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September 12, 1816, Kentucky artist Joseph H. Bush writes Henry Clay and apologizes for being unable to refund the money that Clay loaned to him.
Jouett-Bush-Frazer Early Kentucky Artist by William Barrow Floyd
September 12, 1850, Presley O’Bannon died in Henry County. Presley was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, famous for his exploits in the First Barbary War (1801-1805). In recognition of his bravery, he was presented a sword for his part in attempting to restore Prince Hamet Karamanli to his throne as the Bey of Tripoli. This sword became the model for the Mameluke Sword, adopted in 1825 for Marine Corps officers, which is part of the formal uniform today.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native William Gilbert Barron, born in 1894 in a dressing room at the Hopkins Opera House in Louisville. Billy was a comedian, actor, writer, and film director known for his comic sneeze routines. He appeared in over 200 feature films, short subjects, and television shows starting in 1929.
September 12, 1910, with only 12 members remaining, the Shakers of Pleasant Hill near Harrodsburg faced their colony’s demise and contracted to sell their 1,800 acres of land and buildings to Col. George Bohon. In return, Bohon agreed to care for them and allow them to stay on their property for the rest of their lives.
September 12, 1915, Ford Motor Company opened their new plant in Louisville on a 2.5 acre site on South Third Street. Initially the plant employed 53 people and produced 15 cars per day, many of which were Model T’s.
The Kentucky Encyclopedia edited by John E. Kleber; pg: 309
September 12, 1968, Army CPL Donald R. Butler from Morehead, Marine Corps LCPL Clifford L. Scholl from Louisville, Marine Corps PFC David M. Sowards from West Liberty, and Army PFC Edgar L. Tomlinson from Williamstown in Grant County, all died in the Vietnam War.
September 12, 1998, Kentucky wide receiver Craig Yeast celebrated after catching a 54-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tim Couch during the Wildcats’ 52-7 throttling of visiting Eastern Kentucky. It was schools’ first-ever meeting on a gridiron.
On September 12, 2009, Bill Sparkman, Jr., a school teacher and field representative for the U.S. Census Bureau, was found dead hanging from a tree in rural Clay County. After more than two months of investigation, police concluded that his death was a suicide, staged by him to look like a homicide so that his family could collect life insurance.
September 12, 2020, Louisville and Western Kentucky start the football season by playing each other. Louisville wins 35-21 and climbs to the top 20 but only wins three more games the rest of the season. The game was played in the rain before 11,179 physically distanced fans at Cardinal Stadium.
Kentucky Trivia: The Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals did not play each other in 2020 for the first time since they renewed the rivalry in 1994.