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McGAHA, KY: McGaha Mill on Sulphur Creek

By Frank Dickerson

Adair Countian now in California
I'm sending a photograph of my father, Thomas Jesse "Tommy Jess" Dickerson, (1896~1965) taken about 1916~1920. The venue is the old water powered grist mill that was built and operated by one of the McGaha families, presumably in the vicinity of the village of McGaha, on Sulphur Creek.

My dad was obviously visiting his cousins on that day from Barnett's Creek and we can't guess why he was on horseback in the middle of the mill pond unless he was trying to cool off his mount.


There is a companion photograph somewhere in our family archives that I remember of Lula McGaha-Sapp, (1906~2002) who is also on a horse in the same mill pond, that could have been taken the same day.

Lula was the sister of Nolan McGaha and will be well remembered as a much loved school teacher in the Adair County school system for many years. I had the privilege of speaking with her in 1995, when she told me of her first school at Cool Springs, KY, which was a 21 mile horseback ride from her home. She boarded with a family near the school and came home only for Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays. Her salary at the time was $50. Per month! Have progressed? Perhaps.

Lula was the daughter of George Alfred McGaha, (1878~1938), and Minnie Burton, (1879~1962). Lula was my father's first cousin once removed, with their common ancestor being James Allen McGaha and Margaret Dorinda Burch, the emigrants from GA, at the time of the Civil War.
Click Here to read E.H. Lepiarczyk's essay on McGaha, KY, the last previous story in the McGaha/Grassy Springs Bridge/Log Church thread.

Handy Link: High detail Adair Co. Map: Click Here


This story was posted on 2007-02-04 13:03:32
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McGaha, KY: Tommy Jess Dickerson at McGaha Mill, Sulphur Creek



2007-02-04 .
Frank Dickerson writes, "This is a photograph of my father, Thomas Jesse "Tommy Jess" Dickerson, (1896~1965) taken about 1916~1920. The venue is the old water powered grist mill that was built and operated by one of the McGaha families, presumably in the vicinity of the village of McGaha, on Sulphur Creek."

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