Posted in Ancestor Stories

At the Library

I love to read and I love to learn.  These are not things that I have come to love by accident.  Education has always been something that my family has held in high regard.  Even when opportunities were not obvious, my family has always been the type to make the most of a situation.  Education to my family doesn’t necessarily mean school as it can come in many different ways.

Education was extremely important to my Great Aunt, Margaret Charlotte Robinson Jones.  Margaret grew up and lived in Harlan County, Kentucky, an area not known for numerous educational opportunities.  That didn’t stop Margaret from not only educating herself, but helping to educate the community.

Around the Harlan community, Margaret was known for her work on the Harlan County Book-mobile.  The Book-mobile was like a food truck of today, but with books.  Harlan County is a very rural and mountainous area and many people didn’t have the means or the time to come into town to go to the library.  For some, reading was a luxury that just wasn’t part of their every day life.  Margaret and her Book-mobile changed that.  She brought books and knowledge to people’s doorsteps.  The Book-mobile was used to reach children, elderly, disabled, and the poor.  The Book-mobile even visited the local prison.  Nobody was turned away from the Book-mobile.  If there was a way it could it to you, Margaret and her driver would make sure that it did.  It was opening the whole world at people’s doorsteps.

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Article from the Harlan Daily Enterprise

The Book-mobile was not all serious and no fun.  Margaret would tell the story of some of the elderly ladies in the community.  They would ask her to bring them some “dirty” books.  The ladies were too embarrassed to come to the main library to check them out.  The “dirty” books it turns out, were Harlequin romance novels.  I love this story and the fact that it shows the innocence of a time gone by.

In order to provide the people of Harlan County to be blessed with the Book-mobile, Margaret had to educate herself.  This required her to attend a conference at Moorehead University.  Through the Personal Development Institute she completed a certification process along with other public and book-mobile librarians.

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Article from the Harlan Daily Enterprise

Margaret had a deep passion for her work on the Book-mobile.  She loved being able to reach people who may not of otherwise had the opportunity to hold these books in their hands.  Sadly, Margaret’s life was cut short as she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and passed away at the age of 47.  Without a doubt, her legacy carries on through the many lives that she and her Book-mobile touched.

 

Posted in Weekend Update

Weekend Update – January 26th, 2019

I’m starting this new category in order to be transparent on what I’m currently researching.  Here I will highlight some of the more interesting tidbits I’ve found during the week.

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This week I’ve been working to expand the tree on my Rogers line.  I’m related to the Rogers through my 5th Great Grandfather, John Rogers, who married Jane Eaton.  By doing so, I “met” my 2nd cousin 4x removed, Audrey Mae Barton.  Audrey was born in 1914 in Knox County, Kentucky.  She married a man by the name of Ron Hensley.  They moved to Harlan County, Kentucky where they raised four children; Evelyn, Gerald, Betty, and Genette.

Sometimes you find unpleasant things when trying to expand your family tree and so was the case when I looked for Audrey Barton in the newspaper.  I found the following article explaining how Audrey passed away in the Lexington Herald in 1952.

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Printed in the Lexington Herald on February 7th, 1952

Reading this article broke my heart, but so did reading her death certificate.

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Audrey Mae Barton Hensley Death Certificate

Check back next Saturday for the Weekend Update.  Hopefully I’ll have something a little more lighthearted!

Posted in The Want Ads

Wanted: Who’s Coming To Dinner?

To get the Want Ads kicked off, I thought I’d be a little self serving and share a picture that I’ve been struggling with.

IMG_2292.jpgThis picture includes my 2x Great Grandmother, Stella Alice Baker Martin (m. Frank Martin).  She is the second from the left and sitting with her arm on the table.  Stella was born in Laurel County, Kentucky (1895) and lived in Knox and Harlan Counties in Kentucky.  I’m assuming this picture was taken in one of those counties.  Her father was Reverend John William Baker.

This picture sits in my kitchen and every time I walk by it, I want to figure out who these people are!  Haha!  I’ve asked my family members and nobody seems to know…except that Stella is in this picture.

If you have any ideas, suggestions, or contacts please share in the comments section or send an email to coolgirgenealogy@gmail.com and remember, I’m always looking for items to post in the Want Ads!