A History of
from Oxcart to Airplane
CHARLES MAYFIELD MEACHAM
A Kentucky Journalistic Mayor of Hopkinsville 1906-1914
Past President Kentucky Press Association
President Board of Trustees Bethel Woman's College
Member Athenaeum Society, Etc.
With Biographies of
the Makers of History for 150 Years
in Christian County
MARSHALL & BRUCE CO.
THE PIONEER PERIOD. Locating the County seat. Peopling the Wilderness.
The War of 1812. The First Newspaper in 1820.
THE DEVELOPMENT PERIOD—from 1825 to 1850. The Migration of the Indians. The Mexican War. The New Constitution.
THE HISTORIC PERIOD—from 1850 to 1875. The Old Plantation
Days. The War Between the States. The First Railroad.
THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD—from 1875 to 1900. Hopkinsville Becomes a City. The War with Spain. Educational Development.
THE PROGRESSIVE PERIOD—from 1900 to 1930. The World War. Greater Christian County. Automobiles, Airplanes and Radios.
BIOGRAPHICAL DEPARTMENT. Makers of History.
Col. William Christian; The Revolutionary Officer and Indian Fighter for Whom Christian County Was Named; His Descendants in Christian County.
BLAZING THE WAY
The Pioneer Period and the Settlement in What Became Christian County;
The New County; Its Vast Extent; Its Rivers and Topography.
THE NINETEENTH COUNTY
Organized March 1, 1797; Locating the County Seat; Bartholomew T. Wood; The Very First Settlers; The River Pioneers.
Gen. Samuel Hopkins; Getting Down to Business; Officers Who Have Served the County for 183 Years.
The Homes in the Wilderness; The Game in the Woods; Settlers Who Ar
rived During the First Quarter Century; The Pioneer Graveyard.
Christian County's Twenty Daughters in the Order of Their Formation.
The Revolutionary Soldiers; The Col. John Green Chapter, D. A. R.; The War of 1812.
The Development Period; From 1825 to 1850; Leaders of the Day; Political Alignments; Early Religious History; Three Noted Pioneers.
Migration of the Indians; Noted Chiefs Buried in Hopkinsville; Politics in the Forties.
The Mexican War; Col. Jefferson Davis, the Hero of Buena Vista; His Last Visits to His Birthplace; The Monument to His Memory.
The Lawless Period of 1845; The Execution of Lonz Pennington; A Gruesome
Chapter; Hangings and Electrocutions; Two Lynchings.
The Discovery of Gold in California; The Constitution of 1851; The Antebellum Period; The Old-time Fairs; Later Fairs; The Pennyroyal Fair; Street Fairs and Carnivals.
First Paper in 1820; Subsequent Publications Under Many Names; The Record of 110 Years; The Publishers of the Nineteenth Century; Negro Papers; The Hopkinsville Kentuckian and The Kentucky New Era.
Authors of the County; James Weir; Sketch of Charles W. Webber, by
W. T. Tandy; S. C. Mercer, Hanson Penn Diltz, V. M. Metcalfe, John
W. McGarvey, Hattie Lee Johnson, Florence Brasher, Hailie Erminie
Rives, W. W. Hamilton, C. W. Merriweather, John 0. Rust, Cyrus S.
Radford, J. N. Prestridge and J. C. Metcalf.
Indian Trails; The First Roads and Bridges; The Covered Bridges; The Early Turnpikes; The Toll Gates; The Toll Roads Made Free; The Bond issues for Highways; the $2,500,000 Highway Program of 1930.
THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES
Both Sides Occupy Hopkinsville; Federal Cot. Sam Johnson; Confederate Col. Thos. G. Woodward Killed; Execution of Captain James F. Brewer; Confederate Gen. H. B. Lyon Burns the Court House.
The Confederate Volunteers; The Oak Grove Rangers; Companies A and
B, First Kentucky Cavalry; Company H; Death of Col. H. C. Leavell;
Cot. L. A. Sypert Organizes a Company; Joins Green’s Battery; Maj.
W. R. Henry Dies in Prison; Gen. Adam Johnson’s Command; Five
Confederate Brothers; A War Time Letter.
Federals Organize in 1861; Maj. John W. Breathitt’s Company A, Third Kentucky Cavalry; Capt. B. T. Underwood; Cot. E. A. Starting; Gen. Jas. S. Jackson Killed; Surviving Federal Soldiers in 1930.
The First Railroad in 1868; The Ohio Valley Railroad; The Tennessee Central Railroad; The Illinois Central Railroad.
The Last Quarter of the Century; A Period of Prosperity; The Tobacco Market Organized; The Method of Selling.
City Government of Hopkinsville; The Village of Elizabeth; New Name in 1804; Changes Under Constitution of 1851; Incorporated as a City in 1870; its Officers Since 1870; Commission Government in 1916; The Cemeteries.
Christian County Congressmen; Organization of Ned Merriwether Bivouac in, 1890; Roster for Forty Years; Survivors in 1930.
Generation of Peace; State Guards Organized; The Postmasters from 1804 to 1930.
The Spanish-American War; Company D Ordered Out; Those Who Served in Cuba, Porto Rico and the Philippines; Colored Troops Called For; The New Company D.
The Passenger Pigeons; The Bar of 1868; Sketch by Judge Joe McCarroll.
Naval and Army Officers from Christian County; List of Midshipmen; List of Cadets; James J. Wheeler; Lieut. Com. W. V. Bronaugh, Gen. Cyrus S. Radford; The Present Officers.
CHAPTER XX VII
The County Towns; LaFayette, Newstead, Crofton, Pembroke, Gracey.
CHAPTER XX VIII
Yellow Fever Epidemic in 1879; City Bank Organized in 1880; Public
Schools Established 1881; The Great Fire in 1882; Building Boom in
1883; Perrin’s History in 1884; Negroes on the Juries 1885; Turkey
Hunting on Pond River.
The Big Snow of 1886; The County Goes Dry; Jefferson Davis’ Visit to.
Fairview; Gas Company Starts, 1887; The Confederate Monument;
Latham Light Guards in 1888; County Goes Wet Again, 1889; The’
First Race Horses, 1890.
The Constitutional Convention; Hopkinsville Divided into Wards, 1891;
Ohio Valley Railroad, 1892; Electric Lights; The Sam Jones Revival,
1893; The First Mayor, 1894; Organized Baseball; Water Works in
Litigation of Public Fountain Bequest, 1896; First Colored Councilman,
1897; Battleship Maine Blown Up, 1898; Soldiers Sent to Philippines,
1899; The First Street Fair; The Athenaeum Society; Free Mail
First Rural Free Delivery In 1901; Tennessee Central Railroad Comes Into Hopkinsville, 1902; Dr. W. L. Nourse Resigns As Pastor of Westminster Church, 1903; Home Telephone Company Established 1904; D. A. R. Chapter Organized; Sewerage Franchise Sold In Hopkinsville; Company D in 1905; San Francisco Earthquake; Stock Law, 1906; Great Flood, 1906; Davis Home Purchased, 1907; Bar of 1908; Sketch of Maj. J. 0. Ferrell, 1908; Dedication of Davis Park, 1909; Death of John C.
Latham, Jr.; City Donates High School Lot.
Citizens of Christian County Who Had Biographical Sketches in Perrin’s History of 1884.
The Rural Mail Deliveries; Telephone’s Development; The Jersey Cattle Industry. A Prize Winning Cow. Sketch by Thos. A. King.
The Race Horse Industry of Christian County; Origin of the Thorough.
bred; The Breeding of Race Horses; Christian County Racers.
Educational History; Old-Time Teachers; The South Kentucky College;
Bethel Woman’s College; Ferrell’s High School; List of Students for Thirty Years; County Teachers; Hopkinsville Public Schools; Colored Schools.
Western State Hospital; Organization of D. A. R.; The Athenaeum Roster.
The Early Churches. Presbyterian. First Baptist. Baptist Churches of County. The Christian Churches. Universalist Churches. Cumberland Presbyterian. Episcopal. Methodist Churches.
Bartholomew T. Wood. Pioneer Graveyard. Odd Fellows Lodge and Building. A Group of Former Members.
Jefferson Davis Monument. The First Airplane. The Chamber of Commerce. Hopkinsville’s Benevolent Institutions. Broadcastle Cemetery and Those Buried In It.
The Banking Resources of the County. Seven Successful Financial institutions.
The Night Riders and Causes Leading up to the Tobacco Troubles; The Raid On Hopkinsville; The Soldiers Called Out; The Court Proceedings; Peace At Last.
A Prosperous Period; First Automobiles and a Rapid Increase; The K. I. T. Baseball League Prospers; A Home-made Airplane Flies; The New High School; The Public Library; The Post Office Building; The Confederate Fountain; The Jennie Stuart Memorial Hospital.
Beginning of War in Europe; Ferrell’s Boys Organize; Border Trouble in 1916; Woodrow Wilson Re-elected President; Work for State Guards.
Into the European War; Patriotism at Fever Heat; Christian County’s 8,000 Soldiers Registered in 1917; The World’s Greatest Struggle; The Glorious But Dearly Bought Victory.
List of World War Men from Christian County; The Allied Relief Committees; Overseas Workers. Women Who Took a Part.
The Great U. S. Hospital No. 79, Located at Out wood, Ky.
Industrial Survey of Hopkinsville, Compiled by the Kentucky-Tennessee Light and Power Company; Historical Sketch.
Hopkinsville’s White Way; The Davis Monument; Bethel Woman’s College Rejuvenated; The Veterans’ Hospital at Ontwood Completed; The Modern School System of Hopkinsville.
The Last Decade; The Industrial Foundation; Dark Tobacco Growers Organize; The First Radio; The End of the Chapter.
The Biographical Sketches can be found at Kentucky Biography Project
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