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AtticFacts v2 300HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (3/22/13) - We are still over here in the neighborhood reading. My email address and the folks at SurfKY email address haven’t been getting along. Guess the Email filter thought we were spam and hiding us in cyberspace.

Last we chatted, I was watching it snow and reading some fine Hopkins County history.

Guess what. It’s still flirting with snow around here and I’m still reading some Hopkins County history.

This time though I’ve moved on from the 2013 Historical Society annual to reading “Some Women of Note from Hopkins County, Kentucky” compiled by Judy B. Adkins. For the past three March’s now, Mrs. Adkins has celebrated National Women’s History Month by putting out these booklets of Hopkins County’s finest women.

Now Carl Veazey will point out to ya as Hopkins County Historian that these here booklets are different from Mitt Romney’s Binders full of Women, but I have to think none the less interesting. And while I might get in a lil bit of trouble like Mitt did, there are some broads in these here booklets worth knowing about!

Take for example Mabel L. Johnson. Did you know she was the first Real Estate Broker in Hopkins County? In the mid-60’s she established her own office and started selling Mother Earth and its buildings, homes and the like. She was instrumental in the development of Nortonville’s Ball Park and Tennis courts, building Rollings Hills Apartments and changing the landscape of Southern Hopkins County. She passed away in 1995, but thanks to Mrs. Adkins research and work Mrs. Johnson and some thirty plus women who have impacted Hopkins County has been preserved in this specific spotlight.

This third booklet has a subplot to it that features several members of the 1931-32 Earlington High School Girls Basketball Team, which gets an entry in the pages all their own as March’s other bigger known event, the NCAA Basketball Tourney takes place this month making Mrs. Adkins one smart broad to play to the interest of the men folk in the county in two ways… Basketball and their women!

Speaking of broads, 93-year-young Jeanette Woodruff Qualls will be the guest presenter this coming Tuesday evening at the meeting of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society Meeting at 7 PM at the old train depot in downtown Madisonville behind City Hall.

Ms. Qualls will discuss growing up in St. Charles during the Coal boom before she and much of the community relocated to other parts of Hopkins County. Jane Ann Jackson will “Interview” Ms. Qualls live during the presentation to collect her Oral History.

Collecting oral histories are one of the most important aspects of collecting the history of a people and place. The free program Tuesday evening will give you a great opportunity to see a live interview conducted and carried out. It’s a topic the Historical Society itself is looking into promoting this summer or fall as they are interested in doing an Oral History day in Hopkins County where we all interview and record the history of Hopkins County from one of our elders. Just asking a few simple questions and learning the past from those that lived it.

The Ms. Qualls live oral history will provide a great starting point for anyone that might be interested in joining in the fun later this year. We’ll have more details as they are worked out. I’m gonna starting thinking of some Hopkins County broads I want to learn something from. Wonder who was the first to cook those Hopkins County meals featuring Minute Steaks. Now that’s a woman of Note in Hopkins County! If you know of a woman that deserves to be included in Judy Adkins future Women of Note of Hopkins County drop me a line and I’ll see Mrs. Adkins gets it. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the third edition or for that matter all three of the series, drop by the Union Street museum of the Hopkins County Historical Society and inside the gift shop you’ll find a copies for purchase. I think all three are available for $9.00 bucks. Maybe this snow flurries threat will quit soon and I can put down the reading and go exploring the county for atticfacts!
 
Richard Cunningham is a Hopkins County native and a Kentucky Arts Council Community Scholar. Contact him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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