Thursday, September 9, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Newspapers (Part 6)

More treasures from newspapers.

From the Earlington Bee, Hopkins County, Kentucky:


19 Mar 1903: Lee Hankins, of Dalton, Ky., a brother of Sheriff Hankins, has moved to this place and will reside here in the future. Mr. Hankins was a substantial citizen of Dalton and made many friends while there. We welcome him to Earlington.



16 Apr 1903: The General Baptist church of this place has called Lee Hankins to be pastor.


14 Apr 1904: Mr. Lee Hankins is having a new house put up towards Earlington.



4 Aug 1904: Rev. Lee Hankins has quit preaching and gone to picking blackberries.



11 Aug 1904: Someone entered Lee Hankin's house Friday and took three gallons of blackberries.

Before I found these little newspaper blurbs, I knew that my great grandfather, Thomas Leander "Lee" Hankins was a Baptist minister, that the family lived at Dalton in Hopkins County, Kentucky and moved to Earlington (also in Hopkins County) at some point. By searching the Earlington Bee, I learned that they moved to Earlington in March, 1903 for Lee to become the pastor at the General Baptist Church there and he had a new house built about a year after moving there. 

I also learned that Lee took a break from preaching to pick blackberries in 1904. I'm pretty sure that wasn't meant to be a permanent change in occupation as you can only pick blackberries for a short time in Kentucky and actually August seems a little late to even find many blackberries. At any rate, I also learned that if you are picking blackberries you shouldn't have it mentioned in the paper because someone may break into your house and steal them.


These clips were found using the searchable newspaper collection at Kentuckiana Digital LibraryKentucky papers in this collection are also available through the Library of Congress' Chronicling America(Both of these sites are free.)

5 comments:

  1. Linda, I've been enjoying your series on "Newspapers".. thanks for sharing the things you've been finding. We've talked about my husbands Hopkins County roots and thanks to you I found more stuff in the Earlington paper on them that I had not previously seen. THANK YOU!
    FYI - I loved the last line of your blog, "At any rate, I also learned that if you are picking blackberries you shouldn't have it mentioned in the paper because someone may break into your house and steal them." Cute!

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  2. Love these, Linda - especially the heist!

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  3. Hilarious. Imagine if you saw that in the paper today: "Rev. Lee Hankins has quit preaching and gone to picking blackberries."

    That paper seems to have had at least one rascal on staff.

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  4. I love the newspaper finds you have on a relative. Especially quitting preaching for awhile to pick berries.

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  5. Thanks all. The picking blackberries one week and then having them stolen the next makes me laugh every time I read it.

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