Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Bankruptcy Filing

Louisville Courier-Journal. 21 Nov 1867.
In November 1867, my 3rd-great-grandfather Guilford D. Read was listed in a petition for bankruptcy. Guilford had a family butcher shop business. A year later, this public notice ran in the Louisville Courier-Journal from the District Court for the District of Kentucky:
Louisville Courier-Journal. 26 Oct 1868.
The notice makes me wonder if there are court records still available on Guilford's bankruptcy filing. According to the National Archives, these records for Kentucky might be at the Atlanta Record Center. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, the Archives has suspended reproduction and digitization services. I would like to try to get a copy of this case file in the future.

Monday, July 6, 2020

1859 Stock Market

Louisville Courier-Journal, 15 Nov 1859.
Here's a news clipping I hadn't seen previously, mentioning my 3rd-great-grandfather, G. D. Read. He sold 18 cattle at the Shelby House Stock Market in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1859 he would have been 31 years old.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

4th of July

LoC.  Theodor Horydczak, 4 July 1934. Fireworks, DC.
On this 4th of July in the time of COVID-19, I'm reflecting back on things missed this year. Yesterday the New York Times ran a fascinating photo essay of archival photos from past 4ths of July. Our 4th promises to be quiet this year.

Like many, we watched the filmed version of Hamilton last night on Disney Plus. In comparing the live performance viewed at the Kennedy Center some time ago to the one released by Disney, it remains a timely, powerful show. It is good millions can see it now from the comfort of our homes.
The Atlantic, 3 July 2020.
Have a safe 4th. Stay home if you can.