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The Gradyville Flood 100th Anniversary: The Nell plot

2007-06-07 - Union Cemetery, Milltown Church Road, Adair County, KY - Photo By Ed Waggener.
This extraordinarily beautiful place is the Nell family plot in Union Cemetery. The monument lets one know that an important Adair County family is buried here, but it doesn't prepare one for the chilling inscription on the date of death: June 7, 1907, repeated five times under the names of George A. Nell, 5; and Robert H. Nell, 3; Allen E. Nell, 11; James E Nell, 9; their mother Lulu Y. Nell, who was 31. All died in the tragedy. The other name on the front of the monument is that of the husband and father, Dr. L.C. Nell. He died June 28, 1940. At the time of Dr. Nell's death, he was one of the most influential men in South Central Kentucky. Some reports say over 5,000 attended his funeral in Gradyville.

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