October 15, 1796, the Wilderness Road’s first written record is in an announcement in the Kentucky Gazette: “The Wilderness Road from Cumberland Gap to the settlements in Kentucky is now completed. Wagons loaded with a ton weight, may pass with ease, with four good horses.” Before that time, most people called the route either Kentucky Road or the road to the Holston settlements, depending upon travel direction. On John Filson’s map, the old trail is called “The Road from the Old settle[ments] thro’ the great Wilderness.”
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Ora Francis Porter born in Sugar Grove, Butler County, in 1879. She graduated from Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in 1901 to become Bowling Green’s first registered nurse. She retired in 1960.
October 15, 1883, Marshal Ambrose Wilson, Sadieville Police Department, was shot and killed while attempting to break up a disturbance at a local saloon. He had taken one of the men outside and was attempting to persuade him to go home when the man produced a gun and opened fire, striking Marshal Wilson three times.
October 15, 1904, Kentucky State College (UK) beat Berea College 42-0 in Lexington. Coached by Fred Schacht in his first of two years, the team went 9-1 for the year. Coach Schacht’s tenure included a 15-4-1 record.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Hindman native Carl D. Perkins born in 1912. Mr. Perkins attended Hindman High School, Caney Junior College (now Alice Lloyd College) and U of L Law School. Perkins did not sign the 1956 Southern Manifesto, and voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1960, 1964, where he was the only yes vote from Kentucky.
October 15, 1915, Carl Goose winning jockey in the 1913 Kentucky Oaks, died in a motor racing accident at age twenty-two at Latonia Race Track. Carl’s brother was Roscoe Goose, better known as the Golden Goose rode the 1913 Kentucky Derby winner, Donerail.
Localtonains wishes a Happy Birthday to Guitarist Mickey Baker, born in Louisville in 1925. In 1936, he entered an orphanage at the age of 11 and ran away, traveling the U.S. The orphanage eventually quit looking for him, and at the age of 16, he stayed in New York City. He found work as a laborer and then a dishwasher. But after hanging out in the pool halls of 26th Street, he gave up work to become a full-time pool shark. At 19, Baker decided to change his life, and thus his signature riffs that helped push rhythm & blues into rock & roll.
October 15, 1932, Policeman Blucher Soyars, Russellville Police Department, and Special Agent Frank Mather, of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, were accidentally shot and killed during a case of mistaken identity.
Thursday, October 15, 1936, at 1:53 p.m., a spotted pony carrying outrider Joe Moran stepped into the plowed dirt and led eight prancing thoroughbreds in the first post parade at Keeneland Racecourse. Royal Raiment wins the $1,000 allowance for two-year-old fillies. The grey filly was owned by John Jay Whitney, trained by J.W. Healy and ridden by John Gilbert. The first day featured seven races worth a total purse prize of $7,380. Eight thousand people were in attendance on the first day and wagered $74,639.
Kentucky Trivia: Paid attendance for that first nine-day fall meet totaled 25,337. The first year was a moderate success for the Keeneland Association. The financial statement for the year, however, revealed a net loss of $3.47.
October 15, 1949, the Kentucky Wildcats shut-out their fourth team in a row by beating The Citadel 44-0 in Lexington. The Bear Bryant team had already shutout LSU (19), Ole Miss (47) and Georgia (25). They would finish the season 9-3 ranked 11th in the nation, losing to Santa Clara in the Orange Bowl.
October 15, 1957, Chief of Police Willard Cash Milstead, Princeton Police Department, was shot and killed by a man while he and another officer were placing a second suspect under arrest at the scene of a domestic disturbance. The other officer shot and killed the suspect.
October 15, 1959, at 31,500 feet above the farming community of Hardinsburg at 6:40 p.m. (CST) two U.S. Airforce aircraft collided. The resulting collision generated an intense fireball seen up to 150 miles away in Cincinnati and Indiana. The aircraft remains landed two miles from each other. The KC-135 landed near the farm of Mrs. Ruby Jones and Mr. Briscoll Thurman’s farmhouse. The main portion of the B-52 hit the ground near the Whitier farm; with other significant wreckage on the Reason Sebastian farm near the village of McQuady.
October 15, 1973, the Congressional Medal of Honor was presented to Gary L. Littrell in a White House ceremony by President Richard Nixon for his actions in the Vietnam War. The retired United States Army Command Sergeant Major is a Henderson native.
On October 15, 1985, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against private coal owners beneath the Daniel Boone National Forest. The coal owners sought to mine the National Forest. It was a landmark case concerning the 1977 surface mining act that would have broad implications.
October 15, 1985, a Johnson Circuit Court Judge ruled, for the second time, that Kentucky’s new limits on brine pollution for oil wells are illegal, but this time, the judge also struck down the rest of the state’s program for controlling water pollution from the oil and gas industry. Judge Frazier also said the state program for regulating water pollution from factories, cities, and other sources might be illegal. Kentucky’s Secretary of natural resources and environmental protection was disappointed in the Judge’s decision.
October 15, 1985, EPA officials publically raised several objections to Ashland Oil, Inc.’s plan to shut down 500 polluting wells in Eastern Kentucky. The EPA vowed to get even more stringent in cracking down on Kentucky oil companies contaminating state waters. Ashland claimed the wells must be shut down to meet state and federal pollution requirements.