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Do not copy any of my artwork, poetry or photography without my permission.
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sepia Saturday #95

Having blogger troubles again.

Lost all of my followers.
Can't even find my sign up button.

Sepia Saturday #95 and nearing 100.

Alan had a great photo featuring women and connected to the election of a woman to a high post in Denmark.
This photo was taken from my copy of Washington County Kentucky Bicentennial History 

Photo taken by staff of the Springfield Sun.

This group from Washington County motored to The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky in 1920 to study modern farm methods.
These folks were dressed for serious business.
Farmers had previously been pretty independent and unorganized but after the war, as many things, it became obvious that some organization was needed if Kentucky were to hang on to it's reputation as a huge tobacco market.

The gentleman in the third row with a circle drawn around his head is my paternal grandfather, Albert Rudd, one of the most profitable farmers in the area. 

It is very obvious there are three women in this group.
Why only three.
These couples were young marrieds and no children yet.
All the other women were home tending the homestead but these women were in there pitching for new ideas and plans to elevate the humble farmer and his livelihood.

The lady in the front row with the huge brimmed hat and black scarf is Miss Mable Williams.
She was the Washington County Extension Office Agent.
The leader of the women's place in the industry of farming for our state.

In 1920 farming was at a severe low in our area, as most, following WWII.
Farmers began to band together and The Farm Bureau of Kentucky was formed and my gf was one of the founders of that organization, still very strong in Kentucky to this day.

The other women were wives of  two of the most prominent farmers in our area and through those ladies the homemakers and organizations to support farm income and the farming lifestyle were formed.
 I remember as a young girl Miss Mable still in her position at the Extension office and never marrying.
My mom was employed at that office when she married my father John W. Rudd, who had the reputation of being " the best darn tobacco cutter in the county."
It's wonder he didn't loose a leg, as they cut tobacco with a huge machete, but he was fast and efficient. 

Sadly my dad and many of the hard workers were  huge consumers of the bourbon that Kentucky is so well know for now and that did not profit any of us.

The bootlegging back then was more dangerous than the tobacco cutting machete. 

I can remember my father and gf talking about how hard and how hot it was hanging the tobacco in the barn, especially for the fella on the top tier.

HH did his share of tobacco hanging too as a young boy.

It is still hanging around Ky. but in no way the industry it once was.

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Vee said...

Hope that you get things lost back. Some days are much better than others where blogger is concerned. Currently, I do not understand the pull of the new interfacing because all the blogs I've seen with it are spectacularly plain. Maybe that's it...bloggers are into decluttering.

Anyway, on to your post. You are blessed to know a lot of family history. I always think that that is so cool. The rise and fall of families...the ebb and flow as it were. Very interesting.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Okay, go here:

and report it.
I was reading the known issues and they seem to be overflowing.
If they would have left things alone....
And the new grey on light grey color they chose? I think anyone with eye disabilities should complain. It's almost impossible to read.
Maybe they just want to shut us all down....


(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

I cannot believe what just happened. I just noticed my follower's list was back on. Then I clicked on my dashboard for new comments and read Anne's comment and went back to my blog and the followers are gone again. Guess I just sit it out.

mary said...

I enjoyed your history story. Sadly, family farms are not as prevalent these days. The hard work and community effort they required built strong character and good will.

Brett Payne said...

Great story around this photo, thank you. Although I've not cut too much tobacco myself, I'm very familiar with the growing, harvesting and curing of it ... as well as the effects of an addiction: 12 years and something nicotine-free now :)

Good to see that you have your followers back - at least I can see them. I wouldn't worry if they disappear every now and again, just Blogger up to hijinx and hopefully all will be back to normal again in due course.

Bob Scotney said...

Interesting history Peggy; especially when you can identify your family in the photo.

I'm trialing the dynamic view type of blog and have a lot of reservations about its use. The number of people visiting has increased x 4 or 5 per day but they are not commenting.

Maggid said...

Never fear - We are still here
loving you & your blog -
As it all sorts out, certainly it will be better than ever . . . mainly because of your own awesomeness.
love & love,

Liz Stratton said...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post about tobacco growing and the struggles the farmers faced at the time. Those three women must have been quite remarkable as well - they certainly stand out in that crowd of men. What a great photograph and story to have in your collection!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

What a very interesting post! Both my mother and father came from the farming heritage, though their own parents were into logging and mills.

Loved reading about the history of those in your town.

Sorry about your Blogger troubles. Until you get it fixed, people can still follow by going to the very top left-hand side of your homepage.

Best of luck,

Kathy M.

PattyF said...

Fabulous photo! I think it's marvelous that you have so much background information on it, and that you can link it to your family! these are the kinds of stories that take those two-dimensional faces in a photo and bring them to life. Thanks for sharing with us!

Alan Burnett said...

Lovely and fascinating post, as always. There have been problems with the followers box for ages - ever since they introduced the new look blogger. Mine is there on some occasions, not there on others. Whatever the technical problems, the quality of a good blog shines through - yours does.

Postcardy said...

Interesting history.

I have never been impressed with the followers feature. I prefer to just look at my blogroll,

Anonymous said...

I love your story. It makes me think of the stories my dad told us kids. His grandparents owned a big dairy and farm in New York and it really was a family affair. My dad learned to drive the tractor at age 8. :-)

As to the blog issues, I use wordpress and I have discovered that their layouts are incredibly plain also for the most part. I think the majority of bloggers are not in our demographic, lol, but in the tech sector.