Davis (professor); D. A. Bates, Kentucky; T. A. Guillpry, Louisiana; S. C. Couch, Virginia; K. H. Bishop, Kentucky; E. M. Dunbar, West Virginia; I. D. Baxter, Ohio; E. (Earl) Onan, Missouri; and D. B. Rich, Kentucky (possibly a trustee, friend, or a politician interested in K. S. M). The students stood around a cadaver, likely in an anatomy laboratory. Two wooden buckets on the dirty floor supported the sign. Overhead a small, unshaded light was used to spotlight the cadaver. A large towel hung on the right, perhaps by a sink. With the students representing so many states, apparently this room passed as modern. E. (Earl) Onan, who listed himself as coming from Missouri had a Kentucky background. His father graduated from K. S. M. and was so impressed with one of his teachers, Dr. Samuel Gross, that he named his second son, Samuel Gross Onan. Earl continued two years beyond his training as a medical doctor at the Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when Dr. Gross became a faculty member there. However, Earl's father died very young from tuberculosis, which was believed to have been contacted from a cadaver in medical school. Earl's young mother married a surgeon who practiced in Saint Louis, Missouri, which became their home state. Unfortunately soon after 1905 Earl was visiting sawmills owned by his stepfather when a belt broke and killed Earl before he had begun his practice. Earl is buried in Pleasureville, Henry County, Kentucky. The other students may also have had Kentucky connections. They may have attended K. S. M. because of its excellent reputation. Their grim faces possibly reflected the hard life that was ahead of them with low pay, travel by horse, and patients often with illnesses which had no cure. This photo is evidence that medical practice in 1905 was primitive compared to today. Martha Onan, 1059 Magruder Lane, Pleasureville, KY 40057, shares this photo and information. Martha's husband, Gross Onan, is a newphew of Earl Onan.

The Columbus Mining Company had operations in several Perry County communities from the 1920s to the late 1950s. Among those communities were Allais, Christopher, Combs, Hazard, and Hilton. Joan Harrison, 287 Pokeberry Road, Sadieville, KY 40324, shares this photo which was taken at the Columbus Mining Company Store and Post Office at Douglas, Kentucky, which she thinks was in Perry County. Joan says that some of the group were holding what appears to be hymnals and the occasion of the photo is unknown. If any reader has any information or can identify anyone in this photo, feel free to contact Joan.

Sherman and Lucy Jane Campbell Huff celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the old homeplace at Confluence, Leslie County, Kentucky, in April 1947. They are shown with their children: Addie, Teddy, Clyde, Paul, Sadie, and Marie. Earl, who was crippled, was not in the photo. The only children living now are Paul of Krypton, Kentucky, and Marie Baker of Irvine, Kentucky. Sherman's grandfather, John H. Huff, was born in North Carolina in 1809. In 1825 the family emigrated to Harlan County, Kentucky. In 1830 John left Harlan County and settled at Wilder's Branch in Leslie County. In 1832 he married Mahala Begley, the daughter of William and Winnie Sizemore Begley of Cherokee Indian descent. Their children were: Pleasant, Anna, Polly, William, John C. (Sherman's father who married Paulina Reynolds) Elizabeth, Edward, Winnie, Hiram, Harrison, Taylor, Blevins, Nancy, and George. Sherman's parents, who are buried at the homeplace at Confluence were as colorful as he. John C., born 1839, was a soldier in the Union Army. Three of his brothers also fought in the war. One was captured at Chickamauga on September 1863 and sent to Libby Prison, where he was liberated in a prisoner exchange only a few days before he was scheduled to be sent to Andersonville Prison. Another brother, William, born 1837, was the first man to top Lookout Mountain in Tennessee in the Battle of Lookout Mountain on November 24, 1863. John C. was known as an herb doctor and was called on for treatment of many ailments and to deliver babies. He became one of the pioneer doctors of Leslie County. He married Paulina Reynolds in 1864. Their children were: George, Ellen, Beverly, Letitia, Findley, Sherman, Emma, Lula, and Jasper. On April 18, 1897, Sherman married 19-year-old Lucy Jane Colwell, the daughter of Hiram and Rebecca Colwell on Campbell's Creek in Perry County. Rev. Isaac Hamblin performed the ceremony. Sherman farmed all his life. When younger, he supplemented his farm crops by working as a freighter, hauling supplies in a freight boat from Athol on the Breathitt and Lee County line. The trip often took ten days. In the winter months Sherman worked in log woods (1891), hauling logs to the river by oxen. At the river the logs were made into rafts and then floated to Beattyville, sometimes to Frankfort, where they were sold. Sherman built his own coffin and kept it ready for his burial. After Sherman died, Lucy Jane lived on at Krypton. Marie Baker, 113 Clearview Drive, Irvine, KY 40336, shares this photo with our readers.

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