On October 13, 1779, the Virginia legislature began to execute a plan and formed a committee, Virginia Land Commission, to resolve proper ownership of the lands in the new territory. The commission traveled from fort to fort and awarded land to settlers who could prove their valid claims. These actions help increase the stability of the area and migration began to rise from the East. A healthy ’79 corn crop also helped.
A History of the Daniel Boone National Forest, 1770-1970 By Robert F. Collins
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Mary Barr Clay of Lexington. Mary was the elder daughter of Cassius Marcellus Clay and Mary Jane Warfield. The first Kentucky women to advocate for women’s suffrage and was part of both national and state associations, serving as V.P. for the National Woman Suffrage Association and V.P. and president for the American Woman Suffrage Association. When she divorced in 1872, she dropped her husband’s name and took back her surname of Clay; she changed the last names of her two youngest children to Clay also.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Maysville native Governor Augustus Everett Willson, the 36th governor born in 1846. A Republican in a primarily Democratic state, Willson suffered several defeats for public office but was elected governor of Kentucky on his second attempt. Due to his handling of the Black Patch Tobacco Wars and his pardoning of several individuals involved in the assassination of democratic Governor William Goebel, Willson drew the ire of the democrat-controlled General Assembly. As a result, the legislature considered a few of his proposals.
October 13, 1901, the Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded the city of Paducah $35,000 to construct a new library. The library stood until December 1964 when Christmas lights burned down the building.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Evan Settle of Crab Orchard, born in 1912. Evan played for Adolf Rupp for three seasons and scored 27 points. He also played golf and baseball for the Wildcats.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to George Samuel Hurst, born in Ponza, Bell County, in 1927. Dr. Hurst was a world-acclaimed scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He enrolled in Berea College at the age of 15 and graduated with a physics degree in 1947. The following year he earned an MS degree in physics from the UK and then began a distinguished career spanning 40 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
October 13, 1962, President John F. Kennedy, campaigning for his next presidential race, spoke at the State Fairgrounds in Louisville, thirteen months before his assassination. The president discussed the importance of electing democratic representatives from Kentucky for the nation to progress in areas such as labor, education, natural resources, and area redevelopment. He encouraged his audience to elect Wilson Wyatt as Governor and re-elect Frank Burke as congressman. Wyatt lost to Governor Breathitt (D) and Burke lost to Gene Snyder (R).
October 13, 1990, less than a month after Kentucky’s General Assembly Tobacco Task Force asked jailers in three counties why they banned smoking in their jails, the Kentucky Jailers Association passed a resolution stating it doesn’t support such bans. That task force looked out for Kentucky tobacco farmers’ interest, a strategy they pursued aggressively.
October 13, 1996, Carl Henry Dodd of Cotes near Evarts in Harlan County passed away. He was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor, for his actions in the Korean War. He was awarded the medal for conspicuous leadership during the taking of a strongly defended hill as part of Operation Thunderbolt.
October 13, 2009, Jefferson Circuit Judge Fred Cowan vacated the manslaughter and robbery charges against Edwin Chandler after prosecutors and police announced they had convicted the wrong man. Mr. Chandler spent 16 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He would eventually receive $4 million from the city.
October 13, 2009, Billy Gillispie and the University of Kentucky reached an out of court settlement that paid Gillispie $2,984,536.07. UK also paid $265,463.93 to four law firms for attorneys and mediation fees. The ex-head basketball coach will not file or initiate any other lawsuit against UK or make disparaging remarks concerning the university.
October 13, 2014, as the Ebola virus ravaged West Africa and began to appear in the U.S., it was announced an Owensboro based company Bioprocessing, would produce an experimental drug ZMapp full-time, to help guard against the virus. Zmapp makes the compound from tobacco plants which act as photocopiers to mass-produce proteins.