Germantown Fair

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from a Facebook post of KYTC District 6

 

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Germantown Christian
 Church, 1939

left, Germantown Christian Church
right, Germantown Methodist Church

Germantown Methodist

 

Church goers of the 19th century were much more likely to attend a specific denomination based on theology rather than whatever it is we use these days. Witness this Germantown item from 1871.

 

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T. T. Hill's Store in Germantown, on the Bracken side
We're told they had two phones - one for Mason County calls and one for Bracken.
In those days, it was a way to get around long-distance charges.

 

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Germantown High School, 1937
History of Germantown School is here. (pdf)

Main Street in Germantown, c. 1906

 

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Knights of Pythias Building

The Maysville - Germantown
Stage Coach

Germantown Milling Company

 

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“The Castle” on the
Walton-Frazee Pike

The Patterson Home The Cooke Home, on
the Asbury Road
The Lloyd House The Asbury Home

 

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Aerial of Germantown, c. 1955

 

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This 1940 map was used to define magisterial districts. We include it here
 because it clearly defines exactly where the county line is (was?) thru Germantown.

 

Coughlin House
M. F. Coughlin House

 

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A Cemetery in
Germantown

The Dimmitt House
Main Street

Germantown Baseball
Team, c. 1900

 

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Stephen A. Douglas Rigdon, Germantown

 

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Grand Opening of new quarters for the Bank of Germantown
October 29, 1953

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A 19th century post office was a different operation that what they are today.  In the early and mid 1800's, it could be a shoe box in somebody's store.  And the “official location” of that shoe box can and frequently did move with each passing election, because postmasters were political appointments.  That's why the USPS lists the Germantown Post Office as sometimes in Bracken, and sometimes in Mason.  Details here.

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Germantown was laid out by Whitfield Craig in 1784, and at the time was named Buchanan Station.  It was later settled by Pennsylvania Germans. It was established on December 19, 1795, and incorporated March 15, 1869.

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James Savage’s will frees his slaves, 1854, here.

The story of slave Juliet Miles, here and here.

“A dispatch dated Maysville. Ky., April 1867, says: The lion, R. T. Baker, the Union candidate for Lieutenant-Governor was prevented from speaking at Germantown to-day by a gang of returned rebels. He was warned that violence would be done him if he made the attempt. Some buildings were fired by the desperadoes and a portion of the town was destroyed.” Daily Alta California, May 17, 1867
“Uninsured property worth $8,000 was destroyed by fire at Germantown, Ky.”from the Standford, Ky. Interior Journal, November 24, 1905 A 1905 fire also caused considerable damage in Germantown. The story is here.

Then there was the escaped slave from Germantown, who was captured in Ohio, but local folks whipped the slave catcher instead.  They arrested the preacher for watching.  Story here, and a more detailed version here.

“Eleven negroes, belonging to farmers near Germantown, in Bracken county, ran off on Saturday night of last week, but were overtaken and brought back.”  Louisville Daily Courier,  October 28, 1858

    “In July, two colored farmers were lynched near Germantown, Kentucky. No motive was assigned for the lynching. The Commercial Appeal, the leading white newspaper of Tennessee, in commenting upon the lynchings, said, ‘Two apparently inoffensive Negroes, good farm hands, real wealth producers, were assassinated.’ No motive was assigned for the lynching. The Commercial Appeal further stated, “As far as anyone knows, they were quiet, ordinary country people.” from the Booker T. Washington Papers, 1912-14, page 341 Another item on this incident is here.

The Kentucky Legislature passed a bill to incorporate the Germantown Circulating Library Company. The Daily Commonwealth, February 24, 1847

“A man named Watts was arrested last Thursday in Germantown, Mason county, for recruiting men for the rebel army.” Daily Louisville Democrat, October 11, 1861
Germantown residents improve the breed, here. The mob in Germantown that went after a school teacher, here.
A Germantown man finds a lost horse. in 1807. His ad, from Washington, Ky.'s Republican Auxiliary, August 15, 1807 is here. The Klan visits a Germantown man, here.

Civil War Skirmish in Germantown, here.

Two reminiscences about Germantown, from
1876, are here (pdf) and here. (pdf)

An historical sketch of the Germantown Baptist Church is here (pdf)

Night Riders strike Germantown in 1908.  Read it here and here. If you're not up to speed on who the Night Riders were, start here.

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Germantown, Kentucky  

The Germantown Normal Academy, 1880

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“Bell & Jones of the Germantown and Maysville bus line have bought a large sixteen passenger automobile, the new machine arriving this week.  Germantown is taking steps to the front.  With one of the best County Fairs in the State, a new bank, a large passenger automobile placed on the road between this thriving town and Maysville this week, and the establishment of a local newspaper next week, the good old town is certainly setting a pace worthy of emulation.”  from Mt. Olivet's Tribune-Democrat, October 20, 1904.

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