Hello Logan County!!!!!!! I am so glad to be able to be writing this weekly article. The latest Vanderbilt Cancer center report last week reports that my little health problem remains in a tight remission. I feel great and think like I was still in my 20s or 30s. (My body is a little slower but the old mind is still going strong!)
Last night I read a message on Facebook regarding Lon Sosh aka “Big Daddy Bobaloo.” I must admit that I was one that became a fan of “Big Daddy.” His 50 plus years in broadcasting is a feat met by very few. Lon was one of those folks that broadcasting and his rapport with his listening audience was his life.
Lon began his long career at WRUS Radio and ended it there. I remember following and old and tired Lon into the radio station one day. He could hardly walk and labored with every step; yet five minutes later when the mike went on and he was live of WRUS Lon came alive! He was laughing, joking and singing along with one of the records he was playing. What an entertainer! One minute he was telling a new joke which made you laugh but think, did he just say that? The next minute he was talking religion or singing along with the Oakridge Boys. Radio made Lon tick and he in turn made us feel good.
Do you know who John Littlejohn was? Not the musician of a few years back but the fellow in American history. If you go to the Russellville town square there is a historical marker about him. Since I taught American History for a number of years I know what and important thing he did in history. To learn more I went on line and did a little reading and even found some of his descendants who were willing to talk about him.
Back in the early 1800s when Logan County was becoming a place of destination for early settlers from the former colonies; the British attempted to recapture America. Early on they were having success capturing cities and were marching on Washington, D.C. which they eventually took and burned. President Madison asked Rev. John Littlejohn to accept a very important and highly secretive task. He was to flee Washington, DC with our young country’s most precious documents. The Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and many other precious documents were rolled up, put into containers, hurriedly placed in Littlejohn’s wagon and rushed out of Washington just before the British arrived and started sacking and burning the city.
Littlejohn and his family fled hundreds of miles to the far west and the backside of the new country, to Logan County, Kentucky. There they settled into a little house in the south part of the county near Adairville. Just think. All of our countries’ most precious documents hidden in an attic in a farm house in our county.
After the British were defeated in 1814 and went back home, America’s most precious documents were returned to Washington and their place of honor. Rev. Littlejohn became one of the famous Methodist Ministers in our young country and had a real influence on our county and surrounding areas.
Announcements & Other – One of the best kept secrets in Logan County is the gift shop located in the C & J Mulch Office on Hwy. 431 S out of Russellville or 3100 Nashville Road. If I had not been down to buy mulch I would never have known about this great shop. Kaye Moss has been there for eight years and is a wonderful salesperson. There is just about anything you need as a gift. For more information call 726-2638.
Two nice young men are visiting in our county for a short time. They are Elder Blake Sykes and Elder Daniel Stange. They are LDS Missionaries who are doing their two year service in Kentucky. What nice young men. I admire their courage in taking on this wild frontier of Logan County. Our folks are generally very nice and please give them a friendly reception. Their phone is 615-579-7565. I have never been to one of their churches but have studied about them in the history of our nation.
Seniors Beware – There are men knocking on doors offering “deals” on roofing and paving. Don’t contract with them. Don’t give them any money. They are scamming or cheating senior citizens. Be wise and keep your money.
Don’t forget the Red River Fish & Game Habitat’s 50 anniversary fish fry Saturday September 26 in Adairville. The great event starts at 5 pm. There will be a great meal, lots of friendly people, entertainment, an auction, door prizes, $2,000 in cash given away and a whole lot of fun at this very special event. Tickets are only $20 which feeds two. Children 12 and under eat free (hot dog dinner.)
Time to go. Good night sweet people, the county fair board, the county tourism commission, you and Mrs. Callabash where ever you are.
To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email email@example.com.