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Tom Watson, Historian

Lew B. Brown at 27.
The job I have seldom gives me time to take lunch. When I do take the hour, I go downstairs to the Courier-Journal Library or down the block to the Louisville Free Public Library and look at microfilms. I usually know what I'm looking for, but sometimes I just scroll through to see what can be found.

I was scrolling recently through 1899 and found these items.

My comments are in italics.

Taylorsville, Nov. 4, 1899 -(Special)- Miss Grace Wigginton, of Fairfield, is the guest of her uncle, Mr. G.S. Wells. - Mr. James E. Mudd and daughter, Miss Dollie, returned from Bardstown, accompanied by Mrs. Alice Brown. - Mr. and Mrs. J. Morrie Stone were guests of the former?s father at Fairfield Wednesday. - Messrs. James Mudd and Benedict Elder visited at Hunter's Sunday. - Mrs. Emma Shindle, of Maud, is the guest of Judge G.B. Shindler. - Mrs. J. W. Beauchamp returned from a week's visit with friends in Louisville Saturday. - Miss Sue Godbey came over from Shelbyville and was the guest of friends here Saturday and Sunday. - Mr. Williamson, of Birmingham, Ala., is the guest of Dr. Wiley Rogers.

Taylorsville, Nov. 16, 1899 -(Special)- Mr. and Mrs. Struby, of Louisville, are guests of Mrs. Lew B. Brown. (Henry Struby, a famed architect who designed Louisville's City Hall and other structures, was the father of Emma Julia Struby who married Lew B. Brown, editor-publisher of the Spencer Courier. After Emma's death Dec. 19, 1895, Lew married her sister, Anna "Mollie" Struby. The "Mrs. Lew B. Brown" visited by the Strubys was Mollie) - Mr. And Mrs. R.J. Jones have returned to their Spencer County home after an extended visit in Illinois.-Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Yates of New Castle, were guests of Mr. William Thompson, - Mrs. J.W. Briscoe and son, Marion, of Southville, were guests of Mr. J.S. McGaughey several days last week.

Mrs. G.B. Shindler was in Elk Creek Monday. - Mrs. Bettie Cox has returned from a visit to relatives in Fisherville and Louisville.-Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Durrett of Bloomfield, were guests of Mr. James L. Downs Monday. - Mr. Charlies Stone came up from Louisville Sunday night to visit relatives. - Miss Bettie MCGrew has returned from a visit to Mrs. Ida Bell of Louisville. - Miss Nannie Thompson of Wakefield visited her parents Sunday. - Mrs. James Miller of Fisherville, visited in Taylorsville Monday.

Taylorsville, Nov. 24, 1899 -(Special)- Mr. Will Duval and Miss Gertrude Money of Finchville will be married at the Willard Hotel,

Louisville, next Wednesday. Miss Money is a daughter of Mr. John Money. - Mr. John Doyle and Miss Julia Hopkins were married recently at Finchville - Mr. John Franklin and Miss Sallie Cox were married at the residence of the Rev. J.H. Burdin, Mt. Eden, Wednesday. They will reside at Orr, Anderson County. - Mr. Morton Williams and Miss Sallie Stout were married at the residence of the P. Galt Miller, Louisville today. They reside at Fern Creek. - Mr. Herman Graton and Miss Lydia Johnston were married Wednesday at Beulah Church.

Mrs. Stone, of Louisville, is the guest of Mr. E.D. Bourne. (In 1981, I wrote a column in which a photo showed Mae Stone, visiting at the Bourne place and combing her knee-length hair. Mae was the daughter of Col. Henry Lane Stone, one of Confederate Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan's leading officers during the Civil War. The Bourne place is the first house on the left after you cross the KY 44 Brashears Creek bridge and make an immediate right) - Sallie Wright, of Veechdale, is visiting relatives here.-Mr. Joe Searcy of Harrodsburg, visited friends here Tuesday and Wednesday. - Messrs. Hugh Kuykendall and Harry Murray visited Mr. Dent Smith at Shelbyville this week. - Mr. Lew B. Brown was in Shelbyville Thursday. - Mr. James Chapman visited friends at Routt Sunday.

I would suppose that making the C-J society pages was exciting for Taylorsville people, even if the item was nothing more than a mention that someone visited in Finchville or Bloomfield. The horse and buggy trips were more challenging than those we make today in cars. People also stayed overnight more often.

About the columnist:

Tom Watson is in his 30th year as a newsman for The Associated Press. He's spent his career working in the Courier-Journal Building where the AP leases an office. He's the AP's history writer and Kentucky Broadcast Editor. Prior to The AP, Tom was news director of WAKY Radio in Louisville and also has been news director of WIL Radio, St. Louis. Tom is also a Civil War movie consultant under contract to the Disney Corp. via Jerry Bruckheimer Productions. He's a native of and resident of Spencer County.
Send him your history, photos and ideas. Email: or
Tom Watson
5225 Little Union Rd.
Taylorsville, Ky., 40071
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