Today's Features

  • We had an inch of snow on the Branch this past week. It’s been several years since we’ve had that much snow this early.
    I had an appointment with my eye doctor this week. My vision hasn’t changed since the last appointment, and I do not need to have anything changed. That’s very good news because I have glasses in the TV room, kitchen and my purse. It would cost me a fortune to have them all changed.

  • Over the years stories featuring Owen countians have been reported in newspaper articles across America. Some are true, others are a stretch of the imagination, and a few are downright unbelievable.
    One rather questionable story was reported in an Oregon newspaper, the Columbian, in 1882. According to the article, Judge Major of Kentucky was told by many older people in Frankfort and Owen counties that the Mexican dictator Santa Anna, who massacred the Texans at the Alamo, was born in this area. Judge Major elaborated:

  • I didn’t write week before last because I had company that came on Friday and stayed through the weekend. They left early Monday morning, and by that time I was so befuddled, I had forgotten what day it was. I just went to the TV room and sat down. It was Tuesday before I realized I had missed Monday. That’s the way my life is going lately.

  • In his new book, “The Best Cook in the World: Tales From My Momma’s Table,” author Rick Bragg wrote: “In a South that no longer seems to remember its heart, our food may be the best part left.”
    This poignant statement was clearly demonstrated at the historical society picnic last week where a variety of Kentucky old-time recipes, along with a pinch of Owen County flavor, came to life.
    There was no denying member Stella Gibson’s pickled beets took the center of attention, along with Peggy Trinkle’s bean salad.

  • The rain finally came.
    After two weeks of dry weather, we got 2 inches of rain on Thursday. I can’t say that everything was turning brown, but I’m sure the grass and trees appreciated it. The gardens are all laid by, and the hay has been cut, so most everybody is ready for fall to begin.

  • As they traveled into Kentucky, early settlers brought with them what little household items they possessed, along with their livestock, their recipes and their home remedies that had been passed down from one generation to the next.
    Turpentine and kerosene were two of the most widely used ingredients in home cures. Many Owen countians recall that as children they were given a worm preventative consisting of a  teaspoon of sugar laced with a drop of turpentine.

  • The Kentucky State Fair has come and gone for another year. Wanda said she and Ray went last Tuesday in the evening to miss the heat of the day. They walked around to see some of the exhibits, among which was a 300 lb. watermelon. She said it was the biggest watermelon she had ever seen. It must have been some job getting that crop picked. Do you “pick” watermelons? I guess “harvest” would be a better word. Anyway, it was the biggest one she had ever seen.

  • They were called the “ragtag and bobtail of creation” and the Kentucky volunteers joining up to fight in the War of 1812  were in no way fashionable. Some wore large floppy hats, while others sported coonskin caps. Their pants were made of various materials from homemade linsy to buckskin, and though many wore shoes, a great number wore moccasins or went barefoot.
    According to Col. Orlando Brown, who was a child when Kentucky’s citizen soldiers rendezvoused at Georgetown, the dress of the Kentucky militia was anything but uniform.

  • At one time over 60 communities thrived amid the hills of Owen County. Each one was unique and most shared special stories that have been passed down from one generation to the next.
    An 1886 article in the Owenton Democrat described a rather entertaining story that occurred in Gratz at the dedication of the Gratz Baptist Church.