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Mrs. Frances Black recently sent me a clipping of one of my Madison’s Heritage columns, printed in the Richmond Register on November 29, 1988. She found the clipping in the desk drawer of her late husband, Raymond. I thought the column worth…

In researching the recent column on Madison High’s 1939 trip to the basketball state tournament, I read through some of the Richmond Daily Registers of that time. Here are some bits and pieces of life in Richmond in 1939.

From advertisements we…

Wellington Court was one of Richmond’s first subdivisions. It opened around 1929. If you enter from Lancaster Avenue, you are on Wellington Drive. If you take a right from this point, you are on South Wellington Drive, crossing South Third Street…

On Aug. 29, the Tates Creek Baptist Church will celebrate 225 years of service to the community with a homecoming. The timing is inexact as the church was organized between 1783 and 1786, before Kentucky was even a state. To further add to the…

I graduated from Eastern Kentucky State College around the first of June 1951. At the same time, I finished four years of R.O.T.C. (Reserve Officer Training Corps) and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. At that time,…

With another successful re-enactment of the Battle of Richmond, we are reminded of the critical role Kentucky played in the Civil War. The war has many connections with the county beyond the August battle. Here is an article from some years ago…

This is the second in a series of columns recounting my personal recollections and memories of Eastern’s presidents going back to my entrance in Richmond in early 1930. I was born in Louisville in November of 1929, as I was a late baby and my…

This is the second in a series of columns recounting my personal recollections and memories of Eastern’s presidents going back to my entrance in Richmond in early 1930. I was born in Louisville in November of 1929, as I was a late baby and my…

I recently came across a paperback book titled “Eastern Kentucky Review 1953.” It was actually the 1953 college catalog for the then Eastern Kentucky State College. Reviewing the booklet I recognized two of the Regents, Wendell Butler, the State…

The year 1946 — unbelievably that was 64 years ago now — I was still a student at Model high. What were things like on the campus of Eastern Kentucky State Teacher’s College?

Well, Mildred Estes was Miss Eastern (with Marie Riherd and Ruth…

This article is taken from the Richmond Climax, dated May 22, 1889, as supplied by Jasper Castle.

“The Richmond cemetery goes back to about 1848, when Senator John Speed Smith obtained a charter incorporating the cemetery. Nothing more was done…

The postwar social, regulatory and economic times provided many local area students here in Madison county with a unique opportunity to pursue a college education at Eastern Kentucky State College. Not wanting to be completely cut off from home ties,…

From the Kentucky State Register for the year 1847, we learn the following details about the people and places in Madison County over 150 years ago. These first paragraphs were gleaned from some of the earliest records kept for our county, a county…

Veteran’s Day (Remembrance Day in Canada and Great Britain) is upon us once again, and my mind goes back to my own military service. I trust you will indulge me in this reminiscence.

Many Madison Countians went to the Army in 1951. I was one of…

The recent general election results triggered my memory of some county election history. With the election to the position of magistrate of Republican Greg King, the re-election of Republican Roger Barger and Billy Ray Hughes’ return to his former…

Who do you think of when you remember your days at Eastern?

Today, I will list my version of Eastern’s best known faculty — that is the ones I think of when I think of Eastern.

For me it is the faculty of 1957. I was not a student that…

I recently asked Jasper Castle about a place called Engle, Ky., in Estill County. Here is his answer.

“One mystery solved. In sorting through some of Mother’s stuff, I found a map showing Engle across the Kentucky River from College Hill [See…

RICHMOND — Occasionally, we take a look at what Richmond businesses existed in a certain year. Our year this time is 1940.

Of the first group, the only store I do not personally recall is Bohon Stores. Known to me were Doc’s Restaurant,…

Here are some odds and ends, not necessarily connected by a common theme or issue.

First, I present interesting items from a copy of the Richmond Daily Register of March 11, 1947. We learn the following facts: There are three movie houses in…

People occasionally ask me if I ever heard of a local band called “The Footwarmers.” I have, and in a column on local music written in 1999, provided a photograph of that group.

The group was formed by Leon (Hunky) Elder and was called “The…

This is the second article based on the social page of the Richmond Daily Register in 1936. This time we deal with a selection of weddings.

“Hurst-Vaughn

Mr. and Mrs. Ben F. Hurst announce the marriage of their daughter, Anna, to Mr. Ebre S.…

I recently read “Old Kentucky Watering Places” by Lexingtonian J. Winston Coleman Jr. It appeared originally in the Filson Club History Quarterly of January 1942. The spas were for people to partake of the curing qualities of mineral spring…

Many of us spent New Year’s Day watching one football game after another. When I first tuned my radio in to these events back in the 1940s, there were only five bowl games — Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton and Sun. Early in World War II, they moved…

This is a second column on sports history. In the first one, we discussed football bowls and basketball. In particular, we traced Madison High’s four trips to the state basketball tournament. Less well known are the trips to the state by Red House…

This is a column about Madison County high schools over the years.

Madison Academy (for boys) began in 1814. There also was Madison Female Institute for girls. There were other private high schools in the county, including one at Kirksville and…

The late Dr. Russell Todd, a local dentist and long-time resident of Madison County, wrote a short history ofthe early days ofthe First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). I present it for your enjoyment.

Church History for Centennial Program…

At Eastern, in the 1930 to 1950 era, there was a loud whistle which was blown to start and end classes. For example, 9 a.m. end, 9:10 start. It was located near the power plant. The campus was much smaller then and the whistle could be heard in every…

I recently read an article in the Richmond Register about Ethel Collins, age 99, of Poosey Ridge. She was a school teacher in Madison County and the article listed the chronology of schools she was associated with. She first attended Hugh School on…

This year, 2009, Americans are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the births of President Abraham Lincoln (U.S.A.) and President Jefferson Davies (C.S.A.). Both were born in Kentucky in 1809. Also born in Kentucky that same year was Christopher…

I mentioned in an earlier column about the response I received after my column about lost schools. I was told about two schools on Jacks Creek Pike (Buffalo and Forest Hill) and one on Flint Road in the College Hill area (Broom Sage). I have since…

This article presents interesting items from the 1963 manuscript, “I Remember Richmond,” written by Arthur K. Akers of Gulfport, Miss. His father was a professor at Richmond’s Central University, the Southern Presbyterian school which preceded…

What was Richmond like in the 1890s? We can glean some knowledge from a further look at Arthur K. Aker’s manuscript mentioned in earlier columns.

Under religion, Aker lists the downtown churches which I also remember — Baptist, Methodist,…

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…

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…
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