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1971 Articles

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Madison’s Heritage articles from 1971 cover many different, people, events, and buildings in our county’s history. Foundational businesses in the county including the Zaring Mill, Churchill Weavers, and Bybee Pottery are covered. There are several articles on education in the county and some articles on the important newspaper man and historian, French Tipton. In “The Sale of Vagrants,” Dr. Grise describes this interesting practice of our county’s past. In “Madison-Model, 1943-47” Dr. Engle recalls his high school sports reporting days, detailing baseball and basketball teams of the past.

A small, 28- page brochure entitled "Madison County Ky., Its Possessions and Opportunities” was printed in 1928 by business leaders in an attempt to get Madison County its share of the growing U.S. economy of the 1920's. Although there is no way to…

I am indebted to Mrs. Mary Mershon Kern of Cincinnati for information in this article about her grandfather, Andrew Jackson Mershon. Mershon was born in 1824 in Mt. Sterling and died in Richmond in 1889. He served in the Mexican War and returned to…

Twice in Richmond's history, in 1833 and 1849, the much-dreaded disease cholera reached epidemic proportions. The people's fears were well-founded for the disease was highly contagious and spread quickly. It caused acute suffering and in many cases,…

The Madison National Bank was organized January 24, 1870 under the National Bank Act of 1864. It issued its own currency during the latter part of the 19th Century and anyone having any of its notes has a collectors' item. The first directors were…

Although Rev. Stuart Robinson was the first Chancellor of Central University, most references skip over him, since he never actually went beyond the planning stage for the school and never served the school after its opening. Mention should also be…