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Louisville KY Courier-Journal of 8 Mar 1898 regarding Whitman County WA
Posted by: Wes Hart (ID *****5605) Date: June 08, 2006 at 21:01:10
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Several of the people listed below are my relitives, If anyone has any information or questions regarding them please feel free to contact me or post a follow up.
My grandfather is Emby Hart listed below.
The information was reprinted in the Jacob O Siler Book written by Eugine Siler of Corbin Kentucky and the numbers are page numbers. The corrections at the bottom are from Eugine.

Louisville KY Courier-Journal of 8 Mar 1898
Married on Train. Picturesque Scene at the Union Depot as the Train Left for the West

-March 8, 1898
Fourteen typical Kentuckians and their families from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky-the Kentuckians that John Fox, Jr., depicts so grandly in his latest work-left the state of their nativity over the Monon route last night at 8:10 o'clock, for the fertile lands of the State of Washington.
The party was composed of twenty-six people, representing truly the seven ages of man. It included the babe at its mother's breast, the tall and lank mountaineer, who has made the Eastern part of the state famous, and a blushing bride and timid groom. Grouped, they formed a picture long to he remembered.
They came from the counties of Laurel, Knox and Whitley and go to Whitman County, Washington, to join a colony of Kentuckians which began forming there twelve years ago. They are Stephen H. Terrill, wife and son; Wm. Blair, wife and children; W. M. Foley, wife and four children; Silas Terrill, Jo Vanderpool, Frank Barton, wife and one child; Silas Boyd and wife, Emby Hart, Philip Moore, Joseph and Geo. , James and
John Hennamon, George King and bride.

A Novel Wedding

Mr. King and bride were made husband and wife as the train pulled out for Chicago, and in the wedding the Monon enjoys the distinction of being the first route to have a ceremony performed in a passenger coach. It was the consummation of a happy thought which came to Ed Bacon, who is entitled also the credit of securing the big party for his road.
As the train moved slowly off, the grinding wheels and engine's puff made a medley that to the man with a vivid imagination, brought forth the strains of the Mendelssohn wedding march as faithfully as that of any pipe organ, and the bell on the locomotive pealed out its notes, so to speak, as clear as those from any church tower on a marriage eve. The couple who came to this rather unique hymeneal altar were George King and Susie Rodgers. The men doffed their hats and the women bowed their heads and the voices of the crying babes were for the moment stilled. Then the minister arose, it was Rev. Geo. E. Foskett, pastor of the West Broadway Methodist church- and joined them in the bonds of matrimony. Congratulations followed, the hat passed around to buy a bridal present. With the proceeds a berth in the sleeper was secured and the conductor called out "Fourteenth Street."
Adieux were said and the Louisville crowd which had accompanied the party, got off the train. The groom will be twenty-two and the bride twenty-one years old Thursday, both celebrating their birth anniversaries on March 10th. The bridal tour will be a long one, but it combines business with pleasure, as they go to begin life in a state which has adopted so many Kentuckians since its advantages became known.

Kentuckians in Washington

The party bound for Washington is led by Mr.
S. B. . He has been in the far Northwestern state for six years and came back to Kentucky a few weeks ago on a visit. While here, his glowing descriptions of the country he had left led those of his friends and relatives in Laurel, Knox and


Whitley counties to sell their mountain possessions and go thither with him. They will buy lands in Washington and begin farming at once. Each man in the party expects to purchase 160 acres. In speaking of the colony of genuine Kentuckians which is now forming in Washington, Mr. said to the commercial at Union Station last night:
"The colony began by accident twelve years ago. I wrote an agent of the Northern Pacific Land Co., for a sectional map. It was viewed by numerous neighbors and a decision made by fifteen of them that they would follow the advices given by old Horace Greeley years ago. All have succeeded better than the most sanguine expected, and the knowledge of this fact has led those you see here tonight to join our colony in Washington. More will follow next fall and in a few years we will become a power in this far Northwestern country like the Kentuckian has in Missouri and Texas."
Something of the Country

"What of the soil?" was asked Mr. . "It is very productive. We raise wheat, oats, barley and flax. The yield of wheat to the acre ranges from 25 to 60 bushels and oats and barley from 80 to 100 bushels per acre. Settlers there have found it no trouble to pay for their land with one crop, the land costing from $12 to $25 per acre. Corn can not be successfully cultivated there. But for other agricultural resources, fruits, minerals and timber, you can't paint the picture too bright."
"Can stock be raised successfully in Washington, Mr. ?" "Well, I should say; there is a bunch grass which grows there upon which horses and cattle graze the entire year. it is green about three months and then dries, leaving a hay that don't have to be cut, and proves nourishing. We are close to three Indian reservations. The Spokane, Colville and Coeur d'Alene. The Indians there have reached the highest state of civilization known to their race. They cultivate land and in raising crops excel the white man in many instances."
The colonists will leave the Monon at Chicago, take the Wisconsin Central for St. Paul and thence, go over the Northern Pacific for Rosalia, Wash. They will locate about five miles.

The above account is just as it appeared in the Louisville paper in 1898, and includes at least two errors. The Silas Boyd named therein should have been Robert Boyd , It was he who led the party to Washington . . . where he had established residence a few years earlier.

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