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Kentucky Color: Schooling. A post Father's Day story



2012-06-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester, KY State Division of Forestry. A mid year diploma, granted on January 23, 1942 seemed a bit odd to James Ordell Fudge's only son, who remembers two facts about his extraordinary, father which may have contributed to the timing. "He graduated from the eighth grade but did not receive his diploma until January, 1942. Dad was very intelligent and a couple of things delayed his receiving his diploma. I believe he was seven before he started to school. Then in either the first or second grade he stuck a nail in his foot which caused blood poisoning and he had to use a crutch to walk for a long period of time which caused him to miss a lot of school," and adds that helping raise food for the table may have also have been a contributing factor.


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