schools and churches

Falmouth, Kentucky

    to Mr. Chas. Hanselman, 540 W. 7th St, Cincinnati, Oh. Hotel Harrison.  Hello Chas! I am having a good time, lots of snow and rabbits.  Hope you enjoyed a good Xmas.  Suppose you are teaching the “brothers” how to  waltz by now.  Your friend, Jenie 

The Methodist Church, and the Applegate Block, Falmouth, 1916

 

Falmouth, Kentucky Bus Drivers
  from a Facebook post by Denny Lipscombe
Falmouth Methodist

 

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The Methodist Church, South, Falmouth, left, 1914

The Falmouth Methodist Church, also called Mary's Chapel, is the oldest church still in use in Falmouth.  Falmouth's first miller, Augustus Robbins, built it in 1854 in memory of his wife Mary.  Note some images have steeples and some don't.  Also, the second story is a later addition to the Robbins structure, which was originally one story.

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Church on Chipman Street, 1958
from a Facebook post by Susan Booher Gibson

The Falmouth Church of Christ
A brief look at the church's history is here.

 

Falmouth, Kentucky

Falmouth Baptist Church, 1940
A few words about the history of Falmouth Baptist are here.

Thanks to Cheryl York for a much more detailed look at Falmouth Baptist, here.

 

St.Francis Falmouth, Kentucky
c. 1910 c. 1950

St. Frances Xavier Catholic Church

The Rev. Paul Ryan's History of St. Francis Xavier is here, his account
of the Immaculate Conception Mission at Stepstone is here, and notes
on the St. John's Mission at Dividing Ridge is here.

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“St. Paul's (German Lutheran) Church at Falmouth, Ky., will be dedicated on Sunday next April 21. An excursion train will leave the Kentucky Central depot in this city on Sunday morning at eight o'clock and returning will leave Falmouth at five o'clock in the evening, Several lodges of the American Protestant Association of Covington, Newport, and Cincinnati will attend the dedication.” The Cincinnati Enquirer April 17, 1872

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“Leo Bird, a free love preacher who spent the winter here [Falmouth] preaching his new faith, was badly beaten when returning from his church to his home and ordered to leave town.  He left at once, or in all likelihood he would have been lunched.  His methods and his doctrines were extremely distasteful to many in this section and some weeks ago drove ex-Sheriff Fassett and his wife crazy.  As a result they are now in the eastern lunatic asylum at Lexington, Ky., and the belief is that they will never be restored to reason.  Bird hailed from Dayton, Ky., where he is said to have a wife and child whom he refused to support.” Crawfordsville(Ind.) Weekly Journal, April 24, 1896

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“The K. C. [Kentucky Central, a.k.a. L & N] Railroad will run a special train to Falmouth this morning for persons desirous of attending the cornerstone laying of St. Xavier’s church in that city.  Out Catholic friends propose to make it an event to be long remembered, and from those who have signified their interest in going from this city, we predict a tremendous crowd will be present.”The Commonwealth,  October 22, 1877

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Falmouth, Kentucky

Old High School, Falmouth, 1913 
“to Mrs. Maggie Weber, R. #1, Mentor, KY Hello Babe! I got here all O.K. & am knocking
the black out of everything so far. I hope you got home safe & sound. Joe”

 

 

Falmouth, Kentucky

 

 

Falmouth, Kentucky

Falmouth, Kentucky
Falmouth School, unknown year New High School,
 Falmouth, 1925
Leaving Falmouth
 High School, 1965


1968 was the year of the last graduating class from Falmouth High School
Pendleton County operated a “Colored School” in Falmouth in the 1930's but not a high school.  Black students who wanted to go to high school (and we're talking about a time when high school was a stretch for any and all races), were sent to Lincoln Institute, room and board paid, a Black High School near Simpsonville operated by the folks from Berea College.  More on Lincoln Institute at this site.
Chris Wilson, for his 1940 master's thesis at the University of Cincinnati, wrote about the reorganization of the Pendleton County Schools in 1934.  Titled The Reorganization of a County School District - Pendleton County, Kentucky, you can get it through interlibrary loan from your local library.  It's pretty thorough, and very detailed.  It was a time when the county was eliminating high schools and consolidating one-room schools.  Good stuff.

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