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2 - August 16, 2012 Your Hometown Newspaper OPINIONS News Outlook Heaven Is ALot Like Kentucky By Charles Mattox "ff'homas Jones was one. of the party at Holder's De- feat...They saw where the Indians had made the pris- oners (Hoy and CalloWay) run a race, so as to .leave sign to induce the whites to follow and threw down painted sticks to attract at- tention. John Fleming loos- ened his hunting shirt and clothing, and when asked why he did so replied, after seeing the pains the Indi- ans took to court pursuit 'If we go across Licking River we shall be badly whipped!" Francis Jones, son of Thomas Jones and step grandson of John Flem- ing, in an interview now located in the Draper Manuscripts, volume 21 S. The ancient remnants of the old Warfior's Trail on the present-day Fleming County side of the Licking River at the Upper Blue Licks were dearly visible to the handful of Kentucky frontiersmen who were following the raiding Na- tive American warriors who had taken Jones Hoy and Jack Callaway captive Joseph Proctor, who had Boone and many of the to Holder. "They might be from William Hoy's Sta- already crossed the river. 30 salt makers had since leading us into an ambush. tion two days earlier. Fleming sat down on a log returned. Micajah had We'd best not fide beyond The ancient trail con- before turning up a bottle not. It had been rumored the painted sticks." nected the northern tribes of whiskey and drinking that Micajah had "turned Holder consulted fur- with the southern tribes greedily from it in several full injun" and Micajah ther with Fleming and and was the route used for large guzzling swallows, was also rumored to have Capt. John Constant be. trade andtravel across the "It's a trap Captain Hold- been one of several war- fore dividing his force and land. er," he finally said after riors that had tortured continuing. Woolly mammoths and replacing the .cork on the Col. Richard Callaway to Half of the men-moved big-horn bison wore deep bofle and tossing it to his death in March of 1780 directly north on one en- ruts in the valleys and ne best friend, the wiry when Shawnee warriors emy trail while Captain across the hills thousands little Irishman named Mi- killed Callaway and Pem- Constant and Cassidy with of years earlier and vast chad Cassidy who had berton Rollins near Fort others followed the river herds of buffalo still used just arrived on the frontier BoonesbOro. trail. the trail system, which after serving on many bat- Fleming's own half Soon the enemy war- connected the saline and flefronts in the east with brother, George Stock- riors sprang their ambush freshwater springs of the General George Washing- ton, had been similarly with one of the first shots region, ton. "If we cross that river abducted from their Penn- striking Fleming in the hip They say the river ac- weql be riding straight sylvania home in 1754 and and groin and knocking tually ran red with blood into a trap." Stockton lived for a dozen him from his horse. on August 12, 1782 when Holder launched into years as a famous Iroquois Cassidy and Constant those Kentucky frontiers- one of his famous cursing warrior before returning heard the gunfire and men caught up with about rants at Fleming's caution home and then later corn- raced head long into the 70 Native American war- as he implored the men to ing with Fleming to the fight from the opposite di- fiors in what is now south- continue onward. Kentucky frontier in 1776. rection. Cassidy rode his ern Fleming County, near. Fleming bit his tongue. Fleming thus complete- horse through the entire the confluence of Sapp's He understood how Hold- ly understood Holder's . Native American force to Branch or Battle Run er felt and why he insisted apprehension and he lis- reach Fleming's side. He Branch, and the Licking that they continue, tened to Holder's pleads dismounted, killed a war- River. These Native American for a full two minutes be- fior, and threw Fleming The cataclysmic events warriors had abducted fore simply mounting his onto his horse sack lash- of that day, the second meaabers of Holder's ex- horse, galloping across ion. He then rode back phase in a five phase en- tencled family; Jones Hoy the river and saying loudly through the warriors emy operation, would and Jack Callaway, Aug. "I can go as far as any man again and back across the decimate the settlements 10, from Hoy's Station in any fight." Licking River. of Kentucky, and are still in present-day Madison Thomas Jones and Mi- William Clemmons, shrouded in much mys- County. The warriors then chael Cassidy squatted John Wilson, William Bu- tery. rode northward with their near the sand bar in the chanon, John Douglas But survivors of that two young captives, center of the river examin- and George Johnson were day have left their descen- Holder's wife was an ing several painted sticks killed during the valiant dants and historians with older sister to the Cal- the Native American war- charge. some factual narrative laway and an aunt to Hoy; riors had left behind. They Jim Harper was wound- of how the day's events and the family continued also saw footprints along ed in the elbow during the transpired, to lament for another the river and knew the charge, and although the As the Kentuckians older brother, Micajah two boys had been forced wound was not serious, he reached Vaughn's Ford at Callaway, who had been to run the gauntlet.Jones died within two days due the Licking River, Captain captured by Shawnee war- warned the other fron- to complications from the John Fleming peeled off riors with Daniel Boone tiersmen of the painted infected wound. his saturated hunting shirt and several salt makers &t sticks. Cassidy never received as he received an all-clear the Lower Blue Licks in "They want us to follow a scratch, although by nod from forward scout Jan. 1778. Captain!" he said loudly some estimates over 30 shots were fired at him. Manuel Kelley retrieved the body of William Buch- anon from the battlefield, but Buchanon was shot to pieces and no longer heard the voice of his dear friend who begged him to hold on as they rode away. Clemmons, Wilson, Doug- las and Johnson, were left where they lay. Cassidy led Fleming's horse down the dry creek bed and was pleased to see Joseph at the fiver. Were it not for the deadly ac- curacy of Joseph Proctor, who covered the retreat at the Mouth of Battle Run Branch, more would have died. Proctor had been the salvation of an earlier group of frontiersmen and his deadly accuracy had saved the remnants of Capt. James Estilrs com- pany during the maniacal Battle of Little Mountain, fought in March earlier that same year, near the present town of Mt. Ster- ling. Few men on the frontier could hold a candle to Jo- seph Proctor when it came to marksmanship We will join some of these same men next week in the confines of this col- umn if the Good Lord is willing, dear reader, and we will examine the third, fourth and final phase of that deadly enemy inva- sion of August 1782. A month during which the legendary Daniel Boone would emphatically state, left many orphans and widows." By Cecil Lawson ,,, ; ............. -One of the themes that I've pursued in attempts at editorial writing here is community and 'the dif- ficulties associated with making and holdingone together. I think most people who read this will agree that the "sense" of community was something that we had in Bath County at a lime in the past, and now, it's not really there. It's one of those vague ideas like "school spirit" that you notice when it's not there. The French have a per- fect word for it, "elan," which means something like spiritedness or enthu- siasm. The U. S. Mafies also have adopted a Chi- nese word to convey the same thing, "gung ho" (which in Chinese means "work together.') What all of these ideas contain is the spirit shared by a group of people who have something shared or something in common. People who attend the same school show their spirit through rooting for the home team and cel- ebrating their victories and feeling the pain of their losses. A mih'tary platoon trains and fights together on the battlefield, and they have one another's backs and never leave one of their own behind. Along these same lines, a strong sense of community would lead the members of the community to share in the history and traditions, taking part in festivals and celebrations, maintaining the community's symbols, and monuments, and grow- ing and changing as the community changes. Simply put, communities have members who share something in common. Older people in Bath County can remember the Depression and how most country people were not terribly affected by the na- tion's economic struggles, since they lived close to the soil, did not live extrav- agant lifestyles, and helped one another out in hard times. People coming of age ACHIEVING A SENSE: OF in the 1950s and 1960s remember it as a kind of Golden Age, where Ow- ingsville was the center of social life, and people would come to town on a Saturday night to socialize not exactly positive. A number of people, not a majority, but a good num- ber, simply have no inter- esfin being a part of Bath County as a communi'ty. Blame it on the econo- November, while the turn- out at the courthouse for Veteran's Day was good, there was nothing orga- nized. People came out expecting the city or the county or veteran's orga- nizations to do something, anything, to honor the county's and the nation's veterans' service. There had been ceremonies in the past, but not thi year. What happened? COMMUNITY And that's a question I most every day as I cover local news arid events - what has happened to our sense of community? And more importantly, how do we get it back? and watch the endless pa- rade of traffic around the Qttrthouse .... Those of my own gen- eration who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s re- member these decades as upwardly mobile times, where everyone looked forward to sharing in the nation's prosperity. While Bath County was usually overlooked com- pared to what was going on in Mt. Sterling or More- head, it was a prosperous lime for the county. It was also a lime when Bath County's numerous community festivals and celebrations were strong and in full swing - May Day, Hoss Tradin' Days, Lions Club Horse Show, Salt Lick Homecoming, the county fair, Preston Court Days - and the high school had strong sports teams. Bath County was the site of numerous new small businesses, including a functioning industrial park. Sometime around the turn of the century, after the 1990s but before the 2000s had gotten along too far, things changed. Between 1990 and 2000, the county's population grew by nearly 1400 peo- ple, and then by another 500 people by 2010. As I've noted in this col- umn before, this influx of people has had an effect on the county, in many ways mjc, stupid. ' " ': With. Bath .County,_ be-. coming a bedroom om. munity squeezed between Mt. Sterling and More- head, with the exit of small business from the county,' with the gutting of the downtown areas of Ow- ingsville, Salt Lick, Sharps- burg and Bethel, and with the downfall of the tobacco industry, Bath County has simply become real estate for the taking. i've seen many instances of people, while working for the Census for two years in a row and work- ing as a reporter, who have simply-moved to the county and don't want to be bothered. I can certainly respect their right .to be not be bothered, but it is does not contribute to any sense of community spirit; it doesn't help the community grow. Bath County is full of good people, both older families and newer resi- dents, who still work at try- ing to keep the community spirit alive. For once, the weather cooperated a cou- ple of weeks ago When the City of Owingsville held a street dance in conjunc- tion with the U. S. 60 Yard Sales 00. There was a good turnout for the dance, there were a few vendors on hand, and people had a good time. On the other hand, last tired of - being the fat one? It may not be your fault It may be your"DNA" For more information - Go To j,mmml or Call Saturday, August 18 * 8am 5K Run/Walk Sponsored by Mt. Sterling- Montgomery Co: Parks and Recreation held at Silver Creek Estates next to Old Silo Golf Course. T-Shirt with enW, while supplies last. Register at or 859498-8728. 9am- 5pm 10th Annual Gateway Special Olympics Car, Truck, Tractor & Motorcycle Show held on Locust Street in downtown. Register by calling 859-498-9874. Top 100 plus 27 speciales, raffles, 50150, free t-shirts to 1st 100 pre-registers. Registration forms at 10am.4pm Arts and Crafts Festival at the Cououse Square in downtown. Shop for unique arts and crafts and enjoy music by Decades of Music. Register to become a Vendor at Gateway Regional Arts Center, 101 East Main St 859498-6264 or 10am-4pm Inflatables for the kids from Jumping Jimmy'z. 11am Gateway Children's Service Cornhole Tournament held on Civic Center Lawn. 64 maximum teams, double elimination, standard ACO rules-S20 per team. Registration forms available at 37 N. Maysville or call 859498-9892 or online at Noon-4pm Ale 8 One Small Town America Talent Showcase on the Courthouse Lawn. Enjoy live entertainment from up to 20 contestants. Winner gets $9)0 cash prize and meet and greet with Jeff Vice, Nashville writer and producer. Registration forms at 126 W. Main St. and 5pm 65th Annual Recreation Bowl at MCHS's Cunningham Field. Kentucky's oldest high school bowl. 5pm Nicholas Co. vs. Lewis Co. 8:30pmMontgomery Co. vs. Rowan Co. Come experience a taste of the islands with Chef Doug lohasmes's Culinary Delights. Cattlemen's ksaodatlon Ribeyes, ltambgers and Hot Dogs available for purchase. Visit - ' " www.mtsterhngtour| for all event registration and more information!