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Date: 12/6/1998
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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Date: 7/12/1998
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Date: 6/7/1998
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Date: 5/31/1998
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Date: 5/24/1998
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Date: 3/15/1998
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Date: 1/25/1998
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Date: 9/28/1997
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Date: 9/21/1997
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Date: 1/5/1997
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The practice of having a community Christmas tree in Richmond started in 1915. The Richmond Woman's Club recommended that a large, electrically lighted Christmas tree be erected in front of the courthouse. A committee of 70 citizens was organized, headed by Robert R. Burnam. The Elks Club donated the tree, and Kentucky Utilities furnished the colored lights.

At 10:30 on Christmas morning 1915, several choirs of the Richmond churches left their…

Date: 12/12/1992
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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When Thomas S. Moberly, M.D. died December 14, 1884, he was so highly thought of in Madison and surrounding counties that there were many expressions of grief and praise in the newspapers. A great host of friends and acquaintances attended the funeral and burial in the Richmond Cemetery.

Born May 18, 1804 in Madison County, Thomas Shelton Moberly obtained his medical education at Transylvania University, and began his practice in Richmond in…

Date: 11/28/1992
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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Three weekly Richmond newspapers were bought in 1917 by Shelton Saufley Sr. and combined into the first and only daily newspaper this county seat town ever had, The Richmond Daily Register.

Circulation at that time was about 1,400, but the local people were so pleased at getting daily instead of weekly news that circulation increased to around 3,000 in about one year's time, without any particular subscription drive on the part of the…

Date: 10/24/1992
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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Several significant building projects took place in downtown Richmond in 1919. One was the construction of the Richmond Motor Co. building on West Main, now the home of Richmond Fire Department's Station No. 1.

The Richmond Motor Co. was formed in 1919 by several well-known local men: J. Hale Dean, M.C. Kellogg, J.J. Greenleaf, Robert Maupin, and Frank Chase. In February of that year they purchased the old McCreary property next door to the…

Date: 10/17/1992
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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The recent death of Mrs. Ed Wayman brought back a lot of memories of people of Richmond in the 1930s and 1940's. People who were mainly my Father's friends, but who also became mine.

Mr. and Mrs. Wayman came to Richmond about the same time as my parents (1928). They came from Cincinnati and Mr. Wayman was the manager of the United Department Store on the southeast corner of Main and Second streets. I remember the steps in the center of the…

Date: 8/22/1992
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Mrs. Mary Lilyan Hinkle was the first woman to become a registered pharmacist in Madison County. She and her husband, Woodrow Hinkle, were registered in 1942. J. T. Hinkle, Woodrow's brother, began in 1944. Iris Stratton Willis was licensed in 1949. Mrs. Hinkle put in 50 years, before retiring earlier this year.

The first registered pharmacist in Madison County was B. L. Middleton (June 13, 1888). Others from that year were Henry L. Perry, H.…

Date: 4/4/1992
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Two-thirds of a century ago, back in 1924, the City of Richmond had a running fuss with an insurance company regarding fire insurance rates for, of all things, the fire department itself.

In December 1917, the city had obtained a $2,500 five-year policy on the fire department building and its contents from the Dan Breck insurance agency for an annual premium of $180. At that time the fire department, which was located next door to the Miller…

Date: 3/7/1992
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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Back in 1961 the Richmond Daily Register staff was made up of the following: Keen Johnson, president and publisher; T.B. Challinor, vice-president and general manager; Shelton Saufley, secretary-treasurer and editor; Randall Fields, city editor; Harry Johnson, advertising manager; Dudley Hendricks, city circulation manager; Mrs. Ru Bee, country circulation manager; and Mrs. Merle Winburn, society editor. And that was it.

At that time, Chester…

Date: 2/22/1992
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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At six o'clock on the evening of Thursday, May 22, 1924, a special L&N train pulled into the Richmond depot. From the ten Pullman cars poured out some 150 CEO's and business managers from Louisville. They were on a tour of Kentucky cities and towns called the "Heads of Houses Tour of the Louisville Board of Trade." Among the guests to arrive were the governor, the mayor of Louisville, and the presidents of two important railroads in the…

Date: 2/1/1992
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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A front page headline in the Register of October 4, 1919, stated "Phones Must Go Back to Old Rate." This surprising development was caused by an unusual set of circumstances.

In the early 1900's, the Cumberland Telephone Co. of Nashville, Tenn., a licensee of AT&T, owned and operated the telephone exchange in Richmond. The switchboard was on the second floor of a building downtown, and the magneto (crank) telephones in local homes and…

Date: 1/25/1992
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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For those readers who are new in our community here is a thumbnail history.

Madison County was formed in 1785 out of Lincoln County and was number seven in line. It was a big county and gave up part of its territory to form Garrard, Estill, Rockcastle, Jackson, Nicholas and Clay Counties. Named for James Madison (before he became president), it is still the largest of the Bluegrass counties.

The original county seat was at Milford, but in…

Date: 1/18/1992
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Date: 12/16/1989
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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Date: 8/5/1989
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Date: 7/29/1989
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Date: 7/1/1989
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Date: 6/10/1989
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Date: 5/6/1989
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Date: 4/8/1989
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Date: 4/1/1989
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Date: 2/18/1989
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Date: 1/14/1989
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Date: 9/15/1996
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Date: 7/7/1996
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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Date: 6/23/1996
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Date: 5/12/1996
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Date: 1/4/1996
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Date: 11/30/1995
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Date: 11/24/1995
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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