Maysville-A Vision Into Past and Future

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Elks Fair 1901

Corner of 3rd & Market - Elk's Fair 1901"
Crowd gathered at daredevil's high ladder and Old Plantation minstrel show.

Confederate Cavalry Captured Maysville

Col. R.M. Gano
Seventh Confederate Cavalry Captured Maysville, KY
Colonel R.M. Gano, withdraws squadron from 2nd Kentucky Cavalry as nucleus for new regiment - September 2, 1862 - Seventh Kentucky Cavalry Regiment organized, Colonel R.M. Gano Commanding (the new regiment now a part of 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Brigade commanded by Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan.) VI. Brig. Gen. John H. Morgan's brigade, including Col. R.M. Gano's Seventh Kentucky Cavalry assigned to Gen. E. Kirby Smith for invasion of Kentucky - Sept. 4, 1862.

September 5-7, 1862 – Capture of Lexington, KY
September 11, 1862 – 7th Kentucky Cavalry, Col. R.M. Gano, commanding, captures Washington, KY
September 15, 1862 – 7th Kentucky Cavalry, Col, R.M. Gano, commanding, captures Maysville, KY
Don't recall ever reading about much of a fight in Maysville.

Editor’s Note: My great grandfather, Thomas McConnell Downing, was a private in Company F of the 7th Confederate Cavalry under Col. R. M. Gano. Don't know how popular he was in Mason County. He was captured and released at the Battle of Buffington Island. Family legend has it that he came home, bare footed, riding on a mule. My guess is that he stole the mule

Ghost Signs

Superimposed signs on the side of a building in downtown Maysville, Kentucky. "J. Wesley Lee Clothing Tailoring - Men's Furnishings & Shoes." and "Delicious and Refresghing Drink Coca-Cola" plus a partially obscured sign below.

JOHN SHACKELFORD was born in Mason County, Kentucky, on the 27th of October, 1834. His paternal ancestors were from Wales; his maternal, from Ireland. His paternal grandparents came from Virginia, and his maternal, from New Jersey. His immediate parents were both born in Mason County, Kentucky.

At the time of his birth his mother was a member of the Presbyterian Church, but did not believe in infant baptism; consequently, he was never sprinkled. His father and mother united with the Christian Church when he was about ten years of age. His father soon became a leading member in the Church, and his mother was a deeply pious woman, who gave special attention to the religious training of her children. Surrounded by these influences, and having an earnest and impressible nature, JOHN soon became anxiously interested in his spiritual welfare. After carefully studying his Bible, and listening to much parental instruction, on the 5th of March, at the age of fourteen, he was immersed in the Ohio River by Elder JAMES CHALLEN.

His early school days were spent in Maysville, Kentucky, where he obtained a good rudimental education, and, at the age of eighteen, he entered Bethany College, Virginia. He remained there until July 4, 1854, when he graduated, and returned home, and taught a school in Mason County for two years.

During this time, he had constantly in view the calling to which he has since devoted his life. Those were years of calm but earnest preparation for the ministry of the Gospel, and, so soon as he felt the time had come to enter upon his chosen work, he at once gave up every thing else, and devoted himself exclusively to the preaching of the Word.

His first labors were in Mason County, and, for some time, he had charge of the Church in Maysville, the place of his father's residence, where he was greatly esteemed for his faithfulness and earnestness as a pastor and teacher. After having been instrumental in doing a good work in his native county, he removed to Paris, Kentucky, to labor for the [387] Church at that place. He remained there two years, and then accepted an invitation to the pastoral care of the Church corner of Eighth and Walnut streets, Cincinnati, Ohio. His health failing, in the spring of 1866, he gave up his position, and, for a few months, traveled for the American Christian Missionary Society, and, at the annual meeting of this society, the subsequent October, he was appointed its Corresponding Secretary, which position he has held ever since.

A few words in reference to his success in this last department of labor can not be regarded as improper or out of place.

When he took the Secretaryship, his friends had many misgivings concerning his adaptation to the work. The prospects of the Society were by no means flattering, and the labor necessary to make it a success fell mainly upon the Corresponding Secretary. Few persons had much faith in the ability of any one to turn the discouraging prospects of the Society into permanent success. One year of faithful labor has been expended, and we need only state the result: A larger amount of money was raised than ever before, while the prospects of the Society are better than at any other time since it was organized. A success like this is not achieved except by earnest, constant, and prayerful work.

Brother SHACKELFORD is of medium stature, has a delicate, feeble constitution, a highly nervous temperament, and a nature, on the sympathetic side, as tender and susceptible as a woman's. He has light hair, large blue eyes, a mouth which indicates great firmness, and a forehead, though high, less commanding than expressively benevolent. Every feature expresses what he really is--a man of large conscientiousness, deep spiritual longings, and great purity of thought and action. He has very little of the sensuous in his nature, and, so vivid are his intuitions, that he is almost a prophet. As a speaker, if we except his active sympathy with all kinds of suffering, he has few of the elements of a popular orator. His illustrations are generally apt and forcible, but his powers of rapid generalization are not equal to the requirements of a first-class extemporaneous speaker. When, however, the subject of discourse is one that deeply touches his sympathies, he is always impressive, and often truly eloquent. [388]

Original Peter Tuttle


Original Peter Tuttle, Mason County, Kentucky cherry serpentine front chest on frame with cabriole legs. Dovetailed case with five graduated cherry drawers and secondary woods of poplar and pine. The apron is scalloped with a large central lobe and the side aprons are shaped as deep double-cyma curves. The chest is in "as found" condition with original finish. Veneer chips, missing cock-bead, replaced pulls, and larger hole at key escutcheon in bottom drawer. A museum quality piece of Kentucky furniture. 44 1/4" w. x 23 1/4" d. x 47 1/2" h. Peter Tuttle was born in Prince William County, Virginia in 1782 and arrived in Mason County, Kentucky, some time before 1810 when he married Elizabeth Calvert. He was working in Fleming County in 1828 and later worked in Nicholas County. He died in Missouri in 1859. Ref: "Antiques in Kentucky" reprinted from "THE MAGAZINE ANTIQUES" March & April 1974, 551 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10017. Sold for $74,250

The Maysville Jockey Club

An act approved December 1, 1821, outlawed horse racing on public highways. This law resulted from complaints to the General Assembly that "divers citizens are in the habit of assembling themselves together on public highways for the purpose of running horses, which tends greatly to the annoyance of many of the good citizens thereof, and frequently tends to the disturbance of travelers." The act provided for a fine of ten dollars for every such offense.
Believe the track was located at present day Deerfield Village

Photo Taken At Duke Farm 1956-1957

L to R; Tommy Duke, Tommy Verville, Bob Verville, Barbara Verville,
Vettie Lou Verville and Bobby Cochran

Maysville Female Institute 1855

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Ancient Mason County

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Charles C. Clarke

CHARLES C. CLARKE--On a fine homestead of four hundred and forty acres, in Bourbon county, resides this well known and highly esteemed representative of the agricultural industry in this section of the state and he is a prominent factor in connection with public affairs in the county, where he is now serving as chairman of the Bourbon County Democratic Committee. He is signally alert and progressive as a citizen and his influence and cooperation are given in support of all measures and projects tending to enhance the general welfare of the community. Charles C. Clarke was born in Mason county, Kentucky, on the 27th of December, 1868, and is a son of John and Nannie (Fitzgerald) Clarke, both of whom were likewise born in that county and both of whom are representatives of sterling pioneer families of that section of the state. John Clarke was a son of Charles Clarke, who likewise was born in Mason county and who became one of the prominent and influential citizens of that section. He served several years as county sheriff and was also called to other local offices of public trust. He married Miss Caroline Hoard and they became the parents of four children: John, Charles, Seth and Caroline. John Clarke was born in the year 1835 and his entire active career was one of close and successful identification with agricultural pursuits. He was one of the representative citizens of Mason county and was a particularly successful business man, having been known as one of the best financiers of Mason county. He was primarily instrumental in the organization of the First National Bank of Maysville, this county, and served on its board of directors until his death, which occurred in 1833. His wife, now venerable in years, resides in the city of Maysville. She is a devout member of the Christian church, with which her husband also was actively identified for many years prior to his demise. Of the four children the following data are given: Caroline is deceased, Anna P. is the wife of Charles C. Hopper, of Maysville; Charles C., of this review, was next in order of birth; and John remains on the old homestead farm in Mason county, where he is serving his second term as sheriff. Charles C. Clarke gained his early experiences in connection with the practical affairs of life through his close association with the work of the old homestead farm, on which he was born. His early educational advantages were those afforded in the graded schools of Mason county and he was but fifteen years of age at the time of his father's death. He then assumed the practical charge of the home farm, to whose supervision he continued to give his attention until he had attained to his legal majority. In 1890, shortly after his first marriage, Mr. Clarke removed to Bourbon county and purchased his present fine homestead, which is located about seven miles east of the city of Paris, on the Paris and North Middletown turnpike. Everything about the place indicates thrift and prosperity and Mr. Clarke is recognized as one of the most progressive and successful farmers of the county, besides which he raises high-grade live stock, and he has built up a successful enterprise in the buying and shipping of cattle. In politics he is recognized as one of the leaders of the Democratic party in his county and this fact is evidenced in his incumbency of the office of chairman of the Democratic committee of Bourbon county. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Kentucky Classical & Business College, at North Middletown, and both he and his wife hold membership in the Christian church. In Mason county, this state, on the 5th of February, 1890, Mr. Clarke was united in marriage to Miss Florence Fox, who was born and reared in that county and who was a daughter of Andrew and Amanda (Daugherty) Fox. She was summoned to the life eternal in August, 1907, and of the four children the following brief data are given--John F. is deceased; Claude remains at the paternal home; Harry D. is deceased; and Charles C., Jr. remains at the homestead. On the 10th of November, 1909, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Clarke to Miss Sadie H. Young, who was born in Bourbon county, on the 4th of December, 1881, and who is a daughter of James W. Young, a sketch of whose career appears elsewhere in this volume, so it is not necessary to enter further review of the family history in this connection. Mr. and Mrs. Clarke have one child--Sallie Young Clarke, who was born on the 5th of October, 1910.

A Slave From Maysville

I was from Maysville, Ky., but belonged in Fairfax county at first. Left Virginia at fourteen years old,--am now fifty-three; have lived in Sandwich about fourteen years. When we removed from Virginia, my mother left her husband and two sisters behind. She was much grieved at leaving her husband: the children were taken from her before. This separation of families is an awful thing. At ten or twelve years old, the thought grew in me, that slavery was wrong. I felt mad every day when I thought of being kept a slave. I calculated on buying myself, and offered my master two hundred and fifty dollars. He wanted me to work a year first, going with me to another town. I did not want to go, and came off peaceably.

I remained about six years in the free States. In some respects, I suffered in them on account of my color. Many looked on me with contempt because I was a colored man. My oath was not taken as a white man's. I had a farm in Ohio, and was doing well, but a law was then passed requiring security for good behavior.

Flossie Jones Ring

Miss Flossie impacted many who attended school in Maysville.
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Article courtesy of Johnny Kirk

"The Fearless Foursome" 1950s

They played golf at the Maysville Country Club for years. L to R Robert N. Adair, Frank Russell, Milton Russell and W.W. Weis.

Dr Daniel Drake, Raised In Maysville

Pioneer Life In Kentucky
By Albert Nathaniel Drake

Doctor Daniel Drake, an infant, when his family moved soon after the Revolutionary War from New Jersey to Maysville, Kentucky, grew to help his pioneer family make a life in a one room cabin. When still a boy he learned medicine from a local doctor. He extended his knowledge at the University of Pennsylvania and eventually became recognized nationwide. He also traveled extensively throughout the mid west, gathering and then writing about environmental facts. He founded several medical facilities and Drake Center thrives today in Cincinnati as a contemporary institution from old roots. He was also a teacher, and a prolific writer. When 60 years old, he wrote a series of letters to his children describing his pioneer culture plus many wise philosophical observations. His son, Charles Drake, a Missouri Senator, printed the letters as a book in 1880 and it was reprinted in 1999 by Albert Nathaniel Drake, who shares his New Jersey ancestry. Since the reprint, there has been a steady demand for the classic book.

Daniel Drake(1785-1852)
“Most influential physician who has ever lived in our city”
“The Benjamin Franklin of the West”

 Born in New Jersey in 1785, raised in Maysville, KY
 Moved to Cincinnati in 1800 to be the apprentice of Dr. William Goforth
 Awarded a medical diploma in 1804 (first in the West) and becomes Goforth’s partner
 Obtains an M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1816; first M.D. in Cincinnati
 In 1817, on founding faculty of the Medical Department of Transylvania University in Lexington, KY
 Daniel Drake's Medical Contributions
 Obtained charter for Medical College of Ohio in 1819
 Obtained charter for Cincinnati Commercial Hospital in 1820
 Helped found the Medical Department of the Cincinnati College in 1835
 Member of faculty of Jefferson Medical College (Philadelphia), Louisville Medical Institute
 Founded Cincinnati’s first Eye Infirmary in 1827
 Created and edited The Western Medical and Physical Journal in 1827

Maysville Fountain 1899

From the Kentucky Historical Society archives. Where was it located ?

General George Lewis

LEWIS'S STATION Re-settled by Gen. LEWIS in 1789, formerly called Geo CLARK'S Station - where Lewisburg now is, Mason Co, 9 miles from Maysville. Additional information about George Lewis is welcome. Email to:

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe visited this home in Washington, Mason County, Kentucky (Photograph date some time between 1900-1954). While visiting in Washington she saw slaves sold at public auction which was the basis of her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Now the Harriet Beecher Stowe, Slavery to Freedom Museum, open all Festivals and most Saturdays 12-4, Sundays 1-4.
Credit Jeremy

Mason County Development Project

This is an artist's rendition of the proposed major development project in Mason County. Click on the pic to enlarge

Is This The Future of Mason County ?

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Limestone, Kentucky

Yes Virginia, there is a Limeston Kentucky. It is an unincorporated village near Olive Hill in Carter County.

Frank ( Don ) Hurst

Frank (Don) Hurst
1934 Goudey Gum Baseball Card #33... Words on back of card

Philadelphia Phillies Baseball History
Began his professional career as a pitcher for Paris, Texas in the Blue Grass League in 1924, but was such a hard hitter, that he decided to shift to the outfield. He later began playing first base. Hurst has been holding down first sack for the Philadelphia Club since 1928. He has four times batted over the .300 mark in the National League. Last year his average fell to .267.
Hurst is a six footer, weighing around 190 pounds. He bats left-handed, but throws right-handed. He was born in Maysville, Ky., in 1905.

1847 Collin's History of Kentucky

This is the first four pages of the Mason County chapter of Lewis Collin's 1847 History of Kentucky. They were copied from an original edition which is 160 years old and has been in our family for many, many, years. In the near future we intend to donate the book to the Kentucky Gateway Center in Maysville.

Lewisburg VFD - Click & Explore

L to R: Jack Hutchison, Fred Adams,Don Tumey. Lt Gov Julian Carroll, Phillip Kalb, Franklin Howe, Gus Kalb and Ted Cummings.

History of the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge

Today the free use of bridges over the Ohio, Licking and Kentucky rivers is taken for granted by drivers, but in 1945 it was a major event. The history of the Maysville-Aberdeen bridge dates to the late 1920s when Maysville competed with Augusta as the site for the Ohio River bridge. Maysville was selected and on Nov. 8, 1930, contracts were awarded to the Dravco Construction Co. and John A. Roebling Sons Co. The suspension bridge would end up being 3,163 feet and 11 inches long, with the central span 1,060 feet long. Cost was about $1.6 million.
The official opening of the bridge was set for Nov. 25, 1931, and, as was the custom at the time, caravans of auto club members from across the state traveled to Maysville for the event. Northern Kentucky, in particular, would be well represented with James Diskin leading the Campbell County motorists and William Ryerson and Covington Mayor Thomas Donnelly leading the Kenton County delegation. A Kentucky Times-Star account the week before said the bridge opening would be a holiday in Maysville. Lights were strung along the bridge and a grandstand constructed opposite Maysville's Third Street entrance to the bridge for the dedication ceremonies.
Several thousand people attended the opening ceremonies. The ribbon-cutting ceremonies were followed by the unveiling of the bridge plaque by members of the Limestone Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The plaque dedicated the bridge as the Simon Kenton Bridge in honor of the pioneer, who spent some of his early years of exploration in the Mason County area. After the official opening the honored guests moved to the Hardyman Warehouse in Maysville for more speeches and music. To help pay for the bridge a toll would be levied, but as part of the celebration, the toll was not charged from the Wednesday morning opening until midnight on Sunday. A Kentucky Times-Star editorial on opening day termed the bridge a ''momentous event.'' The newspaper noted that the span gave Maysville a claim to be called a great gateway to the South and assured Maysville a place on the map.Among the guests at the bridge opening was 87-year-old Thomas Campbell, an attorney in Bainbridge, Ohio. A Kentucky Times-Star account said Campbell was there because his father had operated the first ferry between Maysville and Aberdeen, Ohio. With the opening of the bridge, the last ferry boats at Maysville were closing. The same account said among the early ferry customers were Kentuckians going to Aberdeen to be married by Thomas Shelton, who had earned the nickname the ''Marrying Squire.'' Other the years several others would operate ferries between Maysville and Aberdeen, including Mrs. Gordon Greene, a pioneer pilot among women on the Ohio River, who for a while was a partner with Capt. Charles Stadler in a Maysville ferry. In opening the bridge, the Times-Star said the state had bought out and closed both Stadler's ferry and another one The Simon Kenton Bridge would again make news on Aug. 1, 1945, when plans were announced to end the toll - on Oct. 1. As with the opening, ceremonies were planned to mark the event, with Maysville's Rotary and Lions clubs again in the forefront. The Maysville bridge was one of several in the state that became toll-free that year. A parade through Maysville's business district would kick off the end-of-toll ceremonies. Master of ceremonies was Joshua B. Everett of Maysville. At the time he was state director of welfare. After the ceremonies on the bridge, the dignitaries trekked to the Burley Warehouse on Kehoe Viaduct for further ceremonies. The honor of cutting the ceremonial ribbon went to 13-year-old Margaret Church, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Church. An account said Miss Church was selected because she was born the day the bridge opened. The ribbon used was part of the ribbon used in the opening ceremonies in 1931. The ribbon was cut at 3:30 p.m. and Gov. Willis' car with Kentucky and Ohio dignitaries was driven across to the Aberdeen side and then back again. At that point the bridge was open to all traffic without a toll. A Kentucky Post account estimated 10,000 people attended the ceremonies.

Rosemary Clooney Floodwall Mural

The convertible depicts Rosemary Clooney Day in Maysville. In the backseat is Blanche Chambers and Rosemary's grandmother.
The new Rosemary Clooney floodwall mural is located beside the Ledger Independent building on lower Limestone Street

Eisenhower's Funeral Train Passes Through Maysville
By: Jim Reis
Submitted: 8/14/2007

For the most part it was a quiet, rather somber crowd that stood out in the morning rain and chill on April 1, 1969. But from Maysville to Covington and all points in between thousands stood along the C&O Railroad tracks in Northern Kentucky to say good-bye.

They were watching the funeral train carrying the body of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower as it passed by, headed to Abilene, Kan.

Eisenhower died on March 28, 1969, at the age of 79.

Maysville Joy Ride

Jeremy takes us on a joy ride around downtown Maysville

Russell B. Briney

Born in Maysville, Ky., Sept. 1, 1875. Educated in Public Schools of Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois; at the age of fifteen entered Kentucky University, graduating 1896 with degree of A. B.; 1897 with the degree of A. M.; has English and classical diploma from College of the Bible. Minister Kirksville, Ky., Amarillo, Texas, Monroe City, Mo., and Lexington, Mo. Spent eight months as state evangelist of Mississippi.


John G. Fee

One of three monuments at the intersection of US 68 and Rt 11 near the Mason County Detention Center. The location of the old Fee High School

Washington Opera House History
By: Submitted: 7/25/2006

The Maysville Players began in 1962 with their production of "Our Town". This is not at all unusual, since "Our Town" has been the vehicle of choice for a great many fledgling theatre group. What is very unusual is that 35 years later, we are still active in the theatre business. This makes The Maysville Players unique, as well as the oldest group of its kind in the Commonwealth of Kentucky; and our theatre, The Washington Opera House, is the 5th oldest theatre in the country.

On September 30, 1797, a Washington, Kentucky weekly newspaper, 'The Mirror', printed the notice of a performance by the "Theatrical Society" to be performed in the courthouse on Thursday evening, October 12. This is the first record of a western stage performance to reveal play titles and advertise dates, site, and price for the evening's entertainment, and may well have been performed by some of the ancestors of present Maysville Players. By 1817, Limestone, or Maysville as it has now become, could boast of a theatre where local, as well as visiting thespians could unveil their talents.

A disastrous fire occured in April, 1850, that destroyed a great deal of the property on West Second Street, including the then Presbyterian Church known as the Old Blue Church. When the Presbyterians decided to rebuild at a new location on Third Street, two events occured that affected the physical and cultural well-being of Maysville residents. In 1851, two fire companies were formed to protect the life and property of the area citizens, and, an elegant theatre was built on the site of the Old Blue Church to enrich the lives of the residents.

The Opera House was the pride and joy of Maysville, and became not only a place of entertainment, but filled the community's need for a place to gather for school commencements, patriotic rallies, and great political debates. However, tragedy struck again in January of 1898, when the new Opera House was gutted by fire. Perhaps the Washington Fire Company, of of the two fire companies to appear at just the time the Opera House was built felt a deep sense of regret and responsibility, for in 1898, they rebuilt the theatre at a cost of $24,000. After this construction, the theatre was known as The Washington Opera House.

In the early days of local theatre, many famous names could have been sprawled on the dressing room walls- names unfamiliar to today's young players, but some of you may remember Marguerite Clarke, Tom Mix, Lou Tolligan, John L. Sullivan, Harry Garey, and the great John Phillips Sousa and his band. Year after year came Al G. FIelds and Lasses White, along with their famous minstrels. Maysville was also a one-night stop between Cincinati and Lexington for dozens of Broadway shows. What history we made!

Maysville Fire Chiefs 1911 - 2007

Ed Hite Jan. 2, 1911 – Jan. 3, 1916
R.M. Newell Jan. 3, 1916 - Jan. 18, 1955
George Duley Jan. 18, 1955 – Jan. 12, 1965
Fred Breeze Jan. 12, 1965 – Aug. 14, 1966
Stanley McGowan Aug. 14, 1966 – Jan. 8, 1986
Dennis Larkin Jan. 9, 1986 – Aug. 1, 1992
John David Gantley Oct. 8, 1992 – June 2002
Eric Bach June 2002 - Present
Source: Maysville Fire Department

Last Floodwall Mural Being Painted

Rosemary Clooney and the Russell Theatre is the subject of the final mural being painted on the floodwall near the foot of Limestone Street

The Old C & O Depot Is A Landmark

American Veteran's Memorial Park

AMERICAN VETERAN'S MEMORIAL PARK PHASE #1 Phase 1 Includes the flag displays with poles displaying the American Flag, POW/MIA flag, Kentucky State Flag, & the five branches of the Armed Forces, a shelter, Parking lot with excess road. Click the image for for a larger view. As you enter the park on the right will be a flag court with poles displaying the American Flag, Kentucky State Flag and the POW/MIA Flag. Next will be the Welcome Center which will be constructed from orginal logs of a log home from the mid eighteen hundreds. The Log profile along with the property will be provided by the city of Maysville. From the welcome center you can enter the community center or shortly beyond will be the main entrance to the center. The community center will serve as the Post Home for Maysville AMVETS Post 124 additionally the center will be available for use by organizations and residents of the community. Directly in front of the center will be another flag court with poles displaying the flags of all branches of the Armed Forces. As you continue through the park Memorials honoring Veterans of all wars and conflicts will be displayed. There will be walking trails providing access through out the park to the memorials. The park will have a picnic area and shelter as well. Construction of Phase # 1 is scheduled to begin soon after Labor Day with compltetion expected in late October.

Veterans Memorial Park

Ground is being cleared and filled at the location of the proposed Veterans Memorial Park on the AA highway across from the entrance to the hospital. More on this later

Allen Smith

Allen “ Smitty “ Smith, Maysville High School class of 1958, is arguably the best all around MHS athlete ever. Basketball or baseball Smitty could do it all. A diminutive five foot eight inches and maybe a 140 pounds, his size gave no clues to his athletic ability. He could dunk a basketball with both hands. Shoot a left handed jump shot before jump shots became popular. Quick as a cat he could slash to the basket with the best of them. His scoring prowess places him number two ( 2 ) on the all time MHS scoring list with 1,975 points. As a baseball player he was nothing short of outstanding. I don’t have his high school baseball statistics but I can tell you that he probably hit for over .400 for his high school career. However, it was his pitching that drew raves. In 1958 he pitched the Dogs into the state baseball tournament and then pitched every game in the tournament to give the Dogs its only state baseball title. In 1959 Smitty attended LSU on a baseball scholarship. His pitching record, at LSU, is nothing short of sensational. 1960 he won 5 and lost 5 with an ERA of 2.31, 1961 he was 10 and 2 with an ERA of 1.34 and in 1962 he was 7 and 2 with an ERA of 1.93.
His three years total were: 22 wins and 9 losses. An ERA of 1.82 in 237 innings. He gave up 107 hits, 75 runs, 48 earned runs, walked 73 and struck out 175. In 1961 LSU went 22 and 5 and won the SEC Championship. Allen Smith was named 1st team All American.

Smitty grew up on Houston Avenue the only child of Mr and Mrs George Smith. He married Sandra Case the daughter of Mr and Mrs Linville Case. Allen Smith was a really, really, nice guy

Dr. John K. Farris

John K. Farris, 92, Holly Hill, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Mr. Farris was born November 17, 1914, in Bowling Green, Ky. After he received his bachelor of science degree from Western Kentucky University, he started the Simpson County School Band in Franklin, Ky., and he was the Mayesville High School Band Director in Maysville, Ky., for 29 years. In the early 1940s, Mr. Farris played with the Francis Craig Orchestra in Nashville, Tenn. After retiring and moving to Florida in June of 1977, John attended Daytona Beach Drive-in Christian Church. He played in the flute choir in Cocoa and participated in the D.B.C.C. orchestra. His hobby was designing and creating, from scratch, stuffed fabric bears with movable parts. Mr. Farris is survived by several cousins. Memorials may be sent to the John K. Farris Scholarship Fund at Downing Academy for Performing Arts c/o Caroline Reece at 120 Edgemont Road, Mayesville, KY 41056. Arrangements are under the direction of Haigh-Black Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Online condolences may be shared with his family at

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