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In 1991 Madison and Jessamine and Fayette counties took over the Valley View ferry. At that time Jessamine County Judge Executive Neal Cassity interviewed Ed Land, who was born in Valley View in 1916 and was raised there. The ferry originated in 1785…

Linda Ashley provided me with excerpts from the diary of Professor Josephus Newton Davis, in which he mentions several early schools in Madison County. Davis states he taught at Hays Fork of Silver Creek, near B. F. Moore’s place, a house rented…

Jackie Couture, historian and university record officer at Eastern’s Crabbe Library (University Archives) developed and printed a waterways map of the county (1999). It shows the creeks and branches in our county and is a most interesting document.…

How did citizens get around Richmond in the 1890s? Well, it was small enough that you could walk, if you had the time, but there were other modes of transportation as we can learn from Arthur Aker’s 1963 manuscript, which we have mentioned…

Referring again to Arthur Akers’ manuscript we can learn about health care in the late 19th century in Richmond. Akers lists the following local doctors: Dr. Poyntz, Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Holton (a homeopath).

A major medicine for children was…

My long time co-author, Dr. Robert Grise, had written of the coming of utility companies to Richmond. In this column, I approach this subject with some interesting facts from Arthur Aker’s manuscript.

Seemingly the city water works came into…

We have already discussed Madison County libraries in earlier columns. We have extensively covered the long history of the Eastern Kentucky University library in several columns over the years.

The Model Training School — High School library was…

A cousin of mine recently wrote me of his trips to Crosley Field in Cincinnati in the days of his youth. That triggered my own memories of going to see the Reds play.

Back in the last half of the 1940s, my uncle Ewell Stinson took me to my first…

Up until the first quarter of the 19th century, there was no organized Baptist church in Richmond. Those of that faith had to worship at the county Baptist churches. In 1828, Green Clay, father of Cassius Clay of White Hall, made over the title of a…

Did you read the recent article in the Lexington paper about Kenny Davis and the Olympic medals? He lives just across the county line in Garrard, so I believe it is an appropriate subject for a column. His wife, Dr. Rita Davis, taught with me for a…

Where did one go for a drink in the Richmond of the 1890s? To answer this question, let’s go to the 1963 manuscript of Arthur K. Ackers – “I Remember Richmond.”

Bill Jones’ saloon was located on N. Second Street, across from courthouse…

Did you see the recent article in the Richmond Register about mapping the Richmond Cemetery? In it, Bill Robinson explained how burial sites were being located via ground radar. Even sites containing more than one body can be imaged.

The Richmond…

The “Richmond Climax” was a predecessor of the “Richmond Register.” Jasper Castle provided me with a copy of the Climax from Jan. 11, 1899. Of special interest from this issue is a column by Gov. Ed Brown about several Madison County…

This is the second and concluding part of an article quoting from the old Richmond Climax of Jan.11 and March 1, 1899. “Governor” Ed Brown continues to wax poetic (figuratively and literally) about villages and regions in our county in the last…

Floyd Coleman recently sent me information on local men who served in the 7th Cavalry under Gen. George Armstrong Custer. I had mentioned Thomas Stivers in a recent column about the Richmond Cemetery. Coleman’s information clarified some of my…

Randall Shew passed away recently. He was an outstanding publisher of the Richmond Register during the early days of this column. Madison’s Heritage is 40 years old this year. Robert Grise and I began writing it in 1969. It may be the longest…

After a recent column in which I wrote about trips to the state tournament by basketball teams from Red House High and Waco High, I received requests to reprint an earlier column about a 1931 state tournament trip by the White Hall High girls’…

What did the citizens of Richmond eat in the 1890’s? Let us refer back once more to Arthur K. Aker’s 1963 manuscript, “I remember Richmond.” He begins by reminding us that his father was a professor at Central University and did not make much…

This is part two in our look at what the citizens of Richmond ate in the 1890s, based on Arthur K. Aker’s manuscript.

Chickens were brought home live and killed on the premises. Their necks were wrung off and headless fowls flopped wildly —…

Back in my high school days (1943-47), Bob Ackman was both basketball and baseball coach at Madison High. He was very successful at both. In basketball, the Purples went to the state tournament three out of four years. In 1944, the team placed third…

In a recent column on what the citizens of Richmond ate in the 1890s, I mentioned a cake or bread called a Sally Lunn. I asked if anyone had ever heard of it. In Collins English Dictionary the item Sally Lunn is defined as a round cake made from…

When the U.S. government bought land in Madison County and established the Bluegrass Ordnance Depot, several old mansions were torn down. One of these was Castlewood.

Located on Big Hill Road, James Estill built it in 1825. He was a nephew of…

This is the second article based on the 1965-1966 Eastern faculty-staff directory discovered by my wife in a pile of old items. The first column dealt with faculty, this one with the staff employees.

Robert R. Martin was president and Ann Hoge…

What kind of after school or weekend work could a boy find in 1890s Richmond? I will again refer to the Akers’ manuscript.

First, there apparently was lots do to around the house. Coal had to be brought in for the stoves and the open fireplaces…

What was Christmas like here long ago, in the years of 1935-1955?

For a starter, the Christmas trees looked different. Almost all the trees were “live,” home county-cut cedar trees. The stand was a wooden “x” attached to the base of the…

There have been several Boonesborough celebrations. The first was in 1840, 65 years after the fort was settled. It was triggered by an article by Nathaniel Hart, setting forth the contention that Boonesborough, and not Harrodsburg, was the first…

I remember many Thanksgivings in the Richmond of long ago (for me, 1935-1965). Thanksgiving originally was not an annual holiday and was celebrated only if the President of the United States issued a proclamation. President Franklin Roosevelt tried…

A number of years ago, I wrote up various Madison County schools which had done well in basketball.

Recently, Diana Wells Ross sent me information and a picture of the 1931 girls basketball team at White Hall High School (see picture). The team…

Everyone knows about Daniel Boone. What follows is a series of sketches about some other members of the Boone Family.

Rebecca Bryan married Daniel Boone on Aug. 14, 1756. She was just 17, having been born June 9, 1739, in Virginia. The Bryans…

A schedule booklet for the second semester in 1940 was printed up by Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College. It has all sorts of interesting photos and descriptions of activities that were supposed to convince a high school graduate to rush right…

Most people know the stories about Henry Clay and his cousin Cassius M. Clay of White Hall. But there were other Clays as well. Here are thumbnail sketches of some of them.

Green Clay was the starting point of our group of Clays. Born Aug. 14,…

Here are some miscellaneous scraps of Madison County history. If you can find a common theme, you are a better reader than I am a writer.

Col. Richard Henderson of the Transylvania Company described the treaty deed of Kentucky land granted to him…

Waco High School won its region and went to the state basketball tournament in 1932. The regional games were played in Eastern’s gym and the state tournament was played in Lexington.

Back in those days there were A and B brackets. The local…

Before the Ohio Valley Conference there was the K.I.A.C. The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was begun in 1923. Two colleges from Madison County were original members — Berea and Eastern.

Other original members were Centre,…

Eastern and Western state normal schools for the training of public schoolteachers were established by the Kentucky legislature in 1906 after the president of Kentucky State Agricultural & Mechanical College (U.K. after 1916) abolished their normal…

When Eastern Kentucky State Normal School & Teachers College was established by the Kentucky legislature in 1906, only a small, inadequate amount of tax money was appropriated for the library.

After that, no significant provision was made for the…

Around 1962, a handsome portrait of Dr. James V. Logan was presented to Centre College in Danville by Mr. and Mrs. J. Ashlin Logan, Mr. Logan being James Logan’s grandson.

James Neal shared with me two clippings describing this event. The…

The Red House Methodist Church recently celebrated Its 100th anniversary. Following is a partial short history of the church. It was made available by Bonnie Hackworth Russell.

First Methodist Conference

The first Methodist Conference in…

A few years ago at the Richmond Mall, the Kentucky Chautauqua gave a performance on the life of Edwin P. Morrow, Republican governor of Kentucky from 1919 until 1923. It was an excellent one-man portrayal.

Isaac Bradley, the great-grandfather of…

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