Hello again from the “Independent State of Logan” and sometimes called Logan County. One of the original counties in the old British Southwest Territories, in the colonial territory of Virginia and the new Commonwealth of Kentucky. A county that once stretched from Virginia and North Carolina in the east all the way to the Mississippi River in the west. Today more than 25 counties in Kentucky once were part of Logan County.
It is not unusual for me to receive a phone call or a knock on my door from someone looking for an old cemetery or town that their early ancestors were buried or lived in. Some of those requests have been for locations for as far as 150 or more miles away. It sure brings a surprise for some when they hear they are not even close to the town they are looking for.
My sister and I have been talking about our father’s military record in World War II and D Day 70 years ago this month. Like so many others dad talked very little about the war. In talking to my sister we discovered that dad had shared some info with our mom, some with me and even other info with my younger sister. His name was Simon Joshua Dickerson, he was from Whites Creek, Tenn., married to Evelyn Mayfield Dickerson and had one child at the time. He was a baseball player and young businessman.
Dad joined the Army, was trained at Camp Benning, Ga. and became a Ranger. He was sent to England and eventually to a camp in Dundee, Scotland. He was in the great D Day Invasion of occupied France and landed near St Lo near the coast of the English Channel. (I have visited both Dundee and St Lo. ) Dad was severely injured in France in hand-to-hand combat, was hospitalized in France and then the U.S.
When he was deemed able he was sent back for another tour of duty. This time he fought in Germany, is credited with saving a number of his comrades-in-arms and was again severely injured in hand-to-hand fighting. Dad never liked to talk about the fighting but returned a very changed man. He had a steel plate in his head, his mouth was wired together so he could eat and talk, he was shot through the chest and had a bullet hole through his dog tag, had scars the length of his left arm from a machine gun, three fingers on that hand were paralyzed and he had numerous back, side, leg and knee wounds from hand grenade explosions, bullets and bayonet wounds. He had severe headaches, body pains, nightmares, depression and many related problems as a result.
He was very patriotic, a member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He help build the American Legion Post 88, in Nashville into one of the two largest units in Tennessee and was commander of that post when he died at age 57. He was one of the true heroes of World War II and my sister and I think of him almost every day.
Since then there have been many heroes in the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, Iraq, Afghanistan and numerous other conflicts around the world. Many of you have had family members to serve in our armed services. To me if they served they are a hero. Our country owes a great debt to them. We need first rate medical care and no waiting lists at VA Hospitals, free education and training to help those returning to get jobs, loan programs to help buy homes and adequate pensions for the disabled. We owe this to them and their families.
LOGAN COUNTY IS GOING TO HAVE A REAL COUNTY FAIR. Set your calendars for Saturday, July 26, and Tuesday, July 29-Saturday, Aug. 2. This year there are lots of free shows, more entertainment than ever before, more food, a big carnival called Mega Rides with nearly 20 big named modern rides, BBQ Cook Off Contest, animal shows and contests, Truck Tug of War, beauty contests and several big named musical acts for a small fee and much much more. Below is a tentative list which is subject to change:
Sat. July 26 horse training 4-6 p.m.; horse show 6:30 p.m.- $3 per person at gate; Mon. July 28 rabbits 10 a.m. Market Bld. goats, lambs and pigs weigh in 5 p.m. show 6 p.m. arena; set up Mega Rides, vendors, exhibitors and booths; Tue. July 29 fair opens 5 p.m., rides open- discount arm bands; weigh in for beef breeding 5 p.m. - beef breeding competition 6:30 p.m. arena; Wed. July 30 fair opens 5 p.m. rides open; “Family Night” all in one car get arm bands for everyone - for a total of $30 for unlimited rides. 5-9 p.m.; free entertainment covered shelter; booths, exhibits, handouts, displays and etc.; Thur. July 31 fair opens 5 p.m., rides open- discount arm bands; free entertainment; food booths vendors, exhibitors; beauty contests 6-9 p.m. office section; karaoke 6-9 p.m. covered shelter; Fri. Aug. 1 fair opens 5 p.m., rides open, discount arm bands; free entertainment; Scottish dancers - covered shelter; vendors, exhibitors, booths and displays all free; Truck Tug of War 6:30 p.m. Agr. Arena $8 per ticket; Sat. Aug. 2 fair opens at 10 a.m., rides open- discount arm bands; free entertainment begins inside - Adm. Bld. auditorium; exhibits, vendors, food booths and displays 6 a.m.; BBQ cooking. at 4:30p.m.- $5 per ticket to sample all the BBQ in contest covered shelter 6 p.m.; big music concert with two big name acts, Marty Brown followed by the Springers - Advance ticket sales $6 or $8 at the gate. (Children 8 and under free.)
Note: Booth Space is $50 for three days. Entry fee for BBQ Cook Off is $50 (Meat will be provided by fair board.) Entry fee for beauty contests $15. Advance tickets and entry forms are available at three locations: L.C Chamber of Commerce, L.C. Tourism Office and Daymar College.
GREAT TOURIST SITE IN LOGAN COUNTY - Check out the wonderful Colonial House Furniture Center in Auburn. They have made some of the premier furniture in all of Kentucky right in Logan County. The same family has made this quality furniture for 50 years. Call for a group tour and then eat lunch at the famous Federal Grove House both on the main street of town.
Time to go. Till next time good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are!