May 26 2015

United Methodist Church

To friends and members of the Cloverport United Methodist Church;

We are indebted to a number of people and several sources for the brief history we have of our church. Chief of these sources is Mr. Edward Gregory’s (1863-1939) writings of local history published in the Breckinridge News in 1922 and preserved by his daughter Mrs. Frank Smith. Other material furnished by Mrs. Harold Askins, Bill Thompson, Marcus Whitler, Mary McKnough, Mrs. Lonnie Basham, Elmer Higgenbotham. Assistance given by Virginia Hinton, Archivist, Breckinridge County. Reprints from Breckinridge News and Herald News. Property deeds from the Breckinridge County Court House.

Some of the history we know of United Brethren Church is found on sheet loaned by Mrs. Harold Askins and page 7 of newspaper reprints.

Presbyterians history is found on pages 1 and 5 of newspaper reprints and in old Breckinridge County deeds.

– #1 signed on 25 December 1860
– #2 signed on 26 September 1889

It is interesting to note that the three daughters of Eliza Huston Murray, the second wife of Col. David R. Murray, gave land (Lot #16) Third Cross road and Wall Street (NE Corner of Main at present day [1990] caution light at 300 block) to establish a church of worship for the Presbyterian Church. This gift was given in 1860 with the stipulation that it could be exchanged for other property of equal or greater value should the trustees deem it advisable. This was done (that is the exchange) for property located on North side of East Main, at First Cross Road. Now 127 East Main – they first had worshiped in Col. Murray’s Store House the deed signed on 26 day of September 1889 by David R. Murray, Charles May, Hiram Wiley and Thomas Satterfield. There have been two buildings on same lot in as much as first one built after move from Murray warehouse, burned in 1901 town fire.

The first church built in Cloverport was log cabin that met the needs for a school building and was used by both the Methodist and Baptist folk for their own particular persuasion. The Baptist organized in 1829 and built their first church building after using the meeting house for some 9 or 10 years the Methodist folk organized their people in 1840, purchased a lot on the south side of East Huston Street between 2nd and 3rd Cross Roads present day address of this building lot is at 318 East Huston Street. Bessie and Charles Pate are owners of the church building at present time (1990) and make their home there. Later a new church was built on Elm Street on lot 383, purchased in 1871 from Elvira, (the first wife of John D. Babbage) Breckinridge News owner and publisher and Mr. Babbage. This building burned in town fire of 1901 and a second one was built on same lot and foundation. This second church burned in 1943.

The congregation used the second floor of the Simon’s Building (Higgenbotham’s Store) for two years until the old drug store and bank building on NE corner of Main and Elm could be renovated and dedicated on August of 1945. This church was dedicated with considerable pomp and ceremony and was renamed the Grant Memorial Church to honor Rev. W. A. Grant, the minister.

Later the congregation purchased three separate lots (#218, #219 and lot #305) in the Haddock Addition off of Elm Street at the south end of Cloverport and decided in a composite tract of land containing 4204 acres of land on the 29th day of December 1972 for the sum of $13,500. The trustees of the United Methodist Church, at the time, were Harold Askins, Leander Bruner, Forest Robertson, Baldwin Basham and the late Dr. Earl S. Buchele.

This is the home of the United Methodist Church at the present time. The members of the Lucille Memorial Presbyterian Church, the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Grant Memorial Methodist Church united on June 17, 1971 to become the United Methodist Church.

It is the desire of those working on the history of the church to explore and search further and at greater length as many sources can be found.

Uncompleted work is being done in order to confirm or deny the tradition that the log meeting house was moved to the corner of Wall and Cherry Streets. The frame house that stood for many years and was known for years as the Henry Solbrag (spelling?) house later as the home of Lawrence Early’s family was torn down in 1914. A log house was found in the inside walls of one of the rooms. There are those living who had been told of the existence of a log house and when the outside walls were removed it was confirmed. The last searching of deeds was done on Monday, September 10, 1990. It is believed that the lot #37 was a parcel inherited by Margaret Scott, daughter of Liza Huston Murray (Mrs. David R. Murray) from her mother’s estate. The house was town down by Edward Pate, Cloverport and one of the logs forms the mantle of fireplace of his son’s, Charles Pate, new home.

In order to locate the site of the old meeting house one should walk along the west property line south of Mrs. Clarence (Erma) Beavin’s property at 516 Murray Avenue (Highway #60) approximately 139 feet then crossing a not too well established 25 foot street running East and West then some 150 feet or more South. A depression in earth will establish the center of the old Scott Cemetery. This was the first burial place of early Joesville. It predates the old Murray Graveyard on East Main and Cherry Streets north side, in as much as Murray Graveyard was first used in 1831. The Scott Cemetery occupied lot #1 of Section C of the land now shown as Vesta Court the old meeting house first used by Baptist and Methodist folk and as a school room was on property line of lots #2 and #3. In a statement made in June 1990 at Breckinridge County Court House, Mr. Frankie Roberts told how when these lots of section C of Vesta Court were bulldozed that human bones surfaced.

Mr. Earl Beavin of 518 Murray Avenue remarked that he remembers the old chimney that belonged to old meeting house standing although it has now fallen. In searching further the history of early meeting house those interested hope to rediscover the old spring that furnished water for the school and meeting house. The spring and standing chimney are spoken of by Mr. Edward Gregory’s writings; he tells that after the Methodist built their first church in 1840, the meeting house was used by the black people and the Rev. Bill Orum would preach for them.

On page #4, Mr. Gregory writes was later used to store grain and later when Rev. Cottrell came to take charge of the church on Elm Street built 1871 that the old church on East Huston Street was remodeled to serve as parsonage of Methodist Church.

In 1907, lot #8 was purchased and a new parsonage for Methodist parsonage which now serves the ministers of the United Methodist Church. Mr. H. A. Olze, John D. Babbage, John T. Patterson, J. C. Rolte (spelling?) and A. R. Fisher were the trustees at the time.

Much more research must be done on the histories of the three churches united to form the United Methodist Church. The work is on going. However, one will never know the true and complete history of any of the separate churches or the one united church in as much as the history and ongoing service has been and is carried on daily by dedicated folk while not serving in secrecy, yet, little or nothing is learned of their services. We do know we are blessed to be a part of such an endeavor.

Additional Comments:
Copyright (c) 2006 by Robert Haviland.

[Speech written by Grace Plank Behen Bandy, member of the Cloverport United Methodist Church, was donated to the Breckinridge County Archives on October 31, 2006.]

May 23 2015

The Railroad in Cloverport

Brothers Total 133 Years of Service With The L. & N.

February 19, 1953

The three sons of the late Mr. and Mrs. Marion Behen, Hovious M., Lafe J., and Ira D. Behen, now retired, have amassed the amazing total of 133 years of railroad work. They started with the Louisville, Henderson, and St. Louis Railway (then called the “Texas” as the original name had been Louisville, St. Louis, and Texas) around the turn of the century, when apprentice machinists were paid the munificent salary of 5 cents an hour, with an annual raise to 7 ½, 15, and 20 cents, and agents helpers received $9 a month. Mechanics then earned 33 an hour and now about $2.00. The brothers who incidentally, have always made Cloverport their home, mention names still familiar here. One general foreman, N. Cordrey, still lives in Cloverport. Others mentioned were P. D. Plank (father-in law of one brother), Harry S. Hills, B. Randall, F. J. Ferry and his son, F. C. Ferry, Charles Randall, Harry Williams, and R. R. Pierce, father of Wallace, Allen, Vivian, Robert, and Fred Pierce.

Hovious Behen, eldest of the three brothers, started work in October, 1898 as an agent’s helper, later becoming agent in charge at Cloverport, and he was operator at the shops for a while. Although he worked in Owensboro for a few months, his length of service was six months over 50 years, so that he has made the unusual record of working in one town for fifty years. He retired April 1, 1949, and was given a diamond button in appreciation of his long service. He and Mrs. Behen, the former Miss Allie Haynes, have one daughter, Mrs. Adolph Kuechler of Phoenixville, Penna., and one granddaughter, Marion Kuechler.

Lafe Behen, the next brother in point of age, started work in December, 1898, as an apprentice machinist, then machinist, shop foreman, and storekeeper in charge of receipt and issue of supplies. It was when he had the misfortune while working as a machinist to lose the sight of his left eye that he was transferred to the store room. When the Cloverport shops closed he was given charge of a group of roundhouse men at South Louisville. He retired in 1932. He and Mrs. Behen, the former Miss Ann Bonner, are at present vacationing in Texas.

The youngest brother, Ira Behen, also started work as an apprentice machinist. Later he had several supervisory positions and went with the L. & N. to Louisville in 1929, working in the general office. At the time of his retirement, January 15, 1953, he was a member of the staff of the superintendent of machinery. At that time he received a gold 21 jewel Hamilton watch, known as a railroad man’s watch, with an inscription on the back in his own handwriting, giving his name and the facts. He and Mrs. Behen (the former Miss Grace Plank, daughter of the aforementioned P. D. Plank) have a daughter, Mrs. Maurice Bandy of Cloverport, and two sons, David Behen of Chicago, and John Behen of Elizabethtown, and five grandchildren, Maurice Edward, Mary Alice, and John David Bandy, and John Nelson and Mary Emily Behen.

“Mr. Ira” hung up an even fifty years of service before his retirement.

Even after his transfer to Louisville, Mr. Ira never moved but commuted back and forth. The past few years he commuted daily riding the early train to work and the evening “accommodation” to Cloverport. He was known as the finest sleeper on the train – he was generally asleep by the time the up train cleared the Tile Plant and usually before the evening train left 10th Street Station. This made about 4 1/2 hours of daily travel time, and Mr. Behen said he never could have done it by automobile!

May 22 2015

History Tour with Grace Bandy

Historical Society Gets Vivid Imaginary Tour Of Cloverport

October 23, 1985 by David W. Hayes

Mrs. Grace Behen Bandy of Cloverport hosted the monthly meeting of the Breckinridge County Historical Society at her home on Tuesday. October 8. She gave the members and visitors present a vivid and imaginative walk through the city of Cloverport.

Her presentation began by showing the group a topographic map which illustrated the fact that Cloverport is ideally located on a bend of the Ohio River with hills protecting the south side of the community. This provided a safe mooring location for boats on the Ohio River and led to the establishment of Cloverport. Continue reading

Oct 07 2014

Start Own Breeding Herds in Harrison County

Start Own Breeding Herds in
Harrison County

Five Harrison County 4·H Club boys have purchased Angus cows with calves at side as foundations for herds of purebred beef cattle. They are George Midden, James Gray, Robert Haviland, Joe Marsh and Joseph Midden. The calves all be fattened for the fat cattle show and sale at the Bourbon Stockyards in Louisville, and the cows kept and breeding herds built up.

The development of breeding herds by farm boys Is a part of the 4-H Club educational work of the College of Agriculture. University of Kentucky. Under the direction of county agents and field agents college, outstanding farm boys are taught the fundamental principals of good livestock breeding.

Forty-five Hereford calves, purchased in Kansas City, Mo., have been distributed to 28 Montgomery county 4-H Club boys and girls. They weighed approximately 500 pounds and cost an average of $87.50 at Mt. Sterling. Montgomery county 4-H Club member also are finishing 15 Angus calves for the fat cattle show and sale at the Bourbon Stockyards.

Date: Monday, March 28, 1932, Paper: Lexington Herald (Lexington, KY) Page: 6

George Midden – My 1st cousin, 2x removed
James Gray – My Step Grandfather ?? Maybe
Robert Haviland – My Grandfather
Joe Marsh
Joseph Midden – My Grand Uncle

Oct 07 2014

John Gerhard “George” Midden

George Midden came to Harrison County from Delaware County, Ohio. I’ve found a few census records of his but the one I’m chasing right now is the 1910 record. I know he was in Cynthiana in 1910 but where. There are several newspaper articles mentioning George in that era. An interesting note:

Death certificate has “George Midden” as name. Their marriage certificate is in the “The George Midden Family History” book. He is listed as “John G. Midden.”

George was born in 1844. “The George Midden Family History” said that George and his family came from Delaware County, Ohio. Were George and Eugene brothers? George and his family came to Kentucky between 1879 and 1884. In the 1880 Census, there is a Eugene Midden in Delaware County, Ohio. He was born about 1839. Of Eugene’s children Anna was born about 1875 in “Prussia.” Artie was born about 1876 in Ohio. The 1900 census says that George arrived in the United States in 1868.

Since they were married in 1873 in Cynthiana and the first three children were born in Ohio, did they marry in Kentucky and then move to Ohio? I cannot find a census record before 1880 for the family.

Sep 08 2014

Kentucky Superstitions – Full Moon

moon_faceIn honor of this week’s “Super Moon,” here are a few Kentucky Superstitions.

  • “To prevent toothache, make a wish by the full moon”
  • “If you plant your seed in the full moon, you will have bad luck.”
  • “Plant root vegetables in the dark of the moon, vegetables for leaves (as cabbage and lettuce) in the new moon, and vegetables for blossoms and fruit (as peas and beans) in the full moon.”
  • “Some horses are moon-eyed, that is, affected by the moon. They become almost blind in the full moon.”

Excerpt From: Thomas, Lucy Blayney. “Kentucky superstitions.”

Sep 07 2014

W. S. Haviland has a Telephone Installed

1896 June 10
“Telephone put in by John McDonnell. It belongs to the combine, Bishop, Collier, Evans, and McDonnell but to remain in 3 years and they keep it in working order. (But it did not work) Telephone commences working about 3 1/2 oclock P.M., June 11th, 1896.”

Source: “Journal S, William S. Haviland”, page 153.

Sep 06 2014

Swine Cholera in Cynthiana in 1856

Information in Relation to Disease Prevailing Among Swine and Other Domestic Animals

Information in Relation to Disease Prevailing Among Swine and Other Domestic Animals

“Mr. W. S. Haviland, Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky, says:
In August, 1856, I lost about 30 per cent. of my hogs by cholera. I removed the remainder (about 85 head) from a blue-grass woodland pasture, supplied with a creek of running water, to a dry upland clover and timothy pasture having no water in it. They all seemed, at the time, to be more or less affected with the disease. I gave them all the corn they would eat, and regularly fed them six pounds of salt well stirred and mixed with fifty pounds of half-rotted, strong wood-ashes every seven days. They all got well, and I have never had any hogs do better than those eighty-five head did after their recovery. Of late years, while the disease is prevailing on adjoining farms to my own, I carefully notice my hogs, and when I discover lice or nits on them I wash them with soap-suds made of strong country soap, about once in ten days until all appearances of lice and nits have been removed. I then use soft soap, diluted with hot water to the thickness of thin molasses, besmear it over the head[…]”

Excerpt From: United States. Dept. of Agriculture. “Information in Relation to Disease Prevailing Among Swine and Other Domestic Animals.”

Sep 02 2014

War of 1812 Pensions

Today I ran across Pensions for the War of 1812. I was digging through there mostly looking for some record of Robert Sheffield Haviland, born 1796. I haven’t found anything on him yet, well not counting a couple of records saying that he did serve. But no pension record. I am hoping to find out exactly how he came about the land in Havilandsville. Without going to the Court House. In other words, I want to Google that. I do have the Bounty number so I’m tracking that down.

Shew, off topic quick. Anyway, I found something even more interesting. Several Pension records for folks in Harrison County. Most of them submitted by Country Lawyer William S. Haviland. I think the world of him and am very glad that I am his relative but if TV were around back then, he would have one of those “call me now” commercials that they show during Jerry Springer.

An excerpt from “The Current Encyclopedia A Monthly Record Of Human Progress”, printed July 15, 1901, Volume 1, Number 1:
War of 1812.— The first law granting pension for service in the war of 1812 was passed February 14, 1871, fifty-six years after the close of the war. This act required sixty days service, and widows were not entitled, unless they were married to soldier or sailor prior to the treaty of peace, February 17, 1815.”

Soldiers that I found:

Bruce, John

Goodnight, George

Eckler, John

Harris, William

Boyd, Andrew

Goodnight, Michael

Buoy, John

Hays, George

Adams, John

Day, John M.

Furnish, William

Conyers, John

Bean, Joshua

Coleman, Covington

Curry, James R

Fowler, William R

Aug 29 2014

Cynthiana Postmasters

Just uploaded a page of Cynthiana Postmasters from 1825 to 1967. You can find that page under Places / Cynthiana / Cynthiana Postmasters.

Cynthiana Postmasters

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