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The Edmonson County News

October 13, 1930


Continue Probe Of Meredith Case


Court of Inquiry Held Saturday Clears Some Clouded Points; No Warrants Issued


Probe of the Gus Meredith murdered mystery was renewed last Saturday when a court of inquiry was held Saturday before Judge Johnson.  County Attorney Pleas Sanders was assisted in the examination of witnesses by former County Attorney Whittle, who has given the case much attention.

Miss Vernie Rigdon, of Louisville was the principal witness ??ard, and though her evidence brought out very few new details, it is said that several doubtful points were cleared up, furnishing a better basis for continuation of the investigation.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

February 13, 1930


Final Warning Given to Buy Dog Tags


After putting a full week repairing a record book showing licenses paid in 1929 and until this year, Inspector Shuck and his stenographer left Brownsville Saturday, but will return, it is announced, when the Circuit Court meets in March and assist the grand jury in procuring evidence against all dog owners who have not paid license fees.

If dog licensed last year have been killed or otherwise disposed of, the owners should go to the County Clerks office and have the proper notation made on the record book prepared for that purpose, and every citizen who now owns or harbors a dog will save time and money by procuring license tags immediately, as there is every indication that indictments will be brought at the next term of court.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]




The Edmonson County News



Silent Grove Gems


Rev. Priddy preaches every first Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday School and singing are progressing nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Moody visited Mr. Jim Dawes and family Saturday night.

Mr. Brud Sanders went to see his son, Vilas, Sunday.

Mr. And Mrs. L. H. Ritter visited Mr. And Mrs. Jim Blanton Sunday.

Mr. Morris Dossey of Brownsville is visiting his uncle, Mr. Willie Ray.

Mr. And Mrs. George Moody were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Blanton Saturday Night.

Miss Sue Dawes was a guest of Misses Clementine and Eva Skaggs Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Lane visited Mr. and Mrs. P. L. Smith Sunday.

Mr. Marion Stice, one of our neighbor boys, left last Wednesday for Illinois.  We wish him good luck.

Misses Elaine and Lavinia Dawes were the guests of Miss Elise Sanders Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Smith are moving to Mr. Willie Tunks place.

The farmers are busy farming and burning their tobacco beds. 

Miss Frances Smith has gone to Louisville to work.

Say, Bud Smith, come over and visit Silent Grove when you get over the flu.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News



Mrs. Nellie Jewell


Mrs. Nellie Jewell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mansy James died at her home, 465 E. Brandeis St., Louisville, February 8.

She was dearly loved by all that knew her.  She was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery at Louisville.  She is survived by her husband, Ira Jewell, and a four months old daughter.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News



Long Vigil of Natural Rock Officials


Long vigil of the officials of the Natural Rock Asphalt Company was rewarded Tuesday night when Cecil Basham was caught in the act of robbing the company"s commissary and a confession obtained which resulted in the arrest of another lad as an accessory to the series of robberies at that place.

The first arrest was made by George Armes commissary manager who caught Cecil Basham 18 years old, in the act of robbing the store and post office, and Basham gave information that led to the arrest of Odie Whobrey 16, at his home near Cub Creek.

For the past month robberies have occurred at the commissary and for some time an official or employee of the company has been guarding the store at night, Tuesday night, Mr. Armes, who was then on guard, watched Basham as he used a wire to remove a window stick, raise the window and enter the building.  He was selecting loot when Mr. Armes flashed a light on the lad and placed him under arrest.

Sheriff Parsley was immediately summoned, leaving Brownsville about midnight and after a trying ride reached Natural Rock about daylight.  The Basham boy was held for several hours for questioning and finally admitted participation in the numerous robberies and implicated the Whobrey boy.  When arrested Basham had a pint of moonshine liquor in his possession and the sheriff made an investigation which will probably result in the arrest of the vendor.

The Whobrey boy gave bond for his appearance before Judge Houchin next Monday, while Sheriff Parsley brought Basham to the county jail, where he is being held.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

September 25, 1930


Edmonson Pioneer Second White Child Born on the "Dark and Bloody Ground"



(By Charles E. Whittle)


He was the second boy born on Kentucky soil.  His first home was at Boonesborough with Daniel Boone.  He knew Boone"s daughter and the Galloway girls who were kidnapped by the Indians.  He heard Simon Girty"s speak before the fort at Bryant"s Station and Reynold"s reply to that renegade, when the Indians made their attack.  He saw those two Indians whom Big Joe Bledsoe slew.

These are but a few of the traditions of the old pioneer John Swadden Sanders, who in later years settled near the Buzzard Roost in The Forks and was for years a neighbor there with Old Tom Lincoln and his little son, Abraham, who is the progenitor of most of the Sander"s in Edmonson County today; and who lies buried in the family graveyard on the Carter place in The Forks, where he lived and died.

He was known as John "Swadden" Sanders.  This may have been his middle name; or it may have been a nickname to distinguish him for other John Sanders, for that was the name of his father, on of his sons, and two or three of his grand-children.

He bore the unique distinction of being the second native Kentuckian having first seen the light of day after his parents had passed the Cumberland Gap just a little way in their migration to Boonesborough.  The date of his birth was probably 1776, the year our Republic was born.

That was the year the five Indians captured and spirited away Jemima Boone, daughter of the famous old pioneer, and two of her chums.  Elizabeth "Betsy" and Fanny Callaway, while they were out in a canoe on the River near Boonesborough.

"The two younger girls gave way to despair when captured; buy Betsy Callaway was sure they would be followed and rescued," Roosevelt writes in his Winning of the West, "To mark the line of their flight she broke off twigs from the bushes, and when threatened with the tomahawk for doing this, she tore off strips of her dress.  The Indians carefully covered their trail, compelling the girls to walk apart, as their captors did, in the thick cane and to wade up and down the little brooks.

"Boone started in pursuit the same evening.  All next day he followed the tangled trail like a bloodhound, and early the following morning came on the Indians camped by a buffalo calf which they had just killed and were about to eat.  The rescue was managed very adroitly; for had any warning been given the Indians would have instantly killed their captives, according to their invariable custom.

Boone and Floyd each shot one of the savages, and the remaining three escaped almost naked without gun, tomahawk, or scalping knife.  The girls were unharmed, for the Indians rarely molested their captives on the journey to the home towns, unless their strength gave out, when they tomahawked without mercy."

With Boone on the rescue party, besides Floyd and two others were the lovers of the three girls Samuel Henderson, who married Betsy three weeks later, and John Holder and Flanders Callaway who subsequently married the two other girls.

This incident occurred about the time the parents of John Swadden Sanders arrived at Boonesborough, then a little stockade fort with but a handful of families, all of whom had settled there within the past year"yet it was the oldest and most populous settlement in the wilderness.  Of course John was but a baby and too small to remember the tragedy of the kidnapping of the girls and their rescue, but as he grew up, he knew the parties and often heard the story related from the lips of those who took part in the rescue.

Half a dozen years later, while a small lad he was in the fort at Bryant"s Station, some twenty five miles north of Boonesborough, when a band of Indians, led by the Irish renegade, Simon Grity attacked the fort.  A few of the savages who formed an advance guard were detected in hiding by the white settlers within the stockade, and messengers were dispatched secretly at once to Boonesborough to give the alarm and procure assistance.  At the same time, the women and children " six years old John Sanders among them probably were sent with buckets to the spring to bring in a supply of water in case a siege ensued, for it was thought that the Indians would not attack the women and children on account of the precarious situation it would place them in for an attack from the fort.  The assumption was correct and the water was stored without the Indians giving any alarm or suspecting that their presence had been detected.  A little later the main body of the redskins arrived and an attack was made on the fort but repulsed.

After the fighting had continued for a while, Simon Girty, and Irishman whose father had been slain by the Indians and who had been adopted into and raised by the tribe, advanced behind a stump near the fort and delivered an address to the inhabitants within the stockade offering them assurance that if they would surrender at once, no harm would be done to them, but warning them that reinforcements with artillery would soon arrive to increase their forces, ant that in such event, the fort would be burned and every person within would be tomahawked.

John Swadden Sanders as a boy heard this harangue of Girty"s.  He also heard Aaron Reynolds, a profane, daring and reckless young man, from within the fort make reply.  He told Girty that his father hanged a dog one time with a hickory with and named the dog "Simon Girty" because he was a sheep killer like him, and taunted the besiegers loud and long.

Presently a party from Boonesborough, including Boone himself, came up and assaulted the Indians, driving them with the help of the warriors within the stockade, away.  They pursued the fleeing marauders as far as the Blue Licks on the Licking River, where ignoring the warning of Boone, the attacked the Indians and their reinforcements who had joined them, and suffered much butchery, as many as 70 meeting death at the hands of the redskins.

John Swadden Sanders heard those who escaped death tell all about it when they returned to Bryant"s Station.

He also saw the two Indians whom Big Joe Bledsoe attacked and slew single-handed and against great odds.

Later he migrated further westward with his parents to the settlement at the Fallos of the Ohio River, where Louisville now stands, and there as a young man he was married to Miss Peggy Daugherty, full blooded Irish.

Shortly after Abraham Lincoln, -- grandfather of the President, -- was slain by the Indians out a few miles from the settlements, Sanders migrated with the son, Tom Lincoln, -- father of the President, to a new home.

The descendants of John Swadden Sanders cherish the family tradition that he came to the wilderness of The Forks and made him home on eight hundred acres of land which he "took up" on the headwaters of Dog Creek near the Buzzard Roost, where he lived and died and was buried, and that Tom Lincoln settled a few miles to the west in the same neighborhood on Longfall, where the future President was born and spent the first several years of his childhood.  The love to tell of how Mordecal Lincoln, the oldest son cheated his younger brother, Tom Lincoln, out of all of the property which their father owned at his death; how Tom Lincoln was a shiftless sort of ne"er-do-well but a good hand with an ax and a good neighbor; and how Elias Sanders, Oldest son of John Sanders, as well as the second son, John D. (Jack Sanders, who was born April 29, 1809, eleven weeks after Abraham Lincoln was born, were playmates of the future President, the families being nearest neighbors to one another.  This is a family tradition handed down by Uncle Jack Sanders, who died April 23, 1855 and is not derived from any extraneous study they have made of the characters concerned.

Perhaps the tradition is absolutely true and Abraham Lincoln was born in The Forks on what is now Edmonson County soil; history cannot deny it with absolute certainly.

Besides the two older sons already mentioned, John Swadden Sanders had three other sons, George Sanders, the fighting man and father of Uncle Pack Sanders; Sam Sanders and Steven Sanders; and Maria Sanders who married David Blair, and who is still living at the ripe old age of ninety-odd years.

The children of these may be briefly mentioned.

The children of Elias Sanders were:  Albennie, Hartford, Bedford, Jasper (father of Frank) and Harlin (father of preacher Bowling).

The children of John D. (Jack) Sanders, who married Sallie Lacefield were:  Hawks (who removed to Texas and became wealthy), John Wesley,  Stanford M. (Teet), Henry William (Beeter), Sam (who married the daughter of Wesley Pace and removed to Iowa), George Ann (who married Johnston Page), Mary Jane (who married Asel Houchin), Susan (who married Joe Blair), George Washington (who married Rebecca, the daughter of Jesse Houchin0, and Melvina (who died when about 21 years of age.

The children of George Sanders, who married the daughter of Edward Pace were:  Pace Sanders, Dee Sanders, Minerva (who married Sam Curtis and was the mother of Alice or Mrs. E. D. (Dunk) Sanders, Bette (who married Tom Gentry, and another daughter who married Pete Gosnold.

The children of Sam Sanders who married Lacefield, were George (who died at the age of 52), Woodford (who removed to Oklahoma and accumulated considerable property), Cynthia (who married Tom Carter), Ellen (who married James Alvey), Bettie (who married Felix Waddle), and Patty, who died at the age of about 22.

The children of Steve Sanders were: E. P. (Uncle Ed), John, Charles, Robert, Oscar, Martha (who married Silas Mansfield), and Cynthia (who married James Key).

Maria married Joseph Trulock and reared a considerable family.

Bettie married David Blair.  Among their children are: A. W. Blair, Alfred Blair and Flix (F. W. or Fid) Blair.

The second son, Uncle Jack Sanders (1809-1885) settled and lived on about 800 acres of land on the north side of Green River opposite the Old Houchin Ferry, were his sons "Uncle Beeter" Sanders and "Uncle Teet" Sanders and his sons have lived ever since.

(Note:  This story does not include the account of Sam Sanders, who saw fourteen years of military service in the French and Indian War and in the Revolutionary War, and who is buried near Otto.  A sketch of him will appear in another article.)    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

November 27, 1930


Woman Sentenced To Penitentary


Unusual Charge Results in Two Years Sentence; Verdict Appealed by Defendant


Laura Dow Miller was found guilty by a jury in circuit court last week on a statutory charge involving immorality with a boy under 18.  The jury fixed the lowest penalty, two years in the pententiary.

This is the first case in which an Edmonson County woman was convicted on a felony charge and is one of the of the few cases in the State where a woman has been indicted on such a charge.  Motion has been made for a new trial in the case, and Judge Sims will hear the motion Friday.  Should the motion be overruled the case will probably be taken to the court of appeals.

Another felony conviction last week was that of Sharpie Meredith, who was sentenced to one year in the penitentiary for violating the liquor laws, it being Sharpie"s second conviction for this offense.

A second charge of murder against Curley Johnson was dismissed when he agreed to withdraw his appeal for a new trial in the case in which he was convicted at the June term of court and sentenced to six years in the penitentiary.  The sentence was the result of the killing of Issac and Floyd Duvall and Jimmy Meredith.  Ralph Meredith indicted in the same case, was dismissed, as there was no evidence that he participated in the slaying.

Blaine Gipson, held for an alleged crime against his stepdaughter, was dismissed, after investigation had revealed that there was no evidence (can"t read).

Having cleared (can"t read) in record time (can"t read) journed court Wednesday (can"t read) noon until Friday when the grand jury will make its final report.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

November 27, 1930


Three Edmonson County Prisoners Paroled


Howard L. Crain, Lonnie Napper and Noah Johnson, who have been serving sentences in the State penitentiary have been paroled.  Crain was sentenced to ten years in 1925 on a charge of manslaughter; Napper and Johnson were sentenced to one year each last June on respective charges of child desertion and grand larceny.

[Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

November 27, 1930


Injures Fatal to Porter Skaggs


Falls From Cliff at State Rock Quarry Near Glasgow Junction; Popular Man


Porter Skaggs, one of the most popular young men Edmonson County ever produced, died Monday in a fall from a Cliff at the State rock quarry near Glasgow Junction where Skaggs was employed.

Mr. Skaggs was operating a drilling rig and it is said that his only companion at the time did not see the accident, though it is believed Skagg"s feet slipped on the icy rock, causing him to fall over a high cliff.  He died Tuesday at the Glasgow hospital.

Funeral services under auspices of the Glasgow Junction Masonic Lodge were held Wednesday.  Burial was at the Hawkins cemetery Wednesday.

Porter Skaggs was an honest hardworking man and was liked by all who knew him.  He is survived by his widow, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Ed Skaggs of the Arthur neighborhood, and many other relatives. 

[Submitted by Charles Finn]


The Edmonson County News

January 8, 1931


52 Diplomas Are Awarded


Graduates of Rural Schools Now Ready for High School Classes


Of the large number of eight grade students taking the County diploma examinations 52 passed the rigid tests and are now ready for high school.

Those who passed the examinations were:

Guy Tunks, Lucille Skaggs, Dorothy Louise Jones, Lucy Logan, Kelley White, Eva Mae Scott, Ruth Hazelip, Louis Bolton, Neil Denham, Marie Browning, Everett Sanders, Della Hayes, Nomia Duvall, Maxine Sanders, R. C. Dennis, Wilanote Frick, Clarence White, Callie Mae Vincent, Ruby Cecil Pardue, Edwin James, Dewey Dennis, Metta J. Haynes, Gladys Demunbrun, Hoyt Webb, Hoyt K. Lawrence, Christine Duvall, Columbus Hyde, Gracie Hays, Ballard Cline, Pauline Armes, Haywood Durbin, Pauline Ray, Virgina Vincent, Hattie Whalin, Mary Catherine Johnson, Thomas Blair, Raymond P. Hazelip, Billie Edwards, Edna Mae Hazelip, Alma Slaughter, Edward McCrady, Marie McCombs, Verda Beckner, Edmon Wilson, Earnie Bullock, Paul Ray, Pauline Ray, Glendon Miller, Harold Hayes, Willis Norene, Hubert Eugene Webb.

[Submitted by Charles Finn]


The Edmonson County News

January 8, 1931


Tightwad Tieups


Mr. and Mrs. Luther Madison have moved to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Sanders.

Mr. J. M. Cassady and family moved to the home vacated by Mr. Madison.

[Submitted by Charles Finn]


The Edmonson County News

January 8, 1931


Mr. P. L. Smith has been seriously ill at his home in the county but reports Thursday were that he rallied and greater improvement was hoped from Mr. Smith is one of the most prominent citizens of the County.

[Submitted by Charles Finn]


The Edmonson County News

January 8, 1931


More Park Land Deals Closed


About $11,000 Paid Out This Week; Other Negotiations Are Pending.


Judge Fleece, title examiner for the National Park Commission, this week closed deals with Hub Houchin, Boy Meredith, C. W. Lindsey, S. B. Jaggers, Ernest Lane, Rev. Bolen Sanders, and W. D. Ritter.  The Irvin Kidwell deal will also be closed when title defects are cleared.

Deeds for these tracts have not been filed at press time, but The News is informed that about $12,000 was paid the landowners.

The Park Commission is advertising in this issue that it is ready to pay cash for lands at "fair and reasonable prices," and landowners are invited to see Gillis Vincent and Judge Newman the purchasing agents at once.

[Submitted by Charles Finn]


The Edmonson County News

January 8, 1931


The Lynching of Lancaster

(By Elijah Parsley)


Thomas Lancaster was about twenty-eight year of age and lived in the Rocky Hill neighborhood.  He had been a soldier in the Civil War; and when there was a man to be killed, he always volunteered for the firing squad.  It seems tat he had a mania for taking the lives of other men.

Dr. J. C. Gatewood was one of the most highly respected citizens and physicians of Edmonson County.  He lived on the old Louisville and Nashville Turnpike about half a mile above the Rocky Hill crossing.

Lancaster had been at work for Dr. Gatewood and they had a settlement on Monday morning, September 21st, 1869.  It is said that the Doctor drove his horse and buggy on down the pike to the crossing and went into Rocky Hill.  Old Mrs. Shannon was in the buggy with him.

In the meantime, Gatewood Lancaster got a double-barrel shot-gun and went through the fields and was in the store of Cowles and Mitchell when Dr. Gatewood arrived.

When he drove up, Lancaster stepped to the door and shot him in the breast.  Then Gatewood jumped out of the buggy and started into the store.  Lancaster shot him again in the right arm, tearing off a big wad of  flesh.  Dr. Gatewood fell at the counter, Lancaster struck him in the mouth with the empty gun, and he died at once. 

Cowles caught Lancaster and held him.

On the same morning there in the store where he had died, S. B. Reed and J. C. Bird, two justices of the peace, held an inquest over his body.  Dr. S. A. Withers made an examination of him.  The jury composed of Ambrose Kirtly, Hugh McCombs, John Kirtley, A. C. Dickerson, W. C. Johns, Meredith Cox and Standord Mitchell.  They found that Dr. Gatewood had been killed by Thomas Lancaster with a double-barrel shot-gun.

In the inquest, it was said: "The Court laments the murder of the poor unfortunate man and sincerely desires that Almighty God may avenge himself of the willful murder of one of the most eminent and respectable citizens and physicians of our County."

The examining trial for Lancaster was held at about the same time and place.  Among the witnesses for the Commonwealth were Edwin Roberts, who had been in the store the shooting began and J. P. Cowles, the merchant.  Another witness was Wilburn Mitchell, who saw the shooting.  Lancaster had three witnesses , all women.  They were Mrs. N. Gatewood, Miss Della Kirtley, and Mrs. R. E. Parker.

Lancaster was held without bail.  He was delivered to J. B. Otter, a constable, to be taken to the Warren County Jail for safe-keeping; and the Constable was authorized to take along as many guards as he desired.  The prisoner was kept in jail at Bowling Green until Circuit Court convened at Brownsville on the following Monday.

The Grand Jury returned an indictment against him and the Judge sent Mason Morris, the Sheriff, to Bowling Green after him.

On Tuesday Lancaster was arraigned in Court and the trial set for the following day; but at his request it was postponed until the next term of Court.  The prisoner was again sent to Bowling Green for safe-keeping.

When Court met again on March 22, 1869, O. G. Moore, the new Sheriff, with three guards returned the prisoner to Brownsville.  He had no lawyers to defend him, and the Court appointed two good ones.  They were R. Rodes and V. H. Jones.  The names of the jurors who tried him were as follows:  J. R. Rich, John Alford, Jesse Houchin, W. C. Webb, Archie Willis, Issac Blair, George Cayton, G. H. Woosely, John H. Wilson, Alexander Higgs, James L. Lindsey and Harvey Wood.  One of the jury could not be present next day on account of his wife being sick and the trial went over until Thursday.

His defense was that he believed that Dr. Gatewood had plotted to kill him and it had driven him crazy.  The Court instructed the jury that if they believed this to be true, they had a right to acquit him.

All day Friday the jury failed to reach a verdict and the Judge pronounced a hung jury and dismissed them.  It is said that all of the jurors except W. C. (Clay) Webb were in favor of the death penalty.

The Judge lodged the prisoner in jail at Brownsville that night and a guard of at least four or five men was employed to guard the jail.

About supper-time that night Milton Cox told J. E. Tibbs and James Madison that a band of eighty-two men would leave Rocky Hill that night at ten o"clock and come and get Lancaster and hang him.  They reported this to the jailer about nine o"clock.

At that time the jail stood on the lot behind where M. O. Lindsey"s house now stands.

Simeon Brooks was the jailer.  After hiding his family away in another house, he and the guards began preparations to defend the jail.  Among the guards were Thomas James. E. Burthram, Thomas Ronald and W. H. Bush.

Presently a mob of men rode up to the jail and called for the jailer to come out.  He came down stairs, lit a candle and opened the door.  Several men rushed in and demanded that he open the door where the prisoner was kept.  There were so many of them that resistance was useless.  He opened the door and four men entered the prisoner"s cell.  Two drew pistols on Lancaster and two others tied his hands behind his back, put a rope around his neck, mounted him on a horse and the mob rode away with him.

After they had ridden about a mile, the leader of the mob commanded, "Halt!" and the sound of the horse-hoofs ceased.  This was near the branch which flows between the residences of G. D. James and C. W. Lindsey.

Someone in the party called out: "Here is a limb that will do G-d d"m him!"  Then there was a short silence.  Someone groaned out, "O Lord!" five or six times; and the mob rode away.

The next morning the body of Thomas Lancaster was found swinging from the limb where they had lynched and left him.

It is said that the mob started after Clay Webb, because he was reported to have hung the jury but the River was up and there was no boats on this side.  So they could not get across to him.

The Jailer and Asel Houchin went out the next morning and brought in the body of the dead man.  Squire M. M. Logan held an inquest over him.  He was then buried in the graveyard at Brownsville.

It was claimed that R. A. Crump, John Kirley, D. Y. Malone and many other prominent citizens of the Rocky Hill section were in the mob; but none of them was ever tried for the crime.

Someone wrote a song about the lynching of Lancaster, which was sung throughout the County for many years afterwards.


Sources of Information

Records for the inquest over Lancaster.

Records of the Examining Trial of Lancaster.

Records of the Trial of Lancaster in Circuit Court.

Records of the Inquest over Dr. Gatewood.

County Court Orders for payment of guards.

S. T. Brooks, son of Simeon Brooks, the jailer

W. A. Pardue

E. B. Lindsey

Roy Webb

  [Submitted by Charles Finn]


The Edmonson County News

December 31, 1931


List of Known Edmonson County Union Solders.  Are There Others?

Amos, Nathan

Alexander, James

Allison, James L.

Ashely, Squire

Adwell, William

Baker, Capt. H. D.

Brooks, Abraham

Basham, Reuben B.

Bledsoe, Sgt. James P.

Brooks, Ben

Brooks, Jacob

Brooks, J. C. (Dick)

Bryant, John A.

Butram, James W.

Bullock, James J.

Brooks, James

Blair, Edward

Brooks, Smith

Blanton John W.

Butram, Andrew

Barbee, Ira H.

Bratcher, Henry

Blair, John

Butram, Oliver G.

Conway, John H.

Cox, Henry G.

Carrol, John E.

Cowles, Albert K.

Cayton, George

Cannon, J. W.

Cook, Martin L.

Cowles, James A.

Carnes, William S.

Carroll, Lewis

Childress, William R.

Cowles, James. L. F.

  [Submitted by Charles Finn]


The Edmonson News

January 13, 1933


Pioneer Citizen Called Beyond


William W. Vincent Joins Wife In Death; Leaves 237 Grandchildren, Many Friends


William W. Vincent, 90 years old, died at his home near Bee Springs Thursday afternoon after a lingering illness from infirmities incident to old age.  Mr. Vincent"s wife preceded him to the grave about two weeks.

William Vincent was of the sturdy pioneer stock that carved homes in a wilderness that is now Edmonson County.  He was a veteran of the Union Army in the War Between the States.  He and his good wife reared 17 children, 14 now living and are among the most useful and most highly respected citizens of this section.  Besides his sons and daughters he is survived by 237 grandchildren which number includes several great grand children and six great great grand children.  The sons are Cal, John W., Blaine Jacob, Ode and Martin, the daughters; Mrs. William Browning, Mrs. Bill Madison, Mrs. Will Basham, Mrs. Hobert Minton, Mrs. Ernest Ashley, Mrs. Louis Wilkins.

Funeral services were conducted at Bee Springs Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon by the Reverends C. W. Ray and Willie Hogan.  A great crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives attended the last rites.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

January 13, 1933


Thurman Dixon Found Dead


Scotttsville., Dec 13 " Thurman B. Dixon, 56 years old, practicing attorney of Allen County for more than thirty-five years, was found dead at 2:30 o"clock this afternoon in a rear room of the general merchandise store of Charles Reynolds, near the city limits on the Glasgow Highway.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

January 13, 1933


Mrs. Rhoda Hunt Called


Mrs. Rhoda Hunt, about 80 years old, died Monday night at the home of her son, Art Hunt, Kyrock, after a brief illness.  Mrs. Hunt resided at her home on Nolyn River, but became ill while visiting at Kyrock.  She was a sister of the late Washington Meredith and was widely known and greatly admired by many acquaintances.  She is survived by three sons, Art, Miles and Issac Hunt and one daughter Mrs. Matt Meredith.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

March 30, 1933


"Uncle Doc" Kinslow Called to Reward


Was "True Gentlemen of Old School"; Widely Known and Beloved


James Duncan Kinslow passed away at his home near Brownsville last Friday morning about nine o"clock in his seventy-sixth year.

He was the son of John P. and Jane Kinslow and was born in Barren county July 11, 1857, but while yet in his teens removed with them to Edmonson county, where he spent the rest of his life.

In early manhood he was married to Riney Stephens, and hand in hand they have trod together the pathway of life for fifty-six years.  Through honest toil and constant industry they supported a large family and amassed a competence amply sufficient to sustain them during their declining years.

He was always zealous in public affairs and played a leading part in civic and political activities.  Conscientious in his views, he always fought aggressively for what he considered the right side of every question.  He served a term as Jailer of the County and was often called upon for jury service and to render other public duties.  Perhaps no man in the County was more widely-known or better-loved than "Uncle Dock", with his familiar smile and hearty handshake.

At the age of seventeen he was converted, and for more than half-a-century was a faithful and active member of the Baptist Church.  He was quick to recognize and acknowledge his own mistakes and was just as quick to forgive the shortcomings of his neighbors.  He loved them all, and they all loved him.

In death as in life he was unshrinking and unafraid, --willing and ready to go.  After an illness of about a month he called his wife and children to his bedside and for an hour or more discussed with them the journey into the great beyond upon which he realized he was about to embark.  A few hours later he peacefully dozed off into a great eternal calm and went to sleep forever.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Steephollow and burial followed in the church cemetery there.

Besides his widow, he is survived by three sons:  John S., Roy, and Hobert; three daughters, Mrs. Will Whittle, Mrs. Andy Vincent, and Mrs. George Luttrell; and be several grand-children and hosts of friends.

"Uncle Dock" was a land-mark among the people of this County and his passing is a distinct loss to us all.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

March 30, 1933


Five New Grandchildren Arrive Within 5 Months


Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Ray are the proud Grandparents of five young grandchildren, the oldest one being five months old.  Their names are Irvin Ray Parsley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Parlsey, Loreda Jean Ray daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Ray, Luther Thomas Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Ray; Chloie Mae Ray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ray and Wanda Lee Renfro, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Renfro.  All except one visited Miss Wanda Lee Sunday afternoon.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

April 6, 1933


Asel W. Houchin Dies Suddenly


Heart Failure Takes Life of Another Edmonson County Landmark, Former Official


One of the grand old men who have become as landmarks of Edmonson County are passing away Mr. Asel W. Houchin, "Uncle Ace" to a greater number of the citizenship of the county, was found dead in bed Wednesday morning, his death being caused some time during the early morning hours by a heart affliction from which he had suffered for many months, and while the sudden summons came as a terrible shock to his family and friends, it was in harmony with his whole life, that he should pass away peacefully and without suffering.   The he was able to be up and about and to mix and mingle with his friends up to the very evening before his death must have gratifying to him.

No man was ever more peaceful, more agreeable or more conservative that was "Uncle Ase".  He loved his fellow citizens and his fellow citizens loved him.  Though he was a man of fixed convictions, he granted to every man the right to disagree with hem.  He argued wit no man.  He was a devout member of the Baptist Church for many years.  Knowing for months that the end was near, he was ready.

Besides his widow, he is survived by six sons, Sergt. R. J. Houchin, U. S. Army retired, Tampa Fla.; Walter Nelson, Hallie, Fred and Pat Houchin of Brownsville, and one daughter, Mrs. Ella Webb, and many grandchildren.  The one surviving brother is Mr. Jesse I. Houchin, Oakland, Ky.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at 11 o"clock at Brownsville Baptist Church by Rev. C. A. Alexander and Rev. Kelly Pierce.  Burial was at the Logan cemetery.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

April 6, 1933


Flaherty Home Saddened By Death of Baby


Charles Deland Flaherty, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Flaherty, died at the family home at Kyrock Monday afternoon after a brief illness from pneumonia.  The little fellow was 8 month old and was an unusually bright and attractive child.  Besides the parents he is survived by three bothers Billie, Teddie and Robbie.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

May 4, 1933


Smith Land Sold To "Park" For $30 Acre


The home place of the late P. L. Smith was sold by the Master Commissioner Monday to A. A. Demunbrun, acting for the Kentucky National Park Commission for $30 an acre.  The lands sold comprise about 126 acres, the exact amount to be determined by survey before payment is made.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

May 4, 1933


Prominent Couple Wed


Rev. James W. Webb and Mrs. Amelia Brown were married Monday evening at the home of Mrs. Martha Logan where the bride has been residing for some time.  The ceremony was said by Rev. Noah T. Parsley, in the presence of a few friends.  The principals in this marriage are members of two of the oldest and most prominent families in the county, and they have many friends who wish great happiness for them.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

January 11, 1934


Aunt Jane Meredith Is Called By Death


Widow of Edmonson County Benefactor Succumbs After Long Illness


"Aunt Jane Meredith, 68 years old, widow of the late Washington Meredith, died last Sunday evening at 6 o"clock at the home of Noah Duvall, Bee Spring, after a lingering illness from complications incident to old age.

Mrs. Meredith was widely known throughout the north side of the county, and leaves four brothers and four sisters, survivors of a family 12 children.  The sisters are Mrs. Silas Lindsey and Mrs. Millie Luttrell, Brownsville, Mrs. M.M. Duvall and Mrs. Charlie Meredith, Bee Spring.  The brothers are W. A. Meredith, Louisville; Hez Meredith, Leitchfield; J. S. and Harve Meredith of Bee Spring.

Funeral and burial services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the old homestead on Nolyn river by Rev. C. W. Ray and Rev. Lee Chambers.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

January 18, 1934


Mother Of Rodes Myers Is Dead in Warren County.


Rites for Mrs. Helen Kirby Myers Are Held at Bowling Green


Bowling Green"Mrs. Helen Kirby Myers, 72 years old, wife of the late W. H. Myers, former County Tax Assessor of Warren County, died Monday at her home, 741 Twelfth Street, following an illness of several years.

Mrs. Myers was born in Warren County and had been married 52 years.  She is survived by two sons, Rodes K. Myers, member of the House of Representatives at Frankfort, and Hubert P. Myers, Miami, Fla; and two daughters, Mrs. W. C. Brownfield, Cleveland, O., and Miss Essie Myers, teacher in the city schools.

Mrs. Myers was a member of the Goshen Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o"clock Wednesday afternoon at the home.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

January 18, 1934


Automobile Hits Group of People


Brownsville Youth Among Injured in Crash Near Clarkson


Miss Ruth Sadler, 23 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sadler, Leitchfield, was seriously injured on U.S. 62, 2 1-2 miles north of here Thursday evening of last week.  Miss Annabell Hesson, 27, Brownsville were also hurt.

The mishap occurred on a curve in the road after a wrecker from Miller Brothers Garage, Clarkson, had pulled the car of Elza McGrew, 28, Clarkson, out of a ditch.  The young people were standing on highway when Joe Baker, 27, Clarkson, came down the road and struck the three persons.  Miss Sadler was hurled under the wrecker and suffered a badly lacerated scalp and Hesson suffered a knee and hand injury, while Morris" back was hurt after being carried on the radiator of the car several feet, according to reports.

Dr. R. F. Porter, Leitchfield, who had stopped to see if any one was hurt in the first accident, had returned to his car and started it when the second mishap occurred.  He took Miss Sadler to her home, believing her dead, while Miss Hesson and Morris were treated at the office of Dr. W. L. Ozment.

McGrew said Baker crowded him off the road as the latter passed him going toward Clarkson, and that Baker had had just about enough time to go to Clarkson and return when he drove into the group.

Baker was arrested on an assault and battery charge and brought before Judge Clyde Bratcher Friday when his examining trial was set for January 22.  Baker stated that the accident was unavoidable and that Miss Sadler ran into the road in front of his car.  Jess Miller, of Clarkson, said Baker did not crowd McGrew"s car off the road because Baker was at Miller"s garage at the time"Leitchfield Gazette.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

January 24, 1934


Nancy A. Vincent Called By Death


Widow of High Vincent, Grayson County, Succumbs After Pneumonia Attack


Nancy A. Vincent, 92 years old, widow of the late High Vincent, died at 4 o"clock Friday morning, January 19 at the home of Rube Hollands, Grayson Springs, Mrs. Vincent was widely known throughout the north side of Edmonson county, and leaves a host of relatives and friends.  She was a daughter of Rice and Liza Browning, pioneers of the county, and leaves a host of relatives and friends.  She is survived by seven children, three daughters, Mrs. Martha Holland, Grayson Springs,; Mrs. Lucy Johnson, Kyrock; Mrs. Rena Wallon, of Louisville.  Four sons, Noah Vincent Brownsville; John Vincent, Louisville; Jim Vincent, Leitchfield, and George Vincent, Straw.  She professed faith in Christ at an early age and has been a member of Holly Spring Church for 49 years and has lived a true Christian until God called her home.  She was always a loving mother and her last words were "I am on solid rock, I am at rest."

Funeral and burial services were held at the Holly Spring cemetery Saturday by the Rev. Jim Webb.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]    



The Edmonson News

January 31, 1934


Willie Tunks Is Victim Of Stroke


Appoplexy Takes Life of One of County"s Foremost Business Men


News of the sudden death of Willie Tunks last Friday morning was a sad surprise to citizens throughout Edmonson county.  While Mr. Tunks had been feeling ill for several days his relatives and close friends had felt no cause for alarm and word of his death came as a distinct shock to all.

Mr. Tunks was stricken Friday morning shortly after midnight, members of the family of Mr. I. N. Meredith, near Rhoda, where he made his home being aroused by his struggles and although Dr. Wood was immediately summoned, Mr. Tunks did not regain consciousness before death about 5 o"clock.  The physician diagnosed the attack as a stroke of apoplexy. 

Mr. Tunks was only 43 years old yet through his own energy and thrift he had amassed a competence and was considered one of the ablest financiers in the county.  He was a director and one of the largest stockholders of the Brownsville Deposit Bank and was interested in other business enterprises.  He was quiet and unassuming in his dealings with the public yet to know him was to become his friend and admirer and he will be sadly missed by his many friends.  He is survived by two brothers, Herschel and Floyd Tunks.  One sister, Mrs. I. N. Meredith with whom he made his home, died about a year ago, but he continued to make his home with Mr. Meredith and his children.

Funeral and burial services were held Saturday afternoon at Silent Grove, the Rev. C. W. Ray conducting the services.  The Deposit Bank was closed for the rites, officers and directors of the institution attending the services in a body.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

February 8, 1934


Behind The Lines At Frankfort


By R. A. Demunbrun


The first woman to ever preside as Speaker over the Kentucky House of Representatives is Mrs. Cantrill, present representative from the city of Lexington, who was placed in the chair for about thirty minutes by speaker Rogers this week.  Cameras flashed, and photographers hustled about.  Who knows, her picture may get into the pictorial section of some of the leading papers of the country.

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It"s not fair!  Women have been crying for centuries for rights equal to those of men.  Now, you see what they"ve done.  They don"t have to pay poll taxes; they get to keep their hats on in the house; they do not have to tip their hats when they meet a gentleman; they can fish without buying a license; and here they come along and get to act as leaders over a group of "wise" gentlemen legislators.  All right, boys we"d better begin to stand up for our rights, hadn"t we?  And just to think, some women get to hold the pocketbook!  Who said man was superior to woman?

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Surprised! I should say so.  Some one tugged at my shoulders, and of course, I turned in my seat to look behind me.  There stood Charles Madison, Aubrey Whittle, Carl Spillman, and Prof. W. H. Meredith of Rocky Hill.  Upon investigation I learned that they had a group of the Rocky Hill School students with them.  I went out to meet the group Hatlers, Riches, Madisons, Sanders and a whole host of others whose names I cannot recall.  I hope they enjoyed their trip to the Capitol.  I am sorry that the House adjourned just as they came onto this floor.  There is much to learn and see here in Frankfort, and one day"s time is really too short for thorough study.

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Baker, from Daviess County, who sits two seats from me, sends special greetings to V. T. Willis, former representative from Butler County.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

February 8, 1934


R. M. Byrd Suffirs Paralytic Stroke


Much Beloved Citizen in Serious Condition at Home East of Brownsville


Mr. R. M. Byrd, "Uncle Bob", as he is affectionately called by his many friends and admirers, continues in a serious condition at his home East of Brownsville where he was stricken by paralysis last week.  Mr. Byrd was in town County Court day and seemed to be in good health and fine spirits and news that he was stricken on Tuesday came as a great shock to his relatives and friends.

No one in Edmonson county is held in higher esteem than is Uncle Bob Byrd.  He never harmed any person by either word or deed and all who know him are hoping and praying that he will be restored to health.

Late reports were that Mr. Byrd was slightly improved, being able to take liquid nourishment but still unable to speak through he recognizes relatives and friends who are at his beside constantly.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

February 8, 1934


Meredith Will is Refused Probate


County Judge Holds Testimony Lacking As to Validity Of Instrument


In a written opinion rejecting for probate the will of Jane Meredith deceased, Judge C. D. Houchin, of the County Court held that the evidence submitted was insufficient to show that the instrument offered was the will of Mrs. Meredith, and that the proof offered to show that the purported testator was competent to dispose of her property was so vague as to leave "the court completely in the dark."  Likewise, the decision recites, the objectors had failed to show by proof that the testator was incompetent except by argument and cross examination of the attesting witnesses.

The principle objection raised in the opinion is that the court had no evidence before it to show that Mrs. Meredith had requested that a will be drawn "save and except her mark, which was properly attested by witnesses," or that her property was devised in conformity with her wishes.

Because the testator was an old woman, afflicted in body and unable to read or write, and that in making the will she overlooked the "natural objects of her bounty, two sister who are objects of charity, the court feels that all these facts should be presented before the will is admitted to probate."

The decision of the probate judge paves the way for a final trial on appeal to the circuit court, and it is understood that this will be done in time, probably, for hearing at the March term.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

February 15, 1934


Jane Meredith Will to be Contested


Blood Relations Seek to Set Aside Instrument Made September 4th


The first round in the contest of the will of Mrs. Jane Meredith disposing of an estate variously estimated to total sums ranging from four to seven thousand dollars, was fought out in County Court Monday when Attorney B. M. Vincent, representing sisters, nieces and nephews of the deceased, objected to the will being filed for probate.  Judge Houchin took the question under advisement and is expected to render a decision this week.  Regardless of the decision of the County Judge, the final determination of the case will rest with a jury in Circuit Court.

The will was offered for probate by V. R. Logan who as attorney for Mrs. Meredith, wrote the instrument.  The witness to the will which was dated September 4, 1933 were former Judge C. S. Johnson and Luther R. Ray.  Both testified that they witnessed the signature of Mrs. Meredith in the usual form.

Cross examined by Mr. Vincent, Judge Johnson testified that at the time the will was signed, Mrs. Meredith appeared to be rational as she ever was discussing with him a business matter between them and requested those present not to mention the terms of the will as it might cause some confusion among the relatives.

Mr. Ray stated that while he was not very well acquainted with Mrs. Meredith, she appeared rational.  (Can"t read) in the examination of the witnesses that the will was not read to Mrs. Meredith, who was illiterate, in their presence but that Mr. Logan stated in the presence of Mrs. Meredith, that he had read the instrument to her and that in conformed to her wishes.  In an effort to show the incomptency of the testator.  Mr. Vincent elicited some proof that she bought several articles at the Washington Meredith sale at prices much higher than the appraised value when she had the legal right to acquire such property at the appraised value.  Two items stressed were the purchase of a pair of mules for about $275 when they had been appraised at only $110.   Purchase of a handmade hoe handle at a high price was also related.  Judge Johnson who "cried" the sales, though W. W. Duvall, one of the administrators of the Washington Meredith estate, represented Mrs. Meredith as bidder.

Because of the large number of interested parties and consequent public interest, the complete text of the will follows:

I, Jane Meredith, being of sound mind, and realizing that my journey upon this earth cannot be indefinite, and having a desire to make distribution of my property before death, do make and state this my last will and testament.

1st.  Believing in a Greater Spirit, I will to him my sole, from whence it came.  

2nd. After all my just and honest debts are paid, including my funeral expenses, I will to W. W. Duvall for his kindness in both a social way and in assisting me in caring for my property, and transacting my business without pay, after the death of my beloved husband, Washington Meredith, the sum of $1,000.

3rd.  I will to my nephew, Pat Meredith, for his kindness to me and the interest in caring for my property and for the love that exists between us, the sum of $1,000.

4th.  I will to B. B. Anderson, for his aid and assistance, the sum of $200.

5th.  I will to Martha Stevenson, for the love I have for her, the sum of $300.

6th.  For the tender care he gave me during my last days on this earth, and for the love for him, having raised him from childhood, and out of gratitude for his undying love for me, which  was shown me in his home at the time I was sick I will and desire that after the bequests hereinabove mentioned made, that Noah Duvall receive the

remainder of my property, both real and personal, of which I may be possessed at the time of my death.

9th.  I will and desire that V. R. Logan be appointed executor of this my last will and testament, without bond, to make the distributions of my property, which I have herein expressed should be made.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

February 15, 1934


Clarence Carrier Dies


Many relatives and friends attended funeral and burial services held at Clarkson Wednesday for Clarence Carrier, a prominent young man of that vicinity whose family formerly resided in Edmonson county and is widely connected.  Mr. Carter was a son of Baz Carrier and leaves his widow and one child.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

February 15, 1934


Mrs. Julia Whobrey Called


Mrs. Julia Whobrey, 82 years old honored resident of the Huff Community died last Friday night after an illness from infirmities of age.  She was the widow of the late William Whobrey and was loved and admired by all who knew her, and was the oldest member of Hopewell Baptist Church where the funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Conway.  Burial was in Cub Creek cemetery.

Surviving are four daughters, Mesdames Dolly and Mattie Willis, Lottie Osborne, and Delia Crowder and two sons, Con and John Whobrey.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

March 1, 1934


Two Held in Death of George Simmons


Elmer Lay, Accused by Companions Of Striking Fatal Blow, Still at Large


That Elmer Lay, who is now a fugitive, struck the blow that caused the death of George Simmons while the latter was in the act of attacking his brother, Less Simmons, also a partial mute, who at the time of the alleged assault was calling for help, was the final statement made by Estil "Dink" Jones at the examining trial of himself and Less Simmons held last Friday before County Judge Houchin.  Estil Jones" statement were corroborated in part by Less Simmons, who through his sister, Mattie Simmons, acting as interpreter, stated that "Elmer done it."

Because both Jones and Less Simmons had told several, "different tales" about the tragedy, and that he was convinced all of the facts surrounding the affray had not been related by either of the survivors, Judge Houchin held Jones and Simmons to the grand jury under nominal bonds, Simmons being required to execute $250 bond and Jones $500.  Both are now at liberty, Pleas Parsley having signed as surety in each case.

The prosecution conducted by Commonwealth Attorney Bert Rountree and County Attorney Demunbrun, laid the foundation for the case by taking the testimony of Mrs. Simmons, mother of the slain man and also one of the defendants and her daughter Mattie Simmons, Both testified that George Simmons had died from a wound on the head the left side of his forehead being crushed.  Several citizens of the Wingfield community testified that the Simmons boys, Elmer Lay and Estil Jones left church services together, traveling in an old Ford Coupe.  At a branch at the foot of a hill near the church the coupe was stopped and George Simmons was filling up the radiator as several of the church goers passed.  They testified to passing the car again at the top of the hill, but none could say that George Simmons was in the car at the time.

John Will Davis testified that after he had passed the coupe at the top of the hill he heard a blow strike but did not go back to investigate.

Jones, on the stand for the defense, related that George "got mad" at the branch and refused to help get the car up the hill, going up a by path.  That at the top of the hill, near, John Miller"s, George came up and began curing Less and kicking the car.  Less drove on about 400 yards and again stopped and waited for George.  When George approached the car, Jones said, he started stabbing at a rear tire and Less got out and pushed his brother back.  Then according to Jones, George started after Less with the knife.  Less called for help and Elmer Lay seized a heavy tire pump, which was offered in evidence, and struck George one glow, felling him to the ground.  In replay to an inquiry from Mr. Rountree, Jones said Lay remarked "I hit him harder than I aimed to."  Jones said that the three worked with George about fifteen minutes trying to revive him.  Failing they placed him in the car and drove it to Pleas Parsley"s, where Jones lived, and Mr. Parsley accompanied Less and George to the hospital at Bowling Green.

In explaining why he had made conflicting statements at the time of his arrest, Jones testified that Lay had threatened his life if he told the truth about the affair.

While testimony may never be presented that will bring a conviction the prosecuting offers are to be commended for their promptness and diligence in bringing to light the facts in this case which otherwise would have gone down as another "unsolved murder" in Edmonson county, as the original statements of Jones and Simmons were that the, with Lay, found George Simmons on the roadside with his head crushed in.

The family and close friends of  

[Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

March 8, 1934


Robert M. Bird Called by Death


County Loses Sturdy.  Highly Respected Citizen in Passing Of Good Man


Edmonson county suffered the loss of anther sturdy and highly respected citizen in the death of Mr. Robert M. Bird which occurred last Wednesday afternoon after several weeks illness from paralysis, and though death was not unexpected, news of his passing brought expressions of genuine regret from and acquaintanceship that was countywide.  Included in this number was the editor of The News, who had learned to know and to love "Uncle Bob" as he was affectionately called by most of his acquaintances.

Mr. Byrd was 74 years old and besides his widow is survived by six sons and two daughters, all highly esteemed citizens of Kentucky and Indiana.  Norman and James Bird reside in Edmonson county; William Frank Leslie and Wesley are residents of Indianapolis as is one daughter, Mrs. Beulah Sanders.  Mrs. Mary Houchin, another daughter resides in Danville, Ky.

Funeral services were conducted at Belle Key Methodist Church, Rhoda attended by a large crowd of relatives and friends.  Burial was at the Light cemetery.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

March 8, 1934


Mrs. Dora Wells


Another greatly beloved pioneer of Edmonson county, Mrs. Dora Wells, wife of Issac Wells, 80 years old, passed away Tuesday night after a lingering illness from complications resulting from age.  Mrs. Wells was the mother of twelve children, ten of whom are living, ranging in age from 41 to 63 years old.  Six stalwart sons are among the most highly esteemed citizens of Edmonson county.  They are J. W., Gillis, Anderson, James, Lincoln, and Lonnie.  One daughter, Mrs. Emma Tinsley resides near Mammoth Cave, and three others, Mesdames Ella Skaggs, Lizzie Calbert and Alice Tinsley reside in Louisville.  There are 123 other direct descendents including 79 grand children, 34 great grand children, and 3 great great grand children.  Twenty-nine "in-laws" increases the number of immediate family to 159, all of whom, loved the grand old mother dearly and gave her tender care during her declining years.

Funeral services will be held at Beaver Dam Baptist Church today Thursday and burial will be at the Light cemetery.  Mrs. Wells was one of the oldest members of the Beaver Dam Church and until age prevented was one of the most loyal and active members of that congregation.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

March 8, 1934


Revival Announced


Rev. J. A. McDowell announces a series of meetings to begin the second Sunday in March at the Methodist Church at Rocky Hill.  Rev. H. H. Ogles from Franklin will assist Rev. McDowell in these services.

There will be two services daily at 11 a. m. and 7 p. m.  A cordial invitation is extended to everyone.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

March 8, 1934


Sunfish High School


Hello folks, here we come again, how is everybody.

We are getting ready to take the final exams and hope everyone passes we are all glad school is out we are tired of wadding the mud.

Since all this bad weather there hasn"t been many coming to school but we hope there will be the last two weeks of school.

Mr. Hoyt Lawrence has been out of school this week with the measles.

Since the big snow has been on we have been having a fine time at school playing snowball.

We are going to have the last Literary program next week.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

June 21, 1934


Charred Body of Mrs. Whalin Found at Bowling Green


Coroner Holds Mother of Virgil Whaling Murdered by Daughter; Missing Four Days


Bowling Green, June 19,---Mrs. Emma Whaling Johnson, 64 years old, charged with wilful murder as a result of the death of her mother, Mrs. Sarah Catherine Whalin, 88, waived examining trial and was held to the September grand jury of the Warren Circuit Court without bond by County Judge Joe S. Garman at 10 o"clock this morning.

She was represented by Judge John H. Gillian.  The trial was held in the large Circuit Courtroom instead of the County Courtroom on account of the large number of spectators.  The courtroom was filled and many persons stood in the halls.  It is estimated there were about 1,000 persons in attendance.

Mrs. Johnson continues to claim that her mother fell in a fire built in a chicken house to kill mites.  The charred body was found in two pans in the attic of the Johnson home located on the Barren River Pike near Woodford Street, at 1 o'"clock Sunday morning when Mrs. Johnson led six officers to the attic.

Mrs. Johnson is the wife of Mose Johnson, a farmer.



The daily papers of Monday printed the following regarding the finding of parts of the body of Mrs. Emma Whalin at Bowling Green Sunday.  Mrs. Whalin was the mother of Virgil Whalin, former keeper of Lock No. 6 and was widely known by river men and by the people of Edmonson county:

Bowling Green, Ky., June 17,---Leading officers to the attic of her home, Mrs. Emma Whalin Johnson, 64 years old, early Sunday revealed the charred skull and part of the torso of her aged mother, Mrs. Sara Catherine Whalin, 88, who had been missing from the Johnson home since Wednesday.

Mrs. Johnson, who has been in jail here since Thursday on a charge of striking her mother, denied she had killed the aged woman, but declared the death occurred when her mother fell into a fire she had kindled in the chicken house to exterminate mites.

The skull had been fractured, apparently by a severe blow behind the right ear, according to physicians who examined the skull at the Sheriff"s office.

Mrs. Johnson"s confession  that she knew the location of her mother"s remains came after 17 hours of questioning by County Attorney Charles R. Bell and other county officers.

Mrs. Johnson was arrested Thursday afternoon after Newt Rector, a neighbor told County Attorney Bell that he saw the daughter hit her mother with a stick while they were in the kitchen Wednesday morning Mrs. Johnson told the officers that her mother left her home Wednesday morning with two unknown women.

County Attorney Bell stated that Mrs. Johnson is being held without bond on a wilful murder charge.  He said there are indications that Mrs. Johnson"s mind is unbalanced.  She is the wife of Mose Johnson a 73 year old farmer, who was questioned Saturday in regard to the disappearance of Mrs. Whalin.

Funeral services were held at 2 o"clock Monday afternoon at the Barren River Baptist Church by the Rev. Mr. Taylor of Rowletts, the pastor.

Mrs. Whalin was born in Warren county July 25, 1845. Besides Mrs. Johnson she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Calvin Snell; a son Virgil Whalin and six grandchildren, all of Warren county.  She was a member of Barren River Baptist church.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

June 21, 1934


Young Wife Victim Of Attack Made by Drunken Hoodlum


Laxity of Law Enforcement in Brownsville Probably Responsible; One of Pair Arrested


Mrs. Violet Wells, beautiful, refined young wife of Earl Wells, of Rhoda, was the victim Sunday afternoon of brutal attacks twice made on the streets of Brownsville where a large crowd had gathered to enjoy "Singing Day".

Mrs. Wells was chatting with friends when two youngbloods, said to be from the edge of Grayson county, swaggered along.  "Hello, hon", said one of the two named Carroll, as he threw his arms around Mrs. Wells, attempting to embrace her as he blew drink sodden breath into her face.

Mrs. Wells acted quickly in her own defense.  She promptly and effectively slapped the drunk"s face, and the proof is that Carroll"s companion slapped Mrs. Wells.  After that Carroll was overheard to instruct his companion to have their car ready for a getaway while he went back to "slap that girl as hard as she slapped me," and went back and made good his threat.

Fortunately Mr. J. W. Wells, grandfather of Mrs. Wells reached the scene a few minutes after Carroll and his buddy had started toward the river.  Mr. Wells picked up Sheriff Alexander who was returning from the jail where another drunk had been locked up, the two reached the river as the ferry was about to pull out.  The sheriff ordered the boat held until Carroll was arrested.

Monday morning the grand jury began an investigation of the case and indictments will undoubtedly be returned.

While this is the most serious of the many depredations committed by drunks in Brownsville, there is every reason to believe that it will be equalled if not surpassed if some kind of a town government is not organized.  And don"t forget that the real responsibility lies on the shoulders of the citizenship of the town until they get together and demand that a town government be organized. 

That the people of any community get the kind of government they want is an old saying, yet it is true and is applicable to the Brownsville situation, today.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

June 21, 1934


"Spotted Fever" at No. 2 C.C.C. Camp


Three Cases Reported at Headquarters adjoining New Entrance Cave; "Working" Quarantine


Three cases of spinal meningitis, commonly known as "spotted fever" have been reported at Civilian Conservation Camp No. 2 located in the Mammoth Cave area near the New Entrance hotel grounds.  Authentic reports received in Brownsville Tuesday were that the first diagnosis was made at the Camp Knox hospital Monday where one of the boys had been taken for treatment.  Tuesday two more cases developed at that time and the reports were that they were being temporarily card for at the camp hospital.

While a strict quarantine was enforced Tuesday, it was stated that beginning today, only a "work quarantine" would be enforced.  This means that the men and boys will be permitted to work on the highways and in the forests during the day but must stay in camp at night.  This was the same rule enforced when measles were epidemic at the camp.  In the present emergency, however, the foremen who have been staying at their own homes at night will be forced to stay at the camp when off duty.

Much criticism has been heard of what is termed the laxity of quarantine rules when it is considered that "spotted fever" is the most deadly of all contagious diseases.  There is no know treatment or cure.  Last winter twelve cases developed in a remote section of this county and all twelve died.  However the County Health Board enforced a strict quarantine and no one was permitted to either enter or leave the community day or night were the disease existed.  This resulted in the disease being confined to the one community.

In the new outbreak the disease will be combated by army physicians.  Camp No. 2 is located in Barren county just across the Barren-Edmonson line.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]


The Edmonson News

September 13, 1934


Mother"s Death Natural, Claim


Bowling Green Woman, Accused Of Slaying, Testifies at Trial


Bowling Green, Ky., Sept. 12"Mrs. Emma Johnson, 65 years old, taking the witness stand tonight to defend herself against a charge of murdering her 89 year old mother, Mrs. Sarah Catherine Whalin, told a Circuit Court jury that her mother died from a heart attack and was partially cremated by a smudge kindled to kill mites in their chicken house.

The State contends that Mrs. Johnson killed her mother and attempted to dispose of the body by burning.  The dismembered and partially cremated body was found in the attic of their home four days after the older woman disappeared.

An insanity defense was indicated by a part of Mrs. Johnson"s testimony tonight.

"My father was sent to an asylum when I was 3 years old", she said.  I might be sent to an asylum.  I have spells in my head and at times feel like I am going crazy."

Mrs. Johnson"s story of her mother"s death was that her mother had frequent heart attacks and that on the morning of her death she went to the poultry house where the smudge fire was burning.  About forty-five minutes later Mrs. Johnson said, she went out to find her mother"s body there.  She explained that she had placed the body in the attic because she wanted it near her.  She did not know she said, why she told neighbors that the mother had "gone away with a strange man".

Coroner Joe W. Lowe and Dr. J. W. Gibbs testified as to the condition of the body, declaring death evidently was caused by a blow on the head.  Calvin Rector, a neighbor, said he saw Mrs. Johnson strike her mother with a board the morning she was last seen.  Mrs. Virgil Page and Mrs. Myrtle Goad, neighbors testified they heard screams in the Johnson house the day Mrs. Whalin disappeared.     [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

September 20, 1934


Death Comes to Mrs. Aline Houchin


Medical Science Loses Long Struggle; Was Beloved by all Who Knew Her


A medical struggle perhaps unparalleled in this section of the country failed to save the life of Mrs. Aline Houchin, wife of Raymond Houchin, who was stricken three weeks ago with septic poisoning.  Mrs. Houchin succumbed at Glasgow hospital Tuesday where she had been under treatment for about two weeks; making a valiant fight for recovery.  With her every day and almost every hour were her husband and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Vincent.  The patient sufferer was their only child.  Other relatives and friends visited her almost daily while the folks at home were hoping and trusting for her recovery.  Mrs. Houchin underwent three blood transfusions and many other innovations of science but the spread of the disorder could not be controlled and only the hand of death could relieve her sufferings.

Beside her husband and parents Mrs. Houchin is survived by one son and numerous other relatives and friends without number as was attested by the great throng that attended the funeral services Wednesday at Steep Hollow and the profusion of fall flowers gathered and formed into beautiful wreaths by loving hands.  The rites were conducted by Rev. Cal Vincent and Rev. Charlie Ray of the Baptist church.

The stricken family has the sincere sympathy of the people of the entire county.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

September 20, 1934


Gimlet Dust


Page Robert Emmett Linch!  An Edmonson county man has been dropped from the relief rools because he was accused of running around with "another woman!"  [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

October 4, 1934


Dan"l Decker Starved to Death, Verdict of the Coroner"s Jury


"Them as Has Gits " Them as Ain"t Don"t Git Ary"


"Them as has gits"them as aint don"t get ary---"

That statement is distinctly Edmonson Countian and in too many instances it fittingly describes "relief" in this county as it is and as it ain"t.

That we should not go off half-cocked, The News has bee making some investigations of our own and the more we investigate the more convinced are we that "them as has gits---them as ain"t don"t git ary."

Here"s just a few cases:

Down in the Durbin section is one of the big beneficiaries of the corn-hog reduction program, (name on request).  His check for NOT raising hogs and corn this year will amount to $273.26 according to records on file with the government agencies.  This record shows that he cultivated 80 acres of corn in 1932; 60 acres in 1933.  He now has an estimated corn crop of 1,500 bushels.  Yet this man until very recently was on the RELIEF ROLLS, one day a week, just the same as the man who own nothing, has little, if any, food and no decent clothing.  His family has received Red Cross clothing and (Page Torn)

(Page Torn) "ain"t got ary and gits nary."   One home visitor called and gave her an order for $1 food and 25 cents medicine.  According to neighbors that is ALL she has ever received "from the relief."

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Right in the same section is a prominent man we can name who owns a good farm, 4 mules, 1 horse, cows, hogs and other stock, has a check coming to him for about $170 for reducing corn-hog production.  Another man, it is reliably stated, is the same neighborhood owns a half interest in a mail route and get a check from the government every month.  BOTH are regularly on "work relief."

Jody Hays, of the same section, owns a patchwork house located on an acre of land.  He owns four acres nearby.  Tuesday he had a wife and nine children at home.  The tenth child was expected that day and doubtless has arrived by now.  He has been "on and off" relief----mostly off.  He is "off" now, or was Tuesday.

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Last Friday Elbert Smith and his good wife who live in the Forks country, came to town to learn why they had been dropped from the relief rolls.  Elbert, a son of Uncle Billy Frank Smith, as fine a man as ever lived, is all bent and twisted from rheumatism.  He gets around with the aid of two short sticks.  He cannot even stand erect.  Well, they learned that "somebody" had reported that Elbert had employment as deputy tax commissioner.  He was slated for that job but when time came to take up the work his physical condition was such that he could not do the travelling required.  The Tax Commissioner insisted that Elbert or his wife take the lists in his neighborhood.  They complied and THAT was the reason Mrs. Smith, who had been given "work relief" and "commodities," was dropped from the relief rolls.

And right here let us interject is found the reason that men and women on relief rolls will not accept other employment, if it be only temporary.  They know that somebody will run to the relief office and report that they are working and that they will be dropped "from the relief."  That is why PAUPERS are being created by the score.  Instead of being encouraged to take additional work to supplement the pitiful sum of $1.80 doled out to them weekly, the have cause to fear that the regular stipend will be stopped if they accept other employment.  No chance whatever for a family in that condition to EVER become self-sustaining.

And then up in the Forks country there is Claud Clark, a good citizen, who has a wife and five children.  Never received any relief funds, neighbors say.  Last week they sold their last chicken to get money to buy a few groceries.  Claud has earned a few dimes by making rustic chairs with a pocket knife.

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And Daniel Decker is dead----starved to death!  He was dropped from the relief rolls after an investigator for the old Edmonson County relief regime had recommended that the amount of relief work given him be doubled.  At the same time this relief worker recommended that a neighbor of Daniel"s living just across Nolyn River be dropped.  His investigation had revealed that the neighbor had a fairly good farm, well stocked and therefore needed no relief.  Yet Decker was dropped and permitted to stay dropped until it was too late to save him from starvation, and the man the former relief worker recommended to be dropped was RESTORED to the relief rolls.


[Submitted by Charles Finn]


The Edmonson News

October 4, 1934


Dan"l Decker Starved to Death, Verdict of the Coroner"s Jury


Had Been Eating Briar Berries For Weeks Says Widow


Went To Bed Many Nights Expecting To Die Before Morning Mate Testifies; Offered to Work For Dame a Day


Official decision that Daniel Decker died from the "lack of proper food" was made by a jury of responsible Edmonson County citizens empanelled Wednesday by Coroner Riley Blanton.

The jury"s verdict follows:

We, the undersigned Coroner"s jury of Edmonson County, Ky., called in special session by Coroner James R. Blanton at the Jock Storehouse on this the 3rd day of October, 1934, to determine the cause of the death of one Daniel Decker, of Bee Spring, Ky., decided from the evidence given by Bettie Meredith Decker and Turley Meredith, that he died from the lack of proper food.  This done by action of the jury, this the 4th day of October, 1934,

Signed by

F. A. Meredith

Been Brooks

Porter Sanders

B. B. Anderson

Jeff Hester

A. M. Goins

A summary of the evidence kept by Coroner Blanton, was as follows:  Bettie Meredith Decker, widow of Daniel, testified under oath that her husband had been eating briar berries, poke berries and raw corn for weeks.  She said she believed he ate something that was poisonous, that he had gone for weeks at a time with only bread made from corn grits and weak coffee for food.  Daniel had offered to work for 10 cents a day.  Mrs. Decker testified that she and her husband had gone to bed many nights expecting to die of starvation before morning.

Turley Meredith testified that before death passage from Decker"s bowels consisted of whole grains of hard corn.


The Herald-Post Thursday morning quoted Thornton Wilcox, State relief administrator, as saying that the Daniel Decker case "was investigated" and that representatives of the relief administration had secured statements that Decker was well supplied with food, and did not die of starvation."

Wilcox"s statement was based on a report sent in by the local relief office, which is said to have included a statement from the widow that the family had plenty to eat and good clothing, including an extra "Sunday" suit for each.  This is not only contradicted by Mrs. Decker"s sworn testimony at the trial but also the statements of those who buried Decker that the body was buried in shirt sleeves as no coat of any kind was available.  It is safe to say that burying a man"s body without a coat is without precedent in Edmonson County.

Bernard Anderson is quoted as saying that the house, though formerly used for a corn crib, had been made "comfortable," and that as far as he knew, the couple had plenty to eat.  Anderson was on the coroner's jury and wrote the verdict.

A statement from Dr. D. D. Cornwell to the effect that he treated Decker in 1931, diagnosing the case as epilepsy.

County Attorney Truman Demunbrun"s written statement relates that he knew none of the facts but expressed the belief that "no one in Edmonson County ever did and never will die of starvation, relief or no relief."

This morning, Thursday, the County Attorney informed The News that he had been requested to recommend that the coroner"s inquest be reopened for further proof.


The "case record" of Daniel Decker as it stands in the Edmonson County Relief Office is as follows:

Jan. 12, 1933---Applied for work

Jan. 12, to Nov 18, 1933 received $28 for work

Dec 12, 1933 to March 21, 1934, received $18 in direct relief

Reapplied April 13, 1934 and received $4.80, April 13 to May 24.

May 10, 1934, Home visitor reported "old and unable to work"

Dropped from all relief June 8

Aug. 21---Applied for work

Aug. 28---Home visitor recommended $5.40 work

The records show $4.80 in money and 4 cans beef given Decker in September.

[Submitted by Charles Finn]


The Edmonson News

October 4, 1934


Too Proud To Beg, Daniel Decker Starved To Death, Neighbors Say


Denied "relief" but too proud to beg and even hesitant to "borrow", Daniel Decker, about 60 years old, died Tuesday night, September 25 from what responsible neighbors unhesitating declare was starvation.  Decker and his wife had been living in an old corn crib on the farm of B. B. Anderson.  Previously they resided in a cellar on the Gross place.  The "house" where he died was constructed out of cross tie straps.  There was no window.  A worn and broken iron "step stove" provided heat and was used for cooking when there was anything to cook.  A bed made of grass sacks and corn shucks was the other principal item of "furniture."

A personal investigation made by the editor of The News with Mr. Gabe Vincent as "guide" revealed the following facts:

Mr. Anderson, a man whose word is accepted and his opinions respected by every man in Edmonson county who knows him or by reputation, said that Decker had been dropped from the relief rolls several months ago.  Mr. Anderson had hired conveyance and brought Decker to the relief office in Brownsville and made an appeal that the aged and indigent man be restored to the rolls.  The result was a promise to "look into the case."  About three weeks ago, we are informed from other sources a home visitor visited the humble shack and instructed Decker to go to road project at Sunfish.  The old man hired conveyance to Sunfish.  When he got there he found that his name was not on the work rolls and he had no card instructing anybody to put him on.  He was advised that he would not be paid if he did work without proper authority. 

Esq. Jim Lashley remembers well Decker"s appearance.  He says he never saw more downcast, dejected looking human.  He was clothed in tattered rags; his body emaciated.

Anyway, Decker came to Brownsville Monday, September 24, and was given four cans of beef being distributed to all those on relief rolls.  A nephew, who was present, said the old fellow opened a can of the beef and ate greedily of it.  There was no bread.  Decker then went to the farm of Turley Meredith, son in law of Anderson, and cut corn all day.  He refused dinner at the Meredith home, as he was feeling bad.  At six o"clock that night he stumbled to the corn crib home and fell across the threshold, utterly exhausted.  He managed to crawl inside but again fell to the floor and was soon suffering horrible agony.  Mr. Anderson, Porter Sanders and other neighbors were summoned and gave such aid as was in their power, but at 10 o"clock the old fellow was dead.  Before death he vomited great quantities of the canned beef.

Within a short time after death Decker"s body began swelling.  By morning decomposition set in and it was necessary to hasten the burial.  A coffin was fashioned out of rough boards.  There was no burial shroud to be had.  There was no coat on the corpse to give appearance of comfort as it was lowered to the grave where all men are supposed to be equal.

Bernard Anderson will tell any investigator who wants to investigate rather than "whitewash" that he is firmly convinced that Daniel Decker starved to death.  He is supported in that belief by Porter Sanders, Hobart Meredith and others who had opportunity to know the circumstances.  Mr. Anderson said Decker was proud despite his poverty.  He was never known to ask for aid.  His wistful look was the only discernible appeal.  Mr. Anderson said he had given Decker corn frequently.  He had endeavored to "look after the man and his aged wife.  Several times last winter when it was bitter cold, Mr. Anderson went to the corn-crib home fearing he would find the occupants frozen to death.

The Louisville Herald-Post quotes the relief administrator of Edmonson county saying that Decker had been given four days work on relief projects; that he had been paid $3.60 during September and that $1.80 was due him when he died.  The relief office has also issued statements that Decker was subject to "spells" caused by indigestion.

That is as far as the "alibi" can be extended.

No denial has been made, or can be made, that despite desperate condition of Daniel Decker, he was DROPPED from the Relief Rolls several months ago and was not restored until it was too late!

Yet INDIGESTION may well be assigned as the direct cause of his death.  People who starve usually die from inability of the emaciated body to receive and digest food.

Has there been any real investigation of this case by the relief authorities?  None that anybody knows of.

Dozens of "investigators" and other high-salaried, well-fed and prosperous looking agents of the FERA traveling in fine new automobiles have visited Brownsville during the past week.  As far as known none of them has visited the tumble-down shack called "home" by Daniel Decker, when he was alive.

But The News has made some inquiry "on it"s own hook."  We have talked with former relief official who made an investigation of this case more than a year ago when urged to do so by Bernard Anderson.  He says time will never efface the picture made in his mind by the conditions he found.  At that time Decker was getting work one day a week, because there was only two in the family.  Mr. Anderson had appealed for more aid for Decker because of his pitiable condition.  The relief worker at that time promptly recommended that he be given two days a week.

That was done for awhile.  Then he was DROPPED from the relief rolls and given but little aid from then until the day of his death.

WHY WAS THAT?  Why was he dropped and allowed to starve, as say as responsible men as can be found anywhere?  Let those who are in position to know find the correct answer.  Let an investigation of this case be made that is a real investigation and not a "whitewash."  Then and not until then will God-fearing people of this county be satisfied.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

October 4, 1934


Gimlet Dust


The reliefeteers say that Daniel Decker, who neighbors say starved to death, had long been a sufferer from indigestion.  Perhaps that explains why Daniel was dropped from the relief rolls----food was considered bad for his digestion.

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A good friend of The News reports overhearing a law enforcement officer say that "the next" time The News editor is seen drunk on the streets of Brownsville he will be arrested and locked up.  Why wait for "the next" time?  Why not procure a warranty for the LAST offense?

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Also we learn that guarded inquires have been made about the number of dogs The News editor has "hid away" at his home.  Why not search the old place?  We will waive our constitutional right to demand a search warrant.   If there are any dogs under our house, bring "em out.  They will be needing air, anyway.

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Judge Houchin told the Fiscal Court Tuesday that The News had been making "personal attacks" on somebody.  We challenge any person to point to any personal attack we have made on anybody.  Our files are open for any investigation.  We have, and will continue, to raise a protest against lack of law enforcement but there is a vast difference between criticizing a private individual and calling attention to a public officials acts.  If we publish a libel we are amenable to the laws of the state which provide a serve penalty.

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If Daniel Decker and his wife had "good clothing for every day wear, each had a "Sunday suit", as was reported to the Louisville Relief headquarters, why was it that there was no coat of any kind to cover his cold lifeless body when it was buried in the "cold, cold ground."

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Page Robert Emmett Lynch!  An Edmonson county man has been dropped from the relief rolls because he was accused of running around with "another woman!"   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

April 4, 1935


65 New Suits Filed To Condemn Lands in Proposed Park.


Demurrer to Petition and Steps to Test Constitutionality of Procedure will be First Move of Defense


Well, gentle sufferers in the proposed park area, the Van Swaggers have now slashed a big hog in the rear as an intended climax to what they think is a well laid plan to take from you your homes and farms without just compensation.

They have filed a petition in which they seek to condemn 65 tracts of land and involving 150 owners and lien holders.  That the supposedly bright young lawyers who filed the petitions has not followed the law, Federal or State in instituting these actions is pretty clearly shown in another column.  It is probable that he never practiced a land lawsuit.  If not, he is due to get a lot of experience if he sticks in these cases.

Already the property owners are getting ready for action and plenty of it.  That is their answer to the threat of the Van Swagger brotherhood.

All members of the Brownsville bar have been consulted and though of course each defendant will have individual counsel of his own choice, united action in the trails, if any is ever held, has been proposed.

One group already has employed the firm of Whittle and Demumbrun as defense counsel.  They are in Louisville today preparing not only to demur to the petitions but also take steps to test the constitutionality of the act of Congress under which the action is taken.  Judge Dawson will be asked to grant an early hearing.

The landowners and the acreage involved in the 65 new suits are as follows:

H.P. Houchin, 80.09 acres

J.H. Martin, 231.38; 57.28; 177.60 acres Three tracts

Mrs. Belle Dennison, 3.84 acres

Colossal Cavern Co., and H. B Thomas 4.23 acres

R. H. Parsley, 210.80 acres

Charles Emerson, 134.01 acres

Margaret C. Parker, 129.55 acres

R. A. Denham, 114.20 acres

G. F. Doyle, 518.61 acres

Ida Dennison 148.36; 37.64 acres Two tracts

W. D. Adwell, 113.13 acres

H.C. Ganter heirs, 224.66 acres

W. Robert Sells, 111.66 acres

Dave Johnson, 15 acres

T.T. Adwell, 31 acres

John Carney, 13 acres

Betty Davis, 17.15 acres

C.L. Cooper, 65 acres

Callie Smith, 12.424 acres

Virginia Mansfield heirs, 10.08 acres

Emma Coates, 13.27 acres

M.L. Charlet, 13.95 acres

Charles Hunt, 17.52 acres

Willie Freeman, 57.63 acres

Zada Dennison, 39.01 acres

Jessie Lee Cox, 11.40 acres

D. B. Parker, 34.23 acres

Minnie Brown, 82.04 acres

J.R. Cadwell, 127.01 acres

Mrs. M.J. Wright, 53.72 acres

Melvin Sell, 65.68 acres

Hub Furlong, 26.98 acres

Noah T. Parsley, 27.47 acres

Guthrie Woodson and Brown Fant, 22.20 acres

Alva Skaggs, 8.15 acres

John T. Webb, 163.89 acres

Rosa Grubbs Carroll, 61.44 acres

Z.L.T. Robinson 299.37 acres

Mrs. L.P. Lacey, 114.92 acres

Mossie Whittle, 157.7 acres

Lucy Cox, 61.09 acres

Ella C. Doyle, 40.23 acres

W.P. Cox, 69.99 acres

Lucy Cox, 45.30 acres

Lucy Cox, 287.17 acres

Ella C. Doyle, 50.20 acres

Noah C. Doyle, 57.56 acres

William T. Dennison, 75.70 acres

Daniel Lee, 23 acres

T.M. Ray, 120.79 acres

B.S. Sturgeon, 162.31 acres

John Malone, 119.28 acres

Jim A. Chapman, 283.48 acres

Robert Sell, 19.20 acres

G. Woodford Short, 64.73 acres

E.J. Doyel, 237.66 acres

Mollie Fitzgerald, 192.30 acres

Melinda J. Coomer, 75.78 acres

Lizzie Dennison, 50.72 acres

Willie Davis, 40.59 acres

Belle Pointer, 26.48 acres

Lula Estes, 75.57 acres.

[Submitted by Charles Finn]


The Edmonson News

April 4, 1935


Gimlet Dust


It is stated by competent authority that it costs the government of the United States three dollars a day to maintain each "enrollee" in CCC camps.  There3 are approximately 1,000 men and boys at the four camps now maintained in the Mammoth Cave area, hence the daily cost is $3,000.  There are 465 days in a year.  Multiply 365 by 3,000 and you have the sum of $1,095,000 as the early cost of maintaining these four camps.  Yessir more than one million dollars a year, and yet the same administration at Washington responsible for that enormous expenditure has sent agents into this very same area to beat down process on little farm homes and acreage required to carry on such a project.  Coldblooded corporation tactics are emplayed.  The owners have been harassed to the extreme limit and now a gesture, and it is but a gesture, has been made to force these people to go into the Federal Courts to defend their rights.

Furthermore, the harassment does not cease even when and after the landowners "contract" with the Van Swaggers.  Some of these "contracts" were entered into more than a year ago, but not a thin dime has been paid a landowner who signed the "contract."  Something new about the titles bobs up every so often.  One of the latest of these is the requirement that the landowner must furnish a MAP of his holdings when the entire territory has been mapped from the air and from the ground, by every process know to engineering.  Paul Miller at the head of a young army of surveyors and assistants has been engaged for several years in making "maps" and the like at a cost no man can even estimate.  Is it possible that those maps will not suffice?  If not,  they must be dang poor map makers.

And then the landowners who think they have sold their property receive no interest yet those who have bought other lands must PAY interest until they do receive their money.  We know on one man who "contracted" his land months ago and bought another farm to be paid for when he is paid for his park lands.  HE is pay $25 interest every month while he received not one-penny interest on his "contract."

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Everybody is born free and equal but some are more fortunate in getting on the relief rolls.

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About all capitalists are doing with money these days is hiding it from the tax-collectors.

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A university professor says that anyone who is tired is insane.  No doubt.  Working makes one tired and anyone who works these days of Relief and Not raising hogs Is crazy.

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The wealthy man who left his entire estate to his lawyer had learned the shortest distance between two points.

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Jouett Shouse urges citizens to watch the Government.  Too often however, the hand is quicker than the eye.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson News

April 4, 1935


Reed Appointed


Pete Reed has been appointed Highway Commissioner to fill out the unexpired term of Tom Rhea, who is now an announced candidate for Governor.  It was stated before any appointment was made that the man selected for the vacancy would not be an applicant for the full term should Rhea be elected Governor.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

February 11, 1937


Mrs. R. W. Campbell Dies of Pneumonia


Was Member of Pioneer Family Beloved by All; Funeral Burial Services Friday


Mrs. Henrietta Frances Campbell, 68, widow of the lamented Robert W. Campbell, died at her home near Arthur Thursday, February 4 after an illness of pneumonia which followed an attack of influenza.  Mrs. Campbell was a daughter of Willie and Paradine Houchin pioneer citizens of Edmonson County and her life of usefulness, loyalty and devotion was lived in the community where she died and her body consigned to the last resting place.  Funeral and burial services were conducted at old Silent Grove Baptist Church Friday where Mrs. Campbell had worshiped and served so long and so faithfully, the Reverends Rance Kersey and Charlie Ray officiating.

She is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Opal Vernon, Mrs. Lucy Kidwell, Mrs. Elmer Dawes, Mrs. Beulah Moody, Mrs. Maude Renfro, Mrs. Viola Deweese and four stalwart sons, Grover, Earl, Dan and Cantrell.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

February 11, 1937


Cleftus Howell Dies Result of Road Mishap


Cleftus Howell, 26 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Howell of Smiths Grove, died at Bowling Green Hospital Monday morning about 10 o"clock from injuries he suffered early Sunday morning when struck by a car on Highway 31-W near Dripping Springs.

The driver of the machine, John Maddox, former Bowling Green resident, now residing at Bedford, Ky stopped to render aid following the accident and remained with the victim until an ambulance was summoned.

Funeral services for the victim were held at the residence with burial following in Odd Fellows Cemetery at Smiths Grove.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

February 11, 1937


Mrs. Nillie Madison Succumbs At Home


Mrs. Nillie Emerson Madison, 21 years old, died Saturday at 9:15 o"clock at her home at Rocky Hill following an illness of several months.

Funeral services were held at the Rocky Hill Baptist Church with burial Masonic Cemetery there.

Mrs. Madison is survived by her husband Tandy Madison, her mother Mrs. Nora Emerson, one child, five brothers and three sisters.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

February 25, 1937


Mrs Lizzie Denham Is Called Beyond


Beloved Wife and Mother Had Been Ill for Many Months; Funeral Service Monday


   Mrs. Elizabeth Denham, 60 years old wife of R. A. Denham, died after a long illness from complications.  Besides her husband she is survived by five stalwart sons, Tommy Denham, Glasgow; Roma, Rocky Hill; Berry, Hallie and Wilton of near Brownsville; and four daughters.  Mrs. Minnie Lee, Mammoth Cave; Naomi Roof, Ora Dossey and Lavenia Denham, near Brownsville.  Her three brothers are B. B. and Eddie Minyard, Louisville; 16 grand children and one great grandchild.

Mrs. Denham professed faith in Christ at an early age and united with Good Spring Baptist Church and remained a faithful member until death.  Her entire life was one of love and kindness and Christian devotion.

Funeral and burial services were held Monday conducted by the Rev. Charlie Ray and attended by a large gathering of sorrowing relatives and friends.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

February 25, 1937


Warren Man Shoots Divorced Wife"s Hubby


Bowling Green, Feb 20 " Trial of Meredith King, 26, on three charges of malicious shooting and wounding with intent to kill was scheduled for Thursday when the man was taken before Warren County Judge Joe S. Garman today following his arrest by State police in connection with a shooting at the "Turn Around," roadhouse on an abandoned section of the Russellville road a short distance south of the city.

According to Sergeant L. D. Edwards of the state police, King is charged with firing bullets that resulted in Hugh Kitchens suffering a fracture of the right arm below the elbow, Basil Runner suffering injuries to the index finger on his right hand, and Howell Doolin, suffering injuries to the little finger of his left hand.  Kitchens remained under treatment at City Hospital this afternoon.

>Sergeant Edwards said the shooting occurred over King"s wife who formerly was married to Kitchens.  The defendant was placed in jail in default of $500 bond on each of the three charges.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]




The Edmonson County News

April 8, 1937


Grand Old Mother Called to Reward


Mrs. Mary Ann Houchin, 82, Wife of One of Few Living Union Veterans


The long and useful life of Mrs. Mary Ann Houchin was ended in death at 5 o"clock Tuesday morning after an illness of pneumonia that followed and attack on influenza.  Mrs Houchin was the faithful wife of Jesse I. Houchin, one of the few living veterans of the Union Army, who has been an invalid for many years and had ministered to his every need or desire.  Besides the husband nine children survive, Willie Houchin, Louisville; Arthur, Leitchfield; Mrs. Flora Denham, Bert, Mss. Rose Denham, Mrs. Ann Parsley, Mrs. Nellie Johnson all of this county; Mrs. Clara Dennison, Louisville and another son, Estil with whom the aged couple resided in the Otter Gap Community.

Mrs. Houchin was a devoted member of Temple Hill Baptist Church being active in church work there until the family moved to another section of the county.

Funeral and burial services were held at the Otter Gap Church Wednesday attended by a large congregation of sorrowing relatives and friends.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

April 8, 1937


Major Hamilton in Race for Magistrate


Popular and Substantial Citizen Offers to Represent Second District


The News this week presents the formal announcement of A. G. Hamilton as a candidate for Magistrate in the Second or Durbin district.  "Major," as he is best known, is prominent and substantial citizen and if elected would render service entirely satisfactory to all his constituents.  He is a "wheel horse" Republican in a Democratic precinct but stands high in the estimation of his neighbors regardless of political affiliations.  His card follows:

To the people of Edmonson County

I take this opportunity of announcing my candidacy for the Republican nomination for Magistrate in the Second District of Edmonson County.

I am a World War veteran, a lifelong Republican and have tried to be a useful citizen in my community and my county.  Most of the people in my district know me.

If they see fit to choose me for their Magistrate, I shall do my best to serve all of the people from the entire district as well as the people of the County generally to the best of my ability.

It has been many years since anyone from my precinct has sought the office of Magistrate, and for that reason we should appreciate furnishing the candidate this time.  However, if I am elected, I shall serve those who live in the other portions of the district just as fairly and impartially as I do those who live next door to me.  Your earnest and active support is solicited and will be appreciated.



>A. G. (Major) Hamilton   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

July 1, 1937


Mrs. Ellen Hazelip Enters Eternal Rest


Mrs. Mary Ellen Hazelip, 74 years old, widely known and well beloved throughout Edmonson County, died at her home at Rhoda Saturday, June 26, after a week"s illness from paralysis.

Mrs. Hazelip was the widow of the lamented M. Hazelip who was prominent in Edmonson County"s civic and religious life for many years.  He endeavored to establish a newspaper in Brownsville on several occasions and was also active in county politics for many years.

Mrs. Hazelip was a daughter of the late Daniel Campbell and of that family one brother, William Campbell is yet living.  She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Flora Lane, of Edmonson County, Mrs. Flossie Lynch of Mississippi; Mrs. Thersie Strong of Illinois, and two step-daughters, Mrs. Bertha Lindsey and Mrs. Lona Lindsey of Edmonson County and several grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday at Belle Key church, where Mrs. Hazelip had been a devoted and active worker for many years by the Rev. Charlie Ray and Rev. McDowell.  Burial was in the church cemetery, both services being attended by a large crowd of relatives, friends and admirers.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

July 1, 1937


Is 24 Years Old


Since Billy Carrier announcement for Sheriff the report that he is not old enough to qualify for that office has been circulated.  The law requires a sheriff to be 24 years old when he assumes office.  Mr. Carrier"s parents inform the News that he was born June 16, 1913.  His parents are ready with affidavits and will present other proof if required   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

July 1, 1937


Rev. and Mrs. C. R. Turner announce the birth of a daughter, Bettie Malinda at Graves Infirmary, Scottsville, July 25.  Mother and baby are doing fine and will be brought to their home in Brownsville this week. 

(My note:  I rechecked the dates on this article.  The paper WAS dated Thursday July 1, 1937 and the article did say the baby was born July 25.)   [Submitted by Charles Finn]


The Edmonson County News

July 8, 1937


Scald Fatal To Child; Fell In Boiling Water


Tony, two years old son of Mr & Mrs Elige Lashley of the Lindseyville vicinity, died at Brownsville Hospital Tuesday from a scald suffered when the little fellow fell into a kettle of boiling water.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

August 5, 1937


Miss Frances Hanson Victim of Wreck


Her Brother, Olen, and Wife and Young Man Companion Suffer Severe Injuries


Miss Frances Hanson, 25 years old, formerly of the Glasgow Junction neighborhood, died from injuries suffered Sunday night in an automobile accident near Elizabethtown.  Mr and Mrs Olen Hanson were also injured and Tuesday it was reported that both have been taken to a hospital for treatment.  A young man friend of Miss Hanson was also injured and was carried to a Louisville hospital in an ambulance.

Miss Hanson and her friend had been visiting relatives near Glasgow Junction and were being accompanied home by Mr and Mrs Hanson.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

August 5, 1937


Edmonson People Involved in Tragedy In Arkansas County


Holly M. Ray Reported in Jail Charged With Murder of Wife; Both Natives of This County


Word was received by the Kinser family of the Segal-Asphalt neighborhood last week that their sister, Mrs. Holly M. Ray, had died at her home in Imo, Arkansas, and that her husband was being held in jail on a charge of murder.  Only meager details of the alleged tragedy have reached the families here, all of whom are prominently known.

Holly Ray, also a native of the same section, was a timber buyer.  The tragedy occurred July 23, according to reports received here.

Mrs. Ray was a twin sister of Godfrey Kinser.  Several of the Kinser brothers started to Marshall, Ark where Ray is reported held, but turned back when the hilly country was reached.  Mrs. Ray leaves two daughters, one of whom is married and lives in Arkansas.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]


The Edmonson County News

August 26, 1937


Miss Ruth Houchin"s Death Grieves Many


Daughter of Mr and Mrs Hunter Houchin, Rhoda, Was Greatly Beloved


The death of Miss Ruth Houchin at Brownsville Hospital August 17, came as a great shock to relatives and friends throughout the county.  Miss Houchin underwent an operation for appendicits about one week previous to the day of her death and although an extremely dangerous condition was found, a gangrenous abcess having formed she showed great improvement after the operation and much hope was held for her recovery until the day before her death when a change for the worse was noted.

Ruth Houchin daughter of Hunter and Pearl Houchin was born July 23, 1912, died August 17, 1937.  She professed faith in Christ at the age of twelve or thirteen years at Belle Key M.E. Church joined Beaver Dam Baptist Church a little later.

Besides her parents she is survived by four brothers, Evertt, Edgar, Roy and Paul, three sisters Grace and Mary Houchin and Mrs Emmett Madison other relatives and a host of friends to mourn her death.  She was an obedient daughter and a king and loving sister.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

August 26, 1937


Edmonson Native Held in Slaying


The Louisville Times published The following in the August 17 issue:


Frank R. Cahill, attorney for Clyde T. Jaggers, 26, of 1825 Portland, Tuesday planned a fight for  his client"s release under bond in connection with the fatal shooting of Leslie Bramlett, 20, of 531 Kustes, painters helper, at the L & N shops.

The blast of gunfire, only one shot of which took effect, came when Bramlett, accused of ravishing Jagger"s wife, Mrs. Ella, laughed sneeringly at Jaggers as they passed each other in the plant.

Cahill said Jaggers had been unable to sleep since Bramlett"s alleged attack on his wife, July 12, near their former home in South Louisville, and that Bramlett had boasted of the affair to fellow workmen.  "He told me he was near a nervous collapse", Cahill said "He has lost fifteen pounds in a month."

Workers in the shops, who stood spellbound while Jaggers" pistol spouted death quoted him as saying: "Now I can sleep," as he coolly surrendered the weapon and a blackjack to a railroad detective.  Bramlett, who succumbed to a bullet wound in his chest at the Norton Memorial Infirmary, was at liberty under $500 bond in the attack case, set for trial September 9.

Clyde Jaggers and his wife were both born and reared in Edmonson County, Clyde being a son of Henry Jaggers and his wife a a daughter of Mitchell Sanders.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

September 2, 1937


Holly Ray Given Death Sentence for Poisoning Wife


Former Edmonson County Man Pleads Guilty to Crime Commited In Arkansas


A news dispatch published in the Courier-Journal last Friday stated that Holly Ray had been sentenced to death at Marshall, Arkansas for the murder of his wife, Mrs. Molly Kinser Ray.  Both were natives of Edmonson County and members of prominent families.  Ray is a son of B. I. Ray and has many relatives in the county.  Mrs. Ray was a twin sister of Godfrey Kinser.

According to the news reports Ray pleaded guilty to the charge which was filed against him several days after the death of his wife.  It is said that the body of Mrs. Ray was taken out of the grave by investigators and analysis of the vital organs showed distinct traces of poison.  Also evidence was found that Ray had become infatuated with a nurse living in another state and letters found in his car from the woman disclosed that she gave instructions as to administering the death potion.

Ray is reported to be the owner of a section of land 640 acres, in Arkansas and also was employed at a good salary as a timber buyer.

News of the tragedy caused deep regret in Edmonson County.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

September 2, 1937


Rev. John Hazelip Dies At Louisville


The Rev. John Hazelip, widely known throughout Edmonson County as a Baptist preacher, died Sunday at the home of a relative in Louisville.  Rev. Hazelip was about 75 years old.  He was born in the Oak Grove neighborhood but had resided in the Sunny Point community for many years before his health failed and he removed to Louisville.  He is survived by a number of children and grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

The body was brought to Steep Hollow for burial Monday.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

September 9, 1937


Arkansas Paper Gives Details of Hollis Ray Trail


Daughters of Defendant Principal Witnesses;  Poisoned Wife to Marry North Carolina Girl


The following account of the trial of Hollis M. Ray at Marshall, Arkansas was taken from The Mountain Wave, a splendid newspaper published at that place.

The trial of Hollis Ray, age 59 of the Welcome Home Community, charged with first degree murder in connection with the alleged poisoning of his wife, 10 years his junior, on July 22, was called Wednesday morning.  Ray pleaded guilty but asked mercy of the court.  Ray"s case was placed in the hands of the jury late Wednesday afternoon  After deliberating one hour and three-quarters, the jury returned, fixing Ray"s punishment at death in the electric chair.

Two of the five state witnesses were daughters of Ray.  Mrs. E. Potter, age 33, the mother of five children, and Miss Hazel Ray, age 18, both testified that their father had been good to their mother and the children and that he had been a good provider.  They lived in the best improved home on the most modern farm in the Welcome Home community of the county, the daughters testified.

Mrs. Potter, in describing the death of her mother, said that members of the family were gathering potatoes when the father complained of illness.  He went to the house but returned a short time later.  A few minutes later the mother complained, and also returned to the house.  When she came back to the field, the daughter testified, her mother declared that "if I live other this, I"ll never take any more of that medicine."  It was only a short time until she was in convulsions, Mrs. Potter testified.

Accompanied by Ray and other members of the family Mrs. Ray was taken to a physician"s office where she died.

The younger daughter testified that several days following the funeral, she saw her father throw something into the woods about a mile from the home, and that she reported the incident to officers.  Subsequently, it was said a bottle containing strychnine was found.  A chemist"s analysis the contents and found that Mrs. Ray died from strychnine poisoning.

It was contented by the state that Ray poisoned his wife to whom he been married 35 years so that he would be free to marry a North Carolina woman.  Ray had been employed as a representative of a North Carolina timber firm the past two years, and had spent most of his time in that State.  He would return home two or three times a year.  Testimony showed that Ray had represented himself to the woman was a widower, and also had told others in the community that his wife had been dead 20 years.

Five business and professional men of Marshall testified relative to the character of Ray.  This is all the evidence offered by the offense.  Ray did not testify.

State Police officer Fudge said that he and other officers questioned Ray several days after his wife"s funeral and that they took him to Hector, Pope county, to have him identified by a druggist who was reported to have sold strychnine to him.  On the return trip to Marshall, the officer said, Ray confessed have given the poison to his wife.

Mrs. Ray died Thursday, the funeral was held Friday and on Sunday following the neighborhood and relatives began discussing the "strange circumstances" surrounding her death.  This lead to an official order for disinterment of the body and the vital organs were sent to the state chemist at Little Rock, who reported finding strychnine in the stomach.

Sheriff Barnett states that he has received information from officers in North Carolina, saying, in substance, that the young woman with whom it is alleged Ray was infatuated was a member of a good family and was a young woman of high character, and was well thought of in the community.

Mrs. Ray died Thursday, July 22 at her home in the Welcome Home community, after she was reported made ill by eating home-canned meat.  Mrs. Ray was 51 years old.

Sheriff Barnett said that Ray made the confession while he was being returned home from Hector Pope County, Wednesday afternoon after it was proven that Ray had bought strychnine sulphate at a drug store there on July 20.  Hector is 35 miles from Ray"s home.  Following the return to Marshall Sheriff Barnett said that Ray signed a written confession.  The purported confession said that when Mrs. Ray complained of an attack of indigestion.  Ray pretended to be suffering from the same trouble and offered to prepare medicine for their relief.  The alleged confession said that he mixed the poison with water and gave it to his wife while he himself took a harmless medicine.  Sheriff Barnett said that Ray refused to discuss the young nurse at Walnut Grove, N.C., infatuation for whom the sheriff believes inspired the poisoning.

Sheriff Barnett said that Ray had rented a postoffice box at Marshall and that mail from North Carolina was addressed to the box. 

Barnett said he found a letter in Ray"s clothing and two others in a pocket of his automobile, which he identified as having been written by a young nurse in North Carolina.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

September 23, 1937


Third Member of Hanson Family is Victim of Wreck


Connard Hanson Meets Death in Crash Near Sand Cave Brother, Cousin Killed Recently


Connard Hanson, 23, son of Carl Hanson, was killed:  Laurence Stice, 25, son of A. M. Stice, Chalybeate, suffered severe fractures of his left arm and hand, and Noah Oldham, Negro employee at the Mammoth Cave, was cut and bruised when an automobile driven by Hanson struck and oil company trucker near Sand Cave Saturday afternoon.  Marion Stewart, Munfordville, driver of the truck, escaped injury by heading the motor into a ditch.

Reports Sunday were that Stice"s hand had been amputated at Glasgow hospital but later it was learned that surgeons were hopeful that amputation would not be necessary.

Connard Hanson was a brother of "Boots" Hanson, who was killed in an automobile accident about a year ago and a cousin of Miss Frances Hanson, daughter of Earl Hanson who was killed in a traffic accident near Elizabethtown several weeks ago.  Miss Hanson"s brother, Olin and his wife were also injured in the Elizabethtown crash.  Mrs. Hanson suffering a spine injury from which she has not recovered.

The Hansons are employed as guides and trailers at Mammoth and New Entrance Caves.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

September 23, 1937


Peaceful Death Ends Long File Of T. J. Patterson


Was One of County"s Most Progressive Citizens, Brought World Attention to Asphalt Industry


Another of Edmonson County"s oldest and highly respected citizens passed away Monday afternoon when Thomas J. Patterson succumbed to a lingering illness incident to advanced age.  Mr. Patterson or "Uncle Tom," as he was known to his many acquaintances, was 83 years old and had been a resident of Edmonson county for many years and was generally accredited with being the most progressive citizen of the county.  Always he was in the forefront of any movement for the public good and brought to the attention of the financial world the great natural rock asphalt industry.  For many years he had sought to publicize the many other natural resources of Edmonson County, and was otherwise active in public life until the ravages of years mad it necessary that he retire to his comfortable home in Brownsville, where for several months he had been bedridden.  No man ever bore great suffering with a greater degree of fortitude.  He was deeply religious and in conscious moments would shout praises to God in defiance of the grave, of which he evidenced very clearly that he had no fear.

Besides his devoted wife, who administered to his every want during his many months of affliction, Mr. Patterson is survived by six children, Mrs. Bessie Harris, Mrs. Leta Miller, Reverend Leland Patterson, Mrs. Miriam George, Mr. Norman Patterson and Miss Beatrice Patterson, all residents of Edmonson County except Mrs. George, who resides in Anderson, Ind. Also one brother, Edward Patterson, Westport, Ind., and three sisters, Mrs. Stella Hollensde, Mrs. Allie Reterford, both of Rushville, Ind., and Mrs. Phronia Mosier, Huntington, W.Va.

Tuesday afternoon an impressive funeral service was conducted at the home by Reverend McDowell, Rocky Hill, after which the frail, pain-wracked body was laid to rest in beautiful Fairview Cemetery.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

September 23, 1937




Mrs. W. R. Carter of Scottsville is visiting relatives in this community.

Mr. and Mrs. X. C. Hunter, Mrs. John Lile, Miss May LaHue of Leitchfield and Mrs. Sarah LaHue of Short Creek were guests at the home of Mrs. W. T. Lobb Sunday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Willard Lindsey and children of Louisville visited relatives last week end.

The Webb-Potter wedding took place in Jeffersonville Friday.  We wish them a long and hapy life.

Sol Tunks has been real sick, but seems to be a little better.

Lindseyville is prospering.  The carpenters are busy on the Vincent Webb service station.  We hope some day to have a real village.

The trustees were elected to form plans for the building of the new church.  God speed this good work.

Quite a number attended the Singing Convention Sunday.

Rev. W. R. Slaughter filled his appointment the 18th.

Brother Sammie Vincent preached a good sermon at Midway Saturday night.  All enjoyed the good old fashion service.

Miss Lela Stewart is spending her vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ike Stewart.

J. I. Collins of Shrewsbury visited his daughter, Mrs. Less Lindsey, Sunday afternoon.

Uncle Sam Saling is visiting relatives this week.

Bro. Dol Booker filled Bro. Slaughter"s appointment Sunday.

Mrs. Melvage Peteet visited her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Billy Lindsey, Sunday.

Mrs. Della Vincent visited in this community Tuesday.

Quite a bunch of young folks attended the show at Leitchfield Saturday night.

The following attended a water melon party at Everett Lindsey"s store:  May Lindsey, Bert Vincent, Myrtle Deweese, Maggie Slaughter and Johnnie Less.

Eulas Lindsey left Sunday for Bowling Green to attend college.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]





The Edmonson County News

September 23, 1937


George Keith Victim Of Brain Hemorrhage


George Keith, 65 years old, died Monday afternoon at 12:30 o"clock at his home near Cedar Springs, Edmonson county, without regaining consciousness after being stricken by brain hemorrhage Saturday in a cornfield in which he was working.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the grave in the family cemetery.

Among survivors are his wife and two sisters, Mrs. Della Roundtree and Mrs. Julie Deweese of the Cedar Springs neighborhood.

Mr. Keith was a splendid citizen, a good neighbor and stood high in the esteem of his acquaintances.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

September 23, 1937


>Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ketchum of Anderson, Indiana are spending the week with Mr. and Mrs. Luther Franklin Alexander, Jr., in Brownsville.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

December 9, 1937


M. L. Tunks Dies After Long Illness


Was One of County"s Most Useful Citizen"s; Funeral Services Held Wednesday


Martin L. Tunks, one of Edmonson County"s most poplar and substantial citizens died at his home just East of Brownsville Tuesday afternoon after a long illness.  Mr. Tunks was 65 years old and had lived in Edmonson County all his life.  He was a son of the late Solomon Tunks Sr., and was born at the old Tunks home near Arthur but for several years had lived in the Poplar Springs community until recently when he moved to Brownsville.

He professed faith in Christ and united with the Poplar Springs Baptist Church several years ago and lived a consistent Christian life and was an active church worker until illness prevented his attendance at religious services.  No man was ever a better neighbor or more willing to give aid the sick and the needy than was "Mart" Tunks, as he was best known.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Effie Vincent Tunks and one daughter, Mrs. Fred Webb and several grandchildren to whom he was greatly devoted.  He leaves a host of other relatives and hundreds of friends throughout this and adjoining counties.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Fairview by the Reverends Jones, Conway and Slaughter.  The burial was in Fairview cemetery under auspices of Washington Meredith Masonic lodge of which fraternity he was a valued member.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

December 9, 1937


Receiver Ordered For Edmonson Child Wife


Frankfort, Ky., Dec. 7 " The Court of Appeals today ordered appointment of a receiver for the estate left Lorene Whittle, who the court said, was married at the age of 12 years.

Appointment of the receiver had been refused by Edmonson Circuit Court in a suit filed by W. P. Moody the girl"s maternal grandfather.

The child, an orphan, was married in 1936, with the consent of her paternal grandfather, Will Whittle, with whom she had been living.

The child"s parents and another child were killed about 12 years ago when the car in which they were riding was truck by a train near Rocky Hill, Edmonson County.

Lorene, Now Mrs. Cecil Renfrow Route 2, Smiths Grove, escaped death because she was left home.  Her father was Clarence Whittle.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

December 9, 1937


Mrs. Compton, 93, Dies


At press time Wednesday news of the death from pneumonia of Mrs. Compton at the home of her son, Mazillas Compton, of near Cedar Springs.  Mrs. Compton was nearly 93 years old and known as "Ma" Compton by all acquaintances.  Funeral and burial arrangements had not been announced when this was written.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

December 16, 1937


Death Overtakes Poor Woman Seeking Work


"Aunt Kat" Gross Farris Drops Dead on Long Walk for WPA Work Order


Mrs. Julia Gross Farris, 60 years old, dropped dead Monday morning soon after she left her humble abode near Bee Spring to walk nine miles to the Brownsville WPA offices where she had been informed an order permitting her to work in a "sewing circle" awaited her call.  Her death was attributed to a heart attack.

"Aunt Kat", as she was widely known, once worked at the Sweeden sewing project.  Those were perhaps the happiest days of her troubled life for she was "making her own way."  But that happiness was not for long.  She was dropped from the work rolls for some reason.  Perhaps it was because "Aunt Kat" wasn"t considered "good looking," although her"s was a colorful, rugged personality.  But she was energetic and she was honest.  Beneath a rough exterior was love and kindness.

But Monday morning "Aunt Kat" had high hopes of another chance.  She left the place she called home---and old building constructed for an outhouse, with dirt floor and sparsely furnished---at the break of miles to Brownsville, procure her work slip and maybe get back to the work quarters and earn a day"s pay as best she could.  A son, Valley Farris walked with her to the top of the hill and had turned back toward "home" when he saw his mother slump to the ground.  She was dead when he reached her side.  Neighbors were summoned and the frail body was carried back to her place of abode while alive, and Tuesday the body was consigned to the grave in old Bee Spring cemetery to await that Day when those who have suffered the vicissitudes of earthly life may be called to enjoy a bliss that requires no "order" from human judges.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

December 16, 1937


"Sandy" Cook Rallies From Severe Ailment


High School Boy Regains Consciousness; Suffered From Form of Apoplexy


A Brownsville High School athlete may go down but he just refuses to stay that way.  Proof of this is shown in the remarkable recovery of "Sandy" Cook who fell unconscious Tuesday, December 7, and was "dead to the world" until Sunday when he rallied to the extent that he recognized attendants at his bedside.  Tuesday he was able to walk about.

At the Glasgow Hospital last week the ailment was declared to be a form of apoplexy and but little hope was held for the lad"s recovery.  After he was brought back to the home of his father, Amos Cook, Dr. Paris administered medical treatment that quickly resulted in most favorable results and there is now every reason to believe "Sandy" will soon be back in the class rooms where he is one of the most popular students.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

January 27, 1938


Sheriff Meredith "Gets His Man"


Youth Who Escape When Car Mired in Mud Captured; Shot At Roadhouse, Charge


Roland Smith, a young man of the Chalybeate community, who escaped from Sheriff Hobart Meredith last Friday night was landed in the Edmonson County jail Sunday afternoon and will remain there until he executes a satisfactory bond in the sum of $500.

Smith and a companion, Billy Cassady, were arrested Friday night on a charge of firing a shot gun at the Dripping Springs roadhouse operated by Hallie Houchin.  They were arrested by the Edmonson Sheriff and a Warren County officer but Smith escaped when the sheriff"s car stuck up in mud, by running away while the officer was getting the motor vehicle back on the road.  Sunday afternoon Sheriff Meredith received a tip that Smith was "back home" in the Chalybeate neighborhood and in a short time the fugitive was captured.  Monday Smith was arraigned before County Judge Lindsey, waived examining trial and was held to the grand jury under $500 bond.  Cassady"s trial was set for Wednesday.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

January 27, 1938


Child Wounded By "Unloaded" Gun


Gun Handler Also Loses Little Finger in Accident Near Fairview


The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Veizie Lindsey suffered severe wounds on his left hand and Lawrence Smith lost a little finger by the accidental discharge of a shotgun Smith was holding across his lap while at the Lindsey home Tuesday afternoon.  Smith had entered the house and sat down before the fire after he had procured the gun from a neighbor to go hunting.  One finger was in the muzzle of the gun when the weapon was discharged by some unexplained reason.  The child standing nearby received 14 shot in the left hand and two of the leaden pellets entered his abdomen but and X-ray examination did not reveal any puncture of the intestines.

Charlie Cook brought the wounded pair to Dr. Paris" office and they were able to return to their homes after the injuries were dressed.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

April 7, 1938


Mother and Baby Buried Together; Twin Survives


Two families and their wide circle of relatives and friends suffered bereavements during the past weekend.  Mrs. Lausa Martin Cook, wife of R. W. Cook, CCC camp enrollee, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Martin of the Arthur Community died Friday at the home of her parents where she had given birth to twins, a boy and a girl, Wednesday.  The boy died within a few hours after birth and was buried in the Crump graveyard.  Friday the mother died and it was the families wish that the body of the little one be exhumed from its grave and buried in the arms of the mother.  The other twin, a girl, survives.

Funeral and burial services were conducted at the Hawkins cemetery by the Rev. T. M. Ray.  Many friends gathered in respect to the bereaved family.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

April 7, 1938


Hand of Death Falls Heavily on Two Prominent Edmonson County Families


Thursday and Friday the homes of George and William Madison, brothers and brothers-in-law their wives being sisters, were heavily stricken.  George Madison died Thursday after a lingering illness while Mrs. William Madison died Friday at Glasgow hospital from ruptured appendix.

George Madison was 62 years old, a highly respected citizen and Christian gentleman and his death was a distinct loss to the community in which he resided.  Funeral and burial services were conducted at Poplar Spring Church by the Reverends Charles Ray and W. R. Slaughter attended by a large crowd of friends and relatives.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

April 7, 1938


Mrs. Parthenia Madison


On last Friday evening about 5:15 God saw fit to call another one of his children Home and selected Parthenia Madison to enter that beautiful city.

She was a daughter of the late W. W. Vincent and was born in February 1879, and departed this life April 1, 1938, age 59 years.

She professed faith in Christ at (can"t read) the age of 18 years and (can"t read) Poplar Spring Church and (can"t read) faithful member until death.

She married W. M. Madison in 1??5 to this union was born 7 children, 6 of whom are now living and 1 died in infancy.

Surviving besides her husband are the following children;  Albert Madison, of Arkansas; Nora Hawks, of Louisville; Vira Lay, of Pine Grove; Herschell and Ezra Madison and Ruth Thompson of Popular Spring community of this county.

Besides her husband and children she is also survived by 6 sisters and 7 brothers.

Her funeral was conducted by Revs. Charlie Ray, E. C. Vincent, and Johnny Jones and her body was laid to rest in Sweeden Cemetery.

Dear husband and children weep not over your loss for she is walking and talking with Jesus in a Land of perfect bliss where all who have paid the price of humble repentenance shall never die.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]




The Edmonson County News

April 7, 1938


Joppa School Ground Suit Is Compromised


Leslie G. Spillman, chairman of the Edmonson County Board of Education Monday effected a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Minyard heirs for possession of the Joppa School grounds and building.  The heirs to the Minyard estate claimed ownership of the property which was deeded to the school system with a provision that the property revert to the original owner should the education authorities cease to use the grounds for school purposes.  It is understood that the Board of Education paid the Minyard heirs approximately $475 in full settlement of their claim.

Joppa school is in the park area and classes were discontinued when nearly all the residents of the district sold their homes and moved to other sections.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

April 21, 1938


Commodore Lashley Gets 4 Years Service


The jury in the trail at Leitchfield of Commodore Lashley charged with willful murder of his father in law, Ben Meredith, at South, on Thursday December 16, 1937, returned a verdict late Thursday afternoon finding the defendant guilty of manslaughter and fixing his punishment at two years in the penitentiary.  The verdict was regarded as a victory for the defendant as the prosecution made a strong effort to convict Lashley of the murder charge.

Lashley has many relatives in Edmonson County.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

April 21, 1938


Grand Old Mother Is Called Beyond


"Aunt Mollie" Duvall, 80, Was One of Outstanding Characters of Her Generation


The grim reaper came into the Sycamore Community on April 7th, and took away Mary Elizabeth Keeton Duvall, who was in her 80th year, having been born June 28, 1858.

"Aunt Mollie," as she was affectionately called by those who knew her was one of the outstanding characters of her generation; and the host of her circle of friends often spoke of the kindness of dispositions, neighborliness of character, and charm of personality, which characterized her throughout her life.

Although she toiled industriously through the years, she retained the charm of her girlhood beauty as it ripened into the beauty of age.

Mrs. Duvall was the widow of Washington Duvall, who passed away 29 years ago; and she was laid to rest beside him on the day following her death, in the Duvall Cemetery on the old homestead where she reared to stalwart manhood and womanhood her three sons and six daughters.

Funeral services were conducted at the grave by the Rev. John W. Conway.

She professed faith in Christ and united with the Holly Springs Baptist Church, of which she continued to be a faithful member until death.

For the past several years, she had made her home with her daughter, Ida Duvall, in the same community where she spent practically her entire life.

It was largely to her fine traits of character and interest in her children that encouraged and enabled them to take positions of influence and leadership in this County.

She is survived by three sons; P. G. Duvall and M. M. Duvall of this County; and Walter Duvall of Louisville; and four daughters; Mrs. J. F. Lashley, Mrs. B. B. Anderson; Mrs. Carie Ashley and Miss Ida Duvall; two of her daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Herald, and Mrs. Mattie Harrison, having died some years ago.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

April 21, 1938


Building Boom In Brownsville


Several New Residences, Moder Filing Station are Under Construction


The depression, recession panic or what have we does not halt building in Brownsville as evidenced by constant increase in construction here.  Several new residences are nearing completion and several others are being planned and Luther Wells is building a new filling station at the southeast corner of the court square on the lot recently purchased from Romer Lindsey.  The residence on this lot has been moved back and turned around to face the new street.

New residences recently completed or now under construction are owned by Mrs. Helen Barnes, H. E. Madison and J. O. Vincent, Joe Miller is preparing to build a residence on Washington Street while Charlie Webb, Rev. J. T. Webb and Odie James are planning new houses in East Brownsville.

This is not just a sudden "boom" but is the continuation of building and other improvements in progress for the past ten years during which time scores of new homes have been built and yet the demand for housing is as great as it ever was.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

April 28, 1938


Addie Ruth Parsley


Addie Ruth Parsley died Monday after a bried illness of complications.  She had been an invalid since an attack of scarlet fever suffered in early childhood but had been blessed with all the care and attention her parents, relatives and friends of the family could bestow.

Funeral and burial services were conducted at Temple Hill Tuesday morning by the Rev. J. T. Webb.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

April 28, 1938


Commencement at Brownsville High


Class Play Saturday Night, Baccalaureate Sunday; Commencement Tuesday Night


"Ten pretty girls and a boy" will receive diplomas at Commencement exercises to be held at Brownsville High School next Tuesday night which with the exception of the Annual Alumni banquet Wednesday night will mark the close of the celebration.

Saturday night the Senior Class play "June in January" with a cast of sixteen characters and staged under able direction of Miss Louise Dossey.

Sunday night the Rev. F. B. Mitchell will deliver the baccalaureate sermon at Brownsville Baptist church.

Prof. R. A. Demunbrun will be the speaker at the Commencement exercises Tuesday night.  Diplomas will be presented the eleven graduates by Mrs. Gertie M. Lindsey, superintendent of schools.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

April 28, 1938


Mrs. E. T. Stephens Called to Reward


Edmonson County lost one of its oldest and most beloved citizens last Thursday in the death of Elizabeth Tarter Stephens at the ripe old age of 93 in the Capitol Hill community.

Aunt Lizzie as she was affectionately called by all who knew her was one of the kindliest persons who ever lived in this or any other community, and her pleasant smile is a landmark in the memory of her neighbors.

She was the widow of James S. Stephens, who died many years ago, and in her latter years she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Newt Tarter near Capitol Hill.

She was a devoted Christian and a faithful member of the Methodist Church at Liberty, where funeral services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. McDowell, last Friday.

Burial followed in the Hawkins Cemetery.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Newt Tarter, she is survived by a son, J. F. Stephens a prominent merchant of that neighborhood.   [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

April 28, 1938


Mr. Luther Lindsey who has been quite ill at his home in Brownsville since January, suffered a slight set back last Thursday.  Luther is again improving and his many friends hope to see him up again before long.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

May 26, 1938


Little Jordon


Dear editor:  As I have not seen any news from this place for quite a while I thought I would write again.

Last Sunday was out Homecoming at this place.  A large crowd was present and everyone enjoyed being here.  Many old friends met that may never meet again here in this life.  We had two real good sermons preached by Brother Andrew Hester and Brother Cortland Sanders, pastor of our church.

It was also Mothers day.  Some of the mothers received some nice presents, but I could only place a flower on mothers grave a token of remembrance.

Glad to say Mrs. Florence Snyder was able to be at the homecoming.

Brother Cortland Sanders and family have moved in our community.  We find them real good folks and glad to have them for neighbors.

Mrs. Dora Meredith and little son Roosevelt, was the Monday guest of Mrs. Sis Blair.

Miss Janie and Girtha Turley and Miss Mable Sanders were the Saturday night guests of Mrs. Zora Turley.

Mr. Reuben Meredith is very ill at this writing.

The death angels visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cox last week and claimed as its victim their youngest son, Ervin.  He professed faith in Christ about two weeks ago and said he was ready to go.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]





The Edmonson County News

May 26, 1938


Mrs. Mildred Ketchum will arrive in Brownsville Saturday to spend the weekend with her sister, Mrs. Johnny Franklin Alexander.


 Miss Aileen Dennison will spend the weekend with relatives and friends in Brownsville.


   Ben L Webb of Bowling Green was in Brownsville Monday


 Mr. Cal Wells of Portland, Ind., will spend the weekend with his daughter Mrs. Mable McCombs.

The Edmonson County News

October 27, 1938


Jessie I. Houchin Last Local Survivor Of Civil War, Dies


Participated in Many Important Battles During Three Years Service in The Union Army


Early Sunday morning October 23 death claimed Jessie I. Houchin, the last of many Edmonson County citizens who saw service in the War Between the States in 1861-65.  Uncle Jessie wore the Blue, serving with distinction in many important engagements.  He was nearing his 94th birthday.

Funeral and burial services were conducted at Otter Gap Church Monday morning by Rev. Gordon Campbell, a World War Veteran and Charles E. Whittle representing the American Legion, delivered a brief eulogy on the life and career of one whom he had known and loved.

Mr. Whittle"s talk follows in part:  "At the bier of Uncle Jess we come to the close of a chapter in the history of our county.  Never again shall we pay tribute to a living hero here who preserved us a nation through the holacaust of the 1860"s.  He was the last survivor among us of the veterans of the Civil War."

"It is difficult for us to visualize conditions which prevailed in Edmonson County and all over Kentucky in August, 1862.  Russellville fell into the hands of the Confederacy.  In a battle at John Demumbrun"s store in The Forks several were killed and scores were wounded or taken prisoners.  All over Kentucky there was fierce fighting.  The Governor of the State resigned his office in the face of such dire conditions."

"Uncle Jess was just seventeen, but he was the grandson of John Houchin, who sealed on the gory fields of the Revolution what Jefferson had penned on paper at Independence Hall on July 4, 1776."

"Thus it was that this strip of a last enlisted.  And for three long years, -- at Whipporwill Bridge, at Murphreesboro, at Stone River"at the point of the bayonet, he preserved us a nation."

"He was worthy of his sires, and an example for posterity."

"Nothing we may say or do here today can add to the blissful reward which this old Christian hero enjoys; but if from the folds of "Old Glory" with which a grateful nation here drapes his funeral couch we can catch a gleam of the blood-brought freedom, for which he and his departed comrades paid the price,--if we gird ourselves for the continued preservation of our personal liberties, and rededicate our lives to the scared service of our county, it is well for us that we have come to pay this last tribute to this grand old soldier.  He shall not have lived in vain.




Jesse I. Houchin, last survivor in Edmonson County, of those who "wore the blue," in the 60"s, was born near Brownsville, November 3, 1844, son of Jesse and Mary P. Davis Houchin.  Died at his home near Otter Gap, October 23, 1938, just ten days before his 94th birthday.

At the age of 17 he enlisted at Russellville in the Union Army August 9th, 1862, fought with gallantry at Stone River, Murphreesboro and Whipporwill Bridge, and was honorably discharged at Frankfort, August 2, 1865.

He was married to Melvina Laney and had one daughter, Russie Vincent, both of whom are dead.

In 1870 he married Mary A. Gipson and they lived happily together for 57 years, until she passed away April 6, 1937.

They reared a family of 7 daughters and 5 sons all of whom grew to womanhood and manhood and saw their grandchildren and great grandchildren numerous.

He was a faithful member of the Baptist Church, lived among men in peace and harmony, was a good neighbor, loved little children and was fond of music and the out-of-doors.

Four sons, Arthur, Bert, Willie an Estill, and five daughters, Flora Denahm, Annie Parsley, Nellie Johnson, Clara Dennison and Rosa Meredith, together with a host of other near relatives and close friends are left to mourn a loss so great.    [Submitted by Charles Finn]



The Edmonson County News

October 27, 1938


Several subscribers have disagreed with our bookkeeping and the disagreement hasn"t been at all one-sided, meaning that the mistakes, if any, have not all been in our favor.  For instance Col. John Hasell Johnson sends us a perfectly good check for $5 when we had sent a bill for only $3, and with the check came the following letter:

"Enclosed find check for $5 which is a little more correct, I believe, I was one of the first to subscribe for The News.

"I was in business in Brownsville long before the pike or cars came to the county.  Merchants then got goods by boat.  I bought most of the produce shipped from Threlkel in Butler County to Mammoth Cave.  Boat days were big days back then.  Edmonson County people have been good to me and there is no spot on earth so dear to me as Brownsville."

"Old friends have moved out, some have passed on, but the same spirit of good fellowship is still there.  I thank you and wish you success."

"I am your friend."

JOHN H. JOHNSON    [Submitted by Charles Finn]


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