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Bonnie Strassell - Owen County Historical Society

  • 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.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Miss Wilma still a ‘piece of work’

    She was known as the “White Tornado” and “Road Runner.”
    No one is sure whether she ever shouted “beep, beep” as she streaked past, but her energy was boundless, and when she went places her feet hit the ground running. It was as if life was so full she didn’t want to miss any part of it.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Love and marriage is a foundation of history

    “Marriage does not only consist of gazing at each other, but rather it involves looking together in the same direction.”

    These words of early twentieth century French author, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, remind us that a successful marriage involves working together toward common goals.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Even a spoon can carry a lot of history

    It seemed to be just another old wooden spoon, yet the tiny cracks that traversed the worn handle added to the spoon’s character and emphasized the wood’s rich hues.
    The wooden spoon had served generations of Owen countians, and despite its age, was poised as if ready to stir a pot of simmering soup or scrape out the last remains of fried potatoes from an iron skillet.
    Wooden spoons were a necessary part of Kentucky frontier life.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Farmers produced history

    They are at the heart of America’s success. Weather does not deter them from their commitment to their families, their communities and the American people.
    With little thanks, they work from sun up to sunset, and they take pride in their labors as they dedicate themselves to the preservation of the land and the gifts that spring forth from the ground.
    They are America’s farming families.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Happy Orville Rogers Day

    They stood side by side in a long row. Many looked similar but each carried features that were unique. Several were over 100-years-old, and yet their appearance was as vibrant as the younger ones.
    Although today they have been replaced by advanced technology, their stories remain and are engrafted into history.
    In the 1800s, men from several different countries were working on an invention to transmit the sound of the voice over wire.
    The gentleman credited as the inventor of the first practical telephone was Scotsman Alexander Graham Bell. 

  • Owen Historical Society: Find our heroes in the fields

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below ...
       
    “In Flanders Field” is a poem written during World War I by doctor and Lt. Col. John McCrae.

  • Owen Historical Society News – Riddle added to rich history of Owen County

    Someone once said, “God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled.”
    In rural Owen County, the loss of a loved one is accepted as part of everyday life.
    Author and storyteller Charlotte Ann Kemper Atchison described the days of mourning experienced by early Owen County families.
    Charlotte grew up on Bucks Run and wrote of the times in her childhood when a deceased family member was washed and dressed in his or her finest, and placed in the parlor for viewing.