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Revisiting Henderson's Past

Genealogist and Local Historian Blog Entries



Henderson Blues Henderson Blues (Wednesday, June 04, 2008)
Born in Alabama in 1873, Handy was ambitious and well-educated. After travelling to perform in the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, Handy came to work for a street repair gang in Evansville, Indiana. That year, Henderson’s Cyrus Taylor hired the...(keep reading)


Admiral Kimmel Admiral Kimmel (Wednesday, May 28, 2008)
“Kimmel stood by the window of his office at the submarine base, his jaw set in stony anguish. As he watched the disaster across the harbor unfold with terrible fury, a spent .50 caliber machine gun bullet crashed through the...(keep reading)


The Unsettled Virginian The Unsettled Virginian (Wednesday, May 21, 2008)
General Thomas Posey overcame his share of life’s hardships to become a Kentucky state senator, a Louisiana senator, and, eventually, Indiana’s last territorial governor. Born in 1750, in Fairfax County, Virginia, on a plantation adjacent to Mount Vernon, famed home...(keep reading)


Paul McDaniel Paul McDaniel (Wednesday, May 14, 2008)
It's time for another peek into the archives ...Paul McDaniel: The Rumble from RobardsWorld War II veterans vividly remember the events of August 6, 1945, but none more graphically than Henderson County native Paul William McDaniel must have. When the...(keep reading)


Mother's Day Mother's Day (Wednesday, May 07, 2008)
Photo is of Mary Towles Sasseen.Want to learn more about the origins of Mother’s Day? Come visit us in the archives at the library! You can also check out our genealogy page or read more “Revisiting Henderson’s Past” entries.

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Pete Theis Pete Theis (Wednesday, April 30, 2008)
“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of EarthAnd danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings. . .”from “High Flight,” a popular wartime poem by John G. MageeThe January 1, 1944, edition of the Henderson Morning Gleaner described Francis William “Pete”...(keep reading)


Death and the River Death and the River (Wednesday, April 23, 2008)
“Strange, indeed is the working of love in the human heart. . .” Henderson Democratic Banner – August 19, 1852, on the deaths of the Misses Mintner.Although the Ohio River has been a source of life for humans for hundreds...(keep reading)


"Mad Dog" Irvin (Wednesday, April 16, 2008)
A horrifyingly graphic scene in Henderson County in 1955 caused a community-wide stir, as three people had been brutally murdered near Geneva in what The Gleaner described as “a bloody rampage by a maniacal killer.” A muddy nearby field yielded...(keep reading)


Railroad Bridge Railroad Bridge (Wednesday, April 09, 2008)
On August 20, 1860, the first rail for the new Henderson and Nashville Railroad line was laid, but, partially because of the interruption caused by the Civil War, the bridge was not completed until 25 years later. Under the supervision...(keep reading)


Ol' Man River Ol' Man River (Wednesday, April 02, 2008)
In 1861, Captain Perkins enlisted as a river patrolman in the United States’ navy and was quickly promoted to the rank of Captain of the gunboat, the Brilliant. Though, as a native Ohioan, he sided with the Union in the...(keep reading)


1937 Flood 1937 Flood (Wednesday, March 26, 2008)
Over the past week, Henderson County has seen its share of flood waters. With the river cresting at nearly 44 feet on March 23rd, 2008, several county residents experienced property damage, as well as personal grief. However, there are some...(keep reading)


1st lady doctor 1st lady doctor (Wednesday, March 19, 2008)
As Americans, many school children learn about Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in the United States and possibly in the world. What most students do not learn is that Ms. Blackwell once called Henderson, Kentucky her home. Before she...(keep reading)


Isaac Knight Part 2 Isaac Knight Part 2 (Wednesday, March 12, 2008)
Isaac was ordinarily confined to a Lake Michigan island during the trips to port, but after hearing the boys of the family describe the ships they saw, Isaac made a point to persuade the natives that he preferred living with...(keep reading)


Isaac Knight Isaac Knight (Thursday, March 06, 2008)
When you think of tales of the white man against the Native American, what comes to mind? Custer’s Last Stand? Wild Bill Hickok? Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill? Or any number of other cowboy and Indian legends? What about the...(keep reading)


Female Seminary Female Seminary (Thursday, February 28, 2008)
According to Maralea Arnett’s book The Annals and Scandals of Henderson County, Kentucky, some of the “extras” included the following:Private lessons in elocution, singing, or music : $50 each (now $1,100)Drawing lessons : $30 each (now $660)French or German recitations...(keep reading)


Godspeed, Ms. Towles Godspeed, Ms. Towles (Wednesday, February 06, 2008)
As it turns out, the story of the journey these prints took to get here is nearly as interesting as the legendary artist himself. Henderson resident and local horticulturalist, Mr. Henry P. Barret and his wife, who owned a substantial...(keep reading)


Old Dick Fiddler Old Dick Fiddler (Tuesday, January 29, 2008)
According to the legend, Dick, a slave on the Henderson plantation in the early part of the 19th century, was known as Dick Fiddler because of his prodigious talent on the stringed instrument. In fact, Master Henderson, who knew that...(keep reading)


Extraordinary Citizen Extraordinary Citizen (Tuesday, January 22, 2008)
In high school, Darrell excelled in his studies, earning honors at national science fairs. He attended Louisiana State University, pursuing his undergraduate degree in entomology. These studies were what attracted him to some hands-on research in the Brazilian rainforests in...(keep reading)


American Gangsters American Gangsters (Wednesday, January 16, 2008)
It was July 7, 1946, and the headline of the Sunday Gleaner and Journal read “2 Chicago Gangsters Nabbed in Henderson.” It is easy to imagine that the town’s residents were aghast as they read the story of the early...(keep reading)


The Hinterland The Hinterland (Wednesday, January 09, 2008)
What do you imagine Henderson was like in its frontier days over 200 years ago? According to the account of Samuel Hopkins, sent here in 1797 to survey and prepare the land for the Transylvania Company, the land, though wild...(keep reading)


Christmas at war time Christmas at war time (Tuesday, December 18, 2007)
As Christmastime approaches and visions of iPods and Wiis blissfully dance in children’s heads, we fill the aisles of the nearest supercenters, searching for those “must have” items and gluttonously packing our carts to the brims. We stand by and...(keep reading)


Claims to fame Claims to fame (Wednesday, December 12, 2007)
It has often been said that every town has its claim to fame in one fashion or another. For instance, Tampico, Illinois, claims 40th President Ronald Reagan as its most famous native. Bradford, Vermont, claims to have produced the first...(keep reading)


Jackson/Audubon Portrait Jackson/Audubon Portrait (Tuesday, December 04, 2007)
Hundreds daily pass by the familiar portrait of the valiant General Andrew Jackson hanging in the New York City Hall. Few, though, suspect the truth behind the John Vanderlyn painting and its link to our very own Henderson. The story,...(keep reading)


Young E. Allison Young E. Allison (Tuesday, November 27, 2007)
Prior to his career as a famed poet, writer, and journalist, native Hendersonian Young Ewing Allison (1853-1932), who composed the preceding lines, had created a local legacy of his own. The author, who, as a child, resided on the north...(keep reading)


Stovepipe Johnson Stovepipe Johnson (Wednesday, November 21, 2007)
Many have heard the tales of how Civil War General Thomas Jackson stood “like a stone wall” at the First Battle of Bull Run, earning him the most recognized nickname of the Civil War. You may also know of the...(keep reading)