My photo today for Going out is The 19th. Century.
A quick end of the century summary might be in order for Washington Co. Ky.
Population had ebbed and flowed since the war but ended on a high note. There were 12,464 Washington Countians in 1870, 14,419 in 1880, 13,622 in 1890, and 14,181 in 1900.
From the News Leader,c.1896
Local Springfield newspaper.
The Washington County belle has few equals and no peers upon the globe.
These women and girls were all from families engaged in growing tobacco, working for the railroad and cattle raising.
Why these beautiful young ladies were arranged on this background like this I have no idea.
I do know counting from the top on the left #4 was my maternal grandmother's aunt Mattie Mcllvoy.
It is not a school photo as there are married and single women and children on here.
I can't get over that hairdo with the topknot.
This fine photograph came to me by way of
The Washington County Kentucky Bicentennial History Book.
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