2011 Articles

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2011 Articles

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Kathryn Engle

Items in the 2011 Articles Collection

Early Little League Teams
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…

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 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…

Here are some bits of information on the Boone family and Fort Boonesborough.

Boone’s first fort at Fort Boonesborough was actually an unfortified small camp. There was a large mineral water spring called “Sycamore Hollow” nearby. The…

James Estill was born in Virginia in 1750. He came to Madison County in 1775 and a few years later he and his brother Samuel built a fort called Estill’s Station (located about three miles from present day Richmond).

On March 20, 1782 Wyandot…

A favorite newspaper comic strip of the 1930s and 1940s was “The Toonerville Trolley” drawn by Fontaine Fox and based on the memories of his youth in Louisville. He graduated from Male High School in 1904 and after working as a political…

This year is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. Kentucky was a pivotal state in this conflict.

Here are some events from that long-ago war; a war what was, particularly for Kentuckians, the conflict of “a house…

Here are some bits and pieces of Madison County history, not necessarily connected.

Most people know that Green Clay was the father of Cassius M. Clay of White Hall, Madison County. But did you know that he was a second cousin of Henry Clay? Did…

In the Kentucky Encyclopedia, published as part of the state bicentennial in 1992, I contributed the article on Richmond.

Bob Grise and I have written many articles about various subjects related to our hometown over the last 40 years or…

These are three short stories with connections to Madison County.

Squire Boone

Squire Boone left Boonesborough and Madison County in 1779 and founded Squire Boone Station near the location of present day Shelbyville. At that time, it was the…

The county governments of Madison, Fayette and Jessamine counties have a contract according to which they are to contribute to the cost of operating the Valley View Ferry. Recently, Fayette County officials indicated they may drop out of the…