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Before The War

This was a newspaper column published in The Springfield Sun in 1926.

Before The War was a newspaper column devoted to gleanings from the lives of citizens of Springfield and Washington County before the War Between the States.

Editor’s Note:  This column will appear as a weekly Sun feature.  Our readers are invited to send copies of old letters, newspaper clippings, or data of historical nature for publication.  The only requirement is that all material sent must apply to events in the lives of citizens of Springfield or Washington County previous to the War Between the States, which began in 1861.

Pottsville Ahoy!

The following advertisement appeared in the Lebanon (KY) Post.  Issue of March 22, 1854:  Notice – The undersigned will at the May term of the Washington County Court move said Court to establish a town on the land where Pottsville is now situated, in Washington County, as shown by a survey and plat now filed in the County Clerk’s office of Washington County, and shall ask the appointment of Trustees, etc.  The boundary of the town will be seen by reference to plat.  This 20th day of February 1854 – William Burns, Johnson Stumph, Samuel Burns, William Spraggins, William Thurman, Henry Pope, Spence & Hord, J. W. Pope, James Burns, R. Jones, George Campbell, M. Martin, William Worshaw.

Time Have Speeded [sic] Up

In 1854 it took two days to get a letter from Springfield to Louisville, and three days from Lebanon to Louisville.  Starting a letter from Lebanon on Monday 12 12 o’clock, it would reach Springfield at 2, where it remained until the next day until 3, at which hour it would move on to Bardstown, and arrive there at 6.  At 10 p.m. it would leave there and arrive in Louisville at 6 o’clock on Wednesday morning.  This schedule, of course, depended upon good time and no delays.

Fire At James Clements

The farm house of James Clements, situated two miles from Springfield, was burned to the ground Sunday morning, April 9, 1854.  The family were absent at church, and when they returned in the evening, they found their dwelling house a heap of smoldering ruin.  It was believed that a hired servant, who had been left in charge, set it on fire.  This was, truly, an unfortunate circumstance as Mr. Clements, a few months before, had let to the altar a fair bride.

Small Child Burned

A small child of Mr. C. Cunningham, of Springfield, got badly scalded on Monday, April 17, 1854, by the overturning of a kettle of boiling water in its lap.  Instant medical care was given the little tot and it was soon out of danger.

Cholera In Springfield

This dread disease raged in Springfield in 1854, and there were ten or more deaths reported by the middle of June.  Citizens were frantic, and many deserted the place.  Warnings to be careful of their diet were issued to the town’s residents.  Cherries and other unhealthy fruit, as well as unripe vegetables, were to be shunned as one would poison.

Died

At his residence in Washington County on Tuesday, the 15th of August 1854, Mr. J. T. Hamilton, after a long and painful illness.  He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Heavy Rain

There was a very heavy rain in the neighborhood of Springfield on Tuesday evening, September 19, 1854.  Old timers could not remember when the community had before been visited by such a veritable cloud burst.  The creeks and branches ran in torrents, even sweeping away fences in places.

Prominent Lawyer Dies

George C. Thurman, Esq., departed this life at 9 o’clock Saturday, September 30, 1854, at his home in Springfield.  He was an excellent lawyer, and a clever, warm-hearted gentleman.  He was attacked by an immense carbuncle between his shoulders, but a week or so before he died, which defied all the acknowledged medical skill which was called to his beside.

Taken from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, Cook.

John Edwin Smith and His Two Wives

John Edwin Smith is my gr-gr-grandfather.  He was the son of Samuel E. Smith and Nancy Cusick, born March 30, 1830, in Marion County, Kentucky.

He first married Ellen Lyons, daughter of Augustine Lyons.  The marriage probably took place in Marion County, before December of 1850, when their first child, Melvina Ann Smith, my great-grandmother, was born.  The Marion County Courthouse was burned in 1863 when John Hunt Morgan came through the area.  All records before that date were destroyed.

John and Ellen had four more children, Mary Isabella, Thomas Henry, John Richard and Mary Ellen Smith.  Baby Mary Ellen was born in 1859, Ellen died September 5, 1859, possibly due to childbirth or complications thereof.  Ellen Lyons Smith was buried in St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in Marion County.  Unfortunately her stone was destroyed during a storm when trees fell and crushed it.

Harriet, wife of John E. Smith, born August 7, 1840, died October 20, 1898.  St Rose Catholic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

John Smith married Frances Harriett Carrico October 2, 1860, in Washington County, Kentucky.  She was a daughter of Pius M. Carrico and Mary Magdalene Spalding.  The couple had seven children:  James, Mary Catherine, Ann Elizabeth, George Robert, Cecilia Jane, George Washington and Victoria Mary Jane Smith.  Harriet Carrico Smith died October 20, 1898.

John E. Smith, born March 10, 1830, died February 17, 1907.

After burying two wives John Smith lived another nine years, dying February 17, 1907.  His obituary in The Springfield Sun, Washington County, names him as one of the ‘county’s best known citizens.’  It also said he was ‘born in Marion County March 10, 1830, and at one time owned a distillery in that county, and made considerable money while engaged in that business. In this connection it might be well to say that Mr. Smith was a remarkably temperate man. At the age of seventeen he signed a pledge to never again touch intoxicating beverages of any kind, and we are informed that this pledge was never broken.’  And finally the obituary ended with, ‘The deceased at one time was an extensive land owner in this county, owning 500 or 600 acres of good land, but this he divided among his children when he became incapacitated for business.  Mr. Smith was a liberal and kind-hearted man; he was a good neighbor and a kind and considerate father.’

The children surviving their father were Mrs. J. B. Carrico (my great-grandmother), J. Richard Smith, Mrs. F. M. Carrico, James E. Smith, Mrs. Barton Mattingly and G W. Smith.  Besides his children he left sixty-three grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.  What a legacy!

 

 

News from Wednesday, June 1, 1910 – The Springfield Sun

This is an old newspaper clipping from a 1941 Springfield Sun – the local newspaper for Washington County, Kentucky.  I’m sure this was one my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, saved, since it was a few years before she died – and because her mother’s death, thirty-one years previous, was listed as part of the news for June of 1910.  Other interesting tidbits were a couple of marriages, finding of the body of a missing woman, and the dedication of the capital in Frankfort!

James L. Moran and Kate Janes Moran Obituaries

James L. Moran was the son of Linton Lewis Moran and Sarah Rawlings, and the grandson of William Moran, Jr., and Susan Linton.  James married his first cousin, Martha Jane Green, daughter of William Linton and Eliza Moran, but she died within two years of the marriage.  He then married Katie E. Janes, daughter of Nathan Janes and Susan Goatley.  And, of course, the Linton’s mentioned are children of Captain John Linton.  William Moran, Jr., William Linton and Eliza Moran Linton are buried in the Linton Cemetery.  Linton Lewis Moran and Sarah Rawlings Linton are buried on Cemetery Hill in Springfield.  James L. Moran and Katie E. Janes, and her parents, are buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.  All are in Washington County, Kentucky.

An interesting fact about the birth of James L. Moran.  According to his gravestone, and in his obituary, it says he was born July 13, 1859.  But according to vital statistics he was born July 13, 1860.  Which is correct?

IMG_4569James L. Moran, July 13, 1859 – August 31, 1936.  Kate Janes Moran, his wife, January 12, 1870 – November 20, 1939.  Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery.

from The Springfield Sun, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, September 3, 1936

James L. Moran

Funeral services were held at ten o’clock Wednesday morning at Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church for Esquire James L. Moran, with burial in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.  The service was conducted by the Rev. P. J. Hunter, assisted by Rev. D. T. Brandenburg.

Mr. Moran died at three o’clock Monday morning, August 31, 1936, at the home of his son, Robert L. Moran, near Litsey, of pneumonia, which developed Saturday following a paralytic stroke with which Mr. Moran was stricken shortly after six o’clock Friday evening.  He had just returned from the livestock market here and was apparently in his usual health.  He was stricken suddenly after alighting from the auto and was carried into the home of his son.  He regained consciousness for a brief time and then lapsed into a state of coma, from which he never recovered.

Mr. Moran had been successfully engaged in farming and livestock raising in this county for many years and was a highly respected citizen of this Lincoln section.  In 1933 he was elected Magistrate in the Sixth Magisterial District and had taken a great deal of interest in the fiscal affairs of the county.  He was a Democrat of the old school but had never before sought official recognition.  It was a coincidence that his death should occur on the anniversary of the death of his only brother, William F. Moran, who died August 31, 1913.

Surviving Mr. Moran are his widow, Mrs. Katie Janes Moran, with whom he had united in marriage August 8, 1888, and two sons, Edward and Robert Moran.  A daughter, Mrs. Margaret Walker, and a son, Herbert Moran, preceded him in death.  The son of Linton and Sarah Rawlings Moran, Mr. Moran was born July 18, 1859, at the old Moran homestead near this city and had spent his entire life in this county.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and of Springfield Masonic Lodge No. 50 F. and A.M., members of the lodge having had charge of the service at the grave.

from The Springfield Sun, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, November 23, 1939

Mrs. Moran

Mrs. Kate Janes Moran, age 69, died at 10:30 o’clock Monday morning, November 20, 1939, at her home at Lincoln Park, this county, the result of a paralytic stroke suffered at 10:00 o’clock Saturday evening.  She never rallied after the stroke.

The daughter of Nathan and Susan Goatley Janes, Mrs. Moran was born and reared in this county, having spent her entire life in the immediate section surrounding her late home, which overlooks Lincoln Homestead Park and the valley leading to the early home and marriage place of Nancy Hanks and Thomas Lincoln.  In early womanhood she was united in marriage with James L. Moran, who preceded her to the grave three years ago, his death having occurred August 31, 1936, following a paralytic stroke.  Two children, Mrs. Margaret Walker and Herbert Moran, also preceded her in death.

Surviving Mrs. Moran are two sons, Edward and Robert Moran, both of this county; a brother, Edward Janes, Louisville; two half-brothers, John Janes, Louisville, and Frank Janes, this county; two half-sisters, Mrs. Charles Driscoll, Cincinnati, and Mrs. Myrtle Lamb, Louisville, and eleven grandchildren.

Mrs. Moran was a member of this Presbyterian Church [Pleasant Grove] and was a woman of many lovable traits of character that endeared her to many friends.

Funeral services were held at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon at Pleasant Grove, her pastor, the Rev. D. T. Brandenburg, preaching the sermon.  He was assisted by the Rev. R. J. Hunter, pastor of the Springfield Presbyterian Church.  Interment was in the family lot in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Indian Peace Pipe Is Found In Washington County

IMG_8930Hillsborough Church, near Willisburg, Washington County, Kentucky.

from The Springfield Sun, March 28, 1935

Curio Discovered by Willisburg Man Several Days Ago Estimated To Be More Than 150 Years Old; is Fine Speciman

Another curio came to light in Washington County a few days ago when Mr. J. C. Jenkins found an Indian peace pipe on his farm near Willisburg.  The pipe is estimated to more than 150 years old, and in spite of the fact that it has lain in the earth for over a century, is in a splendid state of preservation.

The old pipe measures 10 inches in length.  The stem is about 4 inches in circumference at the largest point and tapers down to about 1 1/2 inches at the smoking end.  At the opposite end is a neatly carved squirrel’s head.  The bowl measures 1 1/4 inches across and is 2 inches deep.  The stone from which the pipe was carved is not found in this section of the country.

It is probable that the peace pipe was once the property of an Indian chief.  In early times the Indians came to these parts for their annual hunts.  Their favorite grounds for camping during the hunting season was in the neighborhood of Hillsboro Church.  The spot where Mr. Jenkins found the peace pipe is about one mile in a straight line from the church.  Many other curios of Indian days have been found in the same neighborhood.

Mr. Jenkins brought his find to The Sun office and exhibited to a number of friends in this city.  He prizes the relic very highly.

Early Morning Blaze on Main Street in Springfield, Kentucky

The Springfield Sun, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, May 2, 1907

Fire Destroys Frame Buildings on Main Street

Heroic Work of the Fire Department Saves the Town

What has been expected by Springfield citizens for years has happened!

At about 3 o’clock this morning George B. Taylor discovered fire in the rear of his repair shop.  When the fire was discovered the flames were under much headway, and were leaping up the rear of the building.  An alarm was at once given, but by the time the fire department arrived the building was a complete mass of flames.  The fire soon spread in the adjoining buildings, all of which, with the exception of Mrs. Williams’ millinery store, were frame structures, and of light material.  It was soon seen that it would be impossible to save these buildings and the fire company gave its attention to Grundy and McIntire’s dry goods store and W. P. Lawrence’s grocery, and the fact that these buildings remain standing is evidence that the boys did good work.  In fact, it was the best and most heroic fire-fighting ever seen in Springfield – indeed as good as that ever seen by anybody, anywhere.  It seems a miracle that Grundy and McIntire’s and Lawrence’s grocery were saved.  The building occupied by Mr. Lawrence is frame, but is covered with iron.  these buildings were only saved by level-headed firemen and powerful streams of water.

The origin of the fire is unknown.  Mr. Taylor says that when he closed his store last evening there was no fire in the stove.

The fighting of this fire clearly demonstrates two things – we have the best fire department and the best system of water works in Kentucky.  Those boys of the fire department who did heroic work, so far as The Sun is able to learn are:  Chief John H. Moore, William Berry, William Roberts, Clifford Roberts, Gwinn Marks, George Robertson, Evan Hagan, Robert Marks, Robert Robards, Harry Shultz, Willie Green, Con. O’Gara and William Noe.

If The Sun has omitted any names from this honor roll certainly it is unintentional.

Boys, our hats are off to you!  You did your work well.  Through your fearlessness Springfield was saved from “the gluttony of flame” and today, by reason of your heroism, there yet remains the prettiest and most substantial portion of our city’s business houses, where, had you not stood determinedly to your duties there would have been naught but ashes, debris and smoldering fire.

And to the man behind the pumps at the power house “we doff our hats and give a cheer”.  He gave the boys behind the nozzles a mighty stream of water.

Forevermore, let naught but good be said of our water and fire companies!

The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Disastrous Fire

Early Morning Blaze on Main Street Destroys Several Business Houses

Springfield was visited early yesterday morning by one of the most disastrous fires in the history of the town and at one time it looked as if one entire block in the heart of the business part of the town would be destroyed.  By good work of the fire department however, the fire was confined to five buildings which were almost totally destroyed.  The principal losers by the fire are as follows, the loss being estimated:

Mrs. Kate Williams building partially destroyed and stock of goods and household furniture damaged.  Loss on building $1,500, damage to contents $500.  Insurance $2,000 on building alone.

W. E. Leachman stock of furniture, valued at $2,400, totally destroyed.  Insurance $800.

John Y. Mayes, undertaker, stock valued at $2,000, total loss.  No insurance.  Mr. Mayes also suffered the loss of all of his account books which will result in a great inconvenience and material loss in collecting.  The building occupied by Messers. Mayes and Leachman was owned by Mr. T. Scott Mayes.  It was valued at $2,000 and was a total lose with no insurance.

The building adjoining Mays’ owned by Messrs. I. H. Thurman and G. B. Cunningham was destroyed.  Value $2,000.  Insurance for $700.  George B. Taylor, who occupied this building, lost practically everything.  He conducted a repair shop below and lived with his family above.  He saved only a few articles of wearing apparel and carried no insurance.

Alex Adams lost contents of his restaurant including a soda fountain valued at about $200.

The old building known as the McAuliff property was occupied by Logan McPherson.  Almost everything was lost.  No insurance.

Building adjoining owned by Dr. J. M. Burton, valued at about $500 with no insurance was destroyed.  Mr. E. A. Cox who operated a photograph gallery in this building and also lived in it suffered the loss of some of his property and did not have insurance.  J. J. Graves, the jeweler who also was a rented in the same building, succeeded in saving practically all of his stock.

The next building on the east, owned by T. J. Graves, was threatened but by good work of the fire hose brigade the flames were checked at this point.  W. P. Lawrence, who owns a grocery in this building, suffered considerable damage to his stock by having it moved.  Drs. Robards and Hyatt, whose offices are on the second floor, also had considerable damage done to their furniture by having it moved from the building.

The immense stock of dry goods of Grundy and McIntire, who occupy the building on the west of the burned district was carried into the street and consequently was damaged.  The flames were checked before they reached this building.

Several large plate glass windows on the opposite side of the street were cracked by the heat from the fire.  Those to lose this way are Schultz & McElroy, McElroy & Shader and Cunningham & Duncan.

The telephone exchange, which is located on the same block, was put out of commission by the fact that the switch boards were removed and all wires disconnected.  One of the cables stretched along Main Street was also burned in two at a point opposite the fire.  Manager Dickerson informs us it will probably be three or four days before local service will be resumed.  Temporary quarters for long distance service have been established at the Walton Hotel.

The cause of the fire is a mystery.  It started at the back of Taylor’s repair shop, but whether on the outside or inside is not known.  Mr. Taylor, who lives above the shop says that he was aroused by the smoke and noise of the fire and on going downstairs found the smoke raging over the back part of the shop.  He says there had been no fire in the shop at all that day.

There is already talk of replacing the burned buildings with new ones and although it is too early to make plans, the public may confidently expect to see a row of modern business houses arise Phoenix like from the ashes of the burned district.  Springfield needs the houses and the location is a good one.

Tidbits From The Newspaper

This little piece was saved by my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery.  The obituary of her mother, Catherine Elizabeth Taylor Linton, is listed as one of the news items for that week.  Catherine was the daughter of John Cotton Taylor and Susan Clark Edwards, both Washington County pioneers who moved from Loudoun County, Virginia.  As noted, three children were left to mourn her, my great-grandmother being the youngest.  Catherine was married to Edward Edwards Linton on March 23, 1852.  He preceded her to the grave by 24 years – dying September 5, 1886, as did four daughters:  Margaret Gordon Linton, March 16, 1864 – May 17, 1865; Martha Susan Linton, March 14, 1873 – January 25, 1876; Annie Eliza Linton, December 8, 1860 – April 29, 1879; and Mary Kell Linton, March 16, 1870 – February 15, 1890.  They are all buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

This was saved by my mother from a 2006 Springfield Sun.  Rue Carrico was my grandfather.  Unfortunately he died when I was four, and I have no memories of him.  Mom says that he loved to garden – and that he did it well!  Proof is in the green beans!