February 6, 2014

Traces of Laurel: J.T. Hatcher



In 1884 and again in 1892, Hatcher was elected Town Marshal by the Board of Trustees. This would have been in addition to his work as a barber – it may even have been an unpaid position, but one taken seriously by those who served in that capacity.  The writer in the Mountain Echo, in 1892, said about Hatcher’s election:  “Hatcher will enforce the laws of the town and the unruly ‘kids’ and stray hogs may tremble at his coming.” There is obviously a special meaning to the word “kids” since it is in quotes, but I don’t know what it is.

Kellogg wrote his sketch of Hatcher in 1895.  On July 5, 1896, Hatcher died of kidney disease.  His obituary in the Mountain Echo does not mention his profession but describes his final illness and adds:  “He was a member of the Baptist church.  His funeral was preached by his pastor, Rev. Mahoney, after which his remains were laid to rest in Masonic honors on Cemetery Hill in the presence of hundreds of sorrowing friends.  He leaves a wife and one daughter to mourn his death who have the sympathy of the entire community.” 


The Laurel County Historical Society is located at 310 W. 3rd St., London, (formerly the Laurel County Health Department).  The library is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.    Visit the historical society’s website at 


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