Saturday, May 17, 2014

What Kept People Busy in 1850?

In the effort to fill in the blanks of a genealogy, one part of the record is largely overlooked, the documentation of what kept people busy from day to day. What did people do? How did they make a living? Where or to whom did one go to get a horse shod or a cabinet made?  The answers to those questions with regard to the 1850s have been around for a while, thanks to the efforts of two men named Thomson and Bassett.  Read the article, "What Kept People Busy in 1850?"

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Harrison Heritage News (April 2014)

The latest edition of the Harrison Heritage News was mailed a couple of weeks ago.  What, you don't have one?  Well, you've got to be a member of the Harrison County Historical Society to get one!  It is too late to have joined yesterday, but today and tomorrow are viable options, which brings me to the subject of the feature article for this month's issue, the title of which, "Before It is Too Late Too Soon", is very apropos to the message expressed so far.

The article is about Berry, Kentucky in the 1910s, a time before World Wars and Depressions when Harrison County's second largest community (after Cynthiana) basked in what seemed to be an aura of boundless energy and enthusiasm.  Work could be hard, but people still had time to have fun, and if you grew up there in the early decades of the 20th century, you might not want to trade that time of your life for anything else or any other place in the world.

A budding interest in genealogy combined with the opportunity to travel in the 1990s allowed me to capture such sentiments as expressed by my great-aunt, Martha Elizabeth (Elmore) Byerley (1906-1998) nearly eight decades later.  She spent her preteen years living life, having fun, and, yes, going to school at Berry.  The stories she told are short and entertaining and . . . maybe best of all . . . she took albums full of pictures to illustrate the "good ol' days," some which have been reproduced on the front page of this issue of the Harrison Heritage News.

So, don't you wait to until it is too late too soon to get your copy of the April 2014 issue of the Harrison Heritage News today!  Visit www.HarrisonCountyKy.US/Historical-Society for membership information.

     “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”—Dr. Seuss