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 This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission.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...

Owensboro Youth Hockey Association League Registrations

OWENSBORO, Ky. (9/1/15) — The Owensboro Youth Hockey Association is now taking registrations for the 2015-16 fall… Read More

Most Read This Week

August 31, 2015 6265

Man Convicted of Hopkins Countian's Death Granted…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 4886

All is Well after MNHHS Lockdown

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 3795

UPDATED: 'He Fought the Law ... but, the Law Won'

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 2705

Kentucky Career Center Blood Drive Aug. 31

by SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 2301

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Following Week

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

August 06, 2015 18409

Muhlenberg Woman Reportedly Suffers Violent…

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 11794

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

September 01, 2015 1489

Small Business Tax Credit Workshop

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 1183

Central City Gospelfest Planned for September 2

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 1173

Traffic Stop Leads to Meth Charge for Driver

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 913

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 871

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 861

Governor Lauds Launch of Kentucky's New I-Way

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 653

Child Injured in Wreck, Father Charged with DUI

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 653

Annual 'Swingin' for Sadie' Tourneys Set for…

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 517

Pet of the Day - Morty

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 505

Color Run Raises Funds for Cancer Research

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News