The Falmouth Fair first established in 1879, was
famous for its half mile race track and one of the
biggest and best county fairs in Kentucky. Many are the
memories of the fairs. The many fine horses the large
midway featuring many rides and attractions, the floral
hall with its many exhibits an baby shows. It was
discontinued many years ago. Today it is used for Youth
Fairs, 4-H Fairs, The Wool Festival which began in 1983
and many other features.
The early banking of the county was transacted
through the Covington Bank until 1876, when the
Pendleton Bank was originated. This bank took care of
all the business until 1890 when the Farmers and
Merchants Bank opened for business. The two banks
consolidated in 1896. The new bank being called
Pendleton Bank. The Citizens Bank was originated in 1902
and operated at the corner of Chappel and Shelby Streets
until 1933. Later this building was the home of the
Falmouth Deposit, Kentucky National and Northern
Kentucky Bank. The Fist National Bank originated in
1821. The first President being George W. Berger. It was
the only Bank to survive the depression in 1932 and
1933. The Pendleton Building Association was organized
in 1911, now at the corner of Shelby and Maple Streets.
In about 1980, this Kentucky Federal Enterprise Bank
from Newport, Kentucky came to Falmouth and located on
Highway U.S. 27. The, then, Falmouth Deposit bank built
and extension on U.S. 27 and First National Bank built
extension on U.S. 27 at Falmouth and Butler. The Butler
Deposit at Butler was organized in 1922. It reopened as
Farmers Bank in 1931.
There has been but two bank robberies in Pendleton
County. Wednesday, 15 January, 1958 for the first time
in the history of the Falmouth banking business, which
dated back to the Civil War years, the First National
Bank was held up and robbed by two masked, armed
bandits. Miss Pearl Ruber was forced to look down the
barrel of a gun for fifteen minutes while waiting for
the time release on the lock so she could open the
vault. The bandits scooped up the money after knocking
her out and escaped. The bank had been receiving larger
amounts of money on hand than usual. The loot therefore
was large and the bandits escaped with 86,000.00
On May 6, 1991, the branch office of the First
National Bank on U.S. 27 at Falmouth, was broken into
and robbed during the night. This break in was
discovered on Monday morning when the branch manager,
Mrs. Alat Canard opened for business.
Falmouth Woolen Mill and Woodhead Funeral Home
Partly from “History of Kentucky Illustrated”, by
W. Perrin Charles W. Kennett letter to The Falmouth
Joshua Woodhead and his wife Ann (Bottomely), B.
1828- D. 1904, and their three sons came to America from
England in 1854. Joshua was born 1 February 1824 and
died 17 September, 1886, son of Joshua Woodhead was who
was killed 11 November 1849, age 59 years, from a fall.
He was born at Holmfirth, England in 1791 and spent part
of his life at Bridge Mill, Holmfirth, England. His wife
was Mary Woodhead, daughter of Daniel Woodhead of Nether
Thong, Holmfirth, Yorkshire, England. The father of the
last motioned Joshua was John Woodhead and his mother
Sarah (Sally) Wood. They lived at South Lane, Holmfirth,
When Arriving in America they stayed a short time at
Lowell Massachusetts and engaged in Woolen Manufacturing
for two years. In 1866 they came to Falmouth, Kentucky,
where he built and started the “Falmouth Woolen Mill” on
Water Street. They made the famous Pendleton blankets.
He continued this business until his death in 1886. His
wife Ann survived him eighteen years, dying in 1904.
Then his sons Joseph and John took over the mill.
From a letter of Mr. Charles Kennett, he writes, “the
last ownership of the old Falmouth Woolen Mills, to my
knowledge was my uncle Joseph Woodhead, for who my tow
older brothers and I all worked in the mill at various
times before we left Falmouth for other fields, I being
the last to leave in 1905. During two summers I operated
three of the machines in the preparation of making
blankets, yarn and other woolen goods. My brother,
Martin Floyed Kennett, wove blankets, some of which may
still be used in Pendleton County homes. Uncle Joseph
ran the spinner and his son, Joshua, also worked in the
mill. Uncle Joe also traded in animal hides which were
shipped to Cincinnati dealers for processing. My Uncle
John was a gauger for the U.S. Government and he
commuted for many years between Falmouth and Covington.
He later worked in the same position at the old Tub
Fowler Distillery at the end of Maple Street. The
younger sons being George and Joshua clerked in Col.
Downards clothing store and later had a haberdashery
shop on Shelby near Main Street. Elmer the youngest son,
was one of the first rural mail carriers from the
Falmouth Post Office and used a horse and buggy before
the use of automobiles.
Joseph, B. 1845 - D. 1924 married 7 November 1871
Elizabeth M. Kennett, B. 7 February 1845- D. 10 April
1929, daughter of James n. and Sarah Mullins Kennett.
They had five sons; James Kennett, John W., Joshua,
George B. and Elmer E., all of who worked in the mill at
one time or another. Joseph and Elizabeth lived in a
large house on South Main Street in Falmouth. He was a
man who gave much of his time to civic welfare of the
city and served on the city council. He was the member
of the fire department and served for more than forty
years. He was the founder of the Falmouth Water
Department. Joseph and Elizabeth’s children: James
Kennett, B. 1872- d. 1904, John W. b. 1875-d. 1912,
Elmer E. b. 1878-d. 1936.
John Woodhead b. 1847-d. 1920 married Ella Kennett,
b. 1847-d. 1921, daughter of James N. and Sarah Mullins
Kennett. They had no children.
William Walker Woodhead b. 1848, married Elizabeth
Pettit, b. 1847. Their children were Horace, b. 1873,
John A. b. 1881, Emma, b. 1883, Eulalie, b. 1892 and
Nelson, b. 1886.
John A. Woodhead, b. 28 June 1881-d. 24 June 1964,
married 29 April 1902, Bessie Maude Beckett, b. 30
August 1879 -d. 28 October 1958, daughter of Silas N.
and Sarah C. Beckett, who owned one of the first funeral
homes in Falmouth about 1892. H was succeeded by his
son-in-law John A. Woodhead. John A. and Bessie had five
children; William Paul, Joseph Woodford, Eula Katherine
and twins born in 1910.
William P. and Joseph W. were engaged in the
undertaking business with their father. John A. got his
licenses about 1964. He was also a city clerk for
Falmouth and an insurance agent. When he died Joseph W.
took over the business. Joseph W., b. 1914-d. 1966
married Edith Amelia Roberts and they had four children;
John Daniel, Julia Kay, Joseph Martin, and James
Timothy. Joseph and Time died early in life. Joseph,
Edith, Julia Kay, Danny and his wife Juliet and Time
were all licensed to work in the business.
The property, which is the present location of the
Woodhead Funeral Home, Shelby and Montjoy Streets, was
purchased on 3 January 1848 by Reuben McCarty. It was
pasture land then and Mr. McCarty built the house about
1904 his heir Olive Mullins sold the property to N.C.
Ridgeway. He died in 1922 and the Childers, another of
Matthew Mullins daughters bought the house at auction.
March 23, 1932 she sold it to F.N. and Fannie Shoemaker
and they in turn sold it to John A. Woodhead, 12 April
He remodeled the house as it was in bad shape from
standing empty for so many years. The original house had
fourteen rooms, three halls, three porches and two
baths. In 1937, Frank and Frances Stith sold lot #4 on
the east side of Montjoy Street to the Woodheads. This
was a lot used for a stable and icehouse of the old
McCarty homestead. He glassed in a front porch and in
1957 added a new chapel to the left side of the
building. In 1968 bought the building next door and
connected the two houses.
Woodhead Funeral Home also owned a runs a branch
office in Berry, Harrison County, Kentucky.
John Daniel Woodhead was a licensed embalmer and
funeral director in 1960, later his wife Juliet R.
Woodhead earned her funeral director’s licenses.
John D. Woodhead and his wife, Juliet Reynolds
Woodhead purchased the Woodhead Funeral Home, Inc. in
1988. John was already half owner and bought out his
mother and former partner Edith Woodhead.
John Daniel and Juliet R. Woodhead have tow
daughters, Emily Carol Woodhead, and Mary Edith Woodhead
Hillenmeyer, wife of Paul Hillenmeyer.
Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth will celebrate it’s
100th Birthday in 1992. This is the same year
the Commonwealth of Kentucky celebrates it’s
Bicentennial (200th) Birthday.
Peoples Funeral Home
Peoples Funeral Home began in 1881 with Charles
Francis Peoples operating a general store in Butler on
Matilda Street a building which burned May 22, 1981. In
addition to all the normal wares found in a general
store, he also carried a complete line of caskets and
undertaking goods. One of his sons, John William Peoples
joined in business with him in 1905. When C.F. and his
son John decided to move to Oklahoma City in 1909,
another son, Charles B. (Chug) Peoples, took over the
business and established a funeral home in Butler.
Charles B. remained very active in the business until
his death July 9, 1966. During his life time, his son
Charles W. Peoples, who joined with him in 1946, kept
the Peoples Butler Funeral Home and went on to open a
funeral home in Falmouth in 1984, which was originally
located on Maple Street. Then in 1953, C.B. and Charles
opened the Peoples Grand Licks Funeral Home to better
serve southern Campbell County. Also in 1953, Charles’
wife Stella (Pribble) became a licensed funeral
director, which made her the first woman to become a
funeral director in Pendleton County. In 1957, C.B. and
Charles moved the Falmouth Peoples Funeral Home to its
present location at Park and Shelby Streets.
Charles and Stella’s second son John Wilson Peoples,
decided to continue in the family business. He became a
licenses director and embalmer in 1977. Their first son
Charles Franklin Peoples had decided to operate the
family farm at Boston Station and is the operator of the
Peoples Milk Transport, Inc. John’s wife Donna began
serving her apprenticeship in 1980. Now in 1991 a
grandson Craig Peoples, son of Charles F. and his wife
Teress has joined the origination.
H. Frank Ammerman joined the firm in 1961, while
serving his apprenticeship and became a licensed funeral
director and embalmer in 1963. He serves the Peoples
Butler Funeral Home. Another associate, Woodrow
Bannister serves the Peoples Grants Lick Funeral Home,
on U.S. 27 at Grants Lick, Kentucky.
Through these one hundred and ten years, four
generation of the Peoples family have worked hard to
serve the people of Pendleton County in all phases of
the funeral business which now includes the Peoples
The Licking Valley Distillery established about 1890,
composed of a company of John Fryer, John Humes and
Samuel Ravenscraft. They operated it for a number of
years when Fryer bought the plant. He operated it until
a short time before prohibition, when he sold to a man
in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Hayes Valley Bourbon Distillery was established at
Levingood in 1903. The plant was owned by Timothy Hayes
and operated by his sons John and Arthur Hayes. Mr.
Hayes was born in Ireland and had been connected with
the liquor business for forty years, prior to coming to
T.M. Shoemaker and Company Sawmill was established at
Falmouth in 1883. This was one of the largest mills in
the county with a capacity of 25,000 feet of lumber a
day. Aside from local market, lumber was shipped to
Chicago, Cincinnati, within a week and the mill was sold
to another man. Shortly afterwards it burned and was
O.W. Cowels operated Cowels Distillery off Highway
609 at Greenwood on the road to Butler. This too was
closed just before probation.
One of the earliest drug stores in the county was
operated by Mr. Fabra. He also had the first soda
fountain (ice cream parlor) in the county. The present
day drug store is owned and operated by Thomas and
Ronald Moreland and O.T. Gillespie. The only drug store
in the county.
The Ideal Roller Mill was originated in Falmouth
about 1893 by R.B. McDonald, who was succeeded by J.W.
and R.L. Galloway until the later died in the influenza
epidemic of 1918. After Mr. Galloway died the mill was
sold to B.F. Arnold. The mill had a capacity of one
hundred twenty five barrels of flour per day and one
hundred bushels of corn meal. This old mill owned in
1985 by Donald Moore was dismantled and moved into a new
building on the site at Second and Chapel Streets.
The Centennial Mill was owned and operated by Bill
Hamilton. It was sold about 1890 to J.L. Rogers of Mt.
Sterling who used the name of Construction Mills for a
number of years and finally sold out to the Falmouth
Lumber and Coal Company.
Hagermeyers Saw Mill was located at Butler in the
early 1870’s. Mr. Hagermeyer would go to the headwaters
of the Licking River, buy logs and float them down the
river to the mill. These logs would be caught in a boom,
which was constructed by chaining logs together across
the river. This saw mill was one of the largest in the
state of Kentucky.
The large Saw Mill of the Falmouth Planning Mill and
Lumber Company across the river in Shoemakertown was
completely destroyed by fire in 1909. The mill, office
and $2,000.00 worth of lumber and staves were burned.
Kenzie Held returning home discovered the fire. The fire
company ran a line of hose across the river from a plug
at the pumping station, and with the aid of boats soon
had the blaze under control, saving other buildings and
lumber. The 30,000.00 plant suffered a great loss.
There was an infirmary in the county on Hayes Station
Road around the turn of the 1900th century.
One keeper of the infirmary in 1909 was Charley Ruber of
German descent who came here from Ohio. They had their
own burial plot which was also used as a potters burial
field for the county. Only filed stones were used as
markers with a stone wall around it. In 1990 nothing can
be found of the cemetery.
In 1914 there were fifteen hukster wagons(rolling
stores) that went from house to house in the county
selling or trading their supplies. Chickens, eggs, or
rabbit could be traded for groceries, dry goods,
hardware, kerosene or any other items they might have
packed into the vehicle. Lawrence Palmer, who also had a
grocery store in Falmouth, had one of the last rolling
stores. He closed it out in 1959. Others during the
1940’s were Poore’s from Flingsville, Grant County;
Beighle from Gardnersville and Chipmans. Beighle would
come to your house take your order and deliver the
groceries back to you. In those days there were few
phones that you could call in your order as they did in