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John Roy was the unofficial mayor Royville, KY

About: Lisa FisherClark recalls going to town, to Royville

By "Jim"

Editor Waggener's wish that "some demographer ought to figure out just how much bigger than Somerset the metroplex of Royville, Russellville, and Jamestown would be if the urban area, from Chicken Ridge in Adair County, to Lake Cumberland, were all one city," puzzled me a bit at first. On second thought, realization hit that he meant Russell Springs instead of Russellville.

Upon third thought, however, it occurred to me that he did indeed mean Russellville and simply was trying to include enough area to match, hectare for hectare, the area engulfed by the Greater Gerrymander formerly known as Burnside. (Alas, Editor Waggener may have come up a few hectares short.)

Ive always suspected that metropolitan Royville is the area bounded thus: From the westernmost point of Royville proper west to Chicken Ridge, thence northeast to the city limits of Sano, thence southeast to Ono; from there, east and slightly north to Esto, thence due north back to the starting point. (The Sacred Triangle of Sano-Ono-Esto being to Russell County what the Vatican is to Rome, albeit no Swiss Guard in The S.T. -EW).
At any rate, each and every citizen of Royville was and is well above average in the famous department.

I can't recall from whom my folks bought the Royville store (the only one at the time), but Mr. John Roy, for whom the community was named and who served as the unofficial Mayor, was the original owner.

As best as memory serves (not too well on the best of days), my parents sold the store to Mr. Mark Holder, who in turn sold it to Denny Ray Thomas.

Some of the other Royville and Beckhamridge folks I remember are the above-mentioned John Roy and his wife Hala, who lived across Highway 80 from the store ("Miss" Hala passed in 1993, a few weeks after her 100th birthday); Ms. Fisher-Clark's uncle, Otis Kell; Stanley & Dorothy Toler & their kids; Mrs. Nell Butler Hutchison, who lived in an old house near the corner of Highway 80 and Beckhamridge Road; John & Effie Miller & their son Joe, who resided hard by the store on the east, and the Logan "Loge" & Delilah Brown family on the west; Joel Reece, who probably was in his early teens at the time; the brothers Coffey, - and Lee; and the Rev. Miller family, who lived a piece down Beckhamridge.

How well I recall listening - bug-eyed, no doubt - to Mrs. Hutchinson spin the thrilling tale about J.E.B. Stuart and his lost overcoat. "Jim"

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