ruby laff2

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/17/13) – Many people don’t stop and think that their hometown can hold such wonderful historical treasures. Located on 107 Union Street, the restored Ruby Laffoon Cabin is furnished as it was when former Governor Ruby Laffoon lived there in the late 1800s.

Governor Ruby Laffoon was born in Madisonville, Kentucky on January 15, 1869. He was the third child and only son of John Bledsoe Laffoon JR and Martha Henrietta Earle Laffoon.
 
According to lore, it was said that Ruby’s parents were undecided about what they were going to name him and called him “Bud” for several years. While he was still young, Laffoon chose his name “Ruby” after a local grocery store owner named John Edwin Ruby.
 
When Laffoon was 17, he was teaching in St. Charles, Kentucky and in 1887 he moved to Washington D.C. with his Uncle, U.S. Representative for KY’s 2nd District, Polk Laffoon. He then went on to law school and graduated in 1890. Shortly after graduation, he passed the bar and opened up and office in Madisonville, Kentucky. He then married Mary “May” Bryant Nisbet on January 31, 1894 at Madisonville’s Lucille Hotel. They had three daughters over the course of their marriage.
 
In 1901, Laffoon was elected Hopkins County Attorney and then re-elected in 1905. By 1927, Laffoon was re-elected for his second six year term of Circuit Court Judge for Kentucky’s 4th Judicial Circuit.
 
In 1931, Kentucky and the rest of the nation were in the course of the “Great Depression,” the Democratic Party decided to choose a candidate for governor by convention rather than primary.

Ruby Laffoon was the first Hopkins County resident who became Governor of our Commonwealth (1931-1935).
 
It wasn’t until 1988, when the cabin was restored back to its original state. The cabin had been relocated and reconstructed through the drive of the Hopkins County Historical Society and the cabin furnishings were donated from members of the Hopkins County community.
 
For more information about the Ruby Laffoon Cabin or if interested in a tour, you can contact the Hopkins County Historical Society at 270-821-3986.
 
Amber Mena
SurfKY News
Photo by Amber Mena

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Traffic Stop Results in Felony Arrest

HENDERSON, Ky. (7/27/15) – According to a Kentucky State Police report, on July 25, 2015 at approximately 1:30 p.m.,… Read More

New Madisonville Public Parking Area Announcement

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/27/15) — The City of Madisonville and the Hopkins County Fiscal Court are pleased to announce an… Read More
1 DOW 17,471.56
+30.97 (0.18%)    
2 S&P 2,071.13
+3.49 (0.17%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,031.03
-8.75 (-0.17%)    

Most Read This Week

July 23, 2015 14283

UPDATE: Family Confirms Body of Missing Teen…

by Shawn Freels, SurfKY News
July 23, 2015 4250

Woman Accused of Striking Juvenile with Metal Belt

by SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 4203

Death of Central City Man in Dawson Springs Under…

by SurfKY News
July 22, 2015 4123

No. 9 Steakhouse Suffers Fire; Owners Vow to…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 22, 2015 3827

UPDATE - GPD Recovers Stolen Vehicle, Arrest Made

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

July 02, 2015 19284

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 17, 2015 15260

Muhlenberg Most Wanted - Top 10

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

July 27, 2015 4203

Death of Central City Man in Dawson Springs Under…

by SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 3251

School System Announces Free Lunch/Breakfast at…

by SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 1256

Family Needs Help in Paying 18-Year-Old's Funeral…

by SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 1031

Baptist Health Names Regional Marketing, Public…

by SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 981

New Madisonville Public Parking Area Announcement

by SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 869

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released –…

by SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 660

Dawson Springs Police Reports Released

by SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 536

Missions in a Belizean Paradise

by SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 506

Pet of the Day - Charlie

by SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 475

Two Vehicle Motorcycle Injury Accident

by SurfKY News