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Main Street Harrodsburg – Circa 1860

In Mr. A. B. Rue’s book – Historical Sketch of Mercer County, Kentucky – published in 1904 for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (better known as the 1904 World’s Fair), I found drawings of the east and west side of Main Street, Harrodsburg, produced around 1860 by Henry Junius.  There is a corresponding key to give information about the shops and owners of this time period.

According to his obituary, Henry Junius came to Harrodsburg in 1855 when a young man, and engaged in the hardware and tin business.  He would know quite well the other merchants and goings on in the ‘city’.

Most of the people on this list are buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg.  Some were descendants from the earliest pioneers of the town, others came from far away lands.

John VanAnglin died March 31, 1881 according to an early Harrodsburg newspaper.  He was considered an ‘old’ citizen in that year.  Daniel Curry, grocer, died in 1901.  Otto Redwitz died April 6, 1904.

Obituary of Mrs. Martha Canada

The Sayings, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

July 15, 1896

Mrs. Martha Canada, one of our oldest and most respected citizens, died, Saturday, July 11, at her late home on Lexington Street.  For three weeks, confined to her bed and never once heard to murmur, she waited with true Christian resignation for the summons to come; and when it did come, she fell asleep, as it were, in the arms of Jesus, as an infant on the bosom of its mother.  She was born in Richmond, Virginia, March 4, 1810; and when quite an infant, came to Kentucky with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Trower, who located a mile and a half west of Harrodsburg.  In her early womanhood she marred Mr. Henry Canada, with whom she lived happily for more than forty years.  Since his death, January 11, 1876, she has made her home with her daughter.  No kinder neighbor, more affectionate wife and mother, nor faithful and pious Christian ever lived in this locality.  It can be said, in truth, that none knew her but to love her – none named her but in praise.  She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Amanda Robertson, wife of Mr. J. Creth Robertson, and one granddaughter, Mrs. Sallie McGarvery, wife of Mr. Frank McGarvery, to mourn the loss of the best of mothers.  She was a life long member of the M. E. Church and a most faithful Christian.  Dr. C. K. Marshall conducted the funeral Sunday, 4 o’clock p.m., at her late home, and the interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery.