Hello Logan Countians! I am so glad to be alive and a resident of this very special place in Kentucky. A place I am happy to call home. I love history because I know how important it is to our lives – to our past, present and future. Logan County is one of the great historical counties of our state.
I love talking to our older seniors and hearing about things they remember. Do not wait too long. Get your kids and interview older relatives. Hurry, hurry before it is too late and their memories are lost. If you are the oldest senior then call your kids and grand kids and have them come over and record some of your family stories and history. It will mean a lot to them later as they grow older.
Three cheers for our public library system in Logan County. I could spend every day in one of our county libraries – if I just had the time. I would like to live 20 or 25 more years and then some so I can learn and do more. What a wonderful place to learn in.
100 Years Ago – It may be hard to believe that a scan 100 years ago ——- The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven. Only 14 percent of the homes in the USA had a bath tub. (Most everyone used tubs of some sort.) Only 8 percent of the homes had telephones. A three minute call from Denver to New York City was $11. There were only 5,000 cars in the USA and 144 miles of paved roads. The average speed limit was 10 mph. Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky all had populations larger than California. The tallest building in the world was the Eiffel Tower. The average wage in the nation was 22 cents per hour. The average worker in the country made between $200 and $400 per year. More than 95% of all births in America took place at home.
90% of the doctors in the country had no college education, instead, they attend short courses at usually very substandard medical schools. Sugar cost 4 cents a pound. Eggs were 14 cents per dozen. Coffee was 15 cents a pound. Most women washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo. The five leading causes of death in the USA were 1. Pneumonia and influenza, 2. Tuberculosis, 3. Diarrhea, 4. Heart disease & 5. Stroke. The American Flag had only 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska had not been admitted to the Union yet. The population of Los Vegas was 30 humans and a few animals. Most were ranchers and their families.
A Little History —— Did you know that during the American Revolution Logan County was on the very back side of the colonies and territories. What was considered the new USA only ran to the Mississippi River. Many prominent revolutionaries, signers of the Declaration of Independence, politicians, military people, members of the Continental Congress and the like were on the British hit list. This included the families of nearly all who fought against the British. For safety sake many of the leaders sent their extended families as far west as possible to take them out of harm’s way. Thus, Logan County and other western Kentucky counties gained many new settlers or people gaining safety. Historically families try to flee the fighting areas. Thus, some 20 plus relatives of George Washington fled to Logan County. This was the case for many other prominent families of the “Revolution”.
As a side note I would mention that the Choctaw Indians were one of the few tribes that sided with the revolutionaries. Most of the other tribes sided with the British. Thus the Choctaws protected the colonies backside against the British invading by way of the Mississippi River. The new American Government rewarded the Choctaws for their loyalty by giving thousands of areas of land to that tribe and removing the Indians who had sided with the British. This was invaluable when the British returned some 25 years later and tried to take back their lost colonies. Not until 1814 did they finally leave.
National Do Not Call Registry ——- Several of you have asked me to repeat the information on setting up the National Do Not Call Registry for your phone number. If you are getting unwanted phone calls from various businesses then here is what you can do. Call 1-888-382-1222 or go on line at National Do Not Call Registry. The system is intended to give U.S. consumers an opportunity to limit the telemarketing calls they receive. You can register both your land line and your cell phone. Most non-profit charities are exempted from the law.
Please support your local fire department. Many fire departments in the county are volunteer units. Call your local government and find out what you can do to give support. The volunteers need our strong support.
Logan Chick is our county executive and I believe he does a mighty good job. I see him at so many events. He gives of his time and his money. He shows a true interest in all areas of our county. I have observed him in action as well and I am most impressed by his fairness. His wife is very supportive and I see her at most events throughout the county. Three cheers for Logan Chick and his lovely wife.
Weight loss up to date is 51 lbs. I am planning on another 51 lbs. for a total of 102 lbs. I am planning to make it by Christmas if not sooner. I count calories.
Time to go. 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]