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Bonnie Strassell - Owen County Historical Society

  • Owen Historical Society News: River’s role in history honored

    “The American backwoodsman - clad in his hunting shirt, the product of his domestic industry and fighting for the country he loves, he is more than a match for the vile but splendid mercenary of a European despot.”

    These words of William Henry Harrison reflected his high regard for the Kentucky troops during the War of 1812. Harrison was commander of the Northwest army during this conflict, and Kentuckians led the way in achieving a victory for the young, untested America.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Reelin’ in the years

    When asked why he spent so much time fishing, a Kentucky old-timer answered, “Three-fourths of the Earth’s surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as mowing grass.”

  • Owen Historical Society News: Ads captured moment in time

    Harry Worsham announced he had the “best barber shop in town,” and he invited folks to give it a try; and G.E. Goode, located in Doty Brothers new garage, guaranteed his vulcanizing to “outwear the balance of tires.”
    Harry and G.E. placed these ads in the July 3, 1919 issue of the News-Herald.
    In this same paper, the entire right half of the front page was devoted to ads, a common practice in the early days of newspaper publication.

  • Owen Historical Society News: River Day success a team effort

    It meanders through the heartland of Kentucky and its history claims heroes such as Daniel Boone, George Rogers Clark, Isaac Shelby, John Harrod and Benjamin Logan. However, most of the time it murmurs stories of the common folk who settled along its banks and who, despite ravaging floods, were inescapably drawn back to the Kentucky’s ancient song.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Minch’s store is living history

    It is a landmark in Owen County. Local history permeates every inch of its surface. For over 160 years, it has gazed upon Seminary Street and collected family stories of those who stopped by to visit. Age does not detract from its character but rather defines it; and it represents more than a century of Owen County cherished traditions.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Minch’s store is living history

    It is a landmark in Owen County. Local history permeates every inch of its surface. For over 160 years, it has gazed upon Seminary Street and collected family stories of those who stopped by to visit. Age does not detract from its character but rather defines it; and it represents more than a century of Owen County cherished traditions.

  • Owen Historical Society News: The land of opportunity

    They came on horseback, by wagons laden with worldly possessions, or on foot, driving a bony family cow over twisted trails.
    For many, the long wilderness trek from Virginia and the Carolinas ended among the rolling hills and winding creeks of what is today Owen County, Kentucky. 

  • Owen Historical Society News: Our history comes alive

    Clad in buckskins breeches, a tomahawk belted at his waist, the slim young boy evoked a classic image of a frontier Kentuckian.

  • Owen Historical Society News: House is our home

    The glass light fixture on the ceiling in the foyer presented a challenge for the little boy.
    No matter how high he jumped, his fingertips couldn’t quite reach its smooth surface.
    It wasn’t until the lad’s family had moved away and then returned to live in the white house on Main Street that the youngster, who had grown a bit, could accomplish this feat.

    This Owen county memory was shared by Gene Rose who lived in the Hartsough home in his youth.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Lasting legacy of literacy lives on

    It all began in Kentucky.
    Rowan County lies amid steep hills, and its hollows are nestled deep within their folds. In 1911, before electricity came to shed light on the area,  the night was navigable only when the moon was visible.
     It was in the Rowan community of Farmers that a young woman’s dream was fulfilled as she concentrated her efforts in fighting adult illiteracy.