The first evening we ate a good Kentucky meal
at Mama’s old pal’s house, Peggy Billington.
It was wonderful!
The next day, Jason took me to the Elk and Bison Prairie
and the Home Place 1850 to take in some history and nature.
We were in the truck and seeing them on the prairie pretty close!
The Home Place 1850 was full of history that was fun to see.
This girl was making potato bread!
We had a great time!
After leaving the prairie, we saw a side road that also had buffalo
and we pulled over and got out. I was really up close and personal
with one of them and I believe he was about to ‘charge’!
(link to video)
Jason also took me into town to see the recently collapsed building
in Murray which was on the same block as my grandfathers store.
…And we had a Chicago dog at Mugsy’s
That evening, we went to see Peggy and her Boyfriend Nelson
perform in skits at the Murray Playhouse. They
were wonderfully funny!
Detective Nelson asks the ladies
about the ‘dead body’…
And Peggy played a hypochondriac
who was very nervous
She was at a meeting with the ‘Red Feather Society”
and these ladies were delightful.
Mama enjoyed seeing her friend!
The next day we went to church at Hardin Baptist Church.
They had a theme going called “Route 66”
in which they were exploring all 66 books of the bible in 66 weeks!
On Monday, I met up with my old next door neighbors,
Betsy and Emily Gore at ‘Dumplins’.
Me, Emily (Gore) Kennedy and Betsy (Gore) Bond
My delicious lunch!
Mama also met up with friends at Dumplins – her old
bridge buddies, Peggy, Judy Overbey and Sharon Wells.
After I left the ladies, I went exploring and turned into MSU
Murray State University. There were so many buildings!
This was the founder, Rainey T. Wells.
When I saw the plaque below and the date it was founded, (1922)
I knew I had to go inside the library!
It was also neat to see the inscription on the library as
I have been on a quest to uncover my roots in Murray
and things about my dad.
“The Whole World Here Unlocks The Experience Of The Past”
I found a 1957 annual of with my father William T. Jeffrey
(second row, second to last)
On Wednesday, we took Mama around Lynn Grove to see
her old neighborhood and also her nephew, Mr. Rob Morton
of Morton Trucking Company.
Rob teased with Mama about her ‘bling’ in trying to get her ring off.
I enjoyed seeing my cuz, too!
We took Mama by the cemeteries to see family members
who had already gone home to Heaven. It meant a lot to me
that she got to see my sister’s grave.
Then she enjoyed a Hutchen’s BBQ in Benton, Kentucky!
I had really been looking forward to the next day. I attended the Rotary Club Meeting in which I was a guest of Yvette Pyle, the President of the Rotary. She was a delight and took me under her wing. Yvette is the retired principal of Calloway County High School, where my Uncle “Boots” Jeffrey had the gymnasium named after him.
I got to meet with Loretta Jobs who grew up with my father
and she knew my grandparents.
I also got to meet the recently retired publisher
of the Murray Ledger & Times, Ms. Alice Rouse.
And, I was delighted to meet up with new friend Lisa Shoemaker.
And, was honored to meet Mayor Bill Wells.
It was a privilege to meet “Student of the Month” Clarissa Roberts,
who had an impressive introduction of her accomplishments
and will attend MSU and then study law.
Someone dear to me (Jason’s dad) Bob Billington also got up
to speak. He was my dad’s best friend and they
played countless games of golf together.
After the meeting, I followed Yvette over to Calloway County High
…and we toured Jeffrey gymnasium, nicknamed, “The Jeff”.
Jen at the Jeff!
These were the county schools merged into Calloway County High
in which my Uncle Boots was principal and the Superintendent.
That evening we met up with Mama’s cousin Harold McReynolds
who owns long-standing and well known “Corn-Austin Men’s Clothing Store”.
Harold and his lovely wife, Pat (my second cousins).
They showed us a little of their history in the book, “Going on 200”
Mama enjoyed getting to see her cousin again and so did I.
The end of our trip would not be complete without
a Main street’s Dairy Queen Milk Shake!
We headed for home that Friday and have so many fond memories that were made.