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Letter: Granddaughter of Dr. L.C. Nell writes

Comments re: Photo of L.C.Nell home

This looks like the Ed Diddle House. After the Gradyville Flood, I understand that my grandparents (Dr. Lawrence C. and Margaret Stratton Nell) moved from "downtown" Gradyville.

Marilyn Sparks

Thanks to Marilyn Sparks for this note, and this thought. There is a controversey over which house belonged to Dr. L.C. Nell, the beloved medical doctor who lost is first family in the Gradyville flood, and who was a great Kentucky statesman; and which house belonged to Ed Diddle, the legendary athlete, basketball coach, humorist, and a Kentuckian known to the nation on a cale just short of that of Colonel Sanders Ali.

Gradyvillians who have lived all their lives in Gradyville unanimously say the Nell house is the one we show in the photo. According to these oldtimers, from the late James Howard Keltner, to Hootie Gist, the homes of the Diddles and the Nells were very similar.

According to them, the Diddle Home was on what is now the south side of the Louie B. Nunn Parkway and is only accessible from Jones Chapel Road.

The Nell home, still visible at this time, is on the north side of the parkway in Gradyville. According to James Howard Keltner, Hootie Gist, and others in Gradyville who were living at the time of Dr. Nell's death, the home in the recent photos where Dr. Lawrence C. and Margaret Stratton Nell lived.

The Diddle home, old time Gradyvillians say, was on property off Jones Chapel Road which now owned by Phillip Richard, who bought the place from Reed Gist. We don't have photos in our files to compare, except for one furnished by Marilyn Sparks for an earlier story in Columbia! Magazine, and it only shows some of the porch of Dr. Nell's home..

Click here to read "After the flood, Dr. L.C. Nell remained dominant Adair County figure"

To see the recent story about the Dr. L.C. Nell home, with many photos, Click Here

Further comments on the issue of which house belonged to which Gradyville giant of history would be welcome.

This story was posted on 2007-01-24 18:18:11

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