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Picturing the Past 162: Mystery photoPosted Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at 2:32 PM
Anyone recognize the people in this photo or where it may have been made? Dorothy Orr, who supplied it, thinks it may have been made in Shelbyville, Wheel or Farmington.
Dorothy Orr brought by this photo last week. Recognize any of your ancestors? She has no idea who's pictured or what type of business this was, but thinks it's from the 1920s. I'd guess it may be from earlier back than that, based on the horses, obviously attached to a buggy, at right.
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Multiple ledger books are visible along with what appear to be a large number of order forms on the shelves at left.
She thinks the photo was made in Shelbyville, Wheel or Farmington. Call her at 684-4848 if you can tell what's going on - and post your thoughts here, too.
1934 Courthouse info
I was looking through the 1973 Times-Gazette files (yes, I'm going to post newer photos again here soon - haven't had time to search in weeks, but I'd rather focus the blog on, say, 1950s-up) and found a portion of an oral history project on the 1934 courthouse burning/riots.
During the 1972-73 school year Cascade High students interviewed a large number of people about what they remembered. The T-G published Part 1 of what was described as "a series" but apparently never ran the rest of it.
Does anyone know if any copies of that project still exist and, if so, could I get it and copy it? Those involved were teacher Thomas P. Philpot and students Bonnie Fann, Betty Ann Edde, Mary Jane Troxler, Sarah Grubbs, Charles Rippy, Carl Helton and George Hodge.
Murder in Raus?
We got this request from Donna Hall of Carrollton, Texas, who wants information on a murder case from Raus in 1864. Anyone remember older relatives talking about this? Donna's request follows:
"Trying to locate anyone in Bedford & surrounding Counties who might help solve the mystery of our great, great grandfather John Henry "Ky" Hall's (Born: 1823 KY) violent death in 1864. He & his eldest son, John L. Hall, were reportedly ambushed along Thompson Creek near Raus by Mel Ray, Ben Byrom & Clayborn Prince who were, or had been Confederate soldiers. John "Ky" Hall died in the creek & his son ran to his maternal grandmother, Naomi Powell's home where he was shot to death & she was shot in her arm. We are wondering if our ancestors were Union sympathizers or Union Soldiers, because the stories we've read, stated that their bodies were put in a wagon & shown to people living along the river. It doesn't appear that there was any fear from law authorities for the killings. We would also like to know if there are any descendants in the area of John "Ky" Hall, or his son William Henry Hall (1852-1933), or "Ky's" wife, Mary C. Powell (1823-1896) or her parents, John Powell & Naomi Dobson Carter."
Her address: Donna Hall, BARD4567@aol.com or (972) 242-4580.
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