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This article, written by Todd Preston, President of the Magoffin County Historical Society, was taken from the
August 25, 2011 issue of THE SALYERSVILLE INDEPENDENT newspaper.

The Salyersville Independent , a weekly newspaper.
P. O. Box 29, Salyersville, KY 41465. Telephone (606) 349-2915.  Yearly subscription rates are $24.00 in Kentucky and $32.00 per year out of state.

            Another of the Preston clan has been laid to rest.  Our youngest sister, Glenna Sue Preston Howard died at age 74 on August 16th after a long illness.  She was a treasure to us all, not only her family but to all she came in contact with.  She truly was a person who loved people.  Since the beginnings of the Magoffin County Historical Society she volunteered in any capacity she could to be of help.  Founders Days were special to her as she enjoyed meeting all the new people who came to visit and also renewing acquaintances with the many people who return to Magoffin for homecoming visits.  She and Phyllis Williams Salyer could always be counted on to take care of our sales booth with the books, tee-shirts and other family memorabilia that we offered.  Our family will miss her and she will be fondly remembered by all those who came in contact with her in any way during her lifetime. We appreciate all the kind words of condolence that have come our way. 

            As we look back on 32 years of Magoffin County Founders Days we are saddened by the loss of many friends down through the years but at the same time, heartened and uplifted by the innumerable happy associations we have been fortunate to have.   Our lives have been enriched with the many friends we have come to know and love.  We are fortunate that we have been able to carry on this organization for the years we have and even though we seem time and again to be beset with unconquerable problems, we are pleased and proud of the accomplishments the historical society has been able to be part of for our county and area. We have so many to be grateful to for their help.  Without the contributions you have made of materials and time we would not have been able to stay a viable organization for these many years.

            We are on the verge of another Magoffin County Founders Days celebration; this year in 2011 we are celebrating the heritage of the Joseph family.  We have chosen a very congenial family to work with this year and we especially appreciate their “going the extra mile” in planning and preparing for this event. 

            We were slow in getting the word out to people about getting their genealogy information and pictures in to us for a Joseph book but material is starting to come in to us.  We especially thank Priscilla Mullins Joseph who has loaned us her entire collection of Joseph genealogy to use.  Joy Prater Joseph and her family have prepared their pictures in disk format so as to make it easier for us to use in our publication.  Several others have sent packets in to us and we are looking forward to a compiled Joseph genealogy book.  If you have not yet gathered your family information then we urge you to do so.  We always encourage everyone to send in their own material because all too often we hear after a book has been finished that a family was left out. Oftentimes it was because that family left the job of turning in their family info to another person or expected us to already have it at hand and we did not.  Help us to make this Joseph book as complete as possible.

            I had a very pleasant visitor yesterday.  Albert Wireman’s wife Vernie came in to the Senior Citizens Center bringing two of the largest purple beefsteak tomatoes that I ever saw in my life!  They are a sight to behold!  The Trace Fork of Licking has produced some mighty fine gardens this year. 

            Not to be outdone, Marlene Wireman Howard presented me with a giant of a sweet potato.  No doubt it would feed a whole family!  I guess all this rain has been good for something other than causing me to have extra grass-mowing time.

            You may have seen in last week’s Salyersville Independent that the Chapter 15 Disabled American Veterans are honoring our Korean War veterans with a program at the Magoffin County High School during Veterans Day, November 11.  Last year the living World War II veterans were honored and given honor certificates.  Paul Burchell at the Magoffin Funeral Home very graciously had these certificates prepared for the DAV. 

This year during the program at the high school the Korean War veterans will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and tell when and where they served.  We hope to also be invited to the other grade and middle schools for student programs such as were conducted last year.  

If you desire, you may drop off or mail your Korean Veteran’s name, rank and other military info to us here at the historical society. The DAV also needs to know if they will be present at the program to receive their certificate or if someone will be here to pick it up for them.

It is my understanding that the Vietnam veterans will be specially honored next year.

There are many last minute preparations to be made for our 33rd Magoffin County Founders Days here in Salyersville. Our program begins on August 30th at 5:00 p.m. with Opening Ceremonies and concludes on Labor Day, September 5th with setting of markers for the progenitors of most of the local Joseph clan at the Carpenter Hill Cemetery in the Swampton community. 

We look forward to having you visit with us during this time.

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