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Kentucky Trivia

December 2, 1806, Kentucky created Lewis County from Mason County and named it in honor of Meriwether Lewis, explorer.  The county seat is Vanceburg.  Other cities and towns include: Concord, Garrison, Alburn, Awe, Black Oak, Beechy Creek, Buena Vista, Burtonville, Cabin Creek, Camp Dix, Carrs, Charters, Clarksburg, Cottageville, Covedale, Crum, Emerson, Epworth, Esculapia Springs, Fearis, Firebrick, Fruit, Glenn, Glenn Springs, Gun Powder Gap, Harris, Head of Grassy, Heselton, Irwin, Jacktown, Kinniconick, Kirkville, Laurel, Libbie, Martin, McDowell Creek, McKenzie, Montgomery Creek, Nashtown, Noah, Oak Ridge, Pence, Petersville, Poplar Flat, Quicks Run, Randville, Records, Rexton, Ribolt, Rugless, Saint Paul, Salt Lick, Sand Hill, Stricklett, Sullivan, Tannery, Teutonia, Thor, Tollesboro, Trinity (Trinity Station), Upper Bruce, Valley and Wadsworth.  Lewis County, the 47th county created, covers 495 square miles.

By David Benbennick

December 2, 1806, Kentucky also created Clay County from Madison County, Floyd County, and Knox County and named in honor of Green Clay, Revolutionary War General and western surveyor.  The county seat is Manchester.  Other cities and towns include: Oneida, Beech Creek, Benge, Burning Springs, Datha, Fall Rock, Fogertown, Garrad, Goose Rock, Greenbriar, Hector, Larue and Little Goose.  Clay County, the 46th county created, covers 471 square miles.

By David Benbennick

Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to Thomas Lincoln and Hardin County native Sarah Bush, who wed in 1819.  Abraham was ten years old when they married.  The future president always addressed her as Mama and later as Mother in his letters.

December 2, 1863, Confederates burned down the Mt. Sterling Courthouse when the Union Army used it as a garrison.  Locals saved the clerk records located in the rear but the circuit records got destroyed.  Twenty-two courthouses burned during the war, 19 in the last 15 months.  Confederates burned twelve courthouses guerrillas burned eight, and the Union Army burned two by mistake.  Roadside History: A Guide to Kentucky Highway Markers edited by Melba Porter Hay, Dianne Wells, Thomas H. Appleton, Jr., Thomas H. Appleton; pg: 30

December 2, 1864, Louisville native James Speed became the 27th U.S. Attorney General.

December 2, 1884, John Martin killed Floyd Tolliver in a barroom brawl.  Before Floyd died, he said, “Boys, remember what you swore to do; you said you would kill him, and you must keep your word.”  John Martin died eight days later.  Approximately twenty murders occurred in the Rowan County War centered in Morehead from August 1884 to June 1887.

Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to Knox County native James D. Black, the 39th governor, and Mary Jeanette “Nettie” Pitzer, who married in 1875.  The couple had three children, who all graduated from Centre College.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Paducah native Fate Marable, born in 1890.  A jazz pianist and bandleader; his band educated many players who would later become prominent in jazz, including Louis Armstrong, Red Allen, Baby Dodds, Johnny Dodds, Pops Foster, Errol Garner, Narvin Kimball, Al Morgan, Jimmy Blanton, Elbert Pee Wee Claybrook, Joe Poston, and Zutty Singleton.

December 2, 1922, plans became public for a massive steel and concrete structure on Stoll Field to seat 50,000 people.  Richard S. Webb, Jr., a former Wildcat star and now a civic leader, had hoped one of the sections would be completed by the next football season.

On December 2, 1926, a truck broke through the 88-year-old floorboards of the Hickman Covered Bridge (also known as the Camp Nelson Covered Bridge) connecting Jessamine and Garrard Counties; it never would reopen.

December 2, 1950, the following died fighting in the Korean War
Chaffin, Clifford R. Army PFC Lawrence County
Conner, George W.
Army PFC Russell County
Cooper, Harold Ryland
Army SFC Jefferson County
Dotson, Lawrence
Army CPL Pike County
Elmore, Joe S.
Army PVT Clinton County
Farmer, Kenneth W.
Army CPL Union County
Maddox, James W.
Army SFC Ohio County
Moore, Charles E.
Army PFC Pike County
Phelps, John M.
Army PVT Greenup County
Pryor, Floyd W.
Army CPL Christian County
Ray, Floyd J.
Army SGT Daviess County
Robertson, Thomas R.
Army PVT Webster County
Rose, Damon Lee
Army CPL Harlan County
Waford, Everett W.
Army PVT Jefferson County
Vance, Dennis Lee
Army SSSG Hardin County

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Hopkinsville native Mac King, born in 1959.  Mac’s family-friendly show, The Mac King Comedy Magic Show, has played at the Harrah’s Las Vegas in the Clint Holmes Theater since 2000.

December 2, 1969, Buck White opened on Broadway starring Muhammad Ali who played a militant black lecturer.  This occurred during his 43-month forced exile from the ring.

December 2, 1971, Army SGT William T. Warren from Louisville and Army SSG Schyler Watts from Vicco in Perry County died fighting in the Vietnam War.

December 2, 1972, Joe B. Hall coached his 1st regular season game as Kentucky’s basketball head coach.  The #13 Cats defeated Michigan State 75-66 with Jim Andrews as the leading scorer.  The Wildcats went on to win the SEC.

December 2, 1974, World Heavyweight Champion boxer Muhammad Ali addressed a Nation of Islam meeting at the New Victoria Theatre in London.

December 2, 1974, Lincoln Hall, located on Berea College, became a National Historic Landmark.  Built in 1885-87, “Recitation Hall,” as it was known on campus, was the focus of civil rights activities for nearly three-quarters of a century.  Lincoln Hall has been Berea’s administration building since 1914 and underwent a $5.5 million “green” renovation as a result of a collapse of its central interior in 2001.  In 2004, Lincoln Hall became the 1st building in Kentucky to be awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

By Lance Hill

December 2, 1983, Louisiana State University introduced Paris native William Stephen “Bill” Arnsparger as their head football coach.  Arnsparger led LSU to two Sugar Bowl berths in three seasons, in 1984 and 1986, both times against Nebraska.

December 2, 1984, Constable Hamilton Ferguson, Sr., Nelson County Constable’s Office, died when a vehicle struck him as he crossed the street to his patrol car immediately after he placed a drunk driver in the back of his cruiser.

December 2, 2005, Trinity defeated St. Xavier 14-6 for the 4A Kentucky State High School Championship Gridiron Bowl, played in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

December 2, 2007, Lexington native and writer Elizabeth Bruce Hardwick died in Manhattan.

December 2, 2011, Trinity pounded Scott County 62-21 in the 6A Kentucky State High School Championship Gridiron Bowl.  Feix Field, Houchens/LT Smith Stadium in Bowling Green hosted the game.

December 2, 2015, Governor-elect M. Bevin announced Derrick Ramsey as Secretary of the Labor Cabinet.

December 2, 2019, Georgetown College officials announced that all Scott County students admitted during the next ten years would receive four-year scholarships worth about $160,000.  Kentucky later expanded this to three other counties.

December 2, 2021, Governor A. Beshear, who skyrocketed to political stardom with his handling of the coronavirus endemic, continued to sound the alarm by stating, “the state again is in an escalation stage, and overall our cases are going up.”  Meanwhile, the national press began laying the groundwork for the hysteria to continue, “Omicron is a spark that’s on the horizon, but the Delta variant is the fire that is here today.”

On December 2, 2022, President J. Biden backed the corporatist again.  This time, he and Congress sided with the railroad monopolies against the rail workers.  They signed a bill into law making a rail strike illegal, preventing workers from walking off the job weeks before the holiday season.