July/August 2014

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Inez L. Boling, 4466 Rose Avenue, Portsmouth, OH 45662, shares this photo of the family of Jake and Louise Applegate. No names are given. Place and date of photo not given. Feel free to contact Inez with any information.


William Webb, Jr., 26212 Buster Drive, Warren, MI 48091, shares this photo of his father, William Webb, Sr., and Robert Dale Webb (William Jr.'s son), taken in Dionne, Harlan County, Kentucky. ca. 1962.


These ladies arrived early for the camp meeting over the hill from Mt. Carmel High School that was being built at Mt. Carmel in Breathitt County, Kentucky. Dr. Henry Clay Morrison, President of Asbury College, preached here and dedicated the school on September 8, 1925. Robert Cundiff, Mill Creek Lawson Road, Jackson, KY 41339, shares this photo with our readers.



Thomas Edsel Murphy and Edna Lee Murphy, twins, were born June 2, 1930, in McCreary County, Kentucky. The children both died a little over a year later. They are buried in the Cal Hill Cemetery.

Murphy Family Of McCreary County Loses Twins In 1931
Life was pretty good for John and Robbie Murphy. John had a good job with the Southern Railroad, so he and Robbie, now the mother of two, decided they could buy a small farm in the Cal Hill community, in McCreary County, Kentucky, after the birth of their second child, Naomi. The oldest daughter, Lenis, had been born in June 1917. The third child, Lois, was born September 1925. Another daughter, Blanche, was born in October 1927. In the fall of 1929 Robbie was expecting another child. With another child coming in the summer, John decided to remodel the farm house to have more room with his growing family. Early that morning on June 2, 1930, with the help of a Dr. Edwards, Robbie not only gave birth to one beautiful baby, but two. What a joyous occasion it was in the Murphy household. Robbie named the twins Edna Lee and Thomas Edsel, both family names. They were two happy and healthy babies. Family photos indicate that they were a joy to the entire family. The two oldest girls, Lenis and Naomi, were very helpful in taking care of Lois, Blanche, and the twins. By now there were six children ages 13, 10, 5, 4, and two infants. Robbie managed the farm as best she could, but, there was a lot of cooking, washing, ironing, gardening, canning, and milking to do. The two oldest daughters were also very helpful with the chores on the farm. One short year had passed when Edsel became very sick with colitis. At that time there was no known cure. Robbie tried a variety of home remedies before sending for a local doctor. The death angel came for Edsel, as he died peacefully the morning of June 27, 1931. John and a cousin went to Pine Knott to get a "store-bought" coffin. Robbie and Lenis dressed Edsel in a little blue outfit that Robbie had made with a matching small cap. Before placing him in his tiny coffin, Robbie cut a small lock of his hair, tied it with a blue ribbon, and placed it in an envelope. The lock of hair is still in the family trunk 77 years later. Family and friends took the small coffin by wagon to the Cal Hill Cemetery where Edsel was to be buried. Neighbors had dug the grave. Robbie placed flowers from her yard in the coffin. From a small leather diary, that is still in the family, Lenis, stood very brave and read: "While this small body of clay lies lifeless and cold, let's all try to be cheerful, because death is just a dream, however dreadful on earth it may seem. Think of a home with the Savior on high where Little Edsel awaits us in the sweet by and by." The Murphy family didn't really have time to grieve over the death of Edsel. Within a few days the death angel came for Edna. She, too, had the dreaded colitis. She died July 4, 1941. Again Lenis helped her mother dress Edna in a little pink dress and matching bonnet that Robbie had made. She also cut a lock of Edna's hair, tied it with a small pink ribbon, and placed it in an envelope. The following day the family took Edna to the cemetery to be laid to rest by her brother. Lenis repeated the poem. Life didn't stop for the Murphy family. John continued working for the railroad and Robbie and the girls worked the farm. In 1932 Robbie gave birth to another son and in 1934 another little girl. Lenis was quoted as saying, "God sent Momma another boy and girl to replace the two children she had lost." With all of life's ironies, John and Robbie Murphy, who moved to the Cal Hill community in 1924, lived and died there. They rest with those two beautiful children they lost so many years ago. Peggy Wilson, P. O. Box 553, Whitley City, KY 42653, shares these photos and information shared with her by her late sister, Naomi Murphy.



Harold and Diane Howell, 755 Grassy Lick Road, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353; dchowell@kih.net, shares this photo, taken in the early 1900s at Ermine, Letcher County, Kentucky, of the Craft family. Front row, l-r: Clarinda Adams Craft (1849-1928), Joe Wiley Craft (5/1848-1920), Edward Polley, and Nancy Craft Polley (born 1878). Standing, l-r: Polly Kincer Craft, Mose Craft (10/15/1875-1/20/1947), Betty Ann Craft (9/12/1880-5/27/1939), John C. Pratt (12/12/1875-9/23/1943), Maggie Morgan Craft, William Edward Craft (7/21/1888-4/29/1968), Cornelia "Aunt Neelia" Craft Adams, Lawrence Adams, Ollie Craft Kincer (2/9/1891-7/30/1968), Alex Kincer (died 1922), Henry Monroe Craft (born 1872) never married, Lydia Margaret Kincer Pace, and Benjamin Oscar Pace. Clarinda and Joe Wiley Craft reared Benjamin Pace after his mother died.



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