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Date: 11/8/1998
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Date: 11/1/1998
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Date: 10/25/1998
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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Date: 2/8/1998
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Date: 9/28/1997
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Date: 4/20/1997
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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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In January of 1778 Daniel Boone and more than 30 other men left Fort Boonesborough for Lower Blue Licks, in northern Kentucky. As mentioned in last week's column, Blue Licks was the major salt-making place for the settlers.

After boiling water for nearly a month to get the salt, the company ran out of provisions. Boone and several others went hunting and were surprised and captured by hostile Indians. Threatening to kill them, the redmen…

Date: 11/21/1992
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Daniel Boone was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania on October 22, 1734 (Julian calendar) or November 2, 1734 (Gregorian calendar). The calendar was changed in 1752, so most authorities give the November date. Boone died on September 26, 1820 at the home of his son, Nathan, near St. Charles on the Missouri River. He was thus almost 86.

As a youth he wandered through the backwoods forests of Pennsylvania. Later he and his family traveled the…

Date: 11/7/1992
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Much has been written about Daniel Boone the explorer, but not much about Boone the Surveyor. Back in 1954, Williard Rouse Jillson, Vice President of the Kentucky Historical Society, published a small volume on this phase of Boone's life, entitled "With Compass and Chain." This article is based on Jillson's book.

Jillson says that Boone became deputy surveyor under Col. Thomas Marshall, the Fayette County surveyor, not long after the Indian…

Date: 10/3/1992
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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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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In the book Chicago Originals by Kenan Heise and Ed Baumann there is a section on Rio Burke. To quote a paragraph in this section "Rio Burke, nee Ray Rucker of Richmond, Ky., was married to dapper Dominick Roberto, alias Dan Roberts, a Capone lieutenant in south suburban Chicago Heights." According to the article, Ray Rucker was born in Richmond in 1903, studied music as a child and learned to play the piano and violin. At the age of 19 she took…

Date: 2/15/1992
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Date: 11/25/1989
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Date: 11/18/1989
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Date: 11/11/1989
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Date: 10/14/1989
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Date: 10/7/1989
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Date: 7/8/1989
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Date: 6/10/1989
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Date: 4/15/1989
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Date: 9/15/1996
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Date: 10/5/1995
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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Date: 9/28/1995
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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Date: 9/14/1995
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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Date: 8/31/1995
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Date: 12/1/1994
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Date: 11/3/1994
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Date: 10/27/1994
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Date: 10/22/1994
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Date: 6/30/1994
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Date: 6/23/1994
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Date: 6/16/1994
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Date: 5/19/1994
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Date: 5/12/1994
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Date: 5/5/1994
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Date: 4/7/1994
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Date: 4/2/1994
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Date: 1/8/1994
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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Date: 11/13/1993
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Date: 9/18/1993
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Date: 9/11/1993
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Date: 7/17/1993
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Date: 7/10/1993
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Date: 2/20/1993
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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The local American Legion Post 12 is named in honor of Jesse M. Dykes, Jr. His name also appears on a plaque on the front of the courthouse and on the monument in the courthouse yard. Do you know who this man was, who was so honored?

The son of Jesse M. Dykes, Richmond's city collector, Jesse, Jr. grew up in Richmond. He went to the U.S. Army in 1917, after our country entered World War I. After basic training, he was originally assigned to…

Date: 12/7/1991
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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Judge Charles H. Breck (1837-1915) distinguished himself as a community leader in Richmond and as a member of the Madison County bar for more than 50 years; yet he is not so well remembered as his better known father and his older brother.

Charles Hampton Breck was born in Richmond on June 26, 1837, the son of Jane Todd Breck (who was the aunt of Mary Todd Lincoln) and Daniel Breck, who came here about 1812 or ‘14 and distinguished himself…

Date: 11/9/1991
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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The Rev. Robert L. Breck died at the age of 88 in Palo Alto, Calif. on Feb. 15, 1916. Who was this man who had 20 column inches written about him in Richmond's Climax-Madisonian newspaper on the occasion of his death?

The Rev. Breck, a native of Richmond (1827), was a classical scholar, first Chancellor of Central University, and an eminent leader in the Southern Presbyterian Church.

The newspaper article described him as a giant "both in…

Date: 10/26/1991
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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James S. Chenault, Chief Circuit Judge, 25th Judicial Circuit of Kentucky, first heard of John White of Richmond a number of years ago when reading about the history of the United States Congress. He recently found additional information about White and passed it on to me. No one else from Richmond has gained such national political prominence. Samuel F. Miller of the Supreme Court was in the non-political judicial area.

What was John White's…

Date: 8/31/1991
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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About three-quarters of a century ago an incumbent mayor of Richmond won re-election and then immediately thereafter died at the age of 44.

In the Democratic primary election of Aug. 6, 1921, there were four candidates for mayor: W.E. Blanton, L.P. Evans, Robert Golden and Jeff Mitchell. Evans, the incumbent mayor, was running for re-election, despite the fact that he had been quite ill with heart trouble for several weeks, and his campaign…

Date: 8/17/1991
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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Last week we had a column on Thompson S. Burnam; this is a continuation on that topic.

Bettie Moran, daughter of James and Rebecca N. Moran of Madison County, was Burnam's first wife. They had four children before her death, three of which died in infancy. The fourth, Marion, became the wife of James C. Willson of Louisville. She lived a contented life as wife and mother, but she died during the last year of her father's life, a blow from…

Date: 7/6/1991
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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Madison County lost one of its outstanding citizens when Thompson S. Burnam died at age 73 at his family home, Burnamwood, in 1923. “Madison Loses Distinguished Son,” read the headline in the July 23 issue of the Register. The sub-head stated “Thompson S. Burnam, Universally Honored and Beloved, is Gathered to His Fathers.” Sixty-eight years later, many aspects of his life can still be seen as an inspiration for those who live in…

Date: 6/29/1991
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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The Legislative Committee of the local American Association of Retired Persons chapter has compiled a listing of Madison County women who have contri¬buted much to the development and improvement of our county. Famous ones like Laura Clay and Belle Bennett have been written up often. The committee would like some recognition given to others. This is not a comprehen¬sive total list of outstanding women, but does give some who have played an…

Date: 3/9/1991
Creator: Dr. Fred Engle
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Date: 11/10/1990
Creator: Dr. Robert Grise
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