Logan County News

By Dick Dickerson - Logan County News

Hello Logan County! I am so proud to be here. I am setting barefooted and fancy free in my office (Egyptian Room) in Peach Blossom Hall in the middle of the county. I have been hot all day long and have the air conditioning on and have a fan going full speed in front of me. If I still had a swimming pool I think that I would be right in the middle of it. I can hardly wait till October arrives and it will hopefully get cooler.

I am thinking that we might be warm until November and possibly longer. I am not looking for another blizzard or two but I do want cooler AND I WANT IT NOW as the TV ad says.

So far we have planted 30 mums here at Peach Blossom and expect to plant 70 more. It should be a beautiful fall here. Feel free to drive by starting the 20th of this month and the mums should be blooming. (Most of last year’s froze out so we have had to replant.)

Mum time. The county high school usually sells mums about this time of year. You can call the high school office and ask. I have also bought beautiful mums just south of Adairville both last year and again this year. You go through Adairville, on the Nashville Road or Hwy. 431 S., and pass over the south branch of the Red River. You turn left at the first drive. There should be a sign up. They have raised hundreds of plants this year. They have multiple colors and the prices are very reasonable. The large size is $4 and the giant size is only $7. Be like me and come home with a car load of them.

History Lesson – When I graduated from Peabody College and Vanderbilt University I taught history, government and geography. Needless to say I love history and I love Logan County History.

To put things into a clearer perspective in the early 1700s before we gained our independence from the British we were a part of the old British Southwest Territories. Kentucky was governed by the British through the colonial government setting in Virginia. Our county boundaries ran from the borders of North Carolina and Virginia westward all the way to the Mississippi River. Native American Indians roamed at will and lived in small villages scattered in very rural areas of our state and in particular in Western Kentucky. The last known Indians living in Logan County were believed to have been a ban living just north of Adairville on the north branch of the Red River.

The British Army is known to have built military forts along the north branch of the Red River and many settlers on farms and in early villages built small forts or “stations”, as they were called, scattered throughout the county. If an Indian war party was sighted or there was an attack on a farm, the farmers could send out warnings via large cow bells set upon tall polls. (When I was a child my grandmothers would notify the men it was time to come to the house for a meal by ringing the cowbell and if there was any trouble the cowbell could be rung in a different way and neighbors would come rushing with their guns.)

The final Indian attacks on settlers in Logan County were from 1770 to 1785 when peace was finally established. Much of that fighting had been caused by the British who had been fighting to hold on to America and its’ colonies. After that time the European and colonial settlers began their treks into western Kentucky and beyond. The Indians who were allowed to remain were the ones who had sided with the settlers and fought against the British and their Indian Allies. Thank goodness my Indian ancestors were Choctaws. (The good guys!

SMILE – In a Laundromat: Automatic washing machines: please remove all your clothes when the light goes out. In a London department store: Bargain base-ment upstairs. In an office: Would the person who took the step ladder yesterday please bring it back or further steps will be taken. In an office: After tea break, staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board. Outside a second-hand shop: We exchange everything- bicycles, washing machines, etc. Why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain. Message on a leaflet: If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons. Spotted in a safari park: (I sure hope so.) Elephants, please stay in your car.

Till next time. Good night all and good night Mrs. Calabash.


By Dick Dickerson

Logan County News

To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email dickdickerson100@aol.com.

To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email dickdickerson100@aol.com.

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