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Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Governor James Garrard, born in 1749.  The 2nd governor and the first elected by the popular vote.  During Garrard’s two terms, he signed legislation creating 26 Kentucky counties, including his namesake county of Garrard.  Garrard was the only person before Paul Patton to serve two consecutive four-year terms as governor.  Governor Garrard was so popular that the second constitution’s drafters made a provision that allowed him to serve a second term.

January 14, 1815, Daviess County was created from Ohio County.  The county was named in honor of Joseph Hamilton Daviess, lawyer killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe.  Owensboro is the county seat.  Other cities and towns located in the county include: Whitesville, Maceo, Masonville, Utica, Birk City, Browns Valley, Curdsville, Delaware, Moseleyville,Panther, Pettit, Rome, Saint Joseph, Sorgho, Stanley, Sutherland, Tuck, West Louisville, Dermont, Ensor, Gatewood, Habit, Knottsville, Philpot, Scythia, Spice Knob, Thruston, Yelvington.  Daviess County was the 58th county created and covers 477 square miles.

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By David Benbennick

January 14, 1854, Lyon County was created from Caldwell County and was named in honor of Chittenden Lyon, United States Representative from Kentucky.  The county seat is Eddyville and Kuttawa is another community within Lyon.  Lyon County was the 102nd county created and covers 257 square miles.

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By David Benbennick

Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to Raywick native Governor James Proctor Knott who married his cousin Sarah R. McElroy, in 1858.  The 29th governor’s first wife died during the birth of their first child.

On January 14, 1861, Sharpsburg native Henry Smith Lane became Indiana’s 13th governor.  He held office for two days by design.  If his party took control of the Indiana General Assembly, they would elect him to the U.S. Senate, which they did.

January 14, 1861, Warsaw native Richard Yates became the 13th Illinois governor.  Nicknamed the “Soldiers’ Friend,” he helped organize the Illinois contingent of Union soldiers, including commissioning Ulysses S. Grant as a colonel for an Illinois regiment.

January 14, 1878, Fleming County native Richard M. Bishop became Ohio’s 34th governor.

January 14, 1889, Richmond native David Rowland Francis became the 27th governor of Missouri.  This was the first of many remarkable accomplishments.

January 14, 1909, Constable James I. G. Hamons, Clinton County Constable’s Office, succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while attempting to serve a summons.  Constable Hamons located the man at a store and informed him of the summons and was told he would not obey the summons; a struggle ensued in which both men were shot.

January 14, 1919, Martin Van Buren Bates, known as the “Giant of Letcher County,” passed away.  Martin was average size at birth but grew into a man 7’11”, and for years his weight was 525 pounds.  Although of peace-loving nature, he was a courageous officer in the Confederate Army, earning the rank of Captain.  In 1865 Bates began to use his size for monetary gain by touring in exhibition but never toured with Barnum and rarely traveled with tent circuses, preferring instead to hold receptions where he and his wife could meet with guests.  Nevertheless, Captain Bates toured much of the U.S., Canada, England, and Europe, meeting President Garfield, was a personal friend of President McKinley, and was received by Queen Victoria on multiple occasions.  Martin married Anna Hanen Swan, the “Giantess of Novia Scotia,” one inch taller.  They had two children, both of whom died at birth.

On January 14, 1921, detectives and a posse of citizens engaged in an all-day chase and exchanged over 300 shots with three thieves who robbed a store in Paducah.  They captured one, but two got away.

January 14, 1923, Ohio County native George Humphrey Tichenor died.  The doctor introduced antiseptic surgery while serving in the Confederate Army.  He bottled his formula in private practice in Mississippi and named it “Dr. Tichenor’s Antiseptic.”  By 1905, his company began mass production in New Orleans.  You may still purchase it today.

January 14, 1942, Constable Hiram Smith, Breathitt County Constable’s Office, died from a gunshot while questioning a man suspected of stealing an automobile.  The suspect was located at a local rooming house but claimed he was not the man they were looking for.  The officers were both shot after accompanying the man to his room to locate the papers.

January 14, 1951, Army PVT William Frederick from Bell County died in the Korean War.

January 14, 1952, Navy PO3 Leroy McMurray from Louisville died in the Korean War.

January 14, 1964, Air Force MAJ Carl B. Mitchell from Mt. Sterling died in the Vietnam War.

January 14, 1968, in Super Bowl II, Corbin native and Raider Rodger Bird fumbled a punt to the Green Bay Packers late in the first half.  The Packers then kicked a 43-yard field goal on the final play before halftime to increase their lead to 16-7.  The Raiders lost 33-14 in Vince Lombardi’s final game coaching the Packers.

January 14, 1983, Leeman Bennett, former UK QB and Paducah native, was fired by the Atlanta Falcons as head coach.  Leeman was also head coach at Tampa Bay.

January 14, 2002, exactly 2:47 a.m., a train hauling coal and freight through Paintsville were met by UFO’s according to several individuals.

January 14, 2003, citing the effects of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, Keeneland places the July Selected Yearling Sale on hiatus.  It was the Eastern Tent Caterpillars.

January 14, 2013, Vicco in Perry and Knott Counties approved the state’s first LGBT anti-discrimination fairness ordinance in a decade.  The measure prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based upon a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.  Vicco joined three other cities with anti-discrimination Fairness protections: Covington, which passed an ordinance in 2003, Lexington, and Louisville, which both approved laws in 1999.

January 14, 2014, Richie Farmer received 27 months in prison for misusing state resources during his tenure as Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner.  U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove ordered Farmer to pay $120,500 in restitution, with $105,500 going to the state and $15,000 going to the department he headed.

January 14, 2015, the Nationals traded Lexington native Tyler Lee Clippard to the Oakland Athletics for Yunel Escobar.  Clippard and the Athletics agreed on an $8.3 million salary for the 2015 season.

January 14, 2017, a Kentucky bred and Keeneland graduate wins Gulfstream’s 60th Ft. Lauderdale Stakes.  This edition was a GII $200,000 purse for four-year-olds and upward.

January 14, 2018, the UK cheerleading squad executed a near flawless routine and brought home their 23rd national title from the Universal Cheerleaders Association College National Competition.

On January 14, 2020, Butler County native Nathan Andrew Jones signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds.

January 14, 2021, the top three headlines in the Lexington Herald-Leader:  “State Virus Deaths Top 3,000; Drive-thru Shots Planned” – “National Guard To Assist With Security in Frankfort” – “Blackjewel’s Lack of Reclamation Concerns Strip Mine Neighbors.”  Localtonians are on edge.