Monday, February 23, 2015

Casad and Clear Pond

I've written before how people's names and items of interest have been used to create names for post offices, roads and communities.  One of these long ago places was Casad, Ky.  What as odd name, and how did a post office and community become to be known by this name.

Some tidbits of information I found in the old Crittenden Presses led me to, what I think is the answer, to how Casad got it's name.   From the Crittenden Press, Aug. 8, 1897, it told that Mr. M. F. Casad of Cave-In-Rock was in town Monday.  He came over to perfect arrangements for putting up a mill on the R. N. Walker place, a mile this side of the River.  At the time the land was owned by Robert N. Walker.

Casad is located off Hwy. 91 North about a mile on the Easley Road.  In the early 1900's this was the location of a general merchandise store and also where the post office was located.  There was also a grist mill located next to the general store.  The mill was known as Casad's mill since Mr. Casad had built the grist mill.   

In 1915 when the post office was established for the section, it would be the natural thing to do to name it Casad as it would be located in the general store located next to the mill.  By now the surrounding area would be known as Casad.   Mr. F. M. Casad is buried in the Cave Hill Cemetery in Cave-In-Rock, Ill, just across the Ohio River. 

This area was also known for it's numerous naturals ponds.  The ponds were know for miles around and folks would travel here by horse and wagon to enjoy a day of picking and fishing around the waters.  The starting of these ponds were started by sink holes that had become stopped up. 

Clear Pond, in the picture above, was one of the larger ponds, it was also the scene of many baptizing form the area churches.  It was a very popular fishing place, and in later years 4-H camp would be held here and even a church service or two was known to have taken place here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Civil War Story - The Blackberry Cobbler

Many incidents happened during the period of the Civil War that we will never know, perhaps even in some of our own ancestors life's.  A few incidents are known as they were handed down from generation to generation.  These stories are priceless to our history.

Here is a true story shared with me by Miss Helen Moore, who is now 95 years old.  It's titled "The Blackberry Cobbler."   Brownie Moore was her father.

Brownie Moore stood beside the kitchen table as he was being tantalized by the delicious smell of a blackberry cobbler that had just been taken out of the oven.  Brownie had gotten up early that June morning and picked the blackberries.  Now he could hardly wait to taste the pie.

Just then the salve boy, who was suppose to keep a lookout during the day for raiders, came running into the kitchen saying riders were seen coming.

It was Brownie and the slave boy's job to take what stock they had left to the woods behind the house and hide them there until the raiders were gone.

Brownie started out the door to help hide the animals, when he turned and ran back in the kitchen and grabbed up the blackberry cobbler saying, "I'm not going to let any raiders have my pie," and off he ran with his prized Blackberry Cobbler. 

The raiders came and searched the house.  They emptied out the flour barrel and found the silver that Brownie's mother, Nancy, had hidden in the bottom of it.  One of the men said, "Won't you women ever learn that the flour barrel is the first place we look for valuables.  All you women hide your silver in the bottom of a barrel."

The raiders took all the food and valuables they could find, but Brownie had saved his Blackberry Cobbler.

Robert Moore, Jr. and his wife, Nancy, had moved from Orange Co. North Carolina to Kentucky in 1834 and settled on a farm, on a high hill in what is now Crittenden County, about four miles west of Marion.  Today it is known as Moore Hill.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Train Wreck

Exciting days when the big black locomotives ran through Crittenden County, wheels turning and black smoke bellowing from the smoke stack.  So much history lost when the rails were removed forever in 1999.  

I'm sure there were many accidents and incidents caused by the big trains, but few were reported or written about in the local paper.  A few photos were taken of some of the wrecks and here is one of them.

Crittenden Pres, Feb. 1938.  Broken Rail Causes Wreck.  Six cars leave track early in the morning on thru freight from Evansville to Princeton.

A broken rail was the cause of a wreck of a thru freight on the Illinois Central lines about one mile south of the city early Monday morning.

Six cars left the track and three of them overturned.  The cars leaving the track and not overturing were loaded with coal while those overturning were loaded with starch, wheat, and potatoes.

None of the train crew were injured as the freight was reportedly moving at a slow rate of speed when the accident occurred.

The train, a thru freight from Evansville to Princeton, had left the local yards about two in the morning and the derailment occurred several minutes later.

A wrecking crew and crane were on the scene within a short time and traffic was not delayed as a result.

The damage was estimated at several thousands of dollars.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Cochran Co. Implement Day

Cochran's Implement Day started in 1911.  It was a big day for Marion.  It drew is many people from the county and also surrounding counties.  The day was filled with all kinds of new farm equipment for the farmers to view and ask questions about, and hopefully purchase before the day was over.  There would be contests of all kinds, including produce and stock.  Who had the best and the largest. 

In March 12, 1937, the paper announced that after a lapse of several years, the Implement Day would be coming back.   The day was sponsored by T. H. Cochran Co., and they were going to have a special representative to speak on the advances made in various types of farm equipment.

The feature of the day will be a display of the famous Farmall tractors and a line which the company has handled for many years.  These tractors will be on display at the new warehouse located just south of the Hardware store.

A factory representative of Red Spot Paint & Varnish Co., will be in attendance and advise all as to the proper types and grades of paints and varnished to use on buildings and structures.  T. H. Cochran was one of the founders and original stockholders of the company.

For the ladies a stove demonstration on The Perfection and Boss oil stoves.  With a sample of "Good biscuits and coffee" produced on the stove.  Two well-known ladies will provide the cooking skills.

Souvenirs will be given during the day and all courtsties shown to visitors whether they be in the market for implements, products, tractors, or paints.

It is a day when Cochran & Co. play host to this section and it has therefore been a day long looked forward to by all.

It must have been exciting day.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Weston Early School Days

An interesting article from the Crittenden Press, dated Nov. 30, 1916, about some fun times at one of our little county schools many years ago.  This is a picture of the old Weston School House.  It was probably made a few years before the school was torn down.  It must have been a full house on the night of the Pie Supper.

One of the most enjoyable school affairs of the season was a pie supper at the Weston school, Nov. 24th. 

 A cake was sold for the prettiest girl.  The candidates were Miss Mary Ainsworth, a very pretty and charming young lady from Hebron and Miss Ruby Sturgeon, one of Weston's most beautiful girls, and Miss Mae McDowell, one of Cave-in-Rick's favorite girls. 

The votes cast for Miss Ainsworth were 460, for Miss Sturgeon 365, and for Miss McDowell 6. (That is a lot of votes cast in all)

There were fourteen pies sold which brought $15.50.  

The play entitled "Mrs. Briggs of the Poultry Yard," given by the older pupils created much laughter and amusement among the company.

Miss Ruby Hughes as Mrs. Briggs, a very poor widow; Charley Hughes & James Riley as Ralph and Jimmy Briggs her sons; Misses Beulah Walker and Mabel Gahagen as Melissa and Alvira Briggs, her daughters; Pink Rankin as Silas Green, a near relative; Miss Winnie Walker was Mandy Bates her cook; Charley Collins as Mr. Lee a very weatlhy gentleman; Miss Ruby Gahagen, as Virginia Lee his daughter; Miss Lillian Bennett as Daisy Thornton her friend; Mrs. O'Connor, an Irish woman who has no liking for goats, was played by Miss Ruby Sturgeon.

The play was directed by the teacher, Miss Juliet Pope, and was said to be one of the best plays Weston school has ever had as yet.

Hurrah for Weston, she is climbing higher every year.  We are all proud of our school boys and girls and also our teacher.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Marion's Kiwanis Club

It seems in the early 1900s-1920s, Marion had a lot of enthusiastic young and older men a like that were very civic minded and were always willing to work for their town and community.  They were always working together to make Marion a better place to live and a better working environment.  

One of the organizations that was formed to help these causes was the Kiwanis Club.  It was formed in May of 1923.

 Along with their hard work for the community, the members also enjoyed some fellowship together, such as the crowd that attended a Kiwanis Barbecue picnic.

From the files of The Crittenden Press, comes some history of the organization.

Another one of Marion’s Community Minded organizations was the Kiwanis Club. It received its charter in May of 1923.
May 4, 1923 – Marion Kiwanis Club
The Marion Kiwanis Club met on Friday evening of last week for their “Charter Party” and a splendid program had been arranged for the occasion. The meeting was also turned into ladies’ night. The district governor made the presentation at the banquet.

The Marion Orchestra furnished music for the occasion. The Kiwanis Club Quartet sang several selections and Misses Guess and Mrs. Newton Moore entertained with some musical numbers.
During the course of the dinner there was prize drawing for the ladies. Each Kiwanian gave some prize for the occasion. At the plates for souvenirs were memo books with the Kiwanis emblem for the ladies and match boxes with the emblem for the men.

Clem S. Nunn resided at the meeting and as soon as the banquet had been served, introduced Hon. Charles T. Gilbert of Nashville, District Governor of the Kiwanis International.
Mr. Gilbert gave a splendid address, explaining what Kiwanis was and its work and how the Club became organized and received its name, and at the conclusion of the address presented President L. E. Crider with the Charter. 

This was followed by a speech by Mr. Crider accepting the Charter, and outlining the work that the local club will undertake and has undertaken to accomplish. Our motto is “We Build” and our principle endeavor is to build our community to its highest level.

The hall was decorated in the Kiwanis colors and Kiwanian hats and been passed around in the beginning of the party so everyone present could not help but have the Kiwanis spirit.

During the dinner Secretary Bourland read the several telegrams from the various clubs welcoming the local organization into their large family.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Preserving and Displaying Your Family Heirlooms and Photographs

The Crittenden County Genealogy Society met this past Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015.  For this month's programs we did a show and tell of "How you preserve and display your family heirlooms and photographs."  It turned out to be an interesting and informative meeting.

 First to show and tell was member, Jean Owen.

Jean had taken a family hand-saw from her husband's family that lived in Caseyville, Ky. 

On the blade she attached a county farm scene from wall paper.   She painted the wooden handle blue to match her room colors.  She then hung the saw on the wall and made a display with other family items.
A family heirloom now a show piece in their home for all the family to enjoy.

 Member Rita Owen Travis, collects antique picture frames that are different and unique.  These are frames that are attached together by a swinging bar in the frame.

In this collection she has pictures of some of her great grandparents.  

At her home she has more of these frames and family photos together to make a large display.

  This is your truly with a prized family treasurer.

The one of a kind picture frame was made for me by my father, Billie Travis.

Inside the frame is a Cross-Stitch Book Marker made especially for me by my daughter, Tina Underdown Laurie.  The marker says "I Love You, Mom"  Stitched by Tina. 

The marker was suppose to be used, but it was too pretty to be pressed between the pages of a book, so it became a wonderful wall hanging.

Fay Carol Crider has preserved her mother's side of the family in a picture/scrapebook.

In it she has family pictures, newspaper articles, obituaries and other family memorabilia.

All items labeled and dated for anyone that will be interested in the future.

Member Steve Eskew shared a few of his many family photos.  He
takes old yellowed and faded photographs and enhances them on his computer.  Steve suggests typing the photo's information on address labels and attaching them to the back of the photos, as sometime the ink from pens doesn't do well on the photograph paper.

He also has picture albums on his computer web-stite where he arranges all his family photos.

Don Foster shared some family military photos and a good way to arrange them in a frame to be displayed so all can see and appreciate the family heritage.