The Rockport Journal, April 22, 1927

Article was typed as it was worded in the newspaper.


Greatest History Session Grandview Has Known In Years

* * * * * of citizens out to hear George Honig, but those who were not deterred by the rain received a great insight into early history of Grandview and Spencer county. Mr. Honig has spent much time and gone to considerable trouble to authenticate his statements concerning Lincoln and early days in Spencer county, and likely has the best material obtainable for early history of county affairs. Members of the club were delighted with his address and treasured carefully the facts he gave concerning Lincoln visits to Grandview.

"Lincoln would walk fifty miles to borrow a new book," said Mr. Honig, "and there is no doubt whatever but that he borrowed books from the Lamar and Ray libraries in Grandview."

He asserts that Lincoln would go a long distance to meet people and that he undoubtedly visited the "corn cracker" mills on Big Sandy and Honey Creeks. The sites of these mills are still plainly in evidence.

He asserts that Lincoln liked to wrestle with Grandview boys and it is beyond dispute that he did this often while hauling hoop poles and other things to Grandview for the Gentry store boats, which were later taken on south for marketing.

He asserts that Lincoln also visited the Basye store at New Hope "to meet and mingle with people." He quotes Capt. Wartman that undoubtedly Lincoln visited in the Ezekiel Ray home at Grandview. He also came to this place to see the trading boats along about 1816 to 1820 when "three dozen chickens would buy a barrel of flour." He states that Thomas Lincoln helped James Gentry take two loads of tobacco to New Albany.

He also stated that Susan Tucker, a daughter of Atha Meeks, was likely Abe's first teacher in book learning. And that Lincoln was largely educated in Spencer county in so far as his schooling was concerned.

The remainder of his address was pertaining to the migrations of the early pioneers, who came from various places into Kentucky and then into Southern Indiana and later into various parts of the West, and these families were of high ideals and purposes in matters of religion and education and this influence had a great deal to do with shaping Lincoln's education and ideals. Lincoln was the most pronounced type of the product of these early settlers.

Rev. A. P. Bentley, president of the club, had four reels of motion pictures pertaining to community betterment shown on the screen, which were also thoroughly enjoyed. --Grandview Monitor.