November 2010

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Shelby Hensley, 25038 Filmore Street, Taylor, MI 48180, shares this photo taken ca. 1952 of the Belfry High School cheerleaders. Identities of the girls were not provided. Belfry is located in the far eastern section of Kentucky in Pike County.

Leo D. Abney was born on a farm in the foothills of Kentucky and earned his bread by the sweat of his brow. This photo was taken when Leo was eight years old. He was plowing the family garden at Patsey, Estill County, Kentucky. The Abneys raised plenty of green beans and Irish potatoes and canned plenty to get them through the harsh winters during the 1940s and 1950s. They also raised their own hogs and chickens. Life was hard, but God was good, and all the family got through the hard times. Readers can contact Leo at 4347 Megner Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45236; abney!@zoomtown.com.

Footwashing at Apple Orchard Church, Pike County, Kentucky, ca. 1938

Eldora Maynard Trimble, 1670 Ivy Creek Road, Ivel, KY 41642; 606/478-9399; plethora0424@yahoo.com, shares this photo taken ca. 1938 at the Apple Orchard Old Regular Baptist Church on Lower Brushy of Pike County, Kentucky. Holding the pan to be used for the old-time footwashing was Doc Maynard, Eldora's uncle. The six people in front are (l-r) Iva Jean Scott, Myrtle Scott, Mary Maynard, Preacher Willis Blackburn, Elizabeth Parsons, and Delmon Stanley. Back row, starting at the far left, Alice Robinson, Gladys Robins (holding Mary Ruth Robinson), Edna Robinson, Susie Maynard, Annie Reed, Lorabelle Harville, Burl Robinson, Dora Maynard, Doc Maynard, Preacher Ester Hopkins, Annice Elkins, Lucy Blackburn, George Runyon, Hugh Ross, Clinton Howard, Sam Robinson, Ida Belle Lowe, America Young, Polly Ann Maynard, and Andy Maynard. Standing in doorway, l-r: Vasti Taylor, Preacher Johnny Nichols, Roland Maynard (Eldora's dad), Elvert Maynard (Eldora's uncle), and Ernie Robinson.

This simple wooden shack converted from an old boxcar was typical of many depots in Kentucky during the late 1800s and early 1900s. This depot was located at Cedar Bluff (Caldwell County), on a branch line of the Illinois Central Railroad running from Princeton (Caldwell County) south to Gracey and Hopkinsville (Christian County). Two years later this shack was replaced by a depot relocated from Scottsburg (Caldwell County), Kentucky. This photo was taken in 1903 and the man is unidentified. See the complete story "Ghost Railroads" In Western Kentucky and other photographs in the November 2010 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.

5th Army, 45th Division, 401st AAA Gun Battalion, B Battery, ca. 1942. Back row, l-r: Wil-burn B. Herald, Breathitt County, Kentucky; Warren Wogman, Ohio; Blackburn Howard, Keck, Breathitt County, Kentucky; and Robert Duffield, Bell County, Kentucky. Front row, l-r: Tony Shodo, Virginia or West Virginia; Elmer Alex-ander, California; and Ira Lee, Ohio. If any of these men are alive, feel free to contact Wilburn Herald, 3635 State Route 222, Batavia, OH 45103; 513/797-4733, who shares this photo.

Estill L. Huff, 4854 Shepherdsville Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701, shares this old photo of Huff family members. The date and location of the photo was not provided. Some of those in the photo (not in order) are Louella Huff Valentine, Estill Huff, Louise Huff Abner, Ruth Huff Bowling, Edward Huff, and Fae Huff Bowling.

A. D. Campbell's 1889. This was the first store building built in the new town of Middlesborough. Lumber had to be brought over Cumberland Gap by wagon. The building was completely destroyed by fire in May of 1890.


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