March 2008

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Janet Cornelius, 2411 Mount Zion Road, East Bernstadt, KY 40729, shares this photo of the post office at Ionia, Kentucky, in Laurel County. It was in operation from August 1903 to December 19, 1937. Mose Carter was the postmaster. Pictured, front row, l-r: Betty Carter, Kenneth Holland, and Mose Carter. Back row, l-r: Stella Carter Baker, Roy Carter, Dave Holland, Hattie Carter Holland, and Flora Carter Watkins. Mose and Betty were Janet's grandparents.

The George and Dessie Harris family in the lobby of the Cherry Hotel in Wilson, North Carolina. They had just arrived for the 1949 National Family Basketball Tournament. Standing are team members, l-r: Steely Harris, Edgar Harris, Lytton Harris, Stanley Harris, George Harris, Jack Harris, and Glennis Harris. The children standing, l-r: Jerry Harris, Phyllis Harris, and Larry Harris. Seated, l-r: Elizabeth Harris, Janice Harris, Geneva Harris, Peggy Harris, Elva Smith, Kenneth Harris, Rena Harris, George Harris, and Dessie Harris. (Photo courtesy of Jack Harris.)

See the complete story on how this Whitley County Family won the 1949 National Basketball Championship.

Pleasureville senoritas during the period of the Spanish-American War. Pictured are Stella Mays, Martha O'Nan's mother, and her friends enjoying a sunny day in Henry County, Kentucky, in 1898.

Richard J. Raridon, 111 Columbia Drive, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, shares these photos and writes: "One of my great-grandfathers was Nimrod Ingram Young, born February 8, 1834, in Wayne County, Kentucky. He was the son of Washington Young and Margaret Pemberton. The house where he was born, pictured below, was built in 1790 on Langham's Branch, just over the line from Pickett State Park in Tennessee. It is recognized as the oldest house in Wayne County, Kentucky, and possibly the oldest house in the state to have been lived in continuously. Although the Youngs have not owned the property for some 140 years, we had a family reunion there a few years back. In 1859 Nimrod and his sister, Mary Ann, left for Iowa where Mary Ann Alvin Adkins, had gone out earlier from Wayne County to Jasper County, Iowa. Nimrod caught the gold fever and purchased a yoke of oxen which he drove to Colorado. After four months of laboring in a gold field, 75 miles west of Denver, for which he received a wage of $2.50 per day, he returned to Iowa. In 1873 Nimrod returned to Kentucky to visit his family and also to woo Lee Anna Norfleet, who was born July 24,1854, to Jesse and Amelia Gann Norfleet. They were married October 2, 1873, and immediately started for Iowa in a covered wagon. They moved into a new log house on a farm where they lived together for 50 years. Their first child was my grandmother, Tranna Mae, born July 14, 1874. Their last child was born in 1897, and, except for a baby who died two days after birth, all are pictured above, ca. 1907. Back row, l-r: Hugh Frank, John Percy, George Washington, James Weaver, and Ivy Vernon. Front row, l-r: Lee Anna (mother), Leola Joyce, Bolin Robert, Lloyd Lamar, Tranna Mae, and Nimrod (father). It is interesting that, by a circuitous route, I was born in Iowa and ended up living in Tennessee within 90 miles of Wayne County."



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