Trimble County history book still needs photo/info contributions

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

In case you were wondering, I’m still working to collect historic photos of Trimble County for the upcoming edition of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series.
I am very excited about this project, and I have enjoyed meeting people and scanning their precious family memories. I’m happy to do this, as I had such a great time putting together the Carroll County book, which is on sale now in several locations in Carrollton – Artful Gifts, Carrollton Office Supply and General Butler State Resort Park. Copies are also available from me and at The News-Democrat office on Sixth Street.
Learning more about Trimble County’s history is going to be a lot of fun. Like Carroll and all the counties along the Ohio River, Trimble’s history stretches back into the mid- to late-1700s. It is rich with stories and people – both famous and infamous.
So far, I have collected some great photo candidates for the book from Gary Greenwood, whose dad Jack was a long-time editor of the Trimble Banner-Democrat. Mike Gross of Milton also shared a bunch of his family photos, many of which were properly identified. Some weren’t, but they may end up in the book anyway, if I can find out enough about them for caption information. His family has been in the county for generations.
Today I am publishing three photos I found in the archives at the Trimble County Public Library, where I’ve been available most Thursday mornings for anyone wishing to stop by with photos to scan.
While there one day, I went through the file folders in the genealogy/history room and found some really great photos. I found a couple that appear to have been taken in one of the school lunchrooms, but I don’t know which school is being featured. It looks as though they were photos for the yearbook or possibly the newspaper. One is of three well-dressed students, two boys and a girl, washing dishes. The other features the lunch ladies, but I suspect the students in the photo aren’t identified, as there aren’t enough names on the back of the photo.
The third is a couple with a toddler, and it appears as though they, too, are being photographed at one of the schools. If you have information or can identify these folks, please contact me at the phone number or e-mail address given at the end of this column.
Upcoming scanning        sessions
The best way to collect photos for these projects, I’ve found, is to be ready to meet people with photos to contribute at convenient locations. I bring my laptop computer and scanner to those locations, so I can scan the photos while the owners are sitting next to me.
Another option is for me to come to your home. This is useful for those who can’t get out and about the way they used to. Being “portable” like this accomplishes two things: First, the photos never leave the owners’ possession, so I don’t have to worry about being responsible for irreplaceable memories; second, I can get information about the photos directly from the owners.
That’s the best way for me to compile the research – getting information straight from the people whose families and precious memories are attached to those photos.
This week, I will be attending a genealogy conference and, therefore, will not be available. But still feel free to call me or send me an e-mail to set up an appointment after next week. I’m looking forward to meeting you and sharing your memories and your family’s contributions to Trimble County history.


If you can identify anyone in the photos appearing today with this column, or you want to contact me regarding photos to scan, please call my cell phone at (502) 514-3715 or send an e-mail to me at TwistedRootsGenealogy@gmail.com.

The “Images of America: Trimble County, Ky.” book is scheduled to be released in the spring.

Phyllis McLaughlin is a former editor of The Trimble Banner and The News-Democrat, and is a professional genealogy researcher.