Third Street Maysville 1899


Photo by J.T. Kackley

History of A Building


"If you know the history of Maysville, you would know that this building, as with so many buildings in Maysville, has its own history. Previous occupants included businesses such as a G.W. Blatterman's Drugs and Paint Store which was started in 1872 and lasted until the 1890s, Maysville Bank from the 1890s until 1925, and C.L. Vance's Drug which opened in 1925 and became a popular meeting place for all ages because of the new soda fountain that he operated and remained opened until its closure in the late 1960s. In 1989, Judy Pfeffer opened an attractive shoe store called the Fashion Footwear that remained there until the building was sold by the Traxel family. The Traxel family had owned and rented the building since early 1900s. The new owner purchased the building in 1997 and opened up the Izzy B's Restaurant that lasted until 2002 when the owner leased the retail space to Planet Earth Cafe. In 2004the building was sold to the Parnell family of South Carolina that then leased the retail space to the Homefront Cafe. Building is located at the corner of Second and Court Streets
Credit Jeremy Parnell

Mason County Deaths In Vietnam


William Boyd Tully
Age 26
Died November 5, 1962
Cause of Death: Air Loss, Crash-land

Billy Eugene Snipes
Age 32
Died May 17, 1966
Cause of Death: Helicopter Crashed in South Vietnam

Ernie Wayne Rosser
Age 19
Died December 11, 1966
Cause of Death: Small Arms Fire

Donald Randell Lewis
Age 21
Died February 25, 1969
Cause of Death: Small Arms Fire

Billy Ray Lucas
Age 20
Died May 19, 1970
Cause of Death: Multiple Fragmentation Wounds

James Douglas Groves
Age 18
Died May 10, 1972
Cause of Death: CH 47 crash

Slavery In Mason County


(5) Francis Fredric, Fifty Years of Slavery (1863)

From Welland we took boats to Maysville, Kentucky. My master had bought a farm in Mason County, about twenty miles from Maysville. When we arrived there we found a great deal of uncultivated land belonging to the farm. The first thing the negroes did was to clear the land of bush, and then to sow blue grass seed for the cattle to feed upon. They then fenced in the woods for what is called woodland pasture. The neighbouring planters came and showed my master how to manage his new estate. They told the slaves how to tap the sugar-tree to let the liquid out, and to boil it down so as to get the sugar from it. The slaves built a great many log-huts; for my master, at the next slave-market, intended to purchase more slaves.

7) Francis Fredric, Fifty Years of Slavery (1863)

Two slaves, who were perhaps not so completely cowed as the rest, said to my master, who was about to flog them, "No, massa, we not going to be flogged so much, we won't submit." "What is that you say?" my master said, starting back. They repeated, "We are not going to allow you to beat us as you have done." "How will you prevent it?" he said. "You'll see, you'll see, massa," speaking half threateningly. He was evidently afraid of them. When they went home at night he spoke mildly to them, and told them, "he only wanted them to do their work, that it would be better if they could get on in the fields without him. Don't hurry yourselves, my boys."

For two or three days he never went much among them, and when he did he spoke in a very quiet, subdued manner. But mounted negroes were sent with letters to all the plantations around. The slaves had been sent to a species of barn where they shell the Indian corn. Suddenly above a hundred slaveholders, armed with revolvers, marched from different points, and at one time, evidently agreed upon, surrounded the place where the negroes were. All the slaves were ordered out, and the two who had refused to be flogged were made to strip, and my master first had one tied up, and flogged him as hard as he could for some time, the poor slave calling out, "Oh, pray, massa! Oh, pray, massa!"

My master, pausing to take breath, one of the slaveholders said, "I would not flog him in that way, I would put him on a blacksmith's fire, and have the slaves to hold him until I blew the bellows to roast him alive." Then my master started again and flogged until the poor fellow was one mass of blood and raw flesh. The other was tied up and served in a similar manner, one of the slaveholders saying he ought to be tied to a tree and burnt alive. And now I would ask, How can an unarmed, an unorganized, degraded, cowed set of negroes prevent this treatment? The slaveholders can and do flog them to death, and nothing more is thought of it than of a dog being killed.

Winter Morning In Maysville

Mefford's Fort


Early photo of Mefford's Fort at it's original location
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L&N STATION AT MAYSVILLE, KY CA 1910 PHOTO FROM OLD POSTCARD


Some will recognize it as a firehall and former city building on Bridge Street

Mason county School Report 1899-1901


The public schools in this county have progressed steadily until they can be reported in first class condition. Every school, with one exception is under control of a teacher holding a certificate of the first class. We have lengthened our school term to seven and eight months. The teachers are more and more wide awake. It is not unusual now, for teacher to spend his or her vacation at a good normal school. The attendance is much improved. The trustees system is a bar, in some cases, to progress. This year they will employ a good teacher, next year in inferior one, so that it is difficult to maintain a high and progressive standard. It would be a great improvement if the county superintendent could be made chairman of the report, with a veto power. He, necessarily, is well acquainted with the attainments of every

teacher. We have made fine progress with a county library, having accumulated 335 volumes, costing $266.30. We have some very valuable works. We had a fine and very interesting institute this year, conducted by Mr. R. M. Shipp of Winchester, Ky. He is a very intelligent and valuable instructor, and out institute was a grand success. I held a colored teachers institute August 20th, lasting four days. It was well attended and very interesting and instructive. Mr. T. Augustus Reed was the instructor.

The county school buildings and other property have increased in value greatly. We have now but one indifferent school house. We now have fifty-five good frame houses and seven brick, valued at $40,000. We paid out teachers from a state fund $2.42, and from the county tax fund $2.00 per scholar. I am unable to note any opportunity for improvement, except as herein stated.

The present superintendent has been in office steadily twelve years. Sore bereavement and increasing years seem to form a necessity for his retirement. He has the satisfaction of knowing that he carries with him the love and respect of all of the county teachers.

This report is from Legislative document number 5. The Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Kentucky, for the Two years beginning July 1, 1899 and ending June 30, 1901, H. V. McChesney, Superintendent of Public Instruction.
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