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Index of Articles
Presented here is an assortment sample of articles as they have appeared in the Quarterly or the Henry County Local.
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Outlawed Sleigh Bells!
Drilling for Oil Again at Lockport
Eminence City Council Arranges for Elect Plant and Ice Factory
James Pearce Guilty of "whipping his wife" Fined $20
Coroner's Inquest at Western Military Institute
13 Boys to CCC* Camps
Abstract From Henry County Local Thursday, January 10,
ey J.R. Fears last week created no little consternation among the devotees of sleighing by announcing that they were violating the laws of Kentucky by using sleigh bells, and his intention of issuing warrants against them for their violation. By many the bells were discarded at once, but a few dared to risk their chances on using them. For the benefit of those who may be permitted to engage in sleighing again this winter we publish the following paragraph of Sec. 4,713, on rules governing the use of any "turnpike, gravel, or plank road:
"No bells of any kind shall be carried on the animal or animals drawing any vehicle. For any violation of this rule the driver or his employer shall be fined from $2 to $5 for every day during any part of which the offense is committed."
Drilling for Oil Again at Lockport
(reprinted in the March 2012 Quarterly)
Mr. Deland, who several years ago started drilling for oil on Pot Ripple (Creek) in this county, near Lockport, is back in Henry County representing a company of Oklahoma oil men, who seek to lease land in what is known as the Lockport section.
Farmers in that community say they have been offered $1.00 per acre for leases on their land, with a certain percentage of the oil, if any is struck on their land.
Two rigs have been out into operation in the territory according to information received from promoters of the oil well.
When Mr. Deland was in the county before excitement ran high in the East end when he sank a dry hole on the Morris Hall lease on Pot Ripple.
(Originally printed in the Henry County Local, August 16, 1929)
Eminence City Council Arranges for
Electric Plant and Ice Factory
(reprinted in the December 2011 Quarterly)
The city council of Eminence, at its last meeting granted a franchise to Uniontown Electric Light and Power Co. of Uniontown, KY. Every detail of the proposition cannot be stated, but it is stipulated that the company is to furnish the city 25 arc lights of 1800 candle power each, and have the privilege of selling other lights to private users, the prices for same to be subject to regulation. It is a part of the company's undertaking also, to put in an ice plant. The action was taken by unanimous vote of the council, and it marks an epoch in the history of Eminence.
Mayor G.W. Young who is as full of enterprise as an egg is of meat, had been at work on the scheme for some time, and deserves much praise, as does the council for backing him up. The company has certainly found a fine opening at Eminence.
(Originally printed in the Henry County Local, December 5, 1902)
Henry County Court
Orders of Interest:
(reprinted in the September 2009 Quarterly)
Isaac Shelby, esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting. Whereas a penalty of Twenty Dollars was imposed upon James Pearce for a breach of the Peace in whipping his wife by a Jury impaneled before a Justice of the Peace for Henry County And whereas it has been represented to me that said Pearce is a poor honest industrious citizen with a large family solely dependent upon his labor for support Now know ye that by virtue of the powers vested in me by the constitution I have thought proper and by these presents do grant to said Pearce a free remission of one half of the penalty aforesaid and do order all officers to refrain from molesting the said James Pearce or his estate for or on account of the said one half of said penalty.
In Testimony whereof I have herewith set my hand In pursuance to an act of assembly in such cases provided affixed my private seal at Frankfort this Is' day of August 1814 in the 23rd year of this Commonwealth.
By the Governor Isaac Shelby
The Commonwealth vs James Pearce For Breach of the Peace
Verdict for $20
$20 Governor remission of $10 $10 Judgment accordingly $ costs $10
Intered [sic] by me on, perhaps 28th July 1814 which went into the hands of Jos. Fore Constable &c
Edmd. Searcy J.P.H.C.
Inquest at Western Military Institute
(reprinted in the September 2011 Quarterly)
An inquisition taken at Drennon Lick Springs in the county afsd (aforesaid) the 5th day of May 1851, before Richard Goode, coroner of the Commonwealth of Ky. & for the county aforesaid, duly commissioned and qualified according to law. Upon the view of the body of Emile A. Forstall, late of the Western Military Institute at Drennon Springs in the county of Henry, then and there being dead and upon the oaths Merrel Clubb, N. Lindsey, Joseph Roberts, Armsted Jones, Hugh Beetem, John Bruce, Joshua Worley, Francis Maddox, Elijah Thurrnan, Bernard Neale, M. S. Montgomery and Ben Selley, good and lawful men of the county afsd (aforesaid) who being sworn and charged to inquire on the part of the said Commonwealth, when, where, how and after what manner the said Forstall came to his death.
We the jury find Emile Forstall to have come to his death by an accidental shot from one of the barrels of a double barrel fowling piece, in the hands of his intimate, personal and collegiate friend, John C. Hazlett, on the 3rd of May, 1851 in front of the main building at the Drennon Lick Springs in Henry County, State of Ky. & instead of any one precedent which would constitute (a) felony at the law or as (a) misdemeanor, even; we, from all the proof deposed before us, have no doubt that it was purely unintentional on the part of Mr. Hazlete, as there exists a strong and unbroken tie of brotherly affection between the parties and whilst we in common with all who know the parties and circumstances occurrences, knowing the untimely end of the unfortunate Forstall. We at the same time condole with the friend who was the innocent cause thereof.
Ben Selly, Foreman
F. M. Maddox
M. S. Montgomery
Richard Goode, Coroner
(Transcribed from Henry County Court records on file at the History Center and Museum)
13 Boys to CCC*
Henry County Local August 30, 1935
(reprinted in the June 2012 Quarterly)
Thirteen Henry County boys were accepted at Carrollton on Friday for entrance in the Citizens Conservation Camps (Civilian Conservation Corps). Those accepted were: R. C. Hawkins, Eminence; Joe Hamilton, Fallis; Jesse Gividen, Sulphur, Floyd Gividen, Sulphur, Lawrence Booth, Lockport; Will Hardin, Lockport; Ben Purvis, Eminence; Eugene Flood, Turners Station; Freddie Wade, Eminence and Joe Moody, Eminence. The above boys were white and the three following were colored: Roy Smith, Eminence; Eddie Foree and Gullion Smith, New Castle.
Twelve more will report to Carrollton this Friday and if accepted will be sent to various camps. They are: Willie Oldham Aldridge, Eminence; William Bailey Frazier, Franklinton; Howard Hunter, Sulphur; Len Louden, Sulphur; James H. Raisor, New Castle; Archer B. Spurr, Lockport; and Gilbert Welch, New Castle, all white, and Roy Cobbs, Eminence; Fred Davis, Gus Dorsey and Leonard Miles, all of New Castle, and Luther Haines, Smithfield.
*The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families, ages 17-23. A part of the New Deal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt it provided unskilled manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide employment for young men in relief families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression while at the same time implementing a general natural resource conservation program in every state and territory. Maximum enrollment at any one time was 300,000; in nine years 2.5 million young men participated.
The American public made the CCC the most popular of all the New Deal programs. Principal benefits of an individual's enrollment in the CCC included improved physical condition, heightened morale, and increased employability. Of their pay of $30 a month, $25 went to their parents. The CCC operated separate programs for veterans and Native Americans.
Despite its popular support, the CCC was never a permanent agency. It depended on emergency and temporary Congressional legislation for its existence. By 1942, with the war industries booming and the draft in operation, need declined and Congress voted to close the program.
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