Did Charles Lindbergh, who in 1927 became the first man to fly the Atlantic Ocean, once land his plane in Albany

Posted December 11, 2019 at 9:28 am

The late John D. Thrasher, a former teacher and principal in Clinton County, wrote to Clinton County News in 1975 to tell about the time that the first airplane landed in Albany. The year was 1919. No one remembered the name of the pilot but, according to Thrasher, a history of Lindbergh tells the story of the famous pilot running out of fuel and having to make an emergency landing — in a small town in southern Kentucky.

Thrasher was the principal at Albany Elementary in 1919 and also taught the 7th and 8th grades. Zel Davis taught the lower grades and W. M. Watkins was the high school teacher. The school was located beside the fairgrounds where Truck Rack-It Inc. is now located.

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    “We arrived at Albany about 10 a.m.,” he wrote on July 27, 1861. “The first thing we saw upon arriving at the top of the hill overlooking the town were the Stars and Stripes gaily fluttering to the breeze above the tops of the houses. On entering town,

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    Family Vacations

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    I can’t help but reminisce on my family

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    Correspondence from L.S. York – Part 2

    “Based upon the sagacious singularity of life back in the days when ridge runners not only had no place to go, but nothing to do when they got there.”

    Between January 1939 and December 1967, Allan Trout wrote a popular daily column in the Louisville Courier-Journal. “Greetings” focused on folklore, humor and “barnyard science” and attracted a loyal following and regular correspondence between Trout and his readers. For years, one such correspondent was L.S. York of Albany.

    Leander Sylvester York was a

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    Correspondence from L.S. York – Part 1

    “Based upon the sagacious singularity of life back in the days when ridge runners not only had no place to go, but nothing to do when they got there.”

    Between January 1939 and December 1967, Allan Trout wrote a popular daily column in the Louisville Courier-Journal. “Greetings” focused on folklore, humor and “barnyard science” and attracted a loyal following and regular correspondence between Trout and his readers. For many of those years, one such correspondent was L.S. York of Albany.

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    May Day,

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