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[image ALT: A long straight 2‑lane street, edged with small trees, fading into the distance, with a single car travelling down it away from us. It is an early 20th‑century view of Jenkins, Kentucky.]

History of Jenkins, Kentucky
Compiled In Honor Of The Sixtieth Anniversary Homecoming Celebration
Sponsored By The Jenkins Area Jaycees


This book is sincerely dedicated to all of those people who have made it possible.


In compiling this book, I have tried to use as much of this information given to me as possible. Our main purpose is to present a general picture of Jenkins — how it was and how it is today.

It took the efforts of many people to complete this book and we want to take this opportunity to thank these people. We would like to extend a special tribute to Mrs. Shanna Yonts and to Mrs. Lanna Dixon for the hours spent in typing this material.

This Homecoming Celebration, which will be held on August 3, 4 and 5, is sponsored by the Jenkins Area Jaycees. The chairman of this project is Charles Dixon. This book was prepared as a part of this celebration.

One personal note — I think Jenkins is a good place in which to live, and there is no other place I would rather live and raise my daughter.

Elizabeth Wassum Dramczyk

Section A.

Dedication and Introduction

Section B.

Jenkins Area Jaycees

Section C.

They Built a Town

The Social and Economic Study of Jenkins

Dunham, Kentucky

McRoberts, Kentucky

Jenkins City Government

Post Office, Burdine, Kentucky

Section D.

School and Sports

Jenkins Independent School District

Jenkins School Band

Athletics in Jenkins

Section E.


St. George Catholic Church

Central Missionary Baptist Church

The Church of God, East Jenkins

Freewill Baptist Church, Wright's Hollow

United Methodist Church

First Baptist Church

Section F.


The Women's Civic Club

The United Mine Workers of America

Jenkins Fire Department

Jenkins Area Jaycettes

Beta Sigma Phi Sorority

Kiwanis Club

Section G.

Interviews and Biographies

George McCoy

Jess Bates

Mr. & Mrs. G. C. Johnson

Oakie Greer

W. L. Terrill

Mrs. Maude Flint

Percy Elkins

Judge John Abbott

Ransom Jordan

Carl Fitzpatrick

Leonard Banks

Roy Fleming

R. H. Wassum

B. H. Crase

Bad John Wright

James Jackson

Sevier Johnson

Dave Zegeer

Dr. T. M. Perry

Mrs. T. M. Perry

Lester Abel

Section H.

Articles of Interest

Jenkins Public Library

Fish Pond Lake

Look Down the Cumberlands

Swift's Silver Mine

The Legend of Devil John Wright

A Heritage of Pride

Jenkins Kindergarten

Section I.


Kentucky Power Company

Phillip's 66 & Mabel's Dress Shop

Aileen's Dress Shoppe

Cavalier Drug Store

Farley's Ashland Service Station

Hawkins Bros. Lumber Company

City Grocery

Wright's Market

Section J.

Odds and Ends

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Technical Details

Edition Used, Copyright

The text transcribed here is that of its only edition, published in 1973 by the Jenkins Area Jaycees, Jenkins, Kentucky. They, and the authors and publishers of the first printing, which I have consulted, failed to include a copyright notice; it is thus in the public domain: details here on the copyright law involved. My own copy, though undated, appears to be a much later reprint, printed by North Star Marketing, Main Street, Jenkins, KY.

If the bulk of the book is original work, some small parts of it are based on interviews and articles that appeared in various print sources, some of which may still be under copyright. The book was so edited, however, as to make it impossible to tell how closely those parts adhere to the original third-party works, whether they are summaries or adaptations or verbatim transcriptions: nowhere, for example, are they set off by quotation marks.

Similarly, most of the photographs appear to have been taken by third parties, although no sources are indicated; some of them at dates which might make them copyright, assuming other conditions had been fulfilled: for example, previous publication with copyright notice attached. I believe this to be very unlikely.

Short of intensive research, therefore, it's impossible to ascertain the copyright status of quoted or paraphrased text, and of some of the photos. My understanding of "fair use", my trust in the authors of the book, and my own good faith have all combined, however, to make me feel reasonably secure in reproducing the whole work.

In keeping with my usual procedure thruout my site, the URLs of photos taken before 1923, now in the public domain, contain a single asterisk: you may use them as you wish. The URLs of those photos that may have been taken after 1922 have 2 asterisks, and may, as noted above, be protected by copyright: you will probably want to check with me before using them.

If you are an affected party — for example, a copyright holder or conversely an author seeking to include extensive portions of this book in your own work — do please drop me a line, of course.


I'll be scanning some of the photographs from the printed work, and so far have had no access to any of the originals. What I present online is therefore the best I could do, but sometimes inadequate: this is almost entirely due to the quality of the printed images. I hope to be able, at some future point, to track down the original photographs and scan from them; for now, this is just a hope.

In the printed edition, the photographs, no doubt because of cost constraints and convenience, are inserted, almost always captioned, in packets immediately following the sections they illustrate: 30 photos after Section C, 25 after Section D, 38 after Section G, and 55 after Section J. In this Web transcription, there is no advantage to following this scheme, on the contrary: so I'll be distributing the photos, along with some recent photos of my own where appropriate, among various pages of the site; with index pages of thumbnails representing the original packets of photos.


As almost always, I retyped the text by hand rather than scanning it — not only to minimize errors prior to proofreading, but as an opportunity for me to become intimately familiar with the work, an exercise which I heartily recommend: Qui scribit, bis legit. (Well-meaning attempts to get me to scan text, if success­ful, would merely turn me into some kind of machine: gambit declined.)

This transcription has been minutely proofread. In the table of contents above, the sections are shown on blue backgrounds, indicating that I believe the text of them to be completely errorfree. As elsewhere onsite, the header bar at the top of each chapter's webpage will remind you with the same color scheme.

The book was fairly well proofread, but has its inevitable share of typographical errors. Most of them were of a minor and obvious kind; those that matter and that I could fix, I corrected but marked with a bullet like this:º as elsewhere on my site, glide your cursor over the bullet to read the text as printed. The errors that don't matter (of the "teh for the" type) are also marked, but as a comment visible only in the sourcecode, as a reminder that there must surely be quite a few other errors that I could not catch: numbers, proper nouns. Bullets before measurements provide conversions to metric, e.g., 10 miles.

Inconsistencies in punctuation, hyphenation, capitalization, and accepted spellings, I usually let stand, except in the few cases where they led to actual misunderstandings, or when they just grated on me: I then corrected them to the book's usual style, in a slightly different color — barely noticeable on the page, but it shows up in the sourcecode as <SPAN CLASS="emend">.

Where an error is manifest, but for some reason I couldn't fix it, or where there might be some latitude, I marked it º; for example, I didn't dare touch oddly spelled proper names, unless clearly shown to be wrong in some other part of the texts. Finally, a number of odd spellings, curious turns of phrase, etc. have been marked <!‑‑ sic  in the sourcecode, just to confirm that they were checked; and the spelling, idiosyncratic even for the time, of words in -ant and -ance instead of -ent and -ence has been tacit­ly corrected thruout.

Any over­looked mistakes, please drop me a line, of course: especially if you have a copy of the printed book in front of you.

Pagination and Local Links

For citation and indexing purposes, the pagination is indicated by local links in the sourcecode. In addition, I've inserted a number of other local anchors: whatever links might be required to accommodate the book's own cross-references, as well as a few others for my own purposes. If in turn you have a website and would like to target a link to some specific passage of the text, please let me know: I'll be glad to insert a local anchor there as well.

[image ALT: A long straight 2‑lane street, edged with small trees, fading into the distance, with a single car travelling down it away from us. It is an early 20th‑century view of Jenkins, Kentucky.]

The icon I use to indicate this subsite is the photograph on the cover of the book. The photograph is not captioned in the print edition, but Mr. Chet Fleming, eldest son of T. N. Fleming (author of the United Mine Workers article), who lived in Burdine, McRoberts, Dunham and Jenkins from 1932 thru 1947, has filled in the information for us; thank you!

This view was taken looking down Main St. as you approach from Dunham. You can see the company store on the left past the service station. You can also see the culvert/bridge in the foreground where water from the lake drained under the road before emptying into the creek. On the corner just past the service station was a small (10′ × 10′?) brick "walk-up" hot dog stand. Across Main Street from the hot dog stand was the city park. This photo pre-dates the Post Office that was built in the park directly across from the hot dog stand.

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