December 2011/January 2012

Scroll down and view just a sample of the many

photos you will see each month

in The Kentucky Explorer magazine.

This group gathered at the Thoroughbred Grill in Mays Lick, Mason County, Kentucky, in 1960 for a reception to honor William Collins, who was the president of the Bank of Mays Lick. At the time, William was around 95 years old and the oldest bank president in Kentucky. During the reception he was awarded a Kentucky Colonel certificate. Mr. Collins was often referred to as Will or Billy. Front row, l-r: Lena Collins Gault, Gertrude Collins, Mildred Collins, Virginia Collins, William H. Collins, H. Dye Collins, Mary "Mollie" Collins, Jakie D. Collins, and Sue Fox Collins. Second row, l-r: Anne Parker, Elmer S. West, E. A. Stears, Elizabeth Mitchell, Kathleen Estill Hilterbrand, Mittie D. Tolle, H. H. "Hob" Buchanan, Hugh Yancey, Sr., Carl Vice, Mrs. Purgram, Mr. Purgram, and James ?. Back row, l-r: Sanford R. Parker, Ed Kelley, Dr. A. D. Odom, Columbia Clift "Lum" Stears, James C. Roff, Leona West Buchanan, Bessie Peed Yancey, and Edith Purgram Vice. Robert Palmer, 5043 Main Street, Mays Lick, KY 41055, shares this photo.

The Peoples Store, aka Guy Hazel's Store, ca. 1912, Knottsville, Daviess County, Kentucky. The final location of the Knottsville Post Office was in this store from 1911 to 1913. In 1833 James Millay opened the first store and post office in Knottsville on this site. In 1859 Joseph B. Aud and his brother, Hilary T. Aud, opened a store here called "J. B. Aud and Brother." Sometime in the early 20th century this store passed to their nephew, Guy Wellington Hazel, Sr. Eventually the store was sold to Bob Pence and was torn down in 1963. See article in the December 2011/January 2012 issue of The Kentucky Explorer. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Millay.)

James I. Prater, 2000 Malvern Road, Columbus, OH 43221; 614/486-7597;, shares this photo of his maternal grandparents, Buck Elam and Julia Hale Hicks, and some of their children. The photo was taken in 1916 in Floyd County, Kentucky. L-R: Curtis, Leonard, Buck (holding James), Julia (holding Samuel), Martha, and Mary (in back).

McConnell Descendants Of Greenup County, Kentucky. Ken Sowards, 9201 Hilgefort Road, Fort Loramie, OH, 45845;, shares this photo of descendants of John McConnell and Lucy Lewis McConnell. The photo was taken on the porch steps of the McConnell House in Wurtland, Greenup County, Kentucky, between 1924-1927. John McConnell, who died in 1834, was an early state representative of Kentucky. Back row, l-r: Ida Rice McConnell, Elizabeth "Lizzy" Hertel Harvey, and Fred DeBord. Front row, l-r: Charles McConnell Crowell, Frances McConnell Crowell, and Mary "Mollie" Hollister Barnett. Mollie and Ida's husband, James, are first cousins and grandchildren of John and Lucy McConnell. Frances and Lizzy are second cousins and great-grandchildren of John and Lucy McConnell. Fred and Charles are third cousins and great-great-grandchildren of John and Lucy McConnell. Fred is Lizzy's nephew and a brother to Ken Soward's grandfather and, therefore, Ken's great-uncle.

John H. Henderson, 166 Bridgeville Road, Germantown, KY 41044, shares these photos of the Two Lick Baptist Church of Mason County, Kentucky. The Two Lick Baptist Church moved, in 1904, to the fork of the Germantown and Bridgeville Road in Bracken County, Kentucky. The congregation is shown below gathered in front of the church. The identities of the individuals in the congregation are unknown. The church was situated two miles south of Germantown on land donated by H. B. Galbraith. On June 13, 1944, the building was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. On December 7, 1947, the congregation dedicated their new building, which is shown in the top right photo. See the December 2011/January 2012 issue for other photos.

Corydon (Henderson County, Kentucky) High School Basketball Team of 1937. Front row, l-r: T. J. Liles, Dorris Givens, and Buck Pritchett. Back row, l-r: Marvin Pearcy and Shelby Neel Lilly. LaNeel Crabtree, 1937 Fawn Drive, Owensboro, KY 42303, shares this photo. LaNeel is the daughter of Shelby Neel Lilly who died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 52 in 1971. Shelby was 6' 5 1/2", LaNeel is 6' 2", and LaNeel's daughter is 6' 3". LaNeel's husband, Mike, is 6', on his tiptoes.

Come along and explore with our thousands of readers.

The Kentucky Explorer Contains Over 100 Photos Each Month.