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Mr. D. F. Weaver, noted bee-
keeper of Minerva, Ky., 1907
The Baptist Church in Minerva.
It may be the oldest building still
standing in all of Northern Kentucky

The Bracken Association meets (pdf), September 30, 1803

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  Contemporary brochure on Bracken Baptist Church

An older history of it is here.

Its National Register of Historic Places application is here. (pdf)


Minerva is named for the first white woman living in the village - Minerva Green.
We have a pdf of the 1913 Minerva High School yearbook, here.
History of Bracken Baptist Church, Minerva, is here. A few words on the Minerva College are here. (pdf)
“The Senior Class of Yale College on Saturday elected John W. Showalter, of Minerva, Ky., Class Orator.” New York Times, January 23, 1867.
The 1903 issue of the American Telephone Journal reports that “The Mutual Telephone Company will put in a switchboard and run a new line from Tuckahoe to Dover.” The Illustrated Catholic Family Almanac  in 1877 listed St. James Catholic Church in Minerva as being dedicated on September 5, 1875
Minerva becomes an official city in 1844.
The Minerva Seminary was begun in 1856 The Minerva Masonic Lodge was established in 1880
An automotive trade publication, Horseless Age, reports in 1916 that C. L. Mains & Co. has started selling Koehler Trucks [external link] in Minerva. In 1795 Lewis Craig established the Bracken Meeting House in Minerva. Read it here(pdf)

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St. James

St. James
Catholic Telegraph, October 5, 1916

St. James celebrates its 50th anniversary

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Blevins Store Ashcraft's Grocery Minerva Post Office Minerva Mullikin's Tavern

The original St. James was dedicated on September 5, 1875, and was struck by lightening and burned to the ground on June 25, 1940. Ground-breaking for the new Spanish mission style church was on September 6, 1940, with the cornerstone laid on October 10. The new church was dedicated on March 16, 1941.


French's Gas

French's Gas

These eleven images are all from 1969

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A U.S. Supreme Court Justice born in Minerva?  That would be the Hon. Stanley Reed.  See his Wikipedia page here. That's his boyhood home on the right, c 1938. Judge Reed's first encounter with the law?  As a high school track athlete, he was stopped by the Sheriff near Minerva, who “arrested me as crazy for running in a shockingly undressed condition - a track suit.” He is the last Supreme Court Justice who never graduated from law school. Cincinnati Post, April  6, 1957

Maysville's Stanley Reed Court, just east of the courthouse, was named for him.



Cutting Tobacco in Minerva


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Minerva School
from a Facebook post by Jim Allison
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Complete copy of the 1913 edition of The Owl, the Minerva High School yearbook, is here (pdf).


Last Class

The last senior class at Minerva High School.
List of students.


Minerva Gym

Inside the Minerva gym, Tony Wenz of the Minerva Maroons goes for the
layup against defender Jim Ed Warner of the Mayslick Cardinals.
from a Facebook post by Ron Bailey

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The Minerva Trojans
From a Facebook post by Lisa Mack

Minerva High School's nickname was either the Trojans and the Maroons, depending on what date you're talking about.

Minerva College, whose roots go back to 1856.

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