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A Glimpse of the Past

Dr. S. H. Flowers

Dr. Samuel H. Flowers was born in 1902 in Logan County Kentucky and served as the doctor for the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company from August 1934 to October 1936 when he left for the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine to study surgery. Below is an excerpt from his memoirs regarding his life…

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Cumberland Falls State Park

My mother, Glenna E. Martin, worked at the Cumberland Falls Restaurant in 1952 prior to her marriage to my father, Elvis Dean Kidd. Lasting friendships and memories were made amid the hustle and bustle of work and the natural beauty of the park. Mom enjoyed her work at Cumberland Falls and often commented on the…

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R. L. Stearns Wholesale Distributors

Stearns, KY May 26, 1939 Top Row L-R: Angel?, Foster Sullivan, Eugene King, Pauline Spencer, E. S. Heth, Opal Story, Rankin Powell, R. W. Orme, Bob Owens? Bottom Row L-R: Marvin Eblem(n) or Ran Theater?, Wolford Martin, J. C. Howard, John Chitwood, Howard Bryant We are seeking assistance from our readers regarding the correct name…

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Pine Knot Banking Company October 1906-February 1924

The Pine Knot Banking Company was founded October 6, 1906 by J. L. Harmon, J. W. Hutchison, John West, P. M. Stephens, and W. B. Creekmore. The bank was an impressive building and the first brick building in what later became McCreary County. The bank was in continuous operation from 1906 until February 1924. At…

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Meadows Family circa 1933, Smithtown, KY

L-R: Jane Bryant Meadows (stirring); Lewis E. Meadows (partially hidden); Artie Meadows; Jesse Meadows (baby); Irene Meadows Jones, wife of George Jones, holding baby; Kelsie Meadows (stirring), Ted Bryant (partially hidden by smoke), and Johnny Meadows Last week the McCreary County Museum shared a picture of a sorghum (molasses) stir-off from Nevelsville circa 1933. The…

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Sorghum (Molasses) Stir-Off

As a young girl, I was thrilled when my grandpa and grandma, John and Otie Ball Martin, took me to the sorghum stir-off on the farm of Fred Martin, grandpa’s youngest brother. The old horse would plod along lackadaisically in a circle turning the press used to distract the liquid from the cane stalks that…

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Stearns Coal and Lumber Company Timekeepers

August 10, 1941   The position of timekeeper was an important one since they logged the time employees of the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company worked, including overtime, and forwarded this information to the payroll department. This picture of the timekeepers was taken Sunday, August 10, 1941, at the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company Corporate…

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Nevels Service Station in Greenwood, KY

Travelers along US 27 in Greenwood often comment on the architecture and beauty of a building that sits off the road, especially the design and brickwork. Robert Cohen, with RC Media Services Inc, took this photograph and contacted the McCreary County Museum to inquire about the building’s history. The history is impressive as is the…

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Alonzo Stephens

Master Moonshiner and Loving Family Man Alonzo was born to Carter and Tabitha Stephens in the Stearns mining town of Barthell on October 10, 1916. He joined the Army during WWII and served as a military policeman, having the honor of being one of the MP’s assigned to guard both Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and…

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