September 2007 Photographs

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The Sunday School Class of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Pendleton County, Kentucky, in 1913. Front row, l-r: Gladys Bowen; Ada Bowen Mullins, teacher; and Ada's son, Lester Mullins. Back row, l-r: Priscilla Slater, unknown, Delorous Mullins (?), unknown, Ora Oliver Belew, Flora Ashcraft Monroe, unknown, Bessie Mangold Bowen, Raymond Mangold (?), Lee (?), and Stephens (?). Sondra Bailey, 545 Concord Road, Verona, KY 41092, shares this treasured old photo and says that this old church is still standing and her great-grandparents, Charlie and Lillie Mullins, are buried in the nearby cemetery.

The Willow Dell School was established in 1875 by John J. Dickey in Elizaville, Fleming County, Kentucky. It is now an apartment building. L. David Jackson, Sycamore Hill, Carlisle, KY 40311; [email protected], shares this photo, which was taken in 1894, and the following information: " On the first Monday in September 1867, John J. Dickey began teaching with 18 pupils. His sister, Eva Dickey, was soon called to assist, and, at the end of the school year, they had 80 students. At the beginning of the second year, the enrollment was 81, but, since the Willow Dell Academy was soon organized, the basement school was shortly closed. Prior to the opening of the Willow Dell Academy, there had been another old school in Elizaville, situated on the same lot, back toward Johnson. This Willow Dell Academy was started as a two-room affair, one room on the ground and the other directly over it. True to the previous scholastic tradition, this academy was excellent, and the students were taught by many fine teachers, some of them from the North. In the 1860s, a Yankee woman by the name of Miss Mary Perkins taught there. Afterwards, N. B. Price, another scholar, instructed there. In 1875 Willow Dell had about 70 pupils in attendance, with Professor Clarence P. Caywood as principal. Other early teachers in the school were Annie Rossell; Sallie Mahon from Glasgow, Kentucky; Kate Pryor of Carrollton, Kentucky; Lillie Wade; Hanson Peterson, who later became a lawyer in Cynthiana, Kentucky; Charles Marshall, who later became a bank president; Lizzie McClintock; Sallie McIntyre, from Millersburg, Kentucky; and Miss Lyle Hutchison. This same Willow Dell was organized into a high school and Mrs. J. A. Carriker, formerly Miss Elizabeth Dorsey, was the first person to graduate from here in 1920. It ceased to be a high school in 1935. Willow Dell Academy was named by Miss Amelia O. Bannon, mother of Senator Allie W. Young." See excerpts from Dickey's Diary each month in The Kentucky Explorer.

This is the U. S. Post Office at Seco, Letcher County, Kentucky. Seco was an old coal camp built in the early 1900s. The Methodist Church is shown to the left. Seco is one of the 58 post offices listed in the U. S. Postal Guide in 1927 for Letcher County. Tom Blevins, [email protected], shares with our readers this photo which was taken in May 2006.

Celeste White McIntosh Bach shares this treasured photo of the members of the White family gathered outside the family home at Rousseau on Quicksand Creek in Breathitt County, ca. 1940s. Back row, l-r: James White; George White (grandfather); Curtis White, father), holding Donard White; Willie White; Edna White; and Joseph Harris (grandfather). Front row, l-r: Celeste White; George L. White; Gertrude White (grandmother); Pearlie White, holding Lillian White; Ova White, holding the puppy; and Jewel White.
(Photo courtesy of Celeste White McIntosh Bach.)

Gary Riester, 504 Elmwood Court, Nicholasville, KY 40356, shares this photo and writes: "Karl Andrew Reister, the grandson of a German immigrant, is pictured here as a teenager, ca. 1915, with his own pony and buggy. He was the only child of Charles and Lillie Reister. A child of Karl's age having his own rig was about as common as today's 13-year-old having his own Corvette. He possessed, according to older family members, a strong and sound mind and will. He was reputed to be smarter than his teachers and thoroughly bored with schooling. All he ever wanted to do was to be a farmer, but his parents wanted more for him. He was sent off to the prestigious school at Berea (Madison County) for further studies. He became so bored that he ran away and returned via train to Nicholasville (Woodford County) and told everyone the school had burned down. Being the horse-and-buggy days, it was nearly a year before Charlie and Lillie learned they had been hoodwinked. Being a pretty good storyteller, Karl rendered the following story: 'Knowing I was going to get a good paddling, upon hearing the old man approaching in a furor, I hastily stuffed some school books in the seat of my pants. In haste, the old man had picked up a piece of a shutter for a paddle, and it had a small nail in it. When questioned what happened, I replied. When the old man popped me on the rear, the nail went through my arithmetic book and cut a figure eight, passed on into my geography book and split Africa in half, and traveling on, it hit George Washington right in the forehead and killed him deader than a doornail.' Suffice to say Dad was a farmer for many years."



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