An Excerpt

This piece is taken from “Highlights of the Capital Hill Community” by Jimmie Harrison Taylor.
“On Wednesday, July 10, 1936, Billy Roundtree, age 14, and Jim Underwood, age 14, were swimming in Skeggs Creek below the old bridge on Jimtown Road when they discovered the body of a man. They called the workers on the new bridge who pulled the body from the water. County officials were called and the body was taken to a Glasgow funeral home. Upon examination, severe cuts and bruises were found. There was one bruise under the chin running from ear to ear. The flesh was cut to the bone on the left side of the head, apparently with a blunt instrument. Uncle Len (Carver) had told several people near Bristletown that the County House keeper had beaten him. There was no water in his lungs indicating that he was dead when he was put into the water. The body appeared to have been dragged on the ground.
“When the Keeper was called to the stand, he told of having trouble with Carver on Sunday and even prior to then and that he did strike him with his walking cane “not hard enough to kill a fly.” (The cane had a crooked handle – blunt instrument?). He also stated that when he came to Glasgow on Tuesday, he was told that Carver had gone to Tracy. He also said he went to Dry Fork on Tuesday night by way of the Jackson Highway and Austin, returning by Roseville. He said he went fishing in the Cumberland River on Wednesday and just got back the day of the examining trial (Thursday).
“All evidence pointed to murder, but as no witnesses appeared against him and there were no Carver relatives to demand that justice be done (after all, Len was a pauper in the Poor House), the Keeper went Scot-free.”

On a final note, for those not indigenous to the Barren County area, Jimtown Road was an old name for Hwy 249, or Roseville Road. The old highway left Glasgow, and wound in a southerly direction through Barren County and eventually ended up at Jimtown, which is an old name for the present community of Fountain Run. Fountain Run is in the southernmost tip of Barren County, where Barren, Allen, and Monroe counties come together.
Jimtown Road was made famous in a song by that name, written by local celebrity, Billy Vaughn.
And last, but not least, Len Carver was 84 years old at the time of his demise. According to his death records, he died on July 7, 1936. He was buried in the cemetery at the local County Poor House, which was located at the present Hillcrest Annex on Hwy 249. This building is presently owned by the Barren County Board of Education, and houses administrative staff.


About Gclee

I am a long time genealogy and local history hunter from Barren Co., KY. I have many stories to share that may be of interest to other local genealogists and history buffs. I enjoy this as a hobby and hope I can be of encouragement to others. I also hope everyone enjoys my stories as much as I have enjoyed learning about them.
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