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November in Kentucky History

1 November –

1780 – Kentucky County, VA. This county ceases to exist as the 30 June 1780 law goes into effect, creating Jefferson, Lincoln and Fayette counties. (See 30 June 1780.) [KE, p. 557-8]

1859 – Louisville, KY. The Louisville & Nashville Railroad, chartered in 1850, opens its mainline to Nashville. By 1972, the L&N Railroad will have 6,500 miles of track in 13 states and employ 7,000 people. [KE, p. 579-80]

1882 – Catlettsburg, KY. Two hundred state guards aboard the steamboat Granite Statepick up William Neal and Ellis Craft, attempting to evade a lynch mob coming by train from Ashland. When the boat passes Ashland, eighteen young men took over a ferry and attempted to board the steamboat, while a crowd gathered on the riverbank. Two pistol shots were fired, answered by a two-minute fusillade of 1,500 rounds from the guards. Four people on shore were killed. The prisoners remained with the guards; no legal action was taken against the townspeople. The Ashland Tragedy was considered provocation enough. . (See also 23 December 1881; 16 January 1882; 30 May 1882; 31 May 1882; 12 October 1883; and 27 March 1885 entries.) [KE, p. 38]

1929 – Louisville, KY; Jeffersonville, IN. The Municipal Bridge, later named the George Rogers Clark Bridge, at Second Street in Louisville, opens. Toll charge: 35 cents per automobile.

1945 – Washington, DC. “Happy” Chandler resigns his Senate seat to become national commissioner of baseball. He will hold the office for six years. [KE, p. 179]

Births –

1942 – near Salyersville, Magoffin County, KY. Larry Claxton Flynt born. [KE, p. 332]

Deaths –

1947 – Faraway Farm, near Lexington, KY. Man O’ War dies. The record-setting superhorse had proven a spectacular stud, as well. His progeny are still winning races. He was also a good-natured “ham” who loved showing off for visitors, brought to his stall by his groom Will Harbut. Harbut died one month before his charge. Big Red is embalmed and buried in an oak casket, first on the farm, later at the Kentucky Horse Park. This type of burial is extremely unusual. Most horse burials are for only the head; in the case of prize stallions, the head and testicles. (See 29 March 1917; 19 June 1919; 13 August 1919; 12 October 1920.)  [KE, p. 607-8]

2 November –

1853 –Louisville, KY. Matthews Flournoy Ward demands an apology from William H.G. Butler, principal of the Louisville High School, for disciplining Ward’s younger brother. Butler refuses. There is a scuffle. Ward produces a pistol and cold-bloodedly murders Butler. He wealthy father promptly assembles a “Dream Team” to ensure Matt’s acquittal. Acquitted he is, but the family is forced out of the state by public censure. The censure, however, does not extend to the deadly code of honor, which will continue to claim lives over trivialities. [KE, p. 928]

1884 – Louisville, KY. The Church Home for Females and Infirmary for the Sick, commonly called the Morton Home, dedicated. This institution will grow into the Episcopal Church Home. [EL, p. 274]

3 November –

1779 – Louisville, KY. North side of Beargrass Creek; off present day Breckinridge Lane. Colonel John Floyd establishes his station nearly in the middle of his property. [EL, p. 304]

1794 – Frankfort, KY. The legislature occupies the first capitol. [KE, p. 160-2]

1822 – Kentucky. Calloway County formed from a section of Hickman County. It is named in honor of Richard Callaway. No one knows why the spelling is different. [KE, p. 152]

1827 – Louisville, KY. Citizens meet, appoint a committee to draft an Act of Incorporation, and another to draft a charter. [EL, p. 186-8]

Births –

1839 – Hancock County, KY. William H. Davison born. He will be a guerrilla leader during the War Between the States. [KE, p. 257]

Deaths –

1872 – Louisville, KY (?) Henry Adams, leading African American religious and civic reformer, and founder of what becomes Simmons University, dies. (See 17 December 1802; 31 August 1830; 29 June 1849; and 30 October 1890 entries.) [KE, p. 3]

4 November –

1775 – Virginia. Legislature, claiming jurisdiction over Kentucky, annuls Treaty of Sycamore Shoals. (See 20 April 1735; 27 August 1774; 6 January 1775; 10 February 1775; 17 March 1775; 21 March 1775; 23 March 1775; 25 September 1775; 28 December 1763; 30 January 1785.) [KE, p. 422-3]

1788 – Danville, KY. Seventh statehood convention meets. James Wilkinson addresses the delegates; he is a major player in the Spanish Conspiracy. He has just returned from New Orleans where the governor-general has offered to allow Wilkinson to ship goods through New Orleans if Wilkinson will represent Spain’s interests in Kentucky. Wilkinson proposes immediate independence and organization of a separate state. He fails to get the proposal passed. The convention instead petitions for separation from Virginia and alliance with the Federal government. [KE, p. 848-9]

1791 – Ohio. St. Clair’s Defeat. Indians backed by John Connolly, in Lou 1788 conferring w/Campbell. [Renau, p. 34]

1793 – Frankfort, KY. The session of the General Assembly begins in a house given to the state by Andrew Holmes. Thus the former home of General James Wilkinson becomes the state house of the commonwealth. [KE, p. 160]

1824 – Frankfort, KY. Capitol building destroyed by fire. [KE, p. 160-2]

1845 – Frankfort, KY. Frankfort Cemetery offers unauctioned lots for sale. [KE, p. 354]

1881 – Louisville, KY. The United States government establishes its first inland lifesaving station at the Falls of the Ohio. Built in Jeffersonville, IN, it is moored at the foot of Second Street in Louisville. (See 18 September 1855; 18 February 1880; 17 February 1914; 17 April 1926.) [EL, p. 340-1]

1938 – Pewee Valley, KY. The Pine Bluff Prison Farm dedicated. It is now the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women. 

1939 – Renfro Valley, KY. John Lee Lair takes radio microphone and proclaims, “The is the Renfro Valley Barn Dance coming to you directly for a big barn in Renfro Valley, Kentucky, the first and only barn dance on the air presented by actual residents of an actual community.” Lair, Red and Cotton Foley, and Whitey Ford had established the program to showcase country music. Then, as now, this art form is fluid, easily mingling with western and cowboy, now with pop and rock. (See 9 October 1937.) [KE, p. 530-1]

1965 – Hopkinsville, KY. The Male and Female College, founded in 1883, and later known as the South Western Kentucky Institute, is renamed Hopkinsville College of the Bible. [KE, p. 441]

Births –

1848 – Schmieheim, Baden, Germany. Isaac Wolfe Bernheim born. He will become a Kentucky distiller, and philanthropist. He will donate – among other things – statues of Henry Clay and Ephraim McDowell for Statuary Hall in the Capitol in Washington DC; a waterworks for Schmieheim, Germany; a home for the Louisville Young Men’s Hebrew Association; Moses Ezekiel’s statue of Thomas Jefferson at the Jefferson County courthouse; an addition to Jewish Hospital; George Gray Barnard’s statute of Lincoln at the Louisville Free Public Library; and the fourteen-thousand-acre preserve named after him in Bullitt County. [EL, p. 86]

5 November –

1775 – John Connolly is commissioned a British officer. [KE, p. 224]

1825 – Frankfort, KY. Jereboam O. Beauchamp arrives in the city and takes a room at the home of Joel Scott. (See also 7 November 1825; 8 May 1826; 5 July 1826; and 7 July 1826 entries.) [KE, p. 63-4]

1861 – Missouri. General Ulysses S. Grant is ordered to make a demonstration against Belmont, MO. [KE, p. 216-7]

Deaths –

1917 – Fleischmann, NY. Paul Sawyier dies. He is buried in Fleischmann. In June 1923 his remains are moved to Frankfort (Kentucky) Cemetery. (See 23 March 1865.) [KE, p. 798-9]

6 November –

Deaths –

1936 – near La Grange, KY. Verna Garr Taylor dies of a gunshot wound. The prime suspect is Henry H. Denhardt, former lieutenant governor of the commonwealth. His first trial results in a hung jury; Mrs. Taylor’s three brothers shoot him to death in Shelbyville, the night before his second trial is set to begin. [KE, p. 262]

7 November –

1825 – Frankfort, KY. Colonel Solomon P. Sharp answers a knock on his door, around 2:00 a.m. He is stabbed from the darkness; his aorta severed, and he dies almost immediately. The series of events begun will be called the Beauchamp-Sharp Tragedy. (See also 5 November 1825; 8 May 1826; 5 July 1826; and 7 July 1826 entries.) [KE, p. 63-4]

1861 – Belmont, MO. Forces of General Ulysses S. Grant defeat forces of General Gideon S. Pillow, but succumb to the temptation to loot the camp, instead of following up their advantage. General Leonidas Polk, across the river at Columbus, KY, fired artillery against Grant, but was unwilling to split his troops to send re-enforcements to Belmont. Grant retreated; Polk remained in possession of site. Grant, however, learned valuable tactical lessons, which would serve the Union well in the months to come. [KE, p. 216-7]

1861 – Columbus, KY. The Lady Polk Cannon fires 128-pound cone-shaped shot a distance of three miles. The cannon is an experimental 15,000-pound 6.4 inch iron Anderson rifle. The name honors the wife of Episcopal bishop Leonidas Polk, who is also a Confederate Major General. (See 11 November 1861.) [KE, p. 528] 

1864 – Chicago, IL. The Northwest conspiracy, to free Confederate prisoners and organize a revolt against the Union, collapses. (See 9 October 1838; 16 March 1864; 23 January 1898.) [KE, p. 434]

1864 – Middle Fork of the Kentucky River in Lee County, KY. Confederates under Lt. Jerry South engage 20thKentucky Militia. [KE, p. 541-2]

Births –

1763 – Contournat, France. Benedict Joseph Flaget born. He will be the first Roman Catholic bishop of the West. He will be friends with George Rogers Clark and Henry Clay. He will be a slave owner, who will make the pastoral care of African Americans one of his priorities. (See 11 February 1850 entry.) [KE, p. 323]

1844 – Scott County, TN. Julia Ann Marcum born. In September 1861, Confederates attack the Union loyalist family. Julia fights a soldier with an ax, inflicting several wounds, but herself losing an eye and a finger. (See 9 May 1936.)

Deaths –

1811 – Tippecanoe Creek, IN. Joseph Hamilton Daveiss dies seventeen hours after being wounded in the Battle of Tippecanoe. He was prosecutor in the “Whiskey War” cases, and the Aaron Burr treason charges. His wife was Anne Marshall, sister of United States Chief Justice John Marshall. Daviess County, KY, and Daviess County, IN, are named in his honor, but neither is spelt the same way his family name is spelt. [KE, p. 253]

1829 – Georgetown, KY. Joseph Crockett dies. [KE, p. 242]

1916 – Austin Texas. John Andrewartha dies. He had designed the Louisville City Hall. [EL, p. 37]

8 November –

1806 – Louisville, KY. William and Lucy Croghan host dinner at Locust Grove to welcome back the Corps of Discovery.

1861 – Ivy Mountain, KY. Battle of Ivy Mountain. Principal encounter as Union troops drove Confederates from eastern Kentucky. [KE, p. 457-8]

1868 – Louisville, KY. First issue of the Louisville Courier-Journalpublished. [KE, p.232-3]

1922 – Henderson County, KY. James C. Ellis Park holds its first thoroughbred race meet. [KE, p. 463]

1986 – a shipyard. The Louisville, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine is commissioned. (See 1 September 1930; 15 January 1931; 7 December 1941; 25 October 1944; 17 June 1946; 14 September 1959.) [KE, p. 578]

Births –

1871 – Orange County, NC. Robert Worth Bingham born. [EL, p. 91]

9 November –

1798 – Frankfort, KY. John Breckinridge, friend of Thomas Jefferson and recently returned from Virginia, introduces the Kentucky Resolutions to the Kentucky House of Representatives. Most believe that he has written them. Jefferson’s hand is carefully concealed for years. These resolutions hold that any state can refuse to honor laws passed by Federal congress if they deem such law not in their interests. [KE, p. 508-9]

1834 – Lexington, KY. The Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Kentucky graduates its first class. There are two students. [KE, p. 296]

Births –

1794 – Albemarle County, VA. Thomas Walker dies. He is buried on his estate Castle Hill.  (See 25 January 1715; 13 April 1750.) [KE, p. 925]

1845 – Whitesburg, KY. Martin Van Buren Bates born. By age twenty-eight, he will be seven feet, eleven and one half inches tall, and will weigh 478 pounds. [KE, p. 59]

Deaths –

1913 – McLeod, Alberta, Canada. Paul Booker Reed dies. He is buried in Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery. (See 7 October 1842.) [EL, p. 751-2]

10 November –

1749 – Montreal, Canada. Return of troops under Major Pierre-Josephn Celoron de Blainville. (See 15 June 1749 entry.) [KE, p. 358-9]

1863 – Morehead, KY. Confederate guerillas capture the town for a bit. [KE, p. 648-9]

11 November –

1861 – Columbus, KY. The Lady Polk explodes, killing eleven men. (See 7 November 1861.) [KE, p. 528]

1922 – Kentucky. Alben W. Barkley announces his candidacy for the 1923 Kentucky governor’s race. His campaign vigor earns him the nickname “Iron Man.” [KE, p. 53]

1935 – Liberty, KY. “Doughboy” statue on courthouse square dedicated to the thirty-two Casey Countians killed in World War I. [KE, p. 553]

Births –

1771 – Augusta (later Rockbridge) County, VA. Ephraim McDowell born. (See 29 December 1802; 25 December 1809; 25 June 1830.) [KE, p. 595-6]

Deaths –

1850 – Louisville, KY. Benedict Joseph Flaget, “The First Bishop of the West,” dies. He is buried in the undercroft of the Cathedral of the Assumption. (See 7 November 1763.) [EL, p. 294]

1921 – Louisville, KY. Robert Emmet King dies. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery. As mayor pro tem, 14 – 31 January 1896, he was the city’s first Republican mayor. (See 14 January 1896.)  [EL, p. 485]

1973 – Nashville, TN. David “Stringbean” Akeman, and his wife Estelle, are murdered by burglars in their home. [KE, p. 10]

11-12 November –

1919 – Louisville, KY. The Curtiss NC-4, a United States Navy flying boat and the first one to fly across the Atlantic, visits Louisville, landing on the Ohio River. [EL, p. 8]

12 November –

1788 – Kentucky. Woodford County formed from Fayette County. Named in honor of Virginia Revolutionary War General William Woodford. Seat is Versailles. [KE, p. 966-7]

1933 – Bowling Green, KY. Pauline Tabor opens her first brothel. [KE, p. 713-4]

Deaths –

1985 – Lexington, KY. John Lee Lair dies. He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, KY. (See 1 July 1894; 9 October 1937; 4 November 1939.) [KE, p. 530-1]

13 November –

1798 – Frankfort, KY. Governor James Garrard signs the Kentucky Resolutions, which have already passed the House and Senate. [KE, p. 508-9]

1925 – Louisville, KY. The Belknap Playhouse debuts with a production of Ferenc Molnar’s The Swan. The Playhouse is the former interdenominational chapel of the House of Refuge. The board and batten structure was built in 1874 and is a nationally recognized example of Carpenter Gothic style. [EL, p. 83]

1943 – Altavilla, Italy. Corporal Charles E. Kelly, of Louisville, KY, earns the Congressional Medal of Honor. [KE, p. 222-224]

1944 – Archain, France. Sergeant Junior J. Spurrier, of Russell County, KY, earns the Congressional Medal of Honor. [KE, p. 222-224]

Births –

1866 – Louisville, KY. Abraham Flexner born. His Flexner Report on the Medical Education in the United States and Canada, published June 1910, will revolutionize medical training and lead to the requirements in place today. (See 21 September 1959; 25 March 1863 and 19 August 1911 entries.) [KE, p. 326]

1876 – Athol, MA. Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd born. The Radcliffe graduate will be a feature writer for the Boston Transcript. Along with husband, Arthur Lloyd, and her mother, she determined to start a model community in Appalachia. In 1916, a Knott County man offered her land on Caney Creek if she would educate his children. She started many programs for Appalachian natives and model community residents to work together, but eventually she focused on education, founding Caney Junior College in 1923. It is now Alice Lloyd College. (See 4 September 1962.) [KE, p. 564]

1922 – Louisville, KY. John William “Jack” Narz Jr. born. He will host the television program “Lotto,” at the center of the great game show scandals of the 1950s. The programs were found to be “rigged,” which was not illegal at the time. Called upon to testify under oath before the United States Congress, people connected with the shows lied, which was illegal – and still is. Narz was not implicated in any wrongdoing, and went on to a long career in television. (See 15 October 2008.) 

Deaths –

1921 – Louisville, KY. Former mayor James Fontleroy Grinstead dies. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery. (See 15 November 1845.) [EL, p. 360]

14 November –

1806 – Kentucky. Casey County is created out of Lincoln County. It is named in honor of Revolutionary War Colonel William Casey. [KE, p. 168]

1905 – Louisville, KY. Paul C. Barth becomes mayor. Election hotly contested, accusations of fraud and stuffing the ballot boxes. All Democrats elected then, thrown out of office June 1907. Robert Worth Bingham appointed mayor until November special election. Still, Barth got a $4 million sewer system; an annex to city hall, and a tuberculosis hospital. [EL, p. 70]

1942 – near Guadalcanal. Night, extending to 15 November. Rear Admiral Willis Augustus Lee Jr. leads Task Force 64, consisting of the new battleships U.S.S. Washingtonand U.S.S. South Dakota, and four destroyers into combat with a larger Japanese force. It is the first of only two occasions in the World War II when United States battleships directly meet Japanese battleships in combat. The Americans sustain heavy damage, but the Japanese retire after losing a battleship. This victory in the second phase of the Battle of Guadalcanal ended the last major effort of the Japanese to wrest control of the island. (See 11 May 1888; 25 August 1945.) KE, p. 540-1]

Born –

1814 – Farmington, near Louisville, KY. Joshua Fry Speed born. He will be a good friend of Abraham Lincoln. (See 29 May 1882.) [KE, p. 841]

Deaths –

1832 – Baltimore, MD. Charles Carroll dies. He is the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. Carrollton and Carroll County are named in his honor. [Schrage and Clare, p. 46] He is buried in Doughoregan Manor Chapel, Ellicott City, MD. 

1941 – Louisville, KY. William Krieger dies. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery. He was Jefferson County judge 1 January 1918 – 31 December 1921. (See 2 April 1868.) [EL, p. 490]

15 November –

1843 – Lexington, KY. The Campbell-Rice Debate begins. Alexander Campbell, of the Christian Church, and the Reverend Nathan Rice, of the Presbyterian Church, delivered 130 speeches over the next two weeks, speaking each day from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Henry Clay is moderator. (See also 1 December 1843 entry.) [KE, p. 155-6]

1881 – Louisville, KY. James S. Lithgow and Thomas W. Tobin form the Brush Electric Light Company, at the Lithgow Foundry, Clay & Main Streets. The foundry has its blast each day from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. They plan to use the steam left over from the blast to general electricity from dusk until 1:00 a.m. Brush will go bankrupt. [EL, p. 513-6]

1916 – New York, NY. Mary Lily Keenan Flagler marries Robert Worth Bingham. [EL, p. 91]

1917 – United States Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, declares Louisville’s ordinance requiring segregated housing unconstitutional – not on grounds of racial equality, but because it prohibits owners from freely disposing of property. The court included Louisvillian Louis D. Brandeis, its first Jewish justice.

Births –

1802 – Lexington, KY. Gideon Shryock born. He will become one of Kentucky’s foremost architects. (See 19 June 1880.) [KE, p. 820-1]

1845 – Glasgow, KY. James Fontleroy Grinstead born. He will be mayor of Louisville 1907 – 16 November 1909. His opinion of politics is reflected in his nickname “Honest Jim.” (See 13 November 1921.) [EL, p. 360] 

16 November –

Births –

1860 – Louisville, KY. Helm Bruce born. He will be a prominent attorney. [EL, p. 138]

1886 – Glasgow, KY. Arthur Krock born. He will be awarded four Pulitzer prizes. (See 12 April 1974.) [KE, p. 526]

17 November –

1929 – Louisville, KY. Most catastrophic failure for region, National Bank of Kentucky collapses, taking with it the Louisville Trust Company, the Security Bank, the Bank of St. Helens, and two African-American banks, First Standard and American Mutual Savings Banks.

1930 – Louisville, KY. National Bank of Kentucky fails. (See also 28 November 1872; 12 December 1930; 27 February 1931; and 24 October 1940 entries.) [EL, p. 131-2]

1931 – Louisville, KY. The First Standard Bank and the American Mutual Savings Bank (an extension of Mammoth Mutual Insurance Company, fail to open in the wake of the failure of their depository institution, the Louisville Trust Company, which closes after the failure of the National Bank of Kentucky. (See 17 January 1921; 5 February 1921; 7 May 1931.) [EL, p. 291-2]

1999 – Louisville, KY. Kosair Charities gives largest gift ever received by Home of the Innocents: $6.2 million. It will finance a new pediatric convalescent center. (See 23 April 1880; 5 March 1999.) [El, p. 397]

Births –

1849 – aboard the USS Independenceoff Lisbon, Portugal. Henry Independence “Harry” Clay born. (See 22 September 1884 entry.) [EL, p. 205]

Deaths –

1971 – Kentucky. Alice N. Pickett dies. Born in Shelby County in 1888, she earned her degree in 1909 from the Women’s Medical College in Philadelphia. She served with the Red Cross in World War I, returning to her home state after the war. She joined the faculty o the University of Louisville Medical School, heading the school’s obstetrics department for 25 years. Many physicians today remember Dr. Pickett, and many more benefit from her teaching legacy. [KE, p. 721]

18 November –

1861 – Russellville, KY. Formal convention convenes to form the provisional Confederate government of Kentucky. [KE, p. 222]

1893 – Louisville, KY. One of the first organized football games in the commonwealth is also one of the oldest rivalries: Louisville Male High School vs. du Pont Manual Training High School. [EL, p. 306-8]

1913 – Louisville, KY. John Henry Buschemeyer becomes mayor. He will serve through 20 November 1917. His administration faced with growing civil rights unrest. (See 11 May 1914 entry.) [EL, p. 147-8]

1940 – Mt. Washington, KY. Fire destroys much of downtown business district. [KE, p. 658-9]

19 November –

1864 – near Osceola, Green County, KY. Six Confederates executed by order of General Stephen Burbridge. The killings are retaliation for the murder of two Union soldiers. [KE, p. 287]

1919 – Louisville, KY. Hundreds of farmers from 35 Kentucky counties meet at the Hotel Henry Watterson and formally organize the Kentucky Farm Bureau. [EL, p. 472-3]

1983 – Louisville, KY. Kentucky Center for the Arts opens. The legislature established it as “the Commonwealth’s official performing arts center.” [KE, p. 491]

Births –

1895 – Isabel McLennan McMeekin born. Along with Dorothy Park Clark, she will be half of “Clark McMeekin,” the pen name for several popular novels, plays and local histories about Kentucky. Each would also be a successful writer in her own right. (See 14 September 1899; 4 September 1973; 23 June 1983.) [KE, p. 599-600]

Deaths –

1850 – Frankfort, KY. Richard Mentor Johnson dies. He is buried in Frankfort Cemetery. [KE, 475]

1890 – Louisville, KY. Former mayor William Kaye dies. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery. (See 13 February 1813; 14 April 1865.) [EL, p. 457]

1901 – Louisville, KY. George Forman dies. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery. (See 7 August 1844.) [EL, p. 310]

20 November –

1861 – Russellville, KY. Convention to form provisional Confederate government of Kentucky adjourns. [KE, p. 222]

1861 – Brownsville, KY. A detachment of Confederate soldiers from Bowling Green raid the town for medical supplies. [KE, p. 284-5]

1922 – Louisville, KY. The third ball park to be called Eclipse Park burns. The first Eclipse Park was built in 1871. The next ball park would be Parkway Field, on Eastern Parkway, in 1823. [EL, p. 261-2]

1923 – Cleveland, OH. Garrett Augustus Morgan patents an electric- light traffic signal with different colors for Stop, Caution and Go. (See 4 March 1877; 27 July 1963.) [KE, p. 650]

1940 – Fort Knox, KY. The 39thTank Company, Harrodsburg National Guard Unit, reports as Company D, 192d Tank Battalion. (See 24 June 1932 20 November 1940; 27 October 1941; 8 December 1941.) [KE, p. 415]

Births –

1899 – Marshfield, MO. Edwin Powell Hubble born. He will spend many of his younger years in Louisville, KY. (See Indiana 31 May 1914; 28 September 1953; 25 April 1990.) [EL, p. 408]

Deaths –

1984 – Princeton, KY. Sarah Gertrude Knott dies. She is buried in the Bayou Baptist church Cemetery in McCracken County. Born in Ballard County, KY, in 1895; in 1934, she founded the National Folk Festival. [KE, p. 522]

1990 – Cynthiana, KY. Harry Monroe Caudill dies. He is buried in Battle Grove Cemetery. (See 3 May 1922 entry.) [KE, p. 172-3]

21 November –

1905 – Louisville, KY. Wilson Watkins Wyatt born. Elected mayor of Louisville in 1941, he will immediately face civil defense planning after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In January 1946 President Harry S. Truman will name him housing expediter in the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion. In this capacity he will be approached by people with enamel coated steel who wish to continue building commercial structures and request more steel. Wyatt will send them away admonishing, “We need houses.” Thus, the Lustron house will be created. He will be lieutenant governor of Kentucky and will found the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. [KE, p. 9720]

Deaths –

1932 – Louisville, KY. Charles Parsons Weaver dies. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery. (See 14 March 1851.) [EL, p. 930]

1975 – Lexington, KY. Garvice Delmar Kincaid dies. He is buried in Lexington Cemetery. (See 9 August 1912.) [KE, p. 518]

22 November –

Births –

1643 – Rouen, France. Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle born. In 1682, he will descend the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, passing the confluence of the Ohio. It will be claimed that he also explored the Ohio as far as the Falls. It will later be claimed that he did not. And that he did. Did not. Did…(See 19 March 1687.) [EL, p. 500]

Deaths –

1854 – Lexington, KY. William “King” Solomon dies in the poorhouse. The community pays for a casket and he is buried in Lexington Cemetery. He had arrived in the city in the 1790s and dug cellars, cisterns and graves, but his alcoholism kept him homeless and impoverished. In 1833, an African American woman named Aunt Charlotte took him in, just before the great cholera epidemic hit Lexington. Solomon heard that the dead were lying unburied, and he went to the cemetery and began digging. He buried hundreds, never contracting the disease himself. (See 18 September 1908.) [KE, p. 832-3]

1986 – Louisville, KY. Robert S. Whitney dies. His body is donated to the University of Louisville Medical School. (See 9 July 1904.) [KE, p. 950]

23 November –

1866 – Louisville, KY. A group of Free and Accepted Masons (F&AM) meet at the Masonic Temple to plan a widows’ and orphans’ home. The first resident will be admitted in April 1871. [EL, p. 592-3]

Deaths –

1929 – New Albany, IN. George D. Todd dies. He is buried in Frankfort Cemetery. (See 19 April 1856; 31 January 1896.) [KE, p. 887]

24 November –

1758 – Fort Duquesne, New France. Easton Treaty requires French to abandon the post. [KE, p. 358-9]

1830 – Louisville, KY. Louisville Journalfirst published as a daily newspaper; publisher A.J. Buxton, editor George D. Prentice. It is founded to promote Henry Clay as a presidential candidate. It will become one of the most widely read newspapers west of the Appalachians, due largely to Prentice’s superb writing. After the Whig party ceased to be, the Journalendorsed the Native American party – the Know-Nothings. However, he urged the south to remain in the Union and urged Kentucky to remain neutral. In 1868 the Journalwill merge with the Democratic daily the Courier, thus creating the Courier-Journal. [KE, p. 582-3]

1861 – Greenville, KY. Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest captures a store of Union weapons and supplies. [KE, p. 390-1]

Births –

1784 – Montebello, Orange County, VA. Zachary Taylor born. He will be raised in Jefferson County, KY. (See 9 July 1850.) [KE, p. 870]

1877 – near Lowes, Graves County, KY. Alben William Barkley born. [KE, p. 52]

Deaths –

1917 – Bowling Green, KY. Caroline Taylor dies. She is buried in Fairview Cemetery. She leaves a successful business and an estate of more than $250,000. (See 1 April 1855.) [KE< p. 869]

25 November –

1813 – Frankfort, KY. The capitol building burns. [KE, p. 160-2]

1879 – Louisville, KY. The Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute opens at Seventh and Kentucky streets. Henry Adams (see 17 December 1802 entry) worked years to raise funds to open a school to educate African Americans for the ministry, which in Adams’ view encompassed work to improve people’s daily lives, as well as save their immortal souls. The school added professional training in nursing, medicine and law. Ignored by white philanthropists, the school managed to graduate around two hundred students, and survived until the Great Depression. (See 17 December 1802; 31 August 1830; 29 June 1849; 3 November 1872; and 30 October 1890 entries.) [KE, p. 822]

1984 – Louisville, KY. Dr. William C. DeVries and a team of medical personnel at Audubon Hospital implant the JARVIK-7 artificial heart in William Schroeder. This is the first attempt in the world to give a human a permanent artificial heart. [EL, p. 409-10]

Births –

1846 – Garrard County, KY. Carry Amelia Nation born. [KE, p. 669-70]

26 November –

1934 – Harrodsburg, KY. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates monument marking the first permanent white settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains. [KE, p. 414]

Births –

1926 – Randolph County, WV. Ray Harm born. Living near Louisville, KY, he will become a world-famous wildlife artist. [KE, p. 409-10]

Deaths –

1969 – Louisville, KY. Thanksgiving Day Eve. Nine-year-old Bobby Ellis dies of starvation. The community responds to the tragedy and two years later the St. John’s emergency Food Program is underway. This will evolve into Dare to Care, Inc., a national example of caring for the hungry. [EL, p. 238-9]

27 November –

1861 – Orange, OH? Future President of the United States James A Garfield is promoted to colonel of the Union army’s 42d Ohio Regiment. In December, they are sent to Louisville, KY. (See 10 January 1862 entry.) [KE, p. 363]

1875 – Louisville, KY. Mary Anderson, age sixteen, makes her stage debut as Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, at the original Macauley’s Theatre. She will become world famous. Louisville’s Mary Anderson Theatre is named in her honor. [EL, p. 35]

Deaths –

1880 – Danville, KY. Former Kentucky states librarian (1867-1874) George Bibb Crittenden dies. (See 20 March 1812 and 19 January 1862 entries.) [KE, p. 240]

27 November-1 December –

1950 – Hagaru-Ri, Korea. Lt. Don C. Faith Jr., of Fort Thomas, KY, earns the Congressional Medal of Honor. [KE, p. 222-224]

28 November-2 December –

1950 – Chosin Reservoir, Korea. Captain William Earl Barber, USMC, of Dehart, KY, earns the Congressional Medal of Honor. [KE, p. 222-224]

28 November –

1863 – Ludlow, KY. John Hunt Morgan and Thomas Henry Hines arrive back in Kentucky, having escaped from the Ohio State Penitentiary. A Mrs. Ludlow helps them to continue to Tennessee. [KE, p. 586]

1879 – Louisville, KY. A small tornado leaves minor damage, including knocking over many gravestones in Cave Hill Cemetery. [EL, p. 889]

Births –

1872 – Lawrenceburg, KY. James Buckner Brown born. In 1919, he will oversee the merger of three Louisville banks to form the National Bank of Kentucky. (See also 17 November 1930; 12 December 1930; 27 February 1931; and 24 October 1940 entries.) [EL, p. 131-2]

1877 – Somerset, KY. Edwin Porch Morrow born. He will be governor 1818-23. (See 15 June 1935.) [KE, p. 654-5]

Deaths –

1946 – Chicago, IL. Bud Hillerich dies. He is buried in Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery. (See 15 October 1866.) [EL, p. 387]

1967 – Stanford, KY. Sophia Kindrick Alcorn dies. (See 3 August 1883 entry.) [KE, p. 10]

29 November –

1784 – Kentucky. Nelson County formed from part of Jefferson County. It is named in honor of Thomas Nelson, governor of Virginia. Seat is Bardstown. [KE, p. 676-7]

1950 – Hagaru-Ri, Korea. Pfc. William Bernard Baugh, USMC, of McKinney, KY, earns the Congressional Medal of Honor. [KE, p. 222-224]

Births –

1812 – Pittsburgh, PA. James Smith Lithgow born. He will be mayor of Louisville 2 January 1866 – 14 February 1867. (See 2 January 1866; 14 February 1867; 21 February 1902.) [EL, p. 523]

1821 – near Albany, KY. Champ Ferguson born. He will be a noted guerrilla fighter on the Kentucky-Tennessee border during the Civil War. (See 20 October 1865 entry.) [KE, p. 313]

1917 – Muhlenberg County, KY. Merle Robert Travis born. He will originate the “Travis picking style,” playing bass and melody simultaneously, and he is credited with designing the Fender guitar. (See 20 October 1983.) [KE, p. 898]

30 November –

Births –

1753 – Charles City, VA. Aaron Fontaine born. In 1798, prosperous Revolutionary War captain Fontaine will move himself, wife and twelve children to Louisville, where he will establish a large farm at the foot of present-day West Market Street. He would again be a captain when he established a ferry across the Ohio River, to just below New Albany. Part of his land will become Fontaine Ferry Park. He died in April 1823. [EL, p. 304]

1812 – Henderson, KY. John Woodhouse Audubon, second son of John James and Lucy (Bakewell) Audubon, born.

1934 – Columbia, KY. Steve Absher Hamilton born. He will be the only athlete known to have played in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament, the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship, and baseball’s World Series. [KE, p. 400]

Deaths –

1965 – Louisville, KY. William Strudwick Arrasmith dies. Architect of Greyhound Bus terminals, numerous local landmarks, and the 1937 flood pontoon bridge. (See 15 July 1898) [EL, p. 49]

1999 – Louisville, KY. Hugh Haynie dies. (See 6 February 1927.) 


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