December 2010

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Hog killings are still popular in some communities of Kentucky. Amos Richardson, second from right, a skillful pork butcher for many years, raised this 500-pound hog. These friends and neighbors got together on December 10, 2009, at Amos' farm located on Marcum Fork Road, Breathitt County, Kentucky, for the butchering process. From left is George Watts, Ledford Lovins, Amos, and Samuel Faulkner. Amos is well-known in his community for his carpentry and farming expertise and is still today a firm believer in raising most of the food he consumes.
(Photo courtesy of Amos Richardson, Jackson, Kentucky.)

These two Kentucky High School legends helped make the 1955-1956 basketball season one for the record books. Both "King" Kelly Coleman (left) and Raymond "Corky" Withrow of Central City High School would earn All-State and All-American honors. In their only face-to-face competition on Christmas Eve 1955, both phenoms would score 40 points. After more than a half-century of no contact, the two were brought together in Wayland in 2008 for a filmed interview. Here they post together at the 2010 Kentucky High School Sweet Sixteen Tournament. On Kelly's storied career Corky comments, "In certain ways Kelly reinvented the way we played basketball. Most people cannot understand the pressure we played under, and I admire him for the way he overcame some personal problems and how he turned his life around." On their reacquaintance Corky continues "over the past two years we have developed a strong respect and friendship largely based on things we share in common from a long time ago. Recently he was one of my staunchest supporters for my induction into the KHSAA Hall of Fame, and I will always be grateful for that." On Kelly's refusal to be inducted into that same Hall of Fame, Corky responded, "I admire and respect his decision based on his personal reasons. For me induction was a special and appreciated honor, but somewhat hollow without my friend there. How can we have a true Kentucky sports hall of fame without "King" Kelly Coleman?" The filmed interview (on DVD) is available by calling Charlie Thurman at 270/949-1897.


Donna J. Osborne of Hillsboro, Ohio, shares this photo of the Shindiggers. Back row, l-r: Andy Gill, son of Thomas Gill; and Cloyd Kelly, son of James Kelly. Front row, l-r: Herb Lewis, son of L. B. Lewis; and Emery Gill, son of Thomas Gill. Herb is Cloyd's nephew. These gentlemen all have Kentucky families. The photo was taken in Hamilton, Ohio. No date was given. See query above.

With a four-foot tobacco stick, Joe Pelman walked the streets of Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Kentucky, hauling away whatever anyone needed to be moved. He was small in stature, about five feet. Joe wore his overcoat both winter and summer. Harold L. Riggs of Nicholasville, Kentucky, recognized Mr. Pelman's photo in The Explorer and provides this information. (See complete article in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.)

Dennis Rice, 2064 Boston Township Line Road, Richmond, IN 47374; [email protected], shares this photo of his great-grandfather, Robert Rice, and Robert's family from Confluence/Shoal Leslie County, Kentucky. L-R: Rene, Alice (possibly), Sylvania, Mahala (holding Polly), Chester Arthur, and Robert Rice. Mahala's parents were William and Jane Creech McKnight from Harlan County. It is believed that Robert's parents were Jacob and Jane Rice of Perry County. If anyone has any additional information, feel free to contact Dennis.

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