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This column is based on information very kindly provided by local historian Jasper Castle. Many people in Madison County do not realize that in 1886, we commercially made our own whiskey right here in the county.

Out on Lancaster Pike, where it…

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With the advent of the new year, Little League sign-ups cannot be far behind. Don Richardson, local baseball coaching legend, shared with me some photos of early baseball teams from the 1950s and 1960s.

See how many of these names you can…

Happy New Year. The year of 2011 will be the 70th anniversary of the entry by the U.S into World War II. Our entry into a two-year old European conflict and the widening of the war into a true “world war” was caused by the Japanese attack on Pearl…

The Berea Women’s Club was organized on June 19, 1919 at the Berea Baptist Church by a group of ladies from the Berea community. The purpose of the organization was to bring together women of this area of Madison County for mutual counsel and…

For those of you that might find something familiar about these stories, my longtime co-author, Bob Grise, wrote an article on Archibald Woods some 12 years ago.

In case you have forgotten these strands of Madison’s early heritage, I present this…

This is a continuation of an article from the Richmond Climax of some 110 years ago, about the Archibald Woods family. This part of that article presents the more remote parts of that family and their journey from England, Scotland and Ireland to…

Over half of Madison County borders the Kentucky River, so naturally over the years there have been numerous ferries connecting our county with the lands across the river. In an earlier column, I described as many of these ferries as I could find a…

Charles T. Hughes was athletic director at Eastern for 23 years. He came to Eastern in 1929 (the year I was born) and retired in 1972 (by this time I was also on the faculty, having come to Eastern in 1959).

In high school, in Todd County, he…

Here are some interesting newspaper clippings as well as a review of Madison county newspapers from the 19th century, courtesy of Jasper Castle.

“January 6, 1848 — G.L. Pittman, editor of the Ploughboy at Richmond, [was] mortally wounded by a…

Earle Combs, for several years centerfielder for the New York Yankees, was born in Owsley County, Ky. He played baseball for teams in local coal-mining towns. He enrolled at Eastern when he was 17. His first year playing for the Maroons was 1918 and…
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