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Scenic Lincoln Co., KY: Marker at Harvey Helm Library

2013-01-19 - 315 W. Main Street, Stanford, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. This historical marker on Main Street in Stanford, KY marks the location of the Harvey Helm Historic Library (Landmark Hunter/Samuel and Mary Logan Briggs House Also known as: Harvey Helm Historic Library & Museum). It is historic in so many ways, as the marker depicts. But on a personal note, it is much more. It's where the late Pete Walker and the late Elsie Faulkner, two never to be forgotten personalities, started the Lincoln County Post, a weekly newspaper. They, together with early editor John Chowning, developed into one of Kentucky's finest. My family remembers it as an office with overnight quarters, when the paper's office was here, when it was printed on the huge Harris press on Jamestown Street in Columbia, KY. More than a few Adair Countians will remember composing its pages in the plant at 107 N. Reed Street, and typesetters will remember stopping to laugh out loud at stories written by Elsie Faulkner, or Pete, or occasional writer Keith Marcum. The house was where our oldest son plunked hedge apples in the fall in St. Asaph's Creek, which flows through the backyard, where every morning was three block walk to breakfast at Begley Drug Store, no longer in business or at Coleman's Drug Store, still going stronger than ever in 2013, where, in both places more news was exchanged each morning than we could glean in a week for the Lincoln County Post or the competing Interior Journal - the IJ - had in two weeks time. It was a place where all three necessary daily papers: The Danville Advocate, the Lexington Herald and the Courier-Journal were on Main Street before the coffee was hot. The restaurant scene except for Coleman's has changed, and the newspapers are no longer the big deal they were then. Then, it was a taste of Norman Rockwell America. Still, today, as much as any place, it continues to be just that.
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