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December 3, 1881, the Kentucky University football team aka Transylvania University, played the Kentucky State College football team aka UK. In a game that played more like rugby, Transylvania won 3 3/4 to 2 ½.
December 3, 1910, Deputy Sheriff Crit Bryant, Whitley County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest three men who were acting disorderly and firing guns. The men had been drinking in Jellico, Tennessee, and were walking along the railroad tracks toward Saxton when Deputy Bryant encountered them. He was shot twice while attempting to arrest them and fatally wounded. He was carried to his brother’s home in Jellico where he died. A posse was formed and located the men near Saxton. Deputy Bryant was survived by his wife, two sons, and three daughters.
December 3, 1912, the Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded $15,000 to Hopkinsville for a new city library. Today the building is known as the as the Hopkinsville Carnegie Library of Kentucky Architecture.
December 3, 1931, Greensburg native Robert Ball Anderson died in an automobile accident. Mr. Anderson was a farmer and Civil War volunteer, who was born a slave. He was a field hand when the Civil War began and then fled behind Union lines and enlisted in the U.S. Army. His unit, the 125th Colored Infantry, was training for combat when the war ended; he spent the remainder of his three-year enlistment at military posts in the Southwest. Following his discharge at Louisville, he moved to the panhandle of western Nebraska, for the 1873 Timber Culture Act. In 1922, at the age of seventy-nine, he married twenty-one-year-old Daisy Graham. She encouraged him to write his memoirs, which were published in 1927. At the time of his death, his 2,080 acres made him the largest landowner among blacks in Nebraska.
December 3, 1939, Deputy Sheriff Bud Hicks, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man wanted for running moonshine. He and the suspect were killed during a shootout as the two struggled. Both men were fatally wounded. Deputy Hicks was survived by his wife and seven children.
December 3, 1973, after failing to stand for two days due to old age infirmities and lameness, Count Fleet passed of an apparent blood clot and was buried at Stoner Creek farm in Paris. At the time of his death, he had become the longest-lived winner of all three Triple Crown races, additionally; he had outlived many of his own offspring. More than forty years later, he remains the longest-lived Kentucky Derby winner ever and the longest-lived Preakness Stakes winner ever. Nearly fourteen years to the day of his death, Gallant Man surpassed him as the longest-lived Belmont Stakes winner and the longest-lived winner of any Triple Crown race.
December 3, 1979, to celebrate her 30 years of public service, a large party was held in the Kentucky State Capitol for Lt. Gov. Thelma Stovall’s retirement. Congratulations were sent by President Jimmy Carter and the day was officially proclaimed by the state as “Thelma Stovall Day.”
Kentucky Trivia: The stone and brick masons who helped build Kentucky’s first Governor’s Mansion would both go on to reside in the home. The stonemason Thomas “Stonehammer” Metcalf was our 10th Governor from 1828-32. The brick mason Robert P. Letcher was our 15th Governor from 1840-44. Both worked side by side to complete the home in 1798 for the 2nd Governor, James Garrard, to move in.
December 3, 2005, Maggie Bailey, the “Queen of the Mountain Bootleggers,” died; she was 101. The Kentucky distiller and local legend began selling moonshine when she was just 17-years-old. Wearing a uniform that said “National Distillery” on the breast pocket, Bailey continued working well into her 90s. Bailey was so well regarded in Harlan County that juries often refused to find her guilty of illegally selling alcoholic beverages. Although the Queen did serve two years at a federal reformatory when caught with 150 half-gallons of alcohol, law enforcement officers admired the canny bootlegger. U.S. District Judge Karl Forester even described her as an expert on search and seizure laws. Bailey was a self-educated woman and a voracious newspaper reader. Despite her less-than-legal occupation, friends said she lived simply and often gave coal and food to low-income families in the area.
December 3, 2011, nearly 6,400 gallons of ethyl alcohol spilled from the back of a Heaven Hill distillery building, triggering a hazardous materials response from the Bardstown Fire Department and state and federal environmental regulators.
December 3, 2018, Congressman Hal Rogers announced that Southern Kentucky students could start receiving four-year degrees at Somerset Community College through partnerships with several universities. Locals had pushed this for years, claiming it would boost economic development and enable more people to obtain Bachelor’s Degrees.