The week after our 32nd Founders Days celebration
has been a very grueling one for this scribe as it has been clean up time;
trying to get all the equipment used during the celebration back to its
place. In addition, I have tried to keep up with Bob Whittaker &
“Company” as they have set several markers at the gravesites of early
settlers of our area. Helping were Jack Sizemore, Henry Sizemore, Randall
Risner, John Britton and others. Sometimes their better halves were along
for the trip also. A lot of work has been completed.
First we went to the Meredith Risner Cemetery on the Puncheon
Creek of Rt. 7 and set a marker for James and Margaret (Adams) Risner.
Then there was a trek to the Elias Risner grave on the Owl’s Nest of
Middle Fork for a dedication. John Britton had been unable to attend when
that marker was set due to an operation. We were very pleased to have
Willie Montgomery accompany us on this trip for the ceremony.
The longest trek was to the Enoch Stone Cemetery. We took Rt.
404 to the Floyd County line then turned left up a coal haul road that a
mountain goat would shun, if possible, but Bob, Henry Clay and Old Todd
punished our vehicles to go the mile and a half to clean this cemetery.
We then made a second trip to set four tombstones, two for Civil War
soldiers, William R. Whitaker and Enoch Stone and two for William and Tacy
(Minix) Stone. This last trip we were accompanied by Betty, Lori and
The elevation for this cemetery is 721 feet, and the
coordinates are North 37.44. 400; West 082.46.146.
I think I left out a couple of trips but today is when we are
going to set the Martha “Patsy” Brashears Bailey marker. She was the wife
of Joseph Bailey.
We will also be setting the Cudberth Stone marker and
hopefully the Reuben Arnett Marker. Jessica and Jarrod Howard and I
traveled up to the Swampton area where we sawed and hacked our way to the
Reuben Arnett Cemetery. This cemetery had rock markers but no
inscriptions. In fact, Jarrod told that he had used the oak tree in the
midst of the cemetery for a deer stand when he was younger without
realizing it was the burial site of one of his ancestors.
I had the pleasure of attending the Manns Reunion on Hawes
Fork on Saturday, thanks to Doug and Sue Mortimer. His cousin, the
daughter of the late Ben Manns, went along. We departed a bit early and
missed the Bluegrass music of Burl Manns and the Black Powder Express. I
missed the Saturday Middle Creek Re-enactment but got to see the Grand
Finale on Sunday afternoon which was great. I got to talk with Chaplin
McKevin and he and his family are looking forward to returning to Magoffin
for the October re-enactment at the Gardner farm.
The weather has cooled down a few degrees and we here at the
home twenty are gearing up for the second Civil War Battle Re-enactment
which is only a couple of weeks away, this time to be held at the Gardner
Farm on the Ivy Point Hill, October 1-3.
The Sesquicentennial Committee met for their regular meeting,
this time pictures were taken for the book and plans were discussed for
the events for the rest of the year. We thank the committee and Judge
Hardin for boosting our morale with their good words for the recent
Founders Day celebration.
Again! Have you written a story for the book that is being
compiled concerning your family, community, church, business, school or a
person important to you? There are many subjects and people who need to
be written about. For instance, a sign was brought in to our library with
the name Isaiah Cheek, IMP’D O. R. M. and on the eagle’s chest are the
letters T. O. T. E. Now, I think there may have been a lodge at the
Tackett “Dip” on Rt. 40 connected with this. There was a Red Man Lodge
group in our county and they may have met there. This is a part of our
history; can anyone submit information on the lodges of our county?
Then thirty years ago our fledgling historical society got the
idea that our county needed its own flag and we sponsored a contest among
our grade schools. Out of the designs submitted a flag was made which is
still in use. A story about it is in the Sesquicentennial book but we are
lacking the names of the students who submitted the winning designs. We
have some pictures of them and would appreciate the help of parents,
teachers or students who might remember having participated in this
venture to help us identify the pictures.
We can be reached at 191 South Church Street in Salyersville
(write Magoffin County Hist. Soc., Box 222, Salyersville, KY 41465 or