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Tuesday, October 5, 1852, Thomas White and Benjamin Johnson, both of Lexington dueled at 5:00 p.m. on the Scott/Fayette line near Donerail on the James K. Duke Farm. Double barreled shotguns were used each loaded with a single ball at 40 yards. “At first fire, White fell, the ball passing through his brain and killing him instantly.” Both men were Transylvania students.
Famous Kentucky Duels by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 144
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Squire Maugridge Boone Jr., born in 1744. Squire was a pioneer, long-hunter, soldier, city planner, politician, land locator, judge, politician, gunsmith, miller and brother of Daniel Boone. In Spring 1779, after the siege of Boonesborough, he moved his family to the settlement at the Falls of the Ohio that would become Louisville. In 1780, he brought 13 families to “Painted Stone,” a tract of land in Shelby County and established Squire Boone’s Station, the county’s 1st permanent settlement.
October 5, 1813, Kentucky native Richard M. Johnson killed the Shawnee leader Tecumseh in the Battle of the Thames in the War of 1812 – so many say. The fatal wounding of Tecumseh is one of the mysteries of history. Scores of Kentuckians were in Michigan for the great battle and returning veterans claimed notoriety by recalling they were present when Tecumseh died. Richard would be come the 9th V.P. in 1837.
October 5, 1818, Nancy Hanks Lincoln died at age 34. Her nine-year-old son Abraham assisted his father in the making of her coffin by whittling the wooden pegs that held the planks together. Eleven-year-old Sarah cared for Abraham until their father remarried the next year.
On October 5, 1839, the second contest between Wagner and Grey Eagle took place at the Oakland Race Course in Louisville, five days after the original race. The Jockey Club supplied the $1,500 purse and 10,000 people attended. Racing enthusiasts made the long trek across the mountains from the Atlantic seaboard; to Louisville, led by Henry Clay. Grey Eagle won the first heat; Wagner the second. The excitement was intense during the running of the third heat, but the race never finished. Grey Eagle gave way in the second mile, broken down and never raced again.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Newport native Thomas Pollock Anshutz, born in 1851. An American painter and teacher known for his portraiture and genre scenes, Anshutz was a co-founder of The Darby School. One of Thomas Eakins’s most prominent students, he succeeded Eakins as director of drawing and painting classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
October 5, 1890, Eckstein Norton University at Cane Springs, Bullitt County, opened with twenty-four students and sixteen teachers. By 1911 it had provided aid to 1,794 students and had graduated 189. Governor Augustus E. Willson appointed one of the graduates, Juliet Carson Alvis of Henderson, to represent the state at the Negro Educational Conference. In 1912 the university merged with the newly established Lincoln Institute at Simpsonville.
October 5, 1895, Kentucky State College (UK) opened their football season with a win against the Frankfort Athletic Club. They would end the year with a 4-5 record. In seven of the games, no one scored.
October 6, 1909, The New York Sun headline read: MARQUISE DIES ON LINER SHE HAD HOPED TO REACH AMERICA BEFORE END CAME: The Marquise Monstiers-Merenville Was Miss Caldwell of Kentucky—She Got The Order of the Rose From Pope Leo XIII., but Later Renounced the Church.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Central City native Bernard “Peck” Hickman, born in 1911. He led Louisville to their 1st championship on a national level by winning the NAIB Championship in 1948 and the school’s 1st NCAA Final Four in 1959. From 1954 to 1967, Hickman doubled as head coach and athletic director, a position he would hold full-time until his retirement in 1973. One of Hickman’s last acts as athletic director was to hire UCLA assistant coach Denny Crum. Peck starred in Western Kentucky basketball, where he majored in physical education.
October 5, 1918, the Kentucky football team opened their season beating Indiana at home 24-7. The abbreviated 1918 season include three games under Coach Andrew Gill. The Wildcats would go 2-1, losing to Vandy and beating Georgetown.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Adrian Howard “Odie” Smith, born in Farmington in Graves County in 1936. The family lived in a farmhouse with no electricity and indoor plumbing. They nicknamed him “Odie” after a comedian on the Grand Ole Opry. Odie played on Rupp’s Fiddlin’ Five, who won the 1958 NCAA Championship and the gold medal in the 1960 Olympics. In 1966 he earned the MVP of the NBA All-Star game in an incredible performance that his peers and fans still have not forgotten.
On October 5, 1941, Louis Dembitz Brandeis from Louisville passed away. President Woodrow Wilson appointed Judge Brandeis to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1916. Congress bitterly contested process the nomination and they branded him a radical reformer, played with a tinge of anti-Semitism. However, they finally approved him to become the 1st Jewish man to sit on the high court. At the time, The New York Times described Brandeis as “a contender, a striver after change and reforms.” He spoke out against and ruled against corporate monopolies when he thought it necessary. America needs him now to fight Google and YouTube.
October 5, 1946, Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones caught Bill Boller’s 11-yard pass for a touchdown during the UL’s 70-0 win over Xavier at Stoll Field. Jones, widely considered the greatest all-around athlete in UK history, played football and basketball for the Cats.
October 5, 1957, the Louisville Cardinals, under head coach Frank Camp, beat Toledo 48-20 at the Fairgrounds Stadium with a light crowd of 6,500. This was Coach Camp’s 12th season, where he earned Louisville’s first bowl bid, defeating Drake in the Sun Bowl. Leonard “Bones” Lyles led the nation in scoring. He also set Louisville records for points in a season, yards gained in a season, and most rushing yards in a career. The Cardinals averaged 38 points in their winning games, ending the season 9-1.
October 5, 1980, Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving, aka Dr. J, soared over Milwaukee Bucks Harvey Catchings in an NBA exhibition game at Rupp Arena. The small crowd of 3,685 received a dose of vintage Dr. J. In just the first eight minutes.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Owensboro native Kevin Olusola, born in 1988. He is best known as a member of the band Pentatonix who won the 2011 season champions of The Sing-Off. Before fame, he performed at Carnegie Hall when he was just 17 years old and went on to attend Yale University.
October 5, 1991, Kentucky lost their SEC opener under the lights at home to Ole Miss 35-14, ending a ten-night-game winning streak in Lexington. The Cardinals did not fare any better in their home game when Cincinnati, a 30-point underdog, routed them 30-7. The Colonels’ won over GA. Southern 10-6 in Richmond highlighted the day.
On October 5, 1992, the National Historic Landmarks added Middle Creek Battlefield in Prestonsburg to their list. The Union Army garnered a victory in January 1862, with future President James A. Garfield commanding.
October 5, 2011, Charles Lewis Napier from Mt. Union passed away. Charles acted in film and television, and became well known for his supporting and leading roles playing police officers, soldiers, or authority figures. He appeared in Philadelphia, Married to the Mob, The Manchurian Candidate, The Silence of the Lambs, Blues Brothers, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Rambo: First Blood Part II.
On October 5, 2014, Henderson native, James Wyne Feix, passed away. A fixture at Western Kentucky University (WKU) since arriving on the Hill in 1949, he played sports, became an administrator, alum director, and overall ambassador for the University. As a quarterback, he became the 1st Hilltopper ever honored as an All-American in football in 1952. As a senior in 1952, Feix guided the Toppers to the school’s 1st OVC football championship with a 9-1 record and the school’s 1st bowl game appearance. WKU defeated Arkansas State 34-19 to win the Refrigerator Bowl. Western plays their football games on the Jimmy Feix Field in Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
On October 5, 2016, Bobby Keith, who guided Clay County to the 1987 Sweet Sixteen championship and may have been one of the greatest basketball coaches in Kentucky, passed away, after suffering a heart attack. He was 75. Keith was an absolute basketball genius. He guided his beloved Clay County Tigers for 27 seasons, leading them to 18 13th Region titles. His 767 career victories are fifth on the state’s all-time list with a career record of 767-125 (86%).
On October 5, 2020, President Trump, still infectious, made a dramatic return to the White House. He immediately ignited controversy by declaring that the nation should not fear the virus despite his illness and entered the mansion maskless. Meanwhile, Governor A. Beshear announced 543 positive cases in Frankfort and stated, “Are we willing to live for other people? Wearing a mask is inconvenient at most. Don’t test the virus. It can come for anybody.”