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Elizabeth Phelps, Russell Co., KY remembered

A room in the Russell County Library in Jamestown, KY is named for her. She was a great story-teller, a member of one of Russell County's great families. Her niece Nancy Phelps, now lives in the historic Phelps home at Esto. IF YOU GO: Esto is 14.7 miles from Downtown Columbia, KY, closer than many parts of Adair Co., KY. A trip via KY 55 S and KY 92 takes one through historic Zion, beautiful Joppa, and the restored Village of Montpelier. -CM
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by Nancy PhelpsMy aunt Elizabeth Phelps is pictured standing in the doorway in the accompany photo of the bookmobile.

She was well loved by the community and remembered for introducing reading to so many youth.


A room in the library is named for her, where she held "Story Hour."

I now live in the historic Phelps home place in the Esto community of Jamestown, which was her home with her husband, my uncle Carl.

There were many stories told in this kitchen and I will never refinish the pine table which has bare spots worn by her elbows propped in her usual story telling position.

This property was settled next to a natural spring by my Phelps ancestors in 1798. The spring is still bubbling fresh water, feeding into the pond across the street.

John and Shadrach Phelps settled Kentucky with Daniel Boone and as defenders of the fort, lived in one of the corner cabins of Fort Boonesborough, which is now a living history state park in Richmond, KY. After Daniel Boone migrated to Missouri, my family settled here.

A two story log home was first constructed on the property. The current house was built in 1875, where my great grandparents first lived, John Quincy and Nancy Jane Phelps.

Since my name is also Nancy Jane Phelps, I feel destined to call this my home.

Though the farm has been developed, and I have just two of the original 600 acres, it is still a beautiful and homey place, and there are many of my aunt's things sitting in the same places they were when I was a young girl visiting "The Farm" each year. Thanks to Larry Smith and Columbia Magazine for bringing this photo to my attention and sharing with others. - Nancy PhelpsComments re photo 41252 Russell Co Bookmobile ca 1950s


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Russell Co. Bookmobile ca 1950s



2011-07-27 - Russell Co., KY - Photo From the Collection of Larry Smith.
Larry Smith shares this old photo from his huge collection: This one is a bookmobile scene in Russell County in what he believes to have been the 1950s. He doesn't know any of the people in the picture and hasn't found out where it was taken. He has learned that the bookmobile librarian was one of the most respected people, ever, in Russell County, Elizabeth Phelps a member of one of Russell Counties most distinguished families. The bookmobile van body appears to be on an International chassis. From the looks of the well dressed patrons and the stair stepped ages, one would think this would be one of the more educated areas for its day. (It's a problem for "Jim," we guess).

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Parrott sisters both winners in big golf tournaments



2011-07-28 - Greensburg, KY - Photo family photo.
Grace-Ann Parrott, left, and Olivia Parrott have both been big winners in Kentucky golf tournaments this summer. They are the daughters of Walt and Deanna Parrott of Greensburg, KY; the granddaughters of Billy Dean and Jackie Coffey of Columbia, KY; and the Special Nieces of Terry and Teresa Moore of Columbia, KY.

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Phelps House at Esto: An early photo of the residence



2011-07-28 - Esto, Russell Co., KY - Photo from Collection of Nancy Phelps.
Nancy Phelps, who now resides in the historic Carl and Elizabeth Phelps house at Esto, Russell Co., KY. The house is now 136 years old. It was built in 1875 and was the home of Nancy Phelps' and her sister Mary Phelps' great grandparents, John Quincy and Nancy Jane Phelps. Nancy Phelps submitted this photo along with a story about her aunt Elizabeth Phelps after seeing a post of a picture of Elizabeth Phelps and an early Russell County Library bookmobile submitted by Larry Smith, Operations Manager of Shoreline Communications. The Phelps House is located just 14.7 miles from Downtown Columbia, KY.

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Scenic Russell Co., KY: Phelps Acres historical marker



2011-07-29 - Esto, Russell Co., KY - Photo by Nancy Smith.
Phelps Acres, Esto, KY in Russell County, as it looks today in winter. The marker reads, "John Phelps served in the Revolutionary War as defender of Boonesborough. He and son Shadrach were still at fort with Daniel Boone in 1795. Shadrach and Celia (Stapp) Phelps settled here circa 1798. This farm continuously owned and operated by their descendants. Original log house was home for 3 generations. Two-story structure built by grandson John Quincy Phelps, 1875."

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