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MARY INGLES, EARLY AMERICAN HEROINE, Part 10

Jadon Gibson

Mary Ingles and Duchess exhibited signs of extreme physical and mental strain after escaping from the Shawnee Indians in October of 1755. They immediately began a lengthy trek through the wilderness in hopes of finding their way back to the pioneer settlements.

Their moccasins wore out and their clothes grew ragged. This was compounded by wintry days that came earlier than usual. The injuries they sustained and the lack of adequate clothing caused Duchess to second guess her decision to follow Continue reading MARY INGLES, EARLY AMERICAN HEROINE, Part 10

MARY INGLES, EARLY AMERICAN HEROINE, part nine

Jadon Gibson

Mary Ingles was awakened by the sound of a horse early one morning in October of 1755. After several grueling days on the move following their escape Mary and Duchess slept in an abandoned Indian hut across the Ohio River from the main village.

They thought it was an Indian rider they heard and worried about being recaptured. As they slipped into the brush to get away they heard what sounded like the soft ringing of a bell. Soon they learned it was a horse without a rider. Settlers often belled domestic animals in that era and allowed them to roam free. The Indians sought to steal livestock and the bell led the Indians to Continue reading MARY INGLES, EARLY AMERICAN HEROINE, part nine

Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part eight

Jadon Gibson

In early October of 1755 Mary Ingles rode in a canoe caravan that included two dozen warriors, three Frenchmen and an assortment of squaws and children. The ragtag group floated about 160 river miles down the Ohio River to Big Bone Licks, now part of Boone County, KY, near Cincinnati. Mary noticed that the days were becoming shorter and the nights colder.

In July of that year Mary was captured and brought to the Indian village along the Ohio River after a group of Shawnee warriors Continue reading Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part eight

Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part seven

Jadon Gibson

In late summer of 1755, Mary Ingles felt a duty to nurse her sister-in-law, Eliza Draper, back to health before attempting to escape. They had been kidnapped by Indians after the Ingles cabin was torched. The Indians took them to the Lower Towns of the Shawnees along the Ohio River. Within a day or two after their arrival Eliza was forced to run the gauntlet. She suffered many injuries. Continue reading Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part seven

Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part 6

Jadon Gibson

The Lower Towns of the Shawnees stretched along both sides of the Ohio River and was the strangest thing that Mary Ingles had ever seen. The blood-curdling screams of the residents when she arrived with her captors and other prisoners gave her goosebumps and put her in fear for her life and that of her children.

Mary was held in good favor however because of her deeds on the trip following her capture. The chief told her that she and her Continue reading Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part 6

Taking Care of a Loved One Impacts More Than You Think

Jeff Rubin

You don’t have to look far these days to find someone taking care of the wellbeing of a parent, spouse, or friend. You may, in fact, be one of them. If you are, you’ve joined the ranks of approximately 735,000 Kentucky “family caregivers” and some 65 million adults nationwide who have taken on that role. By definition, a family caregiver can be anyone (a relative, friend, or neighbor) who provides assistance related to a primary physical or mental disability and are unpaid for those services. Continue reading Taking Care of a Loved One Impacts More Than You Think

Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part 5

Jadon Gibson

Mary Ingles gave birth to a healthy baby daughter on the third night of their journey to the Shawnee Indian town in Ohio following her capture by the Indians on July 5, 1755.

She knew her captors would arise early the following morning and she would have to climb upon the horse and keep up with the procession, not slowing their travel. Her life and that of her children depended on it. Continue reading Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part 5

Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part 4

Jadon Gibson

Silent prayers helped the pregnant Mary Ingles overcome the perilous days before she won the respect of the Indian chief after her kidnapping on July 8, 1775. He allowed her to ride a horse rather than walk after she demonstrated her value in the Indian camp. Her four-year old, Thomas, sat closely behind her while her two-year old, George, was in front.

The Indians killed her mother and Col. James Patton before burning the Ingles cabin. The Indians also kidnapped Eliza Draper, Mary’s Continue reading Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part 4

Five Takeaways from the Berea Police Department Community Survey

Is Berea perceived to be a safe place to live, work and visit, and is the Berea Police Department effective? Yes on both counts, according to a survey conducted by a research team from Berea College. The team initially distributed 1,600 questionnaires throughout the city last summer, of which about one fourth were fully completed for use in the study. Continue reading Five Takeaways from the Berea Police Department Community Survey

Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part 3

Jadon Gibson

Mary Ingles feared for her life and that of her two sons and unborn baby after being kidnapped by Indians on July 8, 1775.
She was distraught over the murder of her mother and her young nephew and the burning of her home. The quick turn of events was like a bad dream to her. It began that afternoon when the Indians attacked her home while the men of Draper’s Meadow were gathering wheat. Continue reading Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part 3

Parks and Recreation, Public Libraries at the Core of Vibrant Communities

Jeff Rubin

Among the many influences that contribute to the quality of life in a community, I can think of two where their impact is often taken for granted, underappreciated or not fully understood. This may be particularly true in smaller communities where options for public engagement in ways that better the mind, as well as the body, may be few and far between. That is where the programs and services available through the many parks and recreation departments and public libraries around the country play a significant role in improving people’s lives. Continue reading Parks and Recreation, Public Libraries at the Core of Vibrant Communities

Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part 2

Jadon Gibson

It was a time of danger and unrest on the borderland. The latter 1700’s found more and more settlers moving westward causing a great consternation among the Indians. Their ancestors had lived and hunted on the land for many generations. Another negative factor was the influence the French and English brought by inciting the Indians. Lastly the lack of communications in the territory led to individuals not knowing at any particular time if they were at peace or at war. It was a difficult time for all involved. There were atrocities on both sides. Continue reading Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part 2

Mary Ingles, early American heroine

Jadon Gibson

The story about Mary Ingles is one of the most amazing I have ever researched and written. It will tug at your emotions over the next several issues. You’ll find yourself rooting for Mary in a series of spellbinding dangers…and it’s all as true as I could make it.

The Drapers and Ingles were settlers along the Wilderness Road, an early trail leading to the area that would become Kentucky. The vast mountain range masked the wilds Continue reading Mary Ingles, early American heroine