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VV- YVVYVYVWVW tr'wm-Aw-m we wrr'rns we kfif‘s-‘W‘EW‘W” er 9" 2'— arprfi .‘w‘ -—-». wvv-i. News Outlook The opinion page does not re Heaven Is A Lot Like Kentucky By Charles Mattox Early June 1781. At Captain John Strode’s Station; near present-day Winchester, Ky. Becky and Polly are out in the fields, chopping weeds in , the almost-waist—high-corn. I Samson, a mongrel moun- tain cur dog, is with them. The corn, tobacco and hemp are growing and sev- eral large gardens have been planted also, yet everyone is concerned over the lack of livestock. . All of the cows and pigs are dead, and there is only one sheep left remaining. Samson is one of the few animals that the Shawnee and Wyandotte raiding party didn’t kill back in the spring, during the attack against them. By Cecil Lawson “So many autumn, ay, and winter days, spent outside the town, trying to hear what was in the wind, to hear and carry it express! I well-nigh sunk all my capital in it, and lost my own breath into the bargain, running in the face of it. If it had con- cerned either of the politi- cal parties, depend upon it, it would have appeared in the Gazette with the ear- liest intelligence. At other times watching from the observatory of some cliff or tree, to telegraph any new arrival; or waiting at evening on the hill-tops for the sky to fall, that I might catch something, though .I never caught much, and that, manna-wise, would dissolve again in the sun. For a long time I was reporter to a journal, of no very wide circulation, whose editor has never yet seen fit to print the bulk of my contributions, and, as is too common with writ- ers, I got only my labor for interested person. METHOD OF SALE: “SEALED BID SALE ONLY “ The big dog still walks with a limp, but the arrow wound has healed well enough so that he escorts the two little girls out into the fields of crops each morning to chop weeds. Then he sits . at the end of the patch and watches. Everyone at Captain John Strode’s Station works, even the children; even the dogs. Samson belongs to Becky’s family: The Spahr family. Polly’s last name is Don- aldson. The spring raid has strengthened the friendship of the two little girls. The raid occurred early one April morning, only a few weeks ago, when Becky’s father, Jacob Spahr, had driven the milk cows out of the family garden plot near the fort. Becky and Polly had skipped along behind Jacob as he continued to shoo’ the cows. John Judy and another young man were cutting bar- beque sticks on the opposite side of the fort in preparation of a planned feast they would all have when eight of the men of the station returned from their special duty. Those men: Isaac and William Clinkenbeard, John Douglas, John McIntyre, , my pains. However, in this case my pains were their own reward. . For many years I was self-appointed inspector of snow-storms and rain- storms, and did my duty faithfully; surveyor, if not of highways, then of for- est paths and all across- lot routes, keeping them open, and ravines bridged and passable at all sea— sons, where the public heel had testified to their utility. I have looked after the wild stock of the town, which give a faithful herdsman a good deal of- trouble by leaping fences; and I have had an eye to the unfrequented nooks and corners of the farm; though I did not always know whether Jonas or Solomon wOrked in a par- ticular field to-day; that was none of my business. I have watered the red huckleberry, the sand cherry'and the nettle-tree, the red pine and the black ash, the- white grape and the yellow violet, which might have withered else in dry seasons. In short, I went on thus for a long time may say it without boasting), faith- fully minding my business tfrom Walden, by Henry NOTICE or? FARM SALE FOR SALE BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. acting through the Fern Service Agency. ’A farm located on 1259 Pichshein Rd. 1 mile east of Owingsville, Kentucky. in Bath County, consisting of approximately 68.09 acres: t3 acres tillable land, 16 acres pasture and 35 acres in woodland and bal» ance in roads/farmstead. There is a dwelling in “Fair” condition located on this property. ALL BIDS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A CERTIFlED CHECK. CASHIERS CHECK, POSTAL OR BANK MONEY ORDER, , OR BANK DRAFT PAYABLE TO THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY FOR AT LEAST 10% OF THE TOTAL BID. THE BALANCE IS DUE AND PAYABl..EE Wi'l'HiN 60 DAYS OF THE SALE DATE FOR THE SUCCESSFUL BiDDER. FINANCING MAY BE AVAILABLE THROUGH FARM SERVICE AGENCY TO ELIGLIGLE APPLI— CANTS. BIDS FROM APPLICANTS THAT ARE A BEGINNING FARMER OR A SOCIAL DiSADVANw TAGED FARMER ARE EXEMPT FROM PAYING THE 13% DOWN. THE PROPERTY IS BEING SOLD AS l8. Information concerning this property and bid forms can be picked up at the Mt. Sterling FSA Service Center Office, 509 Willin Way, Suite 4. Mt. Sterling, KY 40353. (859) 498~5487. All bids must be com— pleted and received by 8:30 AM on Monday, February 1, 202i. A Public Bid Opening will be held at 8:30 AM on Monday, February _1. 2021. Bids received alter this date and time will not be given consideration. The Government reserves the right to cancel the sale at any time, and the right to reject any and all bids or in the event of default, to accept the next highest acceptable bid or to negotiate. a private sale with any Federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits creditors from discriminating against crerrl. applicable: on the or" contract); because all or part of the applicant’s income derives from any public a applicant has in good faith exercised any right under the Consumer Protection Aer The F _, tars compliance with this law is the Federal Trade Commission, Equal Credit Opportunity, Washington. D C, 20580, USDA regulations prohibit discrimination in USDA programs because oi‘ your race, color, religion. age, national origin, martial status. familial status, sexual orientation. disability: or because all or part of; any public assistance program; or because you have filed a program complaint. participated in any program complain! proceeding or opposed a prohibited practice. If you believe lhat you have been discriminated against for any of the reasons stare at. with the Director; Office of Civil Rights, United States Department of Agriculture, Rooan ; Independence Avenue, S. W Washington, D. C. 20250—9410. Your Hometown Newspaper flect the views of the KyNewsGroup. January 21, 2021 7 TWO LITTLE GIRLS Fredrick Couchman, Samu- el Taylor and John Kirk; had been ordered to Bryant’s Station to act as guards and had not yet returned home. Some men were still inside the fort however, and among these men were the elder John Clinkenbeard, Thomas Jones, his uncle Capt John Fleming, Joshua Bennett, Jacob Spahr, Thomas Ken- nedy, and a handful of others including Polly’s father, Pat- rick Donaldson. Becky’s uncle, Mathias Spahr, Benjamin Dunaway and two of his companions from David McGee’s Sta- tion were also present. Their old friend James Beath yet remained a prisoner of the Shawnee after having been captured in June 1780. Almost all of the families of McGee’s and Strode's Sta- tion were former neighbors and relatives from the east— ern communities of Berkley County Virginia. Several dozen warriors sprang their attack simulta- neously that morning. A female servant who lived with Thomas Kennedy wascaptured while out in a maple grove. John Judy was shot in the back, but he and his compan- ion managed to crawl back to the station. Jacob Spahr was killed al- David Thoreau I recently found myself walking along the back fence row and found since the last time I was there a tree from a neighbor’s property had rotted and tumbled down atop the barbed wire. I dutifully piled up the dead wood and surveyed the damage. which was minmal, compared with the :ondition of the fence and the need to replace several 01d, retted posts. I Cecided to walk around the )oundary to see how the 'est 0f the fence was doing. It had been a lush sumner, and of course vine: and brambles were tryirg to reclaim their domain. There are a few wild blackberry bushes, and ots of wild rose vines, and any other plants I do rot know, insinuating themselves around the fenc: and posts. Cleaning the fence row is nct a huge priority these days without livestock in the field, but every so of- ten it must be done. While I have always en- joyed puttering in a gar- den in the warm months, I never thought of myself as much of a farmer. My par- ents wisely got out of the" farning business, which r Income is derived fmm :, you may file a complaint W. t/‘Wrzr‘len Building. 14th most the instant the attack began. I Becky and Polly ran with all their might, toward the small open gate of the stock- ade as they saw the heavier main fort gates being closed and barred. Shawnee warriors chased and grabbed them when they were only 20 feet from the gate, but the dogs of the station, including Samson who led the charge, pounced upon the warriors with such. fury that they released the girls and retreated. A barrage of arrows si- lenced all the dogs but Sarn- son and nearly struck the two girls. Patrick Donaldson climbed onto a barrel near the small gate, and just as he fired into the warriors, was himself struck in the forehead by a Shawnee bul- let, and he crumbled to the ground lifeless. The girls ran wildly into the station, and in her haste Polly struck her head on one of the railings near the gate- post. She received a deep gash across the forehead and fell unconscious near her father. This one incident com- pelled me to learn about these people when I stum- bled upon the first account, over three and a half de- was only ever a sideline income for them, a long time ago, and they wanted to see me do better in life. My dad was not much of a hunter or fisherman, but he did introduce me to the woods, which became my main preoccupation. My mom and grandmother always let me help in their gardens. I learned to split wood at a very young age and became the superin- tendent of the kindling pile for many years before being promoted to block splitter (dad always re- tained his monopoly over the chain saw, which I have now inherited). I never shied away from hard work if it was nec- essary. In later years I leaned towards a career in academia and spent many years in college, reading and writing and test tak- ing. When that career door did not open for me, I returned to what I knew v— laboring for a time before eventually finding this job as a reporter. I still use a push mower for the yard. I still chop wood for my mom to heat the house. I do a lot of the heavy lifting and digging for Lori in her garden. I still walk miles and miles in the woods and hills without direction and cades ago, while beginning my research into the Draper Manuscripts. These were the people who would help populate northeastern Kentucky in the generations to come: a strong people; our ancestors. Patrick Donaldson died that night at about the same time as Benjamin Dunaway successfully ‘Parlayed’ with the raiders and convinced them of a large group of mi- litia soldiers were scheduled to arrive the next day. The raiders paraded the animals in front of the fort and killed them all before retreating by shooting their arrows into their bodies .and then laughing loudly and daring the men to come save their cows and pigs and sheep, but the men could do little other than watch the pitiful procession and cringe. They even killed the few chickens that were outside the stockade. They also scalped and did other things to the body of Jacob Spahr. But, after an eternity, the warriors left and the next morning the eight men on duty at other stations re- turned. ' Polly and Becky didn’t know how they would ever get on with their lives, but they did, as did members THE REAL WORK make it back home. I sometimes wonder if. I have ever found what I am supposed to be doing in life, and then I realize, in quieter moments, that I am probably never going to make much money do- ing what I love most, and I am okay with that. But yield who will to their separation, My object in living is to unite , . My avocation and my vocation Wow The family of Lois Smith Simpkins would like to thank the many first responders, Bath County Ambulance Service, St. Joe Mt. Sterling, UK Lifeflight, and UK Hospital. . Special thanks to Richardson Funeral Home and City of Refuge Church for the love shown during the loss of our mother. Thank you to our employees for'the time off, and everyone fer each and'every phone call, text, message, flowers, cards. Each act of kindness did not go unnoticed. May God bless each and every one. Crystal Dyer (Mike Munday) and Kevin and r of their friends and relatives who wore their grief like a heavy coat. In the next year, Captain John Fleming would marry the widow Donaldson and a few weeks later in. the surn- mer of 1782, he would be severely wounded by Wyan- dotte warriors in the Battle of Battle Run. Also killed in that battle were' their friends, William Clemmons, John Wilson, William Buchanan, John Douglas and George Johnson. Shawnee warriors killed Mathias Spahr and Joshua Bennett in 1784 and almost beat that crazy Irishman, Mi- chael Cassidy, to death be- fore he got away from them. Thomas Jones and Polly's sister, Rebecca Donaldson, were married soon after. Polly Donaldson, also known as Mary, later married into the Craig clan and no doubt helped distill some of Ken- tucky’s first bourbon whis- key. I continue with my re- search.. * Excerpted from vol. 11 and 12 CC Draper Manu- scripts, interviews with Isaac and William Clinkenbeard, Colonel Thomas Jones, Jes— 7 se Kennedy (son of Thomas Kennedy), Daniel Spahr ‘ (son of Mathias Spahr), and others. As my two eyes make one in sight. Only where love and need are one, And the‘work is play for mortal stakes, ‘ Is the deed ever really done For heaven and the fu- ture’s sakes. from Robert Frost, ‘Two Tramps in Mud Time” to s Emily Simpkins NOTICE OF FARM SALE FOR SALE BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, acting through the Farm Service Agency. A farm located on 675 Pichshein Rd, 1 mile east of Owingsville, Kentucky, in Bath County, consisting of ap- proximately 97 acres: 56 acres tillable land. 22 aores pasture and 13 acres in woodland and balance in roads/farmstead. There is a dwelling in "Poor" condition, with garage. tobacco barn and stock barn. METHOD OF SALE: “SEALED BlD SALE ONL “ ALL BEDS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A CERTIFIED CHECK, CASHIERS CHECK, POSTAL OR BANK MONEY ORDER, OR BANK DRAFT PAYABLE TO THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY FOR AT LEAST 30% OF THE TOTAL BID. THE BALANCE IS DUE AND PAYABLE WITHIN 60 DAYS OF THE SALE DATE FOR THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER. FINANClNG MAY BE AVAILABLE THROUGH FARM SERVICE AGENCY TO ELIGLIGLE APPLI- CANTS. BEDS FROM APPLICANTS THAT ARE A BEGINNING FARMER OR A SOCIAL DISADVAN- TAGED FARMEFI ARE EXEMPT FROM PAYING THE 10% DOWN. THE PROPERTY IS BEING SOLD AS IS. Information concerning this property and bid forms can be picked up at the Mt. Sterling FSA Service Center Office, 509 Wiliin Way, Suite 4, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353. (859) 498—5487. All bids must be com- pleted and received by 8:30 AM on Monday, February 1, 2021. A Public Bid Opening will be held at 8:30 AM on Monday. February t, 2021 . Bids received otter this date and time will not be given consideration. The Government reserves the right to cancel the sale at any time, and the right to reject any and all bids or in the event ct default, to accept the next highest acceptable bid or to negotiate a private sale with any interested person. Federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act prob/oils creditors from' discriminating against credit applicants on the basis of color. religion. national origin. sex. marital status, age (provided the applicant has the capacity to enters binding act); because all or part of {he applicanl’s Income derives from any public assistance program; or because the applicant has in good faith exercised any right under the Consumer Protection Act, The Federal agency that adminis- ters compliance with this law is the Federal Trade Commission, Equal Credit Opportunity, Washington, D. C. 20580. USDA regulations prohibit discrimination in USDA programs because of your race, color, religion, sex, age. national origin. martial status. familial status, sexual orientation, disability: or because all or part of your income is derived from any public assistance program, or because you have filed a program complaint, participated in any program complaint proceeding'or opposed a prohibited practice. you believe that you have been discriminated against for any of the reasons slate above, you may file a complaint with the Director, Office of Civil Rights. United States Department ongn‘culture, Room‘326—IM Mitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, Washington. D. C. 20250-9410. '