October 24, 2013

Traces of Laurel: London gets a newspaper



Dyche describes the equipment purchased by A.R. Dyche in 1878 as ancient.  “The paper was printed one page at a time on the same kind of a press as was used in Colonial times, commonly called the Washington hand press, though as I remember it, it carried some other name.  The paper cutter was a most crude affair, and the two job presses were less crude only in degree.” Dyche tells of the upgrading of equipment undertaken by his father, saying that by 1893 the plant was “completely modernized.”             

A.R. Dyche sold The Mountain Echo to his son, Russell, in 1903.  Russell and his brother, Will H. Dyche, ran it for nine months and sold it to E.C. Linney, ending a 26-year ownership of the paper by the Dyche family.  But that was not the end of the Dyche Dynasty as we shall see in next week’s column. 

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I’ve had an inquiry about whether or not Jarvis Jackson, founder of London, left papers of any kind that may have been deposited with some institution or organization after his death. If any of his descendants reading this article have an answer to this question, please let me know.

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The historical society is still seeking interviews with Laurel Countians who are over the age of 80 who would be willing to leave a record of their life in the society’s archives. Subjects are only asked to answer a few questions about their childhood and youth and their connection to Laurel County. 

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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.  For further information, contact 606-864-0607 during library hours, or 606-224-3767 at other times.  Email the society at or Jan Sparkman at

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