Clark County was formed from Bourbon
and Fayette in 1792. The county seat is the city of Winchester.
Clark County, Kentucky 1887-1908
Source: The Inter-State Directory Company's Directory of Winchester
and Clark County Gazetteer for the Year 1908, Marion, Ind.
Copyright 1999 by Pam Brinegar
Not long before the turn of the century, Michigan
investors named Wellington R. Burt and M.I. Brabb bought and renamed the
existing T.J. Asher Lumber Company located at Ford, Clark County, Kentucky. Burt
dispatched his son, Charles R. Burt, to oversee The Burt and Brabb Lumber
Company's operations. The company, which operated for a decade, shipped a
significant percentage of its inventory to its London, England office. Charles R.
Burt moved from Winchester in Clark County to Lexington in Fayette County where
he maintained a large home on Nicholasville Road (the former Alleghan Hall). If
you're interested in the scale of the lumber operation that was located in Ford.
Photos from The Burt and Brabb Lumber Company papers housed in Special Collections, University of
Kentucky Libraries, Lexington, Kentucky. What
follows is a list of Ford businesses for 1887 and 1895 as well as a complete
list of residents for 1908.
Ford in 1887
A village in Clark county, 10 miles south of
Winchester, the county seat. It is a station on the K.C.R.R. and is the center
of large lumbering interests. Nearest bank is at Winchester. Population, 400.
Mail, daily, Exp., Adams. Tel., W.U. J.W. Howard, postmaster.
Bentley & Stevens, saw mill
Ford Lumber Co, B J Clay Pres, A R Burnam Sec, C Stafford Genl Mngr.
Howard John W, General Store and Hotel
Long, H C, saw mill
Bros, saw mill
Owen, T J, railroad, express and tel agent
Source: R.L. Polk &
Co., Kentucky State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1887-8, Detroit.
Ford in 1895
On the Kentucky river and the L.&N.R.R., in Clark
county, 10 miles south of Winchester, the county seat and banking point.
Population, 1000. Exp, Adams. Tel, W.U. J.W. Howard, postmaster.
Asher Lumber Co, general store and
Bentley & Parmley, distillers
Brown O H, physician
Bush J F,
Ellis Charles, railroad and exp. agt.
Ford Lumber Co, saw
mill and general store
Ford Supply Co, general store
Hampton M A,
Howard Mrs. Florence, hotel
Howard John W, Insurance and
McGuire T, genl store and distiller
Profit Robert, saloon
Rood C F, box factory
Charles H, barber
Stevens H L, saw and planing mill
Bentley, general store
Todd T Lee, police justice
Tudor Bros, grocers
Polk & Co., Kentucky State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1895-6, Detroit.
Ford in 1900
The second town of importance in Clark county is
Ford. It is situated at the Kentucky river, ten miles from Winchester, on the
Louisville & Nashville Railroad. According to the Constitution of the State,
it is a city of the sixth class and it has a population of about 1,200. It is a
lumber town, and the two principal mills are those of Burt & Brabb and J.M.
Thomas. Both are among the largest in the State, and cut large quantities of
stock for export, the former company shipping nearly all of the output of their
mill to London. The town has a hotel, an opera house and an Odd Fellows Hall.
The post-master is E.C. Gibbons.
Source: Lexington Herald (Fayette County,
KY), 20 May 1900
Ford in 1908
Ford, Ky., Directory 1908
that the town's population is now down to a little over 300) Colored people
designated with star (*)
Allen, Mrs, Kittie (wid. James N.)
Amster, Morris (Josie), farmer
Ashcraft, Amos (Eliza), lab.; Cyrus
Ashcraft, Robert (Minnie), lab.
Bales, Chas. P. (Debbie), butcher
Banister, Earl, bkkpr.
Barnett, Jas. M., lab.
Barnett, Milton (Nannie), lab.; Ernest, Edgar,
*Bates, John (Emma), lab.
*Bell, George, lab.
Bellows, Harm (Ella), lab; James, Stanley
*Blackwell, Elijah (Margaret), lab.; Rachel, Henry
Bowman, Jesse (Alice), wks. sawyer
Bowman, Kie (Milda),
*Bronston, Oliver (Maranda), retired
*Bronston, Ollie (Dora), wks. saw mill
*Brown, Green (Cora), wks. saw
Brown, Joda, electrician
Brown, W. Allen (Annie), confectioner
Ira (Annie), lab.
Burt & Brabb Lumber Co., M.I. Brabb, pres.; C.W.
Burt, vice pres. and gen. mgr.; E.T. ph.
Bush, Joe (Lucy), lab.
Butler, John V., lab.; Lummie, Marshall
*Chenault, Geo. (Mattie), wks. saw mill
Church, Christian, Main
*Church, New Vine Baptist, Rev. Baker, pastor
C.P. Mickels, pastor
Conway, Thomas, clerk
Curtis, Isaac (Anna(, watchman
James (Mary), retired
David, Robert F. (Nannie) bkkpr.
(Zylpha), lab.; Daniel T., Lee
*Deuiett, David (Ada), wks. saw mill
John C. (Minnie S.), foreman saw mill
*Duncan, Will, lab.
Dunn, Harding (May), lab.
Dunn, Jessie (Jincy), lab.
Stephen (Jane), retired
Dunn, William F. (Catherene), wks. saw mill
Mrs. Ebb, dry goods and notions
Eads, Josiah (Mary) stone mason
Logan (Mary), lab.
Edwards, James A., barber shop and pool room
Martin (Mary J.), retired; Callie, Ann, James
Elford, Robert, stu.
Field R., tie inspector
Elkins, Grant (Hattie), bkkpr.
Lafe (Mayme) blacksmith
Emerson, Benj. F. (Sarah M.), retired
*Ewings, Mrs. Sarah (wid. Anderson); Tip F.
Flynn, Bettie, millinery
Flynn, Mahlon, retired; Shirley, Newt, Fred, Bettie
Ford Lumber &
Mfg. Co., Robert T. Thomas, pres.; William R. Thomas, vice pres., E.T. ph.
Ford Supply Co., Florence Howard, prop.
Fraley, John, barber shop
*French, Mrs. Ann (wid. Riley); Riley, Jr.
French, James, wks. saw mill
Gee, Frank D. (Lucy), mch.
Henry (Julia), farmer
Griffith, Mrs. Easter A., widow; Denny, Stella, Earl,
Grimes, Howard (Nannie), wks. saw mill
*Haddix, Mrs. Jensie (wid. Jacob) *Haddix, Richard (Jane), wks. saw mill;
*Haddix, Wm. (Dova), lab.
Hall, John, carpt.
Ham, Robert (Etta)
Hammons, George (Mary), lab.
Hann, Richard, lab.; Belle
Hatten, Samuel (Delina), wks. box fact.
*Hisle, Wm. (Nannie), sta. engr.
Howard, Jerd C. (Susie), wks. saw mill
Howard, John W. (Florence), mgr. Ford Supply Co.
Howard, Jas. (Eunice), lab.; John
Hubbard, Fred E. (Julia), mgr. Burt & Brabb Lumber Co.
Isaac M. (Elizabeth), teacher
Hukle, John D. (Alice), farmer
Jeffries, James (Anna), physician
*Johnson, Allen (Sallie), night watchman
Johnson, Mrs. Bettie, widow
Johnson, Chas. (Bessie), telegraph opr.
*Johnson, James M. (Cora), wks. saw mill
*Johnson, John (Nannie), sta. fireman
Johnson, Robert, lab.
Johnston, James H. (Sarah F.), wks. saw mill
Karr, Thomas T., deputy sheriff
Kidd, Robert (Hannah), lab.
Isaac (Bertha), wks. box fact.; Bertha
King, Jas. F. (Renes), saw filer; Janey
King, Mrs. Mary E. widow; Alpha
King, Sam, lab.; Lizzie, Bertha
Lovett, Andrew J. (Elizabeth), lab.
Lovitte, Tyre (Elizabeth), lab; Carrie
Lowry, Strother J. (Lizzie), clerk
*Lyles, Everett (Ida), lab.
McCarthy, Charley (Mattie), lab.
*McCord, Ernest, lab.
*McCord, John (Mary), night watchman
McGowan, Elijah, night watchman
McKinney, Mrs. Lydia, widow
McKinney, Mitchell (Lena), mch.
McKinney, Tine (Addie), sta. engr.
Mastin, Arthur (Cordie), lab.
Maupin, Wm. (Nancy), wks. saw mill
Moberly, Tandy, Jr., groceries
Morton, Frank (Nora), lab.; Edgar B.
Morton, John W. (Eva), groceries
Murphy, James (Rosa), lab.
Neal, Robert (Mary), wks. box fact.; May
Ogden, George W., Sr. (Bettie), teamster; Mattie M., Nora, Benj. A.
*Oldham, David (Sallie), sta. engr.
Owens, Mrs. Margaret (wid. John
P.); Wm. Dock
Park, James W. (Eula), ship. clerk Burt & Brabb Lumber Co.; H. ph.
Parrish, Eugene, wks. saw mill
Pence, Sidney (Eliza), lab.
Pence, William (Gertrude), carpt.; Sarah J.
Pennington, Joe (Eva), lab.
Pitcher, Major (Delina), lab.
Quesenberry, Enoch (Sarah), lab.
Rice, Mrs. Ann (wid. Harry); Robert, Vernon, Langley
Rice, Charley (Louise), lab.
*Richards, Ham (Jennie), lab.
Richards, James C. (Mildred), retired; Mattie, James C., Jr.
Richardson, Clarence (Mildred), saw filer
Rison, Jas. (Lillie), lab.; Mary J.
Roberts, David, lab.
Roberts, Evans (Sarah), engr.
Roberts, John, carpt.
Rogers, Guy (Nancy), lab.
Schooler, Stewart, lab.; Herbert
*Shearer, Lawrence, stu.
*Shirley, Thomas (Lulu), lab.
Smith, Andrew (Addie), wks. Ford Lumber Co.
Smith, William F. (Emma L.), saw filer
Sowders, Lewis (Mary), lab.
Terrill, John (Ida), lab.
Tharp, Sylvester (Margaret), wks. planing mill; Fannie
Thomas, Simpson (Mary), sta. engr.
Thomson, James (Effie), lab.
*Toliver, Geo. (Mary), lab.
*Toliver, Isaac (Frances), section hand; Frank, Benj.
Tudor, Harry M. (Emma) sawyer
Tudor, Sidney H. (Louise), retired; Nellie S.
Tudor, Vergil (Mildred), lumber inspect.
Tuttle, Henry (Dollie), wks. box fact.
Waller, P. Koffer (Tillie), saw filer
Webb, John (Eva), sta. engr.
Wilder, Jordon, (Carrie), lab.
Williams, David (Phoeba), physician
Williams, David J. (Nannie), drug store
Winkle, Ora, block setter
Witmer, Solomon (Annie) lumber inspect.
Witt, Pleasant (Charlotte), lab.
Woods, Jas. A. (Susan), sta. fireman