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My Old Home

35 Rock Hill Lane, Elizabethtown, KY   On Middle Creek Near the Border Between Hardin & LaRue County
submitted by Ruth Lindsey – ATHS member #2217

My Grandfather, Tilden Young LaRue was born and grew up on a l00 acre farm purchased by James William LaRue, his father, from Henry Ash.  The farm was located on the banks of Middle Creek in the Locust Grove Area of Hardin Co., Kentucky.  James LaRue died in 1892 of pneumonia and is buried at Middle Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  Tilden was 15 years of age and was the oldest male at home so became the person responsible for running the farm.

For full story:  http://www.aths.com/content/my-old-home

William Frank - Orphan Train Rider – Part II

Our summer issue of Ancestral News presented Part I of the Orphan Train story.  Herein is the rest of the story as told by Sylvia Frank Mabe (In Part 1 the last name was misspelled Mare), daughter of rider, William Frank.

For full story:  http://aths.com/content/william-frank-orphan-train-rider-%E2%80%93-part-ii

Tar Fork – Breckinridge County, Kentucky

A tar like substance oozing from the ground and forming pools was the likely reason a community in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, was named Tar Fork1. Some have thought that the name was related to a fork in the road at this place. And perhaps the proximity of the area to a stream named Tar Creek in the bottom lands just to the west had something to do with the naming of the site. The stream is a tributary or fork off Clover Creek and the latter empties into the Ohio River at Cloverport, Kentucky.

Full story: http://aths.com/content/tar-fork-%E2%80%93-breckinridge-county-kentucky

The Orphan Trains – Part I

The Orphan Train Movement was a social experiment that transported children from crowded coastal cities of the United States, such as New York City and Boston, to willing foster homes across the country. The orphan trains ran between 1854 and 1929, relocating an estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children. At the time the orphan train movement began, it was estimated that 30,000 vagrant children were living on the streets of New York City.

Complete story:  http://aths.com/content/orphan-trains-%E2%80%93-part-i

Civil War– Women's Deadly, Unsung War Work

“Choking cartridges” for the Union Army was legitimate war work for “noble Union girls” during the Civil War. The repetitive work required putting lead balls into a paper tube, filling the tube with gunpowder, and tying up both ends. Spilled gunpowder was swept up often during the day, the women wore special shoes, and movement was restricted. But with and without safety precautions, this essential wartime munitions work claimed the lives of nearly 100 women in explosions as fiery and fierce as any on a battlefield.

Complete Story click:  http://aths.com/content/civil-war%E2%80%93-womens-deadly-unsung-war-work

Andrew Jackson Smith – Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient

African American And A Son Of Kentucky
by U.R. Wright

According to family history, Smith was born into slavery, the son of Susan, a slave, and Elijah Smith, a slave owner. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, Elijah Smith joined the Confederate military, with the intention of taking 19-year-old Andrew along with him. When Andrew Smith learned of this, he and another slave ran away, walking 25 miles through the rain before presenting themselves to a Union Army regiment, the 41st Illinois Infantry, in Smithland, Kentucky. Smithland is a city in Livingston County, Kentucky, at the confluence of the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. The population was 401 at the 2000 census and 301 in the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Livingston County.

For complete story:  http://aths.com/content/andrew-jackson-smith-%E2%80%93-civil-war-medal-honor-recipient

Ohio River Showboats

Some Folks Remember Them – They Now Belong to the Past
                                         by Gary Kempf

Kentucky, and in particular our Ancestral Trails Historical Society family of counties, was – and continues to be – profoundly affected by the Ohio River and its tributaries.  Much that once affected the areas along the river remain no more.  Much that once was remains only in memories.  The Showboat is one such part of the river history that is no more.

To read the complete article http://aths.com/content/ohio-river-showboats

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