Submitted by Kellie
Mary Hatton, member of
the Bourbon Genealogical Society, has donated this
material. It was given to her by her friend Thecla
Bailey. The scrapbook was Theckla's mother Margie
Alice Lawson, Dies At Age
Of 102 Years (DOD 5/7/1968)
It was on May 1 that Mrs. Alice Colston Lawson
celebrated her 102nd birthday. Tuesday, the
centenarian, one of Bourbon County's residents, died
at her home in
Coroner, Bruce Forsythe said Mrs. Lawson was found dead
in her bed by her grandson, Colston Madden, about 11:30
Madden had gone to his
grandmother's home about 9 a.m. to see that she had her
breakfast, Mrs. Lawson, residing alone. At 11:30 he
returned to the home to check on her, as was his
practice, and found her dead.
Madden and other
relatives and friends made regular checks at her home
throughout several times every day to make sure
everything was in order with her because of her advanced
A native of Nicholas
County, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and
Americus Colston and was a member of the Woods Chapel
Methodist Church in Millersburg.
In addition to the
grandson, she is survived by two great grandsons,
Colston Jr. and Robert Madden, Cleveland, Ohio.
The body was removed
to the Martyn-Hurley Funeral Home, however, funeral
arrangements are not complete.
GLANCES HERE AND
THERE by I.D. Zern
These are really "Peter Vinegar Days" in Central Ky.
Oldsters and semi-oldsters hereabouts will remember the
term formerly used as descriptive of heat waves. It was
used on occasions when the temperature mounted to a
degree which might be considered as this mundane
sphere's nearest approach to the climate Peter Vinegar
used to associate with the nether regions in his famous
sermons delivered everywhere in the country and
The colored evangelist who lived and held forth for the
part in Lexington, was a familiar figure in Nicholas
County between 40 and 50 years ago often appearing at
Henryville and at Ewing where his fiery delineations of
the world to come for sinners were of the quality that
made his name a byword throughout the Bluegrass and a
synonym for heat.
The application of his name to the hottest of days
persisted long after the old preacher had gone to his
reward in, I have always hoped, a far cooler region than
that which he often described in his favorite sermon
entitled: " A Dam' Hot Day"
PETER VINEGAR INFORMATION
Editor: The Herald
I noticed that more dope on Peter Vinegar is desired,
following the mention of the noted revivalist in the
Demon Dopester's column.
Mrs. Anna Bell Ward of Somerset is writing a historical
novel and one of her characters is Peter Vinegar of
Chitlin' Switch of Fayette Co. I believe that if anyone
interested in this matter would would drop her a line,
she could furnish the information and would be glad to
REMEMBERS PETER VINEGAR
When I was a small girl down in Carlisle, Nicholas
County, there came to the community a tall, gaunt Negro
man who said his name was Peter Vinegar and that he had
come to pour out religion of the Good Book on the
sinners. He was known to have a revival at Ruddles
Mills, Bourbon County and several other settlements.
His sermon texts were quite unusual.
" For the bed I am too short" "Hold that Tiger" "The
debbil is a porcupine"
He vanished quite suddenly, just as he had come. - Mrs.
Guy R. Bell
This is information for "Folklorist" Peter Vinegar.
Peter Vinegar was the Rev. Alexander Vinegar who died
July 19, 1905. Accounts of his death were carried by
both of the Lexington papers. An article concerning him
by Bob Fain was published in the Lexington Herald Leader
August 20, 1953. Mrs. Nannie Bell Taylor objected to
some of the statements made in this article in a letter
to the editor-Mary Hester Cooper
If " Folklorist" will contact Mrs. Jessie Vinegar, 477
West Fourth Street, Lexington, he may be able to get a
line on Peter Vinegar. I think the old fellow is buried
in the of the colored cemeteries in or around Lexington
and this Mrs. Vinegar married one of his descendants.
Peter often came to Cynthiana for camp meeting days and
drew large crowds of white folks. -Reader of Cynthiana