TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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September 8, 1775, Daniel Boone and his family returned to Fort Boonesborough from Snody’s Station, now Castlewood, VA.  The family members included Rebecca and their daughters along with 35 axemen.  It took the group six months travelling the Cumberland Gap. 

On September 8, 1775, Frances Jane Greenleaf and her crew reached Fort Harrod.  Frances later manufactured the first salt in Kentucky at Drilling’s Lick, an essential stop for pioneers moving deeper into Kentucky.  She was also one of Kentucky’s first schoolteachers.

September 8, 1808, Nathaniel Duval and Lloyd Wilcoxen, both citizens of “Bairdstown,” dueled in the Indiana territory nearly opposite of Louisville.  Duval “fell at the first fire, having received the ball of his antagonist in the right side.  The wound proved mortal.”
Famous Kentucky Duels by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 136

September 8, 1867, John L. Helm died as Kentucky’s 24th governor, five days after being sworn in.  Lt. Governor John W. Stevenson became the 25th governor.  Stevenson would later resign at the end of his term to become Kentucky’s 18th class two senator.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Wendell Hampton Ford, born near Owensboro, in Daviess County, in 1924.

September 8, 1950, Army PFC Charles Keeley from Jefferson County and Army SGT Kenneth O. Williams from Laurel County, died in the Korean War.

September 8, 1951, Army CPL Dewey F. Bruce from Knox County died in the Korean War.

September 8, 1962, the new Lure Lodge was completed on a steep cliff overlooking one of the broadest expanses of water on Lake Cumberland.  The lodge originally had 24 guests rooms but now has 24 additional rooms and an indoor swimming pool.

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September 8, 1967, Air Force CAPT Albert F. Sayer from Ft. Thomas died in the Vietnam War.

September 8, 1968, Marine Corps PFC Bobby R. Sumpter from California in Campbell County died in the Vietnam War.

September 8, 1970, Army PFC Kenneth J. Nolen from Manchester died in the Vietnam War.

September 8, 1971, Army PFC Donald E. Smith from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

September 8, 1979, EKU Opens up the regular season on their way to a National Championship.

September 8, 1983, Haskell Penn helped customer Susie Edelen at the counter of Penn’s Store in Gravel Switch.  The store, the oldest country store in America being run continuously by the same family, sits on the Boyle and Casey County lines.  It opened in 1845 and has been in the Penn family since 1850.  It was the community’s first post office in 1882.

September 8, 1990, Eastern Kentucky University named their football stadium the Roy Kidd Stadium during a half-time presentation with Coach Kidd, in their season opener.  Coach Kidd and the Colonels beat S. Florida 24-12.   

September 8, 1995, former U.S. House Speaker Thomas S. Foley received the second Henry Clay Medallion for Distinguished Service in a ceremony at the governor’s mansion.  The medallion’s first recipient was Thomas D. Clark, Kentucky’s Historian-Laureate.

On September 8, 1998, federal agents, police, and prosecutors celebrated receiving $11 million and more manpower to help curb marijuana growing in the Appalachia region by making a marijuana bust in Eastern Kentucky, the first raid with the new money.

September 8, 2000, the STS-106 Atlantis launched with Kentuckian Terrence Wade Wilcutt on board.  The 12-day mission successfully prepared the International Space Station for the arrival of the first permanent crew.  The five astronauts and two cosmonauts delivered more than 6,600 pounds of supplies and installed batteries, power converters, life support, and exercise equipment on the Space Station.

September 8, 2000, Churchill Downs Incorporated completed a merger with Chicago’s Arlington International Racecourse (now Arlington Park), which involved an exchange of stock with Arlington owner Richard Duchossois.  The Illinois track recently announced they would be shutting down.

On September 8, 2009, Columbia native Dakota L. Meyer took heroic action during the Battle of Ganjgal in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, and for this, he later received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

On September 8, 2017, Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash in Medford, NJ, where he and Eddie Montgomery were to perform that evening.

September 8, 2018, a Kentucky bred and Keeneland graduate takes Kentucky Downs GIII $750,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes going one and one half miles on the turf.