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This article, written by Todd Preston, president of the Magoffin County Historical Society, was taken from the
JANUARY 29, 2015  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.

We were happy to be among those in attendance for Jane Allen Salyer’s 100th birthday party at the Hall Community Center on Saturday, January 10th. Her actual birthday was January 9th; she was born 9 January 1915 to Joe N. Allen and Mary Wireman. Her paternal grandparents were George Allen and Raney Salyer. Her maternal grandparents were Abe Wireman and Nancy Jane Arnett. Jane was married to Glen Salyer, son of Nelson Salyer and Maude Patrick. They were the parents of four daughters, Ruth Smith, Ruby Turner, Mary Sue Johnson and Joann Arnett.

Jane is a remarkable person with a vibrant personality and shows much love and consideration for her family, friends and neighbors. We are preparing an article on her party for our first Journal of 2015. We thank her daughter Joann for her help with the article and Sandy Allen Spurlock (daughter of Junior Allen and Marcella Wireman) for the wonderful pictures of the event.

Jane’s daughters also helped us with an excellent article in our forthcoming Sesquicentennial book. Each daughter wrote a story of their memories of their growing up days in the Salt Lick community near Galdia in Magoffin Co. KY. They also let us use many family photos along with pictures of friends, neighbors and community scenes. We know this book will be enjoyed by everyone.

As our frequent readers know, we have several publications that are in various stages of being prepared for printing. We have just completed our 4th quarterly Journal of the Magoffin County Historical Society and have a section on the 1948 graduating class of Salyersville High School in it. This article was instigated by Marla McFarland who sent a copy of a group picture of the class that was handed out at the 2014 gathering of the Magoffin Days in Fairborn, Ohio.

We were fortunate in having a school yearbook from that year, given to us by the family of Ruby Amyx Guthrie along with a Salyersville High School sweater which is much admired by visitors to our historical society. Ruby was in the graduating class of 1949. We discovered that our friend Jimmie Allen was a member of the 1948 class and he contributed names and information for the 1948 school group along with some special pictures to complete the article.

On finding that Dona C. Anderson was the high school principal at that time, we worked up a genealogy article on the Anderson family. A teacher at the former Magoffin Baptist Institute when it was located in Salyersville, Elizabeth Clarke Covalt, had given our historical society some pictures of students and buildings . Among them were photos of Dona, his brother Dedia and two of his sisters, children of Millard Filmore Anderson and Martha Arnett who lived in the Boardtree area of Magoffin County.

Dona graduated from the Magoffin Baptist Institute, Campbellsville College, and the University of Kentucky. He began his 40-year career in education as a teacher in Magoffin County before becoming a principal of the local high school.

Later he was principal of the Lee County High School in Beattyville; the Winchester High School in Winchester; and the Mount Sterling High School in Mt. Sterling, KY. He also served as Superintendent of Montgomery County schools and spent an additional 20 years working in the field of education with the Kentucky State Department of Education.

The Anderson family has many illustrious and productive citizens who have done much for the development and growth of our area.

We very much enjoyed our letter from Bernice Dunn Bounds of Moreland, Georgia who wrote to say she had enjoyed the article on the Sheridan Bailey family in a recent Journal. Her family had lived next door to Sherd Bailey and she had many happy childhood memories of their associations.

We thank Rick Reed for responding to our query last week for information on the burial sites of Samuel A. Stephens and Rebecca Castle. They are Claude Stone’s ancestors and he is very interested in preserving their gravesites. Samuel A. was a son of Thomas M. Stephens and Nancy Jane Bradley. Thomas M. was a son of Samuel Stephens and Florence Patton. The family of Samuel and Florence Stephens were:

(1) Jenny who married first to John Stone and married 2nd to Andrew J. Canady; (2) Rebecca Stephens m. George W. (Hopkins) Allen; (3) George Washington Stephens married Margaret Handshoe; (4) David Stephens m. Margaret Daniel; (5) James P. Stephens m. Cynthia May; (6) Samuel A. Stephens (Claude’s ancestor); (7) Thomas M. Stephens m. Nancy Jane Bradley; (8) Reuben M. Stephens m. Nancy Jane Hicks (9) Cynthia Stephens m. Samuel Hale; (10) John B. Stephens m. -?-; (11) Mary A. Stephens m. David Osborne; (12) Alexander Lackey Stephens m. -?- and was a Union soldier in the Civil War; (13) William D. Stephens m. Rebecca Bradley; (14) Morgan Greenville Stephens m. Malinda and was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War; and (15) Darcus P. Stephens m. George Carpenter

We rely greatly on contributions of genealogical and historical material from our readers in order to prepare our publications. Your stories, pictures and information are very valuable for us to receive in order to continue with the work we do as a historical society. We invite you to share your material with us by writing to the Magoffin County Historical Society, PO Box 222, Salyersville, KY 41465; email magoffin@foothills.net or come in to visit us at 191 South Church Street in Salyersville, KY.

Brandon Adams and his grandmother Phyllis Shepherd Holiday came in to visit the other day and set right to work! The result was a fine window display that brightens up our library and highlights Brandon’s good sense of humor. (Smile)

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