Hello my friends from the “Independent State of Logan.” One of the original counties of the old British Southwest Territory, the original Kentucky Territory of the Colony of Virginia, as a recognized territory of the new State of Virginia in the new nation of the United States of America, as part of the new state of Kentucky, as part of the Confederate States of America, as a newly recognized state following it’s re-admission to the USA as a state following the “War of Northern Aggression” and as a county that eventually was divided into more than 20 counties. (At one time the county stretched all the way from Virginia and North Carolina westward to the Mississippi River.)
Many famous Logan County individuals played major roles in the history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and of our great country. We have furnished great patriots, military heroes, famous preachers, political leaders, famous doctors and probably the most colorful “Political Boss” in our state history. Our county also held one of the two most famous duels in the history of our nation – the Jackson/Dickinson Duel. In fact in the War of 1812 President Madison entrusted our nation’s most historic and precious documents to a man who hid them in Logan County until it was safe to restore them to Washington, DC.
Did you know that two young lawyers from Logan County died at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Jim Bowie another great patriot who died at the Alamo also lived in Logan County at one time. Bowie was a personal friend of Gen. Sam Houston and made the Bowie Knife famous in America.
In fact after the American Revolution started in 1776 many leaders sent their children and other family members to the “backside” of the new republic for safety. Logan County was one of the major counties that these families sought safety in. Almost every famous name in the revolution had family in Logan County. George Washington had more than 15 relatives to seek safety here. Many of the early great homes of the county came from the relocating of so many of those families here.
After the revolution, the Continental Congress drove all Indians who supported the British completely out of Kentucky. The Choctaw Indians who supported the revolution and helped protect western Kentuckians were rewarded with these Indian Lands. This actually gave safety and allies to our early settlers. It protected our state’s backside from British invasion up or down the Mississippi River.
When the British Military re-invaded America in 1812 and burned many coastal cities including Washington, DC the leaders of the republic again sent large numbers of their families westward to the safety of Logan and nearby counties.
Notice I received this message with a request to publish it. You are invited to meet with the Democratic candidate Sam Gaskins, who is running in the May, 2016, primary for Ed Whitfield’s empty seat in the US House of Representatives. He will be at the Colonial Inn on Friday April 15, 2016: 12 Noon – 2:00 P.M. Please come by, purchase a meal or desert and get to know this candidate.
You are also invited to the old courthouse on Saturday, April 16, 2016, to select a new Logan County Executive Committee. This is your opportunity to become a valuable asset to the local Democratic Party. (Note: There was no time listed in the notice. Contact Evelda Stearsman.)
The Green River Poultry Show will be held this Saturday at the county fairgrounds in Brownsville, Kentucky. The judging begins at 9 A.M. and goes till 1 P.M. There is a large entry of over 100 different breeds and 800 individual chickens. There will also be more than 100 individuals selling chickens, chicks, hatching eggs, quinines, turkeys, ducks, geese, supplies and plants. There will be a large number of young exhibitors that will be showing in the Junior Classes as well.
Hi to Nancy Jane Kinney a nice lady from Russellville, Chad Johnson a mail carrier from Omstead, all the staff at the Colonial Inn, the “Sweet Potato Grower” that eats nightly at a very good restaurant across from the Russellville High School, “Mrs. Evelyn” who writes for this paper, Editor Turner, Mrs. McKinney who lives on the top floor of the old bank in Adairville (higher up than any other building in South Logan County), all the preachers and holy people in the county, (I probably need a lot of your help) and all the sweet old ladies of the county. (I am probably older than most!)
Till next time good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.
To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email [email protected]