Below are just a couple of the stories in this issue
The End Of The Ride: General Patton’s Fatal AccidentDecember 20, 2015
Squire Boone Has Rich History In KentuckyDecember 19, 2015
Here are just a few of the great photos appearing in this month’s issue!
The USS Kentucky Takes On Ammunition ca. 1901
The USS Kentucky was launched on March 24, 1898. She was commissioned on May 15, 1900. In her 20 years of service, USS Kentucky participated in no major combat. From 1917 until her decommissioning on May 29, 1920, she served as a training ship. She was sold for scrap on March 24, 1923.
Jim Tackitt, 260 Bella Vista Way, Rio Vista, CA 94571, shares this photo of a deathbed scene in Pike County, Kentucky, in 1909. The man lying in the bed is Nathan Tom Tackett, 1885-1909. He is buried in the Jay Tackitt Cemetery on Long Fork Creek in Pike County. Seated, l-r: Cordelia May Tackett Bond (Mrs. Charles F., 1884-1955), Jasper “Jay” Tackitt, Sarah Johnson Tackitt, and Dr. Charles Franklin Bond, M. D. (1875-1949). Jasper and Sarah were the parents of Cordelia and Nathan.
Families of the 1950s worked together storing food for the winter. Some Kentucky families stored bushels of sweet potatoes and other vegetables and fruits in cellars or placed them in dug-out holes covered with boards and straw. (Marion Post Wolcott photo.)
Mahogany Mills of C. C. Mengel & Bros. Company, Louisville, Ky.
C. C. Mengel formed the Mengel Furniture Company sometime after the Civil War in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. The company produced household furnishings, wooden washing machines, etc. Shown in this 1907 photo is the Mahogany Mills, which was owned by the Mengle Furniture Company.
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I would like to hear from these old schoolmates and friends at Keavy, Laurel County, Kentucky: Ralph Steele, Ina Joyce Huff, Letha House Garland, Sybil Martin, Janice Barnett, Hazel Cody, Norma Litton, and Martha Sears.
Curtis C. Cornett
8910 Eby Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
I would like to hear from some of my relatives, the children or grandchildren of Stella Maret or Pauline Crowe.
Imogene Witt Cornett
8910 Eby Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
My uncle and aunt, Sam and Susie Roberts, lived on Ball Creek (Perry County) in a log house. It was always so neat to visit them there. Their son, Arthur, and his wife, Mae, had two children, Verlie and Reuben.
I never hear of these relatives any more.
I would like to see a photo of the old schoolhouse that was located there on Montgomery Creek (Perry County). I went back there a few months ago to take a picture of it, but the old school is now gone.
I was married to R. B. Ritchie for 23 years.
Mae R. Hall
11511 N. State Road 3
Kendallville, IN 46755
I am a research consultant to the U. S. Marshals Museum in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, currently seeking photographs of the Deputy U. S. Marshals who were killed in the line of duty.
These photos will be placed in our Hall of Honor recognizing all United States Marshal Service personnel killed in the line of duty from around the country. The following are the deputy U. S. Marshals and posse who were killed in Kentucky and the dates on which they died:
William A. Byrd, January 16, 1897; George Ellis, December 10, 1877; Arthur J. Harrington, June 6, 1876; Walter Raleigh Killion, May 24, 1884; Russell Wireman, March 28, 1889; Noah R. Friend, November 13, 1963; Adrian Metcalf, July 31, 1929; James H. Short, May 26, 1923; John Sloan, May 4, 1913; Boyd Arnett, August 20, 1895; Simon Combs, January 23, 1901; Emanuel Crusoe, August 8, 1871; Charles Smith, March 17, 1911; and Willis Russell, July 1, 1875.
If any Kentucky Explorer readers could help us in locating photos of the above listed men, please contact me.
Robert R. Ernst
U. S. Marshals Museum
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Mrs. Cecil G. Copenhaver 1908-1912 S. 4th Street Springfield, IL 62703
Minnie Carender 7097 N. Peacock Road Williamsburg, IN 47393
Margie Lewis 15480 N. Highway 1247 Eubank, KY 42567
(Various Materials To Aid In Family History Research).
“Clay Bank,” the father of Billy Baker, Sr., was called “Renta,” and he has a brother, Bowling Baker, and a brother, George Baker. George was the father of John Baker, called “Cana,” the rhymer, who made rhymes on Col. Felix Gilbert and “Dry” John Baker when John ran for the Senate and (was) elected and when Felix ran for Representative and was defeated by Elhanon Murphy.
Bowling Jr., son of Bowling, Sr., was bound to Daugh White to learn salt making and killed Morgan Dezam with a single-barrel pistol with two balls in it. He fled the country and never returned.
George’s descendants have disappeared. The Bakers came from North Carolina to Madison County and lived in forts there. Another of these hunters from the bluegrass was William Morris, called “Cuddy,” who settled in the Forks of Goose Creek and Red Bird. These, “Renta” Baker, his three sons, George, John, and “Julius” Bob Morris, Jack Harris, Elisha Harrison, with my father, David Robertson, made the eight hunters who visited these regions.
Beng Langford and a man named Lyons first made salt at the Gillan Ford. I think they were the first who made salt for commerce. I have seen 40 boat loads of salt, 2,500 bushels tied up at my father’s place at the mouth of Beech Creek from 1837 to 1844. There were 18 furnaces in blast above Manchester, beside Francis Clark’s two furnaces, one coal and the other wood. Francis Clark got his 1,000 acres at the mouth of Bull Skin by a “Head right” from Virginia. I think it was patented in his father’s name. Salt was worth 75¢. The Goose Creek furnaces made about 90 bushels a day and the Bull Skin about 60 bushels, and they would average 200 days in the year.
My mother was an Allen. She was a daughter of Adoniram Allen. He was nicknamed “Tedious” because he was so particular. The two creeks called “Teges” were named for him; he was born in New Hampshire near the Vermont line. He was a captain in Colonel Cleveland’s regiment at the battle of King’s Mountain where three colonels commanded alternately. He settled in Augusta, Georgia. He was a mechanic. He was first a ship builder. At Augustua he put up iron works for some parties there. He also did some work of that kind in Sparta, Georgia. He emigrated to Kentucky, but stopped in North Carolina and stayed there for only a year to put up a mill. Perhaps James and Theodore Garrard, James and Daugh White, were commissioners who expended $20,000 in South Fork and Goose Creek and Red Bird. This was about 1836-37. Eighteen years ago Judge Hyden got an appropriation of $6,000 which General Garrard and myself expended in the narrows or from the mouth of Crain Creek to Turkey Gap, a distance of five miles by land. Most of it was put in Chute. The “basin” is 27 feet deep. We put blasts in the bottom of the narrows. There have been perhaps 100 salt boats sunk in the “basin,” but no one was ever lost there until 1871; several have drowned since. Pilots used to charge $5 for taking boats through the narrows.
There were 300 guards at the jail at one time when Dr. Baker was in prison here. I was a guard from June to October. I was one of the eight inside guards. I was always present when any of Dr. Baker’s friends came in to see him. I was a late comer into the county and all parties had confidence in me. While the 300 county guards were on duty the state sent 300 guards, so that there were 600 at one time. Judge F. P. Robertson and Judge Kainkade, both of Lexington, were retained for the defense. Joseph Moore of Mt. Vernon was Commonwealth’s Attorney; Dr. Caldwell’s father assisted in the prosecution. Dr. Baker was a monomaniac on the subject of his wife. He would talk with perfect coherency in any other subject, but the moment his wife was mentioned he was wild, looked wild, and talked incoherently. Daniel Bates made a will after Dr. Baker shot him, willing $10,000 for the prosecution of Dr. Baker. He died inside of 24 hours after he was shot. He was sitting in his chair, asleep, at the salt furnace, when Baker shot him.
Milt Rice, afterwards Congressman from the ninth district, located at Barboursville, I think it was, to practice law. His brother located at Irvine and married a Miss Smith. They were Irishmen who located first in New York then came to Kentucky. Rice had not gotten any practice when a suit came up Commonwealth against “Boston” Bob Barker, a misdemeanor. He had no counsel and the Judge appointed Rice to defend him. Silas Woodson, afterwards Governor of Missouri, and John M. Elliott, afterwards Judge of the Court of Appeals, were prosecuting. They made Baker out to be terribly guilty. Hi Cornett was also before the court for the same offense; the difficulty had been between them. In the latter case they changed sides. Now Cornett was an angel. Rice said that in New York they did not practice law by telling anecdotes, but as it was so common in Kentucky he would indulge. He said he was reminded of Woodson’s position in this case of a church trial.