October 2011

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Kirk Daniels, 10111 Flagg Springs Pike, California, KY 41007; 859/635-3904; kirkdaniels@insightbb.com, shares these photos of his ancestors who lived in the vicinity of Athol, Kentucky, near the Lee-Breathitt County line. In the top photo are Cal and Nancy Spicer Turner, Kirk's great-grandparents. Cal is holding Richard, and Nancy is holding Will. Richard and Will were brothers to Kirk's grandmother, Hazel. Standing (l-r) behind Cal and Nancy are Cal's sisters, Druscilla and Mahala. The bottom right photo is of Druscilla's home, which was located on Bean Fork, Breathitt County, a few miles from Athol. Kirk's mother, Wanda, is shown in the left photo, with her brother, Bill, and little sister, Diane. This photo was taken in Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Kentucky. The dates of the photos were not provided.

Tony Turner, 830 E. Pearl Street, Miamisburg, OH 45342, shares this article with our readers. He writes: "I had the privilege of growing up in my papaw's house on Mill Branch in Letcher County, Kentucky. My papaw, Fred Whitaker, was the son of Moses Whitaker who settled there in 1880. Sometime thereafter, Moses built a mill to grind the corn he raised. The mill sat on Mill Branch Creek where it joined another small creek we called Nellie Hollow, creating a small waterfall that powered the mill. The terrible flood of 1927 washed away the mill along with the two round millstones that were the main components of the mill. Unfortunately, Moses was in poor health and unable to look for the stones. He died the following year. Papaw, then 26 years old, began to look for the stones. From then on, every time the creek would flood, or washout as we called it, Papaw would search the creek looking for the millstones. Decades passed with no luck. Floods were often dramatic, turning the small creek into a raging torrent. The rapid water oftentimes moved boulders and washed out culverts and bridges, changing the creek each time. I was born in 1965, the son of Papaw's youngest daughter, Danette. Even though the stones had been lost for 38 years, Papaw continued to search the creek after every washout. Finally in 1971, some 44 years later, his determination paid off. After yet another flood, he spotted the end of one of the stones sticking out of the creek gravel. With a little more searching, the other stone was found about 25 feet downstream from the first. A long pole was cut and put through the center of each stone. Then Papaw and Uncle Colon carried them on their shoulders back upstream to Papaw's house. Papaw died in 1983 and the millstones are now on permanent display (shown in the photos above) at his homeplace as a monument to his dedication to preserving the past for future generations." Fred Whitaker is shown in the photo at right in 1971 after he located the millstones that had been washed away 44 years earlier.

Chauncy LaValle Scott of Chaplin, Kentucky, shares this photo taken in 1912 in Nelson County, Kentucky. James Harrison Scott is in the front row, in the middle, with the beard. Hester Hungate Scott is to his right. Ulysses Grant Scott is to her right. Charles Thomas Scott is seated to his right. Left of James is Jim Merritt (seated). John Nelson is seated to his left. Susan Ellen Scott is standing behind James Harrison. Sarah Elizabeth Scott, is holding a child on the far right. Henrietta Scott is standing behind John Nelson. See "Strictly Genealogy" beginning on previous page. Feel free to contact Chauncy with the names of the others.

Clyde R. Horton, 7402 Gatewood Drive, Crestwood, KY 40014, shares this photo taken in 1925 in Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky. Clyde's brother, Thomas Victor Horton, is standing by the right front fender of the first bus. Another brother, James Nelson Horton, is by the rear bus. The others in the photo are not identified. Clyde would like to have more information on these buses. Feel free to contact Clyde with any information on the buses or the names of the others in the photo.

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