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Trimble County will celebrate
100 years at June event

Extension office has organized
festivities, collected photos, etc.

BEDFORD, Ky. (June 2013) – The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is celebrating 100 years in Kentucky in 2013. For this reason, the Extension Council in Trimble County decided to celebrate 100 years in Trimble County by collecting photographs and stories from the last century.

Eightsided Barn

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This eight-sided barn belonging to James Overton is part of Trimble County’s agricultural history.

For the last several months, the Extension Office staff has been gathering photographs and information for a special video project. “100 Years of Trimble County” will be unveiled from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the Trimble County Cooperative Extension Office, 43 High Country Lane in Bedford, Ky.
Mike Pyles, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, said he and the staff have “taken lots of pictures over the last 20 years.” But it’s been a challenge to gather photos from the first half of the last century.
Although many people have contributed, photographs are still needed to finish the project. “We still need more pictures to make it more pertinent to cover the entire 100 years,” said Pyles.
Events for June 11 include an antique tractor display by the Trimble County Clunkers, a genealogy presentation from 5:30-6:15 p.m. by Betsy Tweedy, Trimble County Public Library Assistant Director, and a presentation from 6:30-7:15 p.m. on Harlan and Anna Hubbard and Payne Hollow by current property owner Paul Hassfurder. Different exhibits will be set up in the Extension Office as well during this time.
Tweedy said her presentation will “cover genealogy sources we have here at the library.” To illustrate this, she’ll give examples of tracing a Union Civil War veteran and a Confederate Civil War veteran, going back even farther than 100 years in the county’s history.
A unique part of her presentation will feature a veteran’s project completed by a local high school student, Colton Fox. She said he had written a book, “A Veteran’s Point of View,” through a Teen Leadership Project.
Pyles hopes to have memorabilia on display for this event as well. He said the Trimble County Historical Society has some wonderful journals written by farmers during this time period.
It has taken quite a bit of time to collect photos, which were scanned and the originals returned to the owners. The Extension Council Committee that worked on this project brainstormed to come up with several different topics that were pertinent to the county’s history, said Pyles.
“Trimble County has a rich heritage of agriculture and education. We tried to cover a little bit of everything,” he said.
Pictures have been arranged under seven categories: Agriculture, Education, Extension, Churches, Civic Groups, County Government and Businesses. Committee member David Eddy said the committee decided these seven categories were special enough to get the information that was needed.
Eddy volunteered to work on the church category. “We sent out applications, asked for permission to print pictures and contacted churches to ask them to submit their histories,” he said.
He said he thinks the reason the public will most enjoy the video program is because they will enjoy seeing “the progress Trimble County has made over the last 100 years.” This project and the program itself, “has a little bit of everything.”
He said the program on June 11 will open with a reading from a gentleman’s diary that was kept from 1909 to 1996. “It contains accounts of what he did that day, the road conditions, etc.”

• For more information, contact the Trimble County Extension Office at (502) 255-7188.

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