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.
January 29, 1898
Yesterday afternoon with Dr. Sandlin I visited Mr. Owsley's school on Horse Creek. He had a model school with 52 pupils. He is related to Governor Owsley's family. He had perfect order and model work. Everybody was interested. In the district there are 83 children of school age, and he made and average of $62 for the five months term of free school which closed a month ago. He has finished a month of his subscription school.
I stayed all night with Bro. Mike Horton, a brother-in-law of General Garrard. He is 78 years old, has nearly ran his race, and yet I fear he is not prepared to die.
I spent the day at Judge B. P. White's. It was pleasant indeed, such delightful ladies, his wife, two daughters, and Miss Fannie their cousin. O, that they had full salvation. Tonight there is a dance in full progress at the Lucas Hotel now at 10:00 p.m. They are dancing away in the dining room. O, that this revelry may be broken up by the power of God. I am ready to endure all things for the elects' sake.
February 2, 1898
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