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Bonnie Strassell - Owen County Historical Society

  • Owen County Historical Society, Feb. 4: Community doctors played important role in county

    In the early 1900’s they visited Owen County homes traveling by horseback or horse and buggy over dirt-packed roads that were enveloped in snow during the winter and turned into quagmires during spring.

  • Stories of courtship and love abound in Owen County

     The tiny-waisted dress cascades to the floor in sheer delightful layers of light blue. The mannequin which highlights this elegant piece stands on the second floor of the Owen County Historical Society Museum and displays this poignant reminder of love, courtship and marriage.

  • Owen County Historical Society, Dec. 31: Stewart's legacy will live on for years to come

     In many ways these words serve as a poignant reminder of the life of former Owen County High School band director, Marvin Stewart. His love of music touched not only Owen county children but also made an impact on thousands of people he met both in this country and around the world.

  • Mills have rich history in Owen County

    For 90 years they have nestled against the home of Monterey resident Margaret Murphy. Over time the elements pummeled their surface in an attempt to claim them, yet the mill stones of Branham’s mill have survived; and their presence reflects the enduring history of Owen County grist mills.

  • Historical Society News: Canby community lives on in Sylvia Perkins' memories

    Today the scope of the landscape has changed. The few remaining large family farms stand as sentinels serenely as Canby grows, offering newcomers a chance to settle amid the rolling hills of Owen County.
    Sylvia Perkins is a lot like Canby. She has lived in the community most of her life; and though age has slowed her a bit, her steadfast presence remains as an unmoving witness to the ageless nobility of land and people.

  • Owen County Historical Society News: Oct. 29, 2014

    Morgan’s presence touched the soul of the people.
    He was a folk hero of the South and won the admiration of many as he wrought havoc upon the Union Army. He was a master of guerilla warfare and against overwhelming odds John Hunt Morgan left an indelible mark upon the hearts of a nation.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Sitting up with the dead was a tradition

    She knew her heart was weak, and that if she bore another child the stress of labor might prove fatal.
    In June of 1925, this young Owen County woman’s heart gave out as she attempted  to deliver her fourth child; and Mattie Agnes Smith Karsner and her unborn baby were buried together on the gentle rolling slope of Monterey cemetery.

  • The unwelcome guest of Thanksgiving Day 1950

    On Thanksgiving Day, 1950, an uninvited and unwelcome guest made an appearance in Owen County.
    Its arrival took folks by surprise, and its impact upon Owen County and Kentucky was undeniable.
    Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when it departed a few days later, and yet memories of its presence were shared for years to come.

  • The mule: The original farm technology

    They made a farmer’s work easier, or more difficult, depending on their disposition on any given day.
    Some declared they are quite ornery, though it has been said they are not as obstinate as donkeys. Perhaps that is a matter of debate, yet most Owen County farmers agree that the mule was an indispensable addition to life on the family farm.
    The mule’s contrariness has been expounded upon in stories, poems and songs, and there is no denying patience can wear thin when trying to convince a mule of his duties.

  • Locals known for practical jokes, lightheartedness

    Famous French poet and novelist, Victor Hugo, once wrote “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”

    Hugo was very perceptive, for it is laughter that binds families and communities together and creates special moments in life.

    Owen countians are natural-born storytellers, and as they relate an amusing incident, at times accompanied by a bit of blarney, their eyes light up, and their soft chuckles explode into loud hearty guffaws of laughter.